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    Hi guys.

    So I have a 2011 Amarok for overlanding, and a 2018 single cab Hilux SRX as my farm bakkie.

    I recently moved to a bigger farm, so the workload and the staff became more. My SRX is now being driven by the staff more than me, and we are struggling with only the one single cab for farm use.

    Im not really keen to draft the Amarok into farm duty as its rather kitted out for overlanding.

    Im got a budget of around R200k and in this range I seem to be able to get the previous shape Hilux with either close to 200 000km or over, I seem to be able to get Ford Rangers or Nissan Hardbodies with less than 150 000kmĒs on the clock. Most of these vehicles in my budget being between 3-5 years old.

    Hiluxes Im well familiar with, but have never driven a Ranger or Hardbody. Im looking for a diesel and 4x4 is a must. Im a vegetable farmer, so the bakkie will be used for farm work as well as taking a ton of cabbage plus a 2 ton trailer to the Durban market
    On a weekly basis. We farm close to Howick, so this is a 200km round trip.

    Would you guys recommend I go for a higher kilometer Hilux, or the ranger or the hardbody?

    At this stage I must say, the simplicity and basic NP300 looks to me like a good option, but would like to hear from the guys who know these vehicles.

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    We have a 2012 Hilux at work... Around 310000km on the clock and no problems on it... Despite being driven by 8 different drivers plus others who borrows it for driving on the mine... Most reliable vehicle I've driven to my knowledge....

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    Buy an older Isuzu 280 or 300d,fix it up and away you go.
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    My dad bought a Mahindra scorpio as a farm bakkie. After having Isuzus for many years he is extremely happy with the Scorpio. Then again I dont think you can go wrong with the NP300 either. Newer Rangers are too soft for hard work.
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    If you dont buy hilux, look closely at the agents of the those other.
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    I would say try to find Hilux as first option (at that budget you should find some with less than 200k on the clock). Does it have to be 4x4?

    Else the NP300 is also a good option as a workhorse. I do not think a Ranger is suited for everyday farmwork.
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    Why not Isuzu? Excellent diesel engines and on dirt roads etc.
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    Tata 207 dropside 3lt. Tang en draad bakkie.

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    And you can get a new one for less than 200k with a warrantee.

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    I am using a 2.5 Nissan Navara king cab for farming at the moment and it works great. The load bin is deep and wide and loads 1ton with ease. I bought mine 5years back for R180 000 with an ARB and Traalies fitted and 97000km on the clock. I know you are looking more at a single cab but I was also and then when I looked at it and drove it I loved it. Your draw backs will be they tend to not be so light on fuel or atleast mine with all the extra weight about 220kg extra and parts are not that cheap but one can live with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erwin Schimper View Post
    Tata 207 dropside 3lt. Tang en draad bakkie.
    Yep, good bakkies. My Xenon has that engine and is getting close to 200,000kms. Built very tough.
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    Don't the Mahindras have gear box issues and Tata have part sourcing problems. Not fighting, just asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    Don't the Mahindras have gear box issues and Tata have part sourcing problems. Not fighting, just asking.
    I get all my spares and parts from Tata Trucks that still bring in what you need, even service items for the Delphi diesel EFI.
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    KZN is Isuzu country
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    My 2c. We bought 6 Tata Xenons for a large construction site in 2008. They were all on the scrap heap by 2013.

    P.S. they operated on site only and never left Lephalale area..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    My 2c. We bought 6 Tata Xenons for a large construction site in 2008. They were all on the scrap heap by 2013.

    P.S. they operated on site only and never left Lephalale area..
    Who drove them and what did you replace them with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    My 2c. We bought 6 Tata Xenons for a large construction site in 2008. They were all on the scrap heap by 2013.P.S. they operated on site only and never left Lephalale area..
    Agreed, we went through 2 and they are %$#^. I like the Mahindra's. For what you are looking at, if comfort is not a requirement (like air conditioning etc), go for the Bolero 4x4, you can get a brand new one that after you claim back VAT will be less than R200k. The Scorpio's are about a 100k more so out of your budget.C
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    I am using my NP300 2.5Td SC 4x4 and am very happy with it. I have the Mid version so very basic which makes it ideal as a workhorse. There are some good deals available.

    I have recently started looking for a second bakkie to use in place of the Nissan as it is the vehicle I use for going away on trips so would prefer not to put too many kilos on it. I have been very tempted to go with the Mahindra Bolero SC 4x2. Pricing on their new vehicles is very competitive in my opinion.

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    If it was me and I would buy an old cruiser, and refurb it. Model year would not bother me.

    For example :
    https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-cars-bak...00910418081409

    https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-cars-bak...80911074480509

    https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-cars-bak...50910071357909
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