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    Having driven an SUV for the past 8 years am about to switch to a Ranger from a Land Rover discovery 4? Is this reasonable? D4 is now out of motor plan and I need an everyday car and holiday car and thought why not a Bakkie this time around. Those who have made the switch either way how is life like on the other side. Do you miss your previous Bakkie or SUV?
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    I think you'll be very frustrated coming from a D4. You will have muuuch less power, less comfortable and interior a lot less appealing. The only plus I can see is the packing space and im assuming that it would be new (with maintenance plan).
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    Switched from extended cab to double cab to SUV. I can't see myself buying a bakkie again. Bakkies have no packing space inside when carrying passengers, canopies and load covers are either not secure, or block your driving view, or are not watertight. I know some might be happy with those compromises, but I am not.

    For me, the only reason to get a bakkie would be to add a camper, or if refuse trailers were outlawed.
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    Default Re: Is a Bakkie for me

    Quote Originally Posted by petermoffat View Post
    Switched from extended cab to double cab to SUV. I can't see myself buying a bakkie again. Bakkies have no packing space inside when carrying passengers, canopies and load covers are either not secure, or block your driving view, or are not watertight. I know some might be happy with those compromises, but I am not.

    For me, the only reason to get a bakkie would be to add a camper, or if refuse trailers were outlawed.
    I agree with you, apart from the load cover security. My securi-lid is completely water tight and as the name says... Very secure. I lost my keys a while back, and it took the professionals 35min to get it unlocked even after the lock was drilled.
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    Default Re: Is a Bakkie for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Munykan View Post
    Having driven an SUV for the past 8 years am about to switch to a Ranger from a Land Rover discovery 4? Is this reasonable? D4 is now out of motor plan and I need an everyday car and holiday car and thought why not a Bakkie this time around. Those who have made the switch either way how is life like on the other side. Do you miss your previous Bakkie or SUV?
    Although the new bakkies is very far away from those a few years ago it will still be an adjustment. Both type of vehicles have their pros and cons and various people will root for the type they love the most. We had both types and for myself the compromise on the bakkie was less than with the SUV. SO You need to decide if YOU can live with the compromise.
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    Default Re: Is a Bakkie for me

    I tried it.
    After 30 years in SUVs, I bought a new D/C bakkie. A year later I was back in a new SUV.
    Needles to say, this is my personal preferences, needs and likes. I don't think a new SUV is a place to forget your fish bait.

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    We use my shorty for holidays, Hilux 4x4 DC's for fieldwork. The dust most canopies let in even on short gravel trips is TERRIBLE. I also find it a nuisance to retrieve items that moved forward right up against the cab; even at 20 I found this irritating. If you don't really need a bakkie, I'd say SUV all the way.
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