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The old 93 SR5 diesel dual cab needs an upgrade (anyone want to buy one? Located Armidale NSW. Bit rough but good fishing rig).

I'm pondering a newer Hilux. My mechanic says some of his customers are not very happy with the latest shape model (2005 onwards). He also says most newer 4WDs these days are a bit soft off-road compared to the older ones (poor clearance, softer suspension).

Given that mine does go off-road a fair bit (fishing), I need something that has decent clearance, will go OK on slippery clay, but I don't do anything extreme in it. But still a bit nicer on the bitumen than my current one would be good!

I'm thinking a pre-2005 4WD Hilux dual cab diesel, with snorkel & bullbar (perhaps winch) ideally with 160,000K or less (big ask?)

Any thoughts? Are there other brands that are as good (Navara? Rodeo? Triton?).


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  • 2 months later...

Changed my mind after test driving a few newer 4WDs - complete jokes off-road unless you spend another $3K on a lift kit. Have become an amateur spray-painter and will keep the old girl going another 5 years.

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