241steve wrote:when did hilux change from torsion bars to coil front springs alot may be different . What excatly are you trying to achieve?
You've asked the question I was hoping no-one would ask because the answer is a little embarrassing. The story is a little involved, so here goes:
Had a service done last week on the (2004) twin cab naturally aspirated diesel 4x4. I was informed that at the next service this ute is gonna start costing me:
There's a slight leak at the top of the gear box somewhere it took half a litre of oil, front pads will likely need replacing, rear left axle is leaking oil around the seal ... Hang on, you replaced the wheel bearings a year or 2 back, what's that about? Blank look.
Living on a poorly maintained dirt road doesn't do the ute any favours and this one is starting to show a few "creaks and groans" as time goes by.
I'd like to get a 76 series or a twin cab 79 series. Both outside being affordable for us.
Looking at what is available I am looking at Hilux (for being able to survive the road we live on). This said, Something out of Thailand I might get a 2005 to 2010 for under $20K, not including shipping. Looking more locally I've found a few auction sites where I might get something around 2005 to 2007 for under $15K. I am guessing they are likely been through the recent floods or something.
Pensioner paying a mortgage with a young family to feed, choices aren't high. I realise I won't be getting much from these options, but whether it's Thailand or an Insurance write-off ... The idea would be to put whatever I get onto my current chassis so I can still get it registered and use it to get the daughter to school.
The only other thing I've found that might be affordable for us is something called a "Tata". Dunno anything about it, but just a quick look at the photos on the internet tell me I doubt it'd last 5 minutes on our road.
Just in case someone has any other ideas for a durable and affordable vehicle, I need a back seat for my daughters "kiddy" seat and we need 4x4 for when it gets wet out here. I even looked the other day at Suzuki, but the Jimney only has 2 doors, buckling in the daughter would not be easy. Unimog would do the job too, but they don't come either affordable OR with a back seat.
Please don't be too cruel with your comments, I would appreciated some realistic ideas if anyone has any. As you can see from my plan to "Chassis Swap" I am open to all sorts of ideas.
Kinda hoping <CDNN70> is still looking at the forum occasionally, he's already bought in Thailand, be nice to know how his purchase is going.