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    New Ute Dilemma

    I don't have to do this but here's what Im considering.

    Current ute is a late 2020 Ranger PX3 XLT (wellside). 95,000km. Ive had a "habit" of moving my utes on before 100,000km. Strange behaviour maybe but thats what I do.

    I travel 30K a year. Long trips. Not much towing but no more than a trailer and quad. About 80% tarmac. 15% gravel. 5% off road

    If I buy a new one as proposed it will be my last new vehicle before a zimmer frame. Thats a certainty. Im not flush with dosh and Ive budgeted $20k swap over price (ex GST). There is some depreciation payback on a new vehicle but not huge.

    Options to swap into something else new (all with deck liner, mats and towbar) are:

    Net of GST and including trade on Ranger.

    Options:

    Mitsi Triton VRX (run out model)
    $19,475.00

    Toyoto SR5 Cruiser
    $29,190.00

    Ford Ranger XLT
    $26,061.00

    Or I could run my current well set up Ranger to around 200,00km and then get the zimmer frame.

    What option looks the best and why?
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    My 2012 Ranger is now showing 220000 and still going strong, mind you its not the auto that had problems back then.
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    I’d be keeping the ranger, 100ks is bugger all.
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    Firstly, there is no way in hell that you’ll be using a Zimmer frame in three years. Now that I have gotten that out of the way my view is keep the current Ute and ….. (here comes some Rushy genius) ……… go out and blow $20K on a hell of a holiday for you and the good missus. It’ll make you feel great to do it.
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    If it was me I'd keep the well set up Ranger. I assume it preforms well and 200,000km isn't that many km if a ute is looked after (which I am sure it is).

    I purchased a new Hilux 4 years ago and expect it to out live me.
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    Does your current PX2 still have the EGR active? I started to get EGR fault codes at about 92K km and ended up having it disabled. Was going OK at 98K km when I sold it (v cheaply) to my son.

    I too have a policy of flicking anything before 100K km as it's a bit of a mental barrier to some people. Yeh, I know, ... but that's what I do so you're not alone on that one Thar. The transmissions in the new model are so much nicer to drive than the old 6-speed.
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    30kms per year, that's seems like relatively hot running trips. Should see you another 3 easy & keep the 20+k in your pocket. The EGR is a known problem on the PX1 & 2. My work supplied PX 1 did 2x egr coolers in 245000kms before it was sold to a staff member. I did 85000kms in my PX 2 with no issues before I changed jobs. The 3.2L engine is a nice unit & less highly strung than the current 2L with rubber band auto. EGR delete might be a good option if keeping.

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    Keep the current Ute
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    Buy the new Hilux @Tahr you know you want to
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    I don't have to do this but here's what Im considering.

    Current ute is a late 2020 Ranger PX3 XLT (wellside). 95,000km. Ive had a "habit" of moving my utes on before 100,000km. Strange behaviour maybe but thats what I do.

    I travel 30K a year. Long trips. Not much towing but no more than a trailer and quad. About 80% tarmac. 15% gravel. 5% off road

    If I buy a new one as proposed it will be my last new vehicle before a zimmer frame. Thats a certainty. Im not flush with dosh and Ive budgeted $20k swap over price (ex GST). There is some depreciation payback on a new vehicle but not huge.

    Options to swap into something else new (all with deck liner, mats and towbar) are:

    Net of GST and including trade on Ranger.

    Options:

    Mitsi Triton VRX (run out model)
    $19,475.00

    Toyoto SR5 Cruiser
    $29,190.00

    Ford Ranger XLT
    $26,061.00

    Or I could run my current well set up Ranger to around 200,00km and then get the zimmer frame.

    What option looks the best and why?

    keep the Ranger you know its history and it will see you out spend the money on trip to Stewart Island
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    What I would do is ask the forum members with the same generation ute but higher mileage (200,xxx plus km) to add up their maintenance costs per year and what it was. If there are people who have done that much with a 4 year old ute

    Then do a spreadsheet in excel that will tell you how many years of ranger ownership it'll take to cost you 20k.

    I suspect it is a fair few years.
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    Convert your 100,000km mental barrier to miles, and 60K miles is only just run in for a well looked after modern diesel. The more cc's you have the less stressed your engine (and you) will be. Keep the 20K. Who knows where we will be in 12 months...
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    @Tahr be like...... Skip the Zimmer.... Hold my beer...

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    I'm going to upset the apple cart here a bit.
    My experience with Fords is that as they approach the 200k mark they tend to give trouble with the electronics. Seat belt sensors, tire sensors, can bus, all that sort of thing.
    I've found that their service agents are on the expensive side.
    The Triton is a good value proposition.
    Their service agents from my experience are easier to deal with and the services are more reasonable.
    I know a contractor who has a fleet of Utes that are worked hard, his staff can choose what ever brand they wish so they have tried them all.
    The only one that hasn't had to be put on trailer to be taken back to the dealer are the Mitsi's.
    I'm sure the odd Triton also gives trouble but the above is my real world observation and experience.

 

 

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