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    Hi all,
    As the title says we need to buy a new wank tank but don't know what to buy. Not new (I'm not that stupid) probably 10 year old.

    Our Navara is stuffed well and truly and first choice is another Navara but what does anyone have an opinion on whats good or bad.

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    Before you start Shane a Rangie is no good because it needs to be able to carry a round bail in the back.

    Must be turbo diesel.
    Must be 4x4
    Must be manual.
    Must be twin cab ute.

    Looked at tritons and I'm surprised how small the tray is, I doubt it would fit a round bail.
    Captiva / Rodeo might be alright but its badged as a Holden,
    Someone suggested the Chinese thing (Great Pile) because its a Rodeo chassis with Mitsubishi running gear and not as bad as people think. We're looking at S/H so I'm not sure how they would hold up in a world of horse paddocks and crap. Plus me dragging dead cars around.

    My daughter will be driving it so safety is important to me (not to her because she's bullet proof).
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    Quote Originally Posted by neural revolt View Post
    OMG That really is a wank tank. We'd actually like something that recorded miles per gallon not gallons per mile
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    OMG That really is a wank tank. We'd actually like something that recorded miles per gallon not gallons per mile.
    Just notice the Rodeo thing is colorado not captive. Same dog different bark
    Captiva is an SUV (stupid useless vehicle)
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    OMG That really is a wank tank. We'd actually like something that recorded litres per 100 kms not 100 kms per litre.
    I'd like to get that Dave, I thought 8.4 litres for every 100 kilometres travelled was reasonable, but 100 plus Kilometres travelled on a Litre of coal/gas/bio/diesel/petrol would be good too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego View Post
    I'd like to get that Dave, I thought 8.4 litres for every 100 kilometres travelled was reasonable, but 100 plus Kilometres travelled on a Litre of coal/gas/bio/diesel/petrol would be good too..
    Yeah I know I f***ed that up thats why I changed it, being american I thought MPG more apropriate, plus I couldn't figure out how to word it in metric.
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    How much is a S/H Ford Ranger - current gen?

    Seems like they are one of the only utes with decent safety credentials?
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    Quote Originally Posted by STALLED View Post
    How much is a S/H Ford Ranger - current gen?

    Seems like they are one of the only utes with decent safety credentials?
    Must admit we hadn't taken much notice of anything with a blue oval. I'll check out price, anyone got any reports of long range reliability.
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    Go Toyota Hi-lux 3l turbo diesel and very reliable

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianrobbo View Post
    Go Toyota Hi-lux 3l turbo diesel and very reliable
    See this is exactly what I'm after. Do you have any experience with the toyota? I know they say there unbreakable but are they really.
    Seems our horse people (who really punish these things) argue between Navara and Hi Lux so I at a cross roads. All I know is that the old Navara was good (while the gear box lasts)
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    My father had a turbo diesel twin cab rodeo a couple of years back (so probably a '08 model). Turbo diesel, 5spd manual ...You know it was pretty good for a truck. I towed a car trailer loaded with a Citroen DS from Bendigo to ballarat (which has quite a few climbs involved in it) and it rattled along effortlessly with the load on the back. The ute tub isn't real big though, any twin cab in going to have a much smaller tub. His was a 2x4 .... don't get one, there a lot cheaper for a reason.... that reason being you'll also need to own a Citroen CX to keep pulling it back to solid ground (I'm not joking, I had to tow it back to the drive a couple of times with my CX)

    If you want a bloody massive tray ... Try a single cab BT50 .... That's what my brother inlaw recently purchased.... It's bloody enormous in the tray... He had to get a tray made for it 'cos they hadn't yet made one for the single cab chassis, only the twin cab. He can fit two pallets of olives on the back while towing 3.5tons legally.

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    Wank tanks suck.

    Well, you wanted an opinion.

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    Hilux. Or, alternatively, a different Hilux.

    3.0TD is a great motor, and their reliability is legend for a reason.

    A mate of mine works in the mines, where the trucks get properly used. They once tried to switch from Hilux to Ford Ranger/Mazda BT. Turns out that Hiluxes really are that much tougher.

    You spend more to buy one, but you get better resale value as well.

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    My suggestion is that you should read all these posts carefully, select a truck, change your mind a few times, then draw a vehicle out of a hat. If all three of the above come up the same, buy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    Hi all,
    As the title says we need to buy a new wank tank but don't know what to buy. Not new (I'm not that stupid) probably 10 year old.

    Our Navara is stuffed well and truly and first choice is another Navara but what does anyone have an opinion on whats good or bad.

    Before you start Shane a Rangie is no good because it needs to be able to carry a round bail in the back.

    Must be turbo diesel.
    Must be 4x4
    Must be manual.
    Must be twin cab ute.

    Looked at tritons and I'm surprised how small the tray is, I doubt it would fit a round bail.
    Captiva / Rodeo might be alright but its badged as a Holden,
    Someone suggested the Chinese thing (Great Pile) because its a Rodeo chassis with Mitsubishi running gear and not as bad as people think. We're looking at S/H so I'm not sure how they would hold up in a world of horse paddocks and crap. Plus me dragging dead cars around.

    My daughter will be driving it so safety is important to me (not to her because she's bullet proof).
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    Have to pick up on this.
    Note the Mazda test is pre 2011 and Ranger is 2011 plus.

    The current Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger are the same basic vehicle except for minor differences. Supposedly designed by Ford Australia and built in Thailand.

    I have a mate with a BT-50 diesel - he says it really has a lot of grunt pulling a decent boat over a long distance.

    But 2011 plus is probably out of the price range?

    Hard to go past Toyota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    My father had a turbo diesel twin cab rodeo a couple of years back (so probably a '08 model). Turbo diesel, 5spd manual ...You know it was pretty good for a truck. I towed a car trailer loaded with a Citroen DS from Bendigo to ballarat (which has quite a few climbs involved in it) and it rattled along effortlessly with the load on the back. The ute tub isn't real big though, any twin cab in going to have a much smaller tub. His was a 2x4 .... don't get one, there a lot cheaper for a reason.... that reason being you'll also need to own a Citroen CX to keep pulling it back to solid ground (I'm not joking, I had to tow it back to the drive a couple of times with my CX)

    If you want a bloody massive tray ... Try a single cab BT50 .... That's what my brother inlaw recently purchased.... It's bloody enormous in the tray... He had to get a tray made for it 'cos they hadn't yet made one for the single cab chassis, only the twin cab. He can fit two pallets of olives on the back while towing 3.5tons legally.

    seeya,
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    Traction is a issue. I remember unhooking a float and having to engage 4 wheel drive to pull away because I was on wet grass that's why it has to be 4x4.
    Has to be twin cab because humans also need to fit in it.
    Has to be diesel because petrol wouldn't your Uncle off your Aunty.

    I have a mate down at manheim auctions who does the vehicle inspections before they go to auction. He see everything from brand new excess stock down to old scrappies.

    He's of the same opinion as me that Navara and Hilux are really no difference except that Toyota are much dearer because of Toyota marketing.
    He also agreed the triton is a bit small (ugly too) but it will work. Our horsey people call them the tryhard because they just don't quite cut it.
    He did say to keep away from the Great Pile from China, he's had them at 50,000km with noisy gearboxes and just generally falling apart. His opinion is that the nick name great pile is more acuarate than we think, this is what he says about them just in case anyone else is thinking about them.

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    I asked one of the workshop guys up at kings in ballarat about the great walls early last year (when they were still quite new). His suggestion was AVOID. They aren't even rated for a bullbar, if one is fitted and it's driven on rough roads (ie: anything other than sealed smooth roads) .... the chassis will fatigue crack, and they won't warranty it as you shouldn't have fitted a bullbar

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    Was scared to open this thread - the word "tank" doesnt appear in the title when on the main menu....

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    I actually forgot...

    I drove a 2WD BT-50 once. The previous gen. The motor was pretty punchy - was a 2.5TD from memory, but nothing off boost! Found you had to row it through the gears to keep up progress...

    Friend of a friend had one, was a massive lemon, but had evidence of a bad repair job in its previous life...
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    I have a 2000 model Hi -lux extra cab 3.0l non turbo it tows car trailers fine when I pick up wrecks etc. the twin cabs came with turbo my model didn't, the newer D4D models have some issues but the earlier 3l trucks are still very reliable.
    You said you are looking at about 10 yr old so go check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    I asked one of the workshop guys up at kings in ballarat about the great walls early last year (when they were still quite new). His suggestion was AVOID. They aren't even rated for a bullbar, if one is fitted and it's driven on rough roads (ie: anything other than sealed smooth roads) .... the chassis will fatigue crack, and they won't warranty it as you shouldn't have fitted a bullbar

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    To be fare to the great pile if you walked into most workshops and said you were buying a Citroen you'd get the same responce.

    I didn't know about the bull bar though, that's something to think abaout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haakon View Post
    Was scared to open this thread - the word "tank" doesnt appear in the title when on the main menu....
    Haakon I often wonder what goes through your mind.
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