Should I Buy a Mitsubishi Triton or Nissan Navara Dual Cab 4WD Ute?


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Hi John, can you give me the contact name and number of a reputable Broker to assist with purchase of Mitsubishi Triton? New or demo is okay. GLX + duel cab 4x4 diesel automatic or Nissan Navara D4 RX or ST for 1 per cent interest over 3 yrs???

I'd like a lockable hard lid too. Back step & tow bar a bonus, but I can go aftermarket later. I don't want to spend over $30k. Thanks, David.


Hey David I can certainly put you in touch with Ben from the brokerage who can help you out with this in Victoria.

My strong advice is: Don't buy either. 

Regarding the Triton and Navara: Are you aware these are as old as the hills in terms of their product life-cycles? Basically the Triton and Navara are out-gunned, engine-wise, by newer entrants (unless you buy the expensive 550Nm Navara, which is well beyond $30k; like, double that). Both are also four-star ANCAP safety rated, and the ST is outside the price range. This makes a huge difference if you crash.

Basically, when you look at the ANCAP crash test report on the Triton it says you're much more likely to die slowly and in agony from hypovolemic shock or very rapidly from a ruptured aorta than you are in a five-star ute like the Holden Colorado or Ford Ranger. (They use more moderate language in those reports than I have here. But, trust me, that's what it means.) This stuff REALLY MATTERS if you crash. And it doesn't cost you any extra for the five-star rating...

Nissan's 1 per cent finance deal is a rip-off. If the cash rate set by the Reserve Bank of Australia is 2.5 per cent, then (if it weren't a rip-off) someone's taking a bath on 1 per cent. And, trust me, they're not taking a bath. The basic rip-off is the same as zero per cent deals you see from time to time. (Just replace 'zero', every time I mention it in the video below, with 'one'.) See my video report below.

Full story on low-rate rip-offs.

In my view, you really should consider some other vehicles - newer, gruntier, safer versions of the same thing.

These recent posts might help you as well:

There are plenty of useful links in these posts as well.

The best utes on the market currently are the Holden Colorado, Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger. This is measured by objective criteria: five-star ANCAP safety rating, engine performance, presence of six-speed auto transmission, 3.5-tonne tow capacity. Against these criteria, the Triton and Navara do not measure up. (The Triton's a four-star, four-speed auto and it's out-gunned by half a tonne in the towing department as well... It's an antique.)

Of course, if your heart is set on a Triton, I'm happy to put you in touch with Ben, who can facilitate your acquisition of the vehicle. I really want you to go into the deal as a fully informed consumer, however.