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Offline barra


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My mate is shopping.  He's discussing with his business partner but at this stage thinks brand new is best.  Will be leased (I've NEVER leased or looked into it at all, and he's not my brightest mate so general input is welcome).

Car has to be sub 50, tow a car trailer semi regularly (mostly round town though).

My mate is a mechanic and is biased to vw's as he uses to specialise in them.  He's not a badge guy so if you suggest an audi he'll find the Vw equivelant.  He's investigating the pathfinder too and mentioned some SUV version of the colarado? New captiva or some shit?? 

My only input was buy an old cayenne or a srt jeep (apparently they are 80ish though?).  Oh, I also said stay away from the 4 cyl td nissans as I had a td d40 Bavaria that used 14L + of diesel around town and went through the roof just towing a jet ski.

Now I think about it ill check the amarok price and suggest that but I thought people here would have good input.

Thanks

Jp



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Offline M500


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Amarok looks the goods for the full budget considering he is a VW man. Take a closer look at the Ford Ranger too,the XLT dial cabs can be had within budget.

For not much more than 1/2 the budget the RX D40 Navara is exceptional value and has 3000kg towing capacity. Pretty bare bones but very well priced.



Offline barra


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Does anyone have experience fitting seats for a 5 yr old, 2 1/2 year old and the third fella that's popping out in 7 weeks to fit in the back of an amarok?  I forgot about that requirement...

M500,  I'm pretty sure that the rx d40 would be the same as the old 08 2.5? Td d40 I had that was a bit shit and would not recommend.  Have you had a different experience? 
After I sold mine I heard some very conflicting experiences to what I had, as well as some similar ones, so I do t know if mine could have been a dud, Friday car or whatever?

Ranger is the goods?



Offline M500


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RX with 3-year warranty for under $30k is great value ATM. Our work one runs and tows well but is not exceptional at anything.

We were set to buy the Ranger (much better car overall than the Nav), but at $20k dearer, we could not justify the difference for a dual cab work vehicle. It is occasionally used to transport my family (6yo & 2yo) and is fine.



Offline PA

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My Daughter and her husband have a baby capsule in their Amarok. Works perfectly and has 3.5 tonne towing capacity.



Offline barra


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Should all these (or none?) nav, rok n ranger a fit the three kids in the back? Brand new bub, 2 1/2 and 5 yr old all in there relative contraptions?  I would've thought yes but my mate is acting like its not a given.



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Offline jamesatfish


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Does anyone have experience fitting seats for a 5 yr old, 2 1/2 year old and the third fella that's popping out in 7 weeks to fit in the back of an amarok?  I forgot about that requirement...

I'd strongly suggest looking for a 7 seater if there's a need for 3 kid seats. The newborn capsule and seat for the 2yr old will take up a fair bit of room and even in the Amarok the 5yr old's seat will be a very tight fit in the middle.

With two child seats in the Cayenne there's not enough room for a 3rd in the middle, and the Amarok is only 20mm wider than the Cayenne.

If your mate has to buy new, the 2.7l diesel Territory or 3.2l diesel Pajero both seat 7, tow 2700kg+ and come in under $50k.



Offline Steve.


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The Pajero GLX-R is a great buy. The NW's are from a long lineage and should be replaced soon, but it might mean that the bugs have been ironed out. There are some easy modifications for better reliability and performance, they're fairly capable off road, and there are a ton of after market accessories available for them. Kind of agricultural in comparison to an Amarok even though the Amarok is a ute. Haven't driven anything else to compare them with.



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