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Post  reg on Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:05 pm

gday all

does anyone use a prado for prospecting,as i see a few on the goldfields and was wondering what the little 4x4s are like for a bit of bush bashing.

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Post  the speciman on Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:52 pm

GDAY REG
what do you drive now to see these little 4x4's
and what kind of bush bashin do you wont to do????
GOOD SCRATCHIN
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Post  the speciman on Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:56 pm

GDAY REG
sorry to shout at you last post im on the red ned again
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Post  xenon on Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:05 pm

Not sure what the Prado's are like in the bush but best place for them I reckoon as I am yet to see a Prado driver on the road that can actually drive properly.
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maybe i should rephrase my question

Post  reg on Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:21 pm

xenon wrote:Not sure what the Prado's are like in the bush but best place for them I reckoon as I am yet to see a Prado driver on the road that can actually drive properly.

what i should have asked was.;
being a x roo shooter for a living in my younger days i know what a 4x4 can do and cant do, but now i am after a small,er 4x4 for prospecting and trying to get a bit of info on the little 4x4s as i have always liked older toyotas and nissans for the job i used to do.

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Post  xenon on Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:27 pm



what i should have asked was.;
being a x roo shooter for a living in my younger days i know what a 4x4 can do and cant do, but now i am after a small,er 4x4 for prospecting and trying to get a bit of info on the little 4x4s as i have always liked older toyotas and nissans for the job i used to do.

cheers...reg[/quote]

Hi Reg,

I use a Nissan X-trail and find these fine for going around the bush. They are great on fuel too. Mine is a petrol so not sure what the diesels are like. Never had a problem with the X-trail out bush (well except the odd puncture Very Happy ). They have good grunt and can pull themselves out of most situations. Great on loose sand too. The bigger Nissans, like the Patrol are a better option for the really heavy going areas but as I have already said, the X-trail works for me,
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Post  GoldstalkerGPX on Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:45 pm

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Post  reg on Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:48 am

thanks fellas good one goldstalker i will have a good read up on that link.

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Post  cranky on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:19 am

Reg,

Can I recommend a Lada Niva, small enough to get into tight spots, light enough to not get itself seriously bogged, good on fuel consumption, and if you are not more than 4ft tall you can sleep in the back. Razz Very Happy

If it should fail to proceed at any time you can always post it home, I heard that some charater in the West has ditched the "Donk" from his and harnessed a Camel to the front. Rolling Eyes Shocked

Sorry about that, my sense of humour has become a problem lately. affraid

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Post  reg on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:30 am

cranky wrote:Reg,

Can I recommend a Lada Niva, small enough to get into tight spots, light enough to not get itself seriously bogged, good on fuel consumption, and if you are not more than 4ft tall you can sleep in the back. Razz Very Happy

If it should fail to proceed at any time you can always post it home, I heard that some charater in the West has ditched the "Donk" from his and harnessed a Camel to the front. Rolling Eyes Shocked

Sorry about that, my sense of humour has become a problem lately. affraid

cheers Cranky cheers cheers


thanks a lot for the info but me thinking could be hard to fit a 6ft frame in a sardine tin and i dont want to diet as i have to sway around in the shower to get wet as it is. Very Happy but its good to see a bit of humor Laughing
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Post  maka on Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:23 pm

I have a 2000 model VX prado. I have never put a spanner on it. other than timing belts, fan belt, battery and tyres and brakes.
its pushing 290 000 K's and recon it will do another 200 thou before i sell it.
The oil is still tan colour, and hasnt been changed in a year. I change it every xmas. Filter has NEVER been done , lol Only the fuel filter.
Plugs run good 200 000k before you would even think about replacing them,I thrash it and have only been bogged once in a mud flat up to the window sills.
No one would drive out of mud like that!!!!
I recommend one for comfort. My back is shagged i spent 3 months in rehab last year with a back injury and love the prado seats for comfort even on long trips.
I get around a thousand K on the 2 tanks. 70 and 90 litre i think they are.
They handle well, drive well and are safe to drive.
I am a mechanic by trade, and a truckdriver for a living.
The auto is awsome and tuff as nails. Mine still has the original oil in it, lol.
Auto hubs,traction control, lsd , etc. You can hear it transferring drive to the other wheels when one is off the ground or spinning...
I cant praise this vehicle enough.
I did canning stock route from Brisbane in the late 90's and spent over a month behind the wheel of a brand new cruiser. It drove like a truck but performed very well.
If i did a long trip or the canning stock route i would take an auto Prado without hesitation...
It has minimal body roll it does have a suspension button in it. A second gear take off button etc, takes off reasonably fast from the lights.
It jumps well, lands well/ My jackeroo literally snapped in half, doing jumps!!!!!
I drove speedway ( modified production at archerfield etc) so i can actually drive a little...
I also competed in rallies, so my wreckless prado jumping wasnt overly dangerous , unless the airbags deployed on landing..
It will be the best car i have owned and as a mechanic i have owned everything from transams to toranas.. I have registered over 30 cars by the time i was 30 years old. And when this prado dies i will repair it as it has absolutely no rust spots even after sinking it in salt mud flats when it was new!!! that was 10 years ago, and not a speck of rust.
The paint work from factory has never faded, flaked or peeled. The dash has a great layout.
Driving, there is a small blindspot, but your get used to it quickly.
The rear seats fold up, the middle seats fold forward or can be unbolted for even more room.
Driving room is great , i am 6 feet tall, and have plenty of leg room.
I pulled a 20 foot bertram (2.6 tonne on the trailer) with mine every weekend. No problems for a 3.4 litre v6. And they dont sound tinny like the holden v6's..
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Post  Guest on Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:30 am

Suzuki Vitara 1600 EFI. Cheap to buy and run. Small enough to go anywhere but big enough to caryy two and all their prospecting gear
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Post  Nature_Pete on Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:31 am

Hi Reg,

I will weigh in on this one. I have grown up with Landcruisers and Patrols. I have also owned a Suzuki Sierra hard-top. I will admit, if I had the $$$ then I would own a Patrol or a Cruiser. Alas, we have a late model Jackeroo and she is a good vehicle. The only thing I REALLY don't like about this 4WD is the fuel consumption. It is seriously through the roof! The damn thing would use a litre of juice if you look at the keys! affraid

The best piece of advice I can give you is that just about any 4WD vehicle will serve the purpose and get you where you want to be (It just depends on how much you want to get there Wink ). To me, the three things I now consider is what I'm going to do to the vehicle (like GoldstalkerGPX), the comfort of driving long distances and above all, fuel consumption. The cost of fuel will continue to rise and there's not much we can do about it. If it's economical, then the extra cost of a vehicle will balance out in the end.

My 2 cents worth,

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Post  reg on Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:38 pm

maka wrote:I have a 2000 model VX prado. I have never put a spanner on it. other than timing belts, fan belt, battery and tyres and brakes.
its pushing 290 000 K's and recon it will do another 200 thou before i sell it.
The oil is still tan colour, and hasnt been changed in a year. I change it every xmas. Filter has NEVER been done , lol Only the fuel filter.
Plugs run good 200 000k before you would even think about replacing them,I thrash it and have only been bogged once in a mud flat up to the window sills.
No one would drive out of mud like that!!!!
I recommend one for comfort. My back is shagged i spent 3 months in rehab last year with a back injury and love the prado seats for comfort even on long trips.
I get around a thousand K on the 2 tanks. 70 and 90 litre i think they are.
They handle well, drive well and are safe to drive.
I am a mechanic by trade, and a truckdriver for a living.
The auto is awsome and tuff as nails. Mine still has the original oil in it, lol.
Auto hubs,traction control, lsd , etc. You can hear it transferring drive to the other wheels when one is off the ground or spinning...
I cant praise this vehicle enough.




thanks macka
as one truckie to another thank you,i too have a back prob and a bit of comfort goessssss a long way these days,you have giving me all the info i need.
because it has to tow a 16ft van as well i like the comforts of home these days guess im getting soft but hell ive done the hard yards.

cheers..reg

I did canning stock route from Brisbane in the late 90's and spent over a month behind the wheel of a brand new cruiser. It drove like a truck but performed very well.
If i did a long trip or the canning stock route i would take an auto Prado without hesitation...
It has minimal body roll it does have a suspension button in it. A second gear take off button etc, takes off reasonably fast from the lights.
It jumps well, lands well/ My jackeroo literally snapped in half, doing jumps!!!!!
I drove speedway ( modified production at archerfield etc) so i can actually drive a little...
I also competed in rallies, so my wreckless prado jumping wasnt overly dangerous , unless the airbags deployed on landing..
It will be the best car i have owned and as a mechanic i have owned everything from transams to toranas.. I have registered over 30 cars by the time i was 30 years old. And when this prado dies i will repair it as it has absolutely no rust spots even after sinking it in salt mud flats when it was new!!! that was 10 years ago, and not a speck of rust.
The paint work from factory has never faded, flaked or peeled. The dash has a great layout.
Driving, there is a small blindspot, but your get used to it quickly.
The rear seats fold up, the middle seats fold forward or can be unbolted for even more room.
Driving room is great , i am 6 feet tall, and have plenty of leg room.
I pulled a 20 foot bertram (2.6 tonne on the trailer) with mine every weekend. No problems for a 3.4 litre v6. And they dont sound tinny like the holden v6's..
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Post  starry on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:56 pm

hi guys Prado,s are a great 4x 4 ,but really the places you want to go would not spend the dollars on one for down here in TAS as places we go are pretty isolated and rough maybe good in some places though but think about the paint and stuff , we have an old Bundera the predecessor to the prado and it goes almost anywhere , now has lsd front and rear 2" lift centepede mud tyres (need em here) alloy bar and pto to go on front before next trip plus dual battery setup and full length roofrack (not on in picture), have trailer (home made) to camp in so pretty much self contained all up cost has been under $2,000 so dents and scratches noproblem Cheers Mick , all up cost [img][/img]
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Post  nessan on Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:13 pm

pic is nice, you got the problem solved?

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