KZTE vs 2,7 petrol

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High Range 4WD
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Town: Durban
Vehicle: hilux 4x4 KZTE
Real Name: John

Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:59 am

I am at the stage of contemplating moving on to another vehicle. My old faithful Gunga Din, a kzte DC 4x4 is 18 years old and 550000 km tired. Still goes fine, but little niggly things.
The vehicle has never been driven hard, but has been driven in hard places.
I was looking at getting a slightly newer 2004 model, but notice that these vehicles have achieved cult status and compared to an equivalent year model/mileage 2.7 petrol there is a huge difference in prices.
Bearing this in mind, and the fact that I do not anticipate more than a couple more years wandering around the sub continent, and will then use it for purely recreational purposes, should I look seriously at the petrol version?
I am a dyed in the wool KZTE guy, but I am open to comments either way. I wonder if the huge discrepancy in price is validated.

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Vehicle: '90 SFA Hilux DC 4X4, Full OME, 110mm lift. Brospeed branch, 50mm ss freeflow exhaust. 30 x 9.5 Discoverer S/T's on Viper mags. L/R tank. (AWOL) '98 LTD 2.4 SFA, dual battery system. Dobinson suspension, LR tanks, 31" BF mud's.
Real Name: Andy

Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:10 pm

I would stay with your KZTE and rather spend some of the funds you would have used to replace it, on a bit of TLC and take care of the "niggles".
Diesel is more readily available than petrol in the northerly states, you go further on it so more economical than petrol (the 3RZ is a guzzler) and your vehicle is already set up for what you do. :winkx:
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LR4WD, Lockers, Crawler Gears
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Real Name: Shane

Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:37 pm

With your current vehicle you know what have - niggles and all!

If the body + chassis still looks good then the rest can be sorted over time at a financially convenient pace...

Rebuild the motor - 30k
Redo all suspension rubbers + bits - 10k?

Replace suspension?

Interior + seats?

I would stick with kz as well...

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