Jump to content
wicklamulla

New replacement 4x4 pickup

Recommended Posts

well the time may have come to replace my 19 year old (low tech non ECU controlled) pickup truck.

 

Looks like i may have to 'modernise' and buy something newer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hard to know what to recommend. 

 

I'm considering a Ranger as a second work/family vehicle but I'm not sure. The fuel economy isn't good and the Bi-tdi Amarok with 258bhp is rather appealing. But then I tow all the time so the power is more of an issue for me. 

 

Being more familiar with your part of the world now (as you are about 10 miles away from us as the crow flies) I'd have thought something with a narrow footprint and ideally the ability to see around blind corners would be what's you'd need on your nutty Devon lanes! 😄

  • Like 3
  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You haven't met Ken yet John, he has supernatural powers😉 What you need Ken, is to find a nicer, more solid version of what you have. There must be one out there. Nice silver one would suit ya😁 

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, wicklamulla said:

 

 

Looks like i may have to 'modernise' and buy something newer.

Bad luck but is there no way to keep the old truck going? Maybe just go newer but still lowish tech. Think DPFs came in in 2011 and as you know they caused me a world of hassle. I cant really fault my Hilux and as J points out our lanes are narrow and the Hilux of my vintage (MK6) is still one of the narrowest trucks around. Down side is legal towing capacity at just 2.7 tonne.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Take a look at the 3l isuzu rodeo, anywhere from about 2004-2011 will be fine. Old enough not to have too much electrics and a very agricultural engine that's easy to maintain and work on. They aren't the fastest, but pull very well and can return 36mpg on a good run. I've had an 06 plate for around 50-60k miles and aside from usual wear and tear parts I've only had to replace one abs sensor which considering it's on 135k I don't think is bad (the abs sensor is the only thing aside from normal wear and tear parts it's ever had replaced) and many have gone 300k + with out much fuss so they are very reliable and to be honest, they are pretty cheap

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

'She' is mine.  I have just paid alorra money for a 'newer' pickup truck 😀😂

 

George Coletti, Woodwizard, etc, etc I was looking at newer Rodeo's but i had a last minute change of mind and spent alot but also saved alot if ya know what i mean.  I'm back up to Surrey next week to collect her.  Pics. to follow.  I might be ever so slightly excited!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a Isuzu 2016 D-Max Utah Double Cab.... The truck is good but the dealer experience has been left wanting by a long shot... I will probably replace it with a Toyota Hilux when the time comes as I know they have better dealer support where I am.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dmax is a decent shout I’ve had no real issues with either of mine in the past, rangers are only really any good if you get the 3.2 and that can sting ya. If it’s gonna be a car for the family and something to get to work in as aposed to a workhorse id look at going down the Amarok route. Just opinion 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I ve got a 3.2 ranger and I am impressed with its mpg seams to do a consistent 28-30mpg with towing Loaders most days. Doesn’t even know they are there. I had a new d max before which was great apart from the body rusting. They sorted it under warranty but a 1 year old motors doors, roof, bonnet and around the windscreen rusting wasn’t very good. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I’m constantly on the lookout for my perfect truck but everything seems to be a compromise in one way or another. Not big enough load bed, big enough load bed but no tool storage/family unfriendly. Wouldn’t want to chuck a load of money away on depreciation so that rules out new trucks- plus far too tarty for my line of work. 

what did you go for in the end Ken?

My perfect truck- 

3.5t towing- preferably not squeezed out of a tiny engine.

decent long bed-

6ft minimum to get stakes, digger buckets and materials in.

Internal storage for drills/saws tools.

family friendly ie can put the little one in the back somewhere.

 

is there such a thing?

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Featured Adverts

About

Arbtalk.co.uk is a hub for the arboriculture industry in the UK.  
If you're just starting out and you need business, equipment, tech or training support you're in the right place.  If you've done it, made it, got a van load of oily t-shirts and have decided to give something back by sharing your knowledge or wisdom,  then you're welcome too.
If you would like to contribute to making this industry more effective and safe then welcome.
Just like a living tree, it'll always be a work in progress.
Please have a look around, sign up, share and contribute the best you have.

See you inside.

The Arbtalk Team

Follow us

×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.