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    Good evening good people, please help me decide, I am wanting to replace my Gwm steed and have been looking at the Toyota option, I have roughly around 200- 220k to spend depends on what I get for the Chinese mixed breed, looking for an SUV and decided auto is a must as left hip is giving me crap. Diesel and I prefer4 WD although not used often, Older prado obviously high kilos or newer fortuner also high kilos for my price range. I pull a small caravan or camp trailer from time to time.What should I do, I do most repairs myself but really donít want to be working on it every weekend. I also donít want to struggle for spares, I have had enough of that with GWM. I look forward to any advise given.

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    I would look prado. The fortuners are great bit over priced 9n the 2nd hand market. I guess demand drives this. Prado cost 150 or 200k more than rhe fortuner when new, yet similar milage similar age and are similar price 2nd hand. Yiu are gett8ng way mpre car for your money witht he same engines.
    Off road prado way more comfortable. Towing my echo 3 over gravel guys in their fortuners both new and old towing similar trailers all complained how rough the road was. I had commented to my family how good the gravel was. Maybe i am just used to the transkei. Lol.
    You wont go wrong with either, but to me the prado os a better package 2nd hand.

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    I have a 2006 V6 Fortuner and it is great, however it will at somepoint be replaced by the Prado. Guess for me its sort of an Upgrade. But it will cost more than 200k for a comparative upgrade.

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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    Some great Mitsubishi options in that bracketÖ

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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreefstert View Post
    Some great Mitsubishi options in that bracketÖ
    Sold my pajero swb to buy the prado. I agree also great cars and slightly lower resale so may get a newer lower mileage for same price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve scorpio View Post
    Good evening good people, please help me decide, I am wanting to replace my Gwm steed and have been looking at the Toyota option, I have roughly around 200- 220k to spend depends on what I get for the Chinese mixed breed, looking for an SUV and decided auto is a must as left hip is giving me crap. Diesel and I prefer4 WD although not used often, Older prado obviously high kilos or newer fortuner also high kilos for my price range. I pull a small caravan or camp trailer from time to time.What should I do, I do most repairs myself but really donít want to be working on it every weekend. I also donít want to struggle for spares, I have had enough of that with GWM. I look forward to any advise given.
    If your budget is 220k, you will get either a high mileage 120 diesel or a high mileage tuna d4d. Either way you won't escape the high mileage conundrum.

    Ive never driven the 1st gen tuna but it seems they are uncomfortable per the owners.

    The 120 diesel is not as powerful as the tuna but is definitely more comfie, but yet again you are not getting this beasts for racing, so I suspect you may enjoy the 120 better long term.

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    I won't buy a diesel with that mileage you are looking at, but that is just me. In the 120's I would 10 times rather get the V6, but you said you wanted diesel.

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    Will take a while to find the right one, but they are out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamgweba View Post
    I would look prado. The fortuners are great bit over priced 9n the 2nd hand market. I guess demand drives this. Prado cost 150 or 200k more than rhe fortuner when new, yet similar milage similar age and are similar price 2nd hand. Yiu are gett8ng way mpre car for your money witht he same engines.
    Off road prado way more comfortable. Towing my echo 3 over gravel guys in their fortuners both new and old towing similar trailers all complained how rough the road was. I had commented to my family how good the gravel was. Maybe i am just used to the transkei. Lol.
    You wont go wrong with either, but to me the prado os a better package 2nd hand.
    Found a nice one (prado)with what looks like genuinely good kilos 185k on the clock but. Wife kicking her heals in as there is cracks on dash is this a common problem, can it be fixed in any way , I look past that and looks at the mechanical side.

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    Cracked dash on the Prados seem to be a thing and it's not an easy thing to fix. Last I heard you have to either fork out top dollar for a new one or phone Snymans and hope they have a spare from a rebuild lying around. Not really something to fix, rather than replace.

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    The cracked dash gives it character. I know FOR A FACT there isn't another Prado with a dash like mine :-)
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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    Quote Originally Posted by steve scorpio View Post
    Good evening good people, please help me decide, I am wanting to replace my Gwm steed and have been looking at the Toyota option, I have roughly around 200- 220k to spend depends on what I get for the Chinese mixed breed, looking for an SUV and decided auto is a must as left hip is giving me crap. Diesel and I prefer4 WD although not used often, Older prado obviously high kilos or newer fortuner also high kilos for my price range. I pull a small caravan or camp trailer from time to time.What should I do, I do most repairs myself but really donít want to be working on it every weekend. I also donít want to struggle for spares, I have had enough of that with GWM. I look forward to any advise given.

    There is better options than toyota


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    Quote Originally Posted by hein100 View Post
    There is better options than toyota
    I'm sure there is! Care to share, since you live out in the sticks where dependability is most important?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hein100 View Post
    There is better options than toyota
    Yes but I want a Toyota, I test drove a few different suv, in my price range and Toyotas seemed all to feel better on the road and in the better condition. I also enjoy the paj but they had to many rattles.

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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    Quote Originally Posted by steve scorpio View Post
    Found a nice one (prado)with what looks like genuinely good kilos 185k on the clock but. Wife kicking her heals in as there is cracks on dash is this a common problem, can it be fixed in any way , I look past that and looks at the mechanical side.
    You can always put some sheep skin on the dash!
    In all fairness, the pre-owned segment is tough to tick ALL boxes in the right price. If the missus will twitch everytime she sees that crack, then DON'T buy it.

    Prado will be more comfortable and most likely slightly lower mileage at the same price as a Tuna, but do go through the suspension and drivetrain to ensure oils have been changed at the correct intervals. Always spend 5 minutes on your back under the vehicle you looking at.

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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    In your shoes i'll get the 120 V6...They are amazing vehicles, I had one of the last models with low km, still regret selling it to this day even though I got a crazy good price for it at the time. So you learn...
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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    I would definitely go the Prado route. I own a Fortuner and really enjoy it but my next upgrade will be to a Prado. Also consider that the Prado is not as high risk a vehicle as compared to the Fortuner.

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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    Quote Originally Posted by steve scorpio View Post
    Found a nice one (prado)with what looks like genuinely good kilos 185k on the clock but. Wife kicking her heals in as there is cracks on dash is this a common problem, can it be fixed in any way , I look past that and looks at the mechanical side.
    If she hates the crack on the dash, you will regret buying that Prado everytime she see that crack.

    There are some sexy dash covers you can fix atop the dash.... ? She can help you choose the cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byaru1 View Post
    If she hates the crack on the dash, you will regret buying that Prado everytime she see that crack.

    There are some sexy dash covers you can fix atop the dash.... ? She can help you choose the cover.

    Recently sold my Prado 120 with a cracked dash, apparently very common ,Toyota quoted me a little over R 10 k to replace it about 18 months ago , cheap at that price

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    Default Re: Prado or Fortuner

    Let me comment from a different perspective..... (Irrespective of motor).

    In your budget, your options are previous model Tuna or 120 Prado.
    I own each of these, '04 Prado is my tourer and towing vehicle, and '06 Tuna is daily driver.
    Whilst both mine are V6 - and for what it's worth, that would be my recommendation, they are truly great motors - that is exactly where the similarities end with these vehicles.

    I could climb into the Prado tomorrow and tow a van to Kunene and get out feeling like I just drove 100km. It is SUCH a comfortable vehicle and does everything effortlessly, quietly and in comfort.
    There is a reason the Tuna is cheaper to buy new than the Prado. It has none of the finesse and comfort that the Prado has. It's louder, it's smaller, it's more 'utilitarian' than the Prado.

    The Prado dash is a given. Cracks you WILL have in the 120 - but a simple dash cover offered by many companies will resolve that very quickly - but on simple comfort and touring - it's Prado ALL THE WAY. Hands down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camel man 1 View Post
    Recently sold my Prado 120 with a cracked dash, apparently very common ,Toyota quoted me a little over R 10 k to replace it about 18 months ago , cheap at that price
    Replacing is 10k alright, but will they so it well that the new dash won't rattle? I would feel safer with a dash cover.

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