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    Hi Everyone.

    I need some help to choose between the Ford Ranger 2.5 4x2 D/C or Nissan Hardbody 2.5 TDi 4x2 D/C.

    I can buy the Hardbody for R247 000 or the Ranger for R240 000. (both new)
    my budget is R250 000.

    The Hardbody has a much higher standard spec level ( Elec windows, leather seats, Diff lock, radio CD, side rails, roll bar, bin cover, alloy wheels and new common rail motor with higher power output). The Ranger is lower spec without these extras.

    Can anybody help with a good decision? Also looking for fuel consumption figures for both.

    Cheers, thanks

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    For that budget I would rather get myself a decent 2nd hand 3.0 TDCI Ford Ranger....
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    Quote Originally Posted by James130 View Post
    Hi Everyone.

    I need some help to choose between the Ford Ranger 2.5 4x2 D/C or Nissan Hardbody 2.5 TDi 4x2 D/C.

    I can buy the Hardbody for R247 000 or the Ranger for R240 000. (both new)
    my budget is R250 000.

    The Hardbody has a much higher standard spec level ( Elec windows, leather seats, Diff lock, radio CD, side rails, roll bar, bin cover, alloy wheels and new common rail motor with higher power output). The Ranger is lower spec without these extras.

    Can anybody help with a good decision? Also looking for fuel consumption figures for both.

    Cheers, thanks

    Hell that is alot for a 2.5 4x2??

    You can get a 4x4 for that price I would say or a 4x2 Supercab 3.0tdi if you look around.

    In that case the 3.0 is hands down the better buy.

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    Thanks guys.

    I am really keen to buy a new vehicle though...

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    you lose 20% when you drive it off the floor - or is your company paying?

    Bonus!

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    I'm not a boffin at all.

    Just have 2 pals with Nissan bakkies, one had one, one has a company Nissan.

    I would not go that route.

    Just my opinion though, my brother-in-law has never had problems again, but that is with the cars.
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    Howzit James,
    I don't have experience with Ford so I can't comment there, but I'm a big Nissan fan and love my 3.3v6 to bits, but I don't trust their diesel motors. Why don't you rather look at the 2.4 petrol motor? It's a bit heavy on the juice but you won't break that motor.
    If I was you, I'd go for a decent second hand 4x4, the only thing you'll miss is the new car smell....

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    Spec wise - the nissan is the better buy.

    Nissan

    98KW @ 3600 rpm
    304NM @ 2000 rpm

    FORD

    80KW @ 3500 rpm
    257NM @ 2000 rpm

    As you said yourself, the nissan is better value for money as it comes loaded with comforts such as e/w etc.


    On the other hand....

    The ford 2.5 has proven itself regarding durability and reliability...... but remember, this does not mean that the Nissan is any less so.

    If I were in your shoes

    I'd buy the Nissan

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    Comfort wise Ford D/C

    Have driven in both the 2001 Ford D/C & the Nissan Hardbody D/C.

    Taller or bigger than kid sized passengers aren't that comfortable in the back of the Nissan.

    On a short 200km trip to Colesberg in the back of the Hardbody D/C, after a while no matter how i changed position in the limited space my whole lower body became numb... being 1.87 in the back of the D/C has it's disadvantages ..

    Ford all the Way !!

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    nissan outsells the ford currently, good vehicle for cheap. The ford is not a worse car but the nissan a better buy mho. Go drive it and find out. the 2.5 ford is just a bit slow.
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    Why dont you have a look at the GWM Steed 2.8tci d/c 4x4

    Brand new R220 000

    85kW @ 3600Rpm
    285Nm @ 2600Rpm

    fuel consumption +/1 10km/l

    the fords/mazda i've driven was about 8km/l
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    250k is a nice budget...look around for a 2 yr old low km 4x4 d/c.
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    2008 Nissan Hardbody NP300 2.5 TDi D/Cab Lwb
    2009 Ford Ranger 2.5td 4x2 d\cab hi-trail
    Both are rather sparsely kitted out for new vehicles.
    You would get a lot better value for money buying secondhand with Low Km's.
    Rather take a proper 2nd hand Ford/Nissan etc..
    Than a GWM or some other weird China Brand ...
    A friend opted for a GWM and in less than a couple of months settled for a 2nd hand Low Km 3.0TDCi Mazda D/C.
    Which haven't given even a hint of a problem comapred to the GWM - China made ..
    Nissan is stronger, but also because it has a newer Gen. Common Rail Diesel (Jointly with Renault) which is stronger yet unknown reliability wise.
    Ford has a Proven Reliable 2.5 TD Indirect Injection Diesel, Not the Fastest yet can easily maintain a cruising speed near the legal limit.
    Also very good consumption for an older tech diesel and un-aerodynamic bakkie.
    We Averaged around 9-10km/l in our 2006 2500TD
    Paid R50k for the American SUV, 160k km which is nothing for a V6 ...
    Just needed some Grease and Lube So far only Spent R8k on some minor repairs. Auto is a dream and with an Extra R200k to spend on mods or even later on maintenance it would still be an Exceptional Vehicle
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    Thanks for all the replies, appreciate the advice!

    I actually bought the Nissan today, and took delivery. very happy! About the space, we are starting a family now, and so only kiddies riding in the back, so should be fine. I'm not into 4x4 off road driving. This will just be a family car so to speak. Me driving to work and back (10km), and then weekends away, so I think its perfect.

    The new diesel engine is pretty awesome. very powerful and surprisingly quiet. Will have to wait and see what the consumption is like. Car comes standard with quite a lot of extras, so for R246k new its a good deal if you looking for a new 4x2 bakkie.

    Can anyone recommend a good canopy for this bakkie? so many out there, not sure where to begin?

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    Good on you James, hope you have many safe miles with it.

    just another question--dont shoot me, but i was under the impression (from posts on the forum) that the Ford was rather heavy on fuel?

    i have always liked the Ford/Mazda Supercab, think its just so perfect for my needs.
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    Congrats! On the New Vehicle Sounds like it would work well for your needs.

    Heavy on Fuel is a broad term for a bakkie / 4x4 ... not the most aerodynamic to begin with and the weight of the strengthened chassis also counts against it ...
    Our Vehicles:
    Ranger SC 2.5TD Stock 74,000km

    8-9 KM/L or 11-12 L/100km and on 80L would be 650-750km Per Tank More or Less
    Cruising around a True 100 - 120 kph

    Ranger SC 4.0V6 Stock Std 120,000km

    Current avg. 6 KM/L or 17 L/100KM over the last 20,000km or so ...
    Best 7.5 KM/L or 13 L/100KM
    Worst 5.5 KM/L or 18 L/100KM, while towing a Fully Loaded 2T 5M Double Axle Trailer
    Would give 450 - 650 KM on a 84L Tank
    Cruising around a bit more than the 100-120 kph Avg.

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