Attention DIY-ers: if you drain the oil on a Ranger or BT-50 for more than 10 minutes you might destroy your engine. Is servicing complexity out of control?
You want a ute for heavy towing - and the budget does not extend to a LandCruiser. Should you buy a V6 Amarok or X-Class?
The NP300 Nissan Navara. It’s just been updated for 2017. Find out why it's the ultimate vehicle for any aspiring 'suit-in-a-ute'
At $65,000 apiece you wouldn't want to make the wrong call on a fully loaded ute for work and/or play. So: The SR5 or the Wildtrak?
Diesel engines are getting smaller - with bigger power and torque outputs. Dose this mean, inevitably, they'll also wear out quicker? Let's find out.
The Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 have a lot going for them but I’m hearing rumors that these have recently been changed to a Chinese copy of the German ZF auto, and the Chinese one is just starting to experience problems.
I watched your review on Utes with great interest which trained my eye towards the Colorado 4x4 crew cab. I will only be able to afford $25,000 when the time comes and going by your reviews, all Colorados in that price range are only three star for safety. Is it still ok to buy a 2008 – 2011 Colorado or maybe look for other 4x4 alternatives which body types are classed as station wagons.
The Toyota Hilux ute is the top-selling ute in Australia. Some months, one month in five, on average, it’s the top-selling vehicle in the entire country. (We love our utes.) This is the first all-new Hilux for a decade.
2015 looks like being a big year for Australian utes and traybacks. The 2015 Mitsubishi Triton debuted in late April, and an all-new Nissan Navara will be launched this year as well, alongside updated versions of the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 (but these last pair are likely to be largely styling upgrades). Let's see how the Mitsubishi Triton Exceed stacks up against the Toyota Hilus SR5 - the vehicle widely regarded as the king of utes
Loved your 4WD ute review thanks. Can you elaborate on the reliability issues of the Amarok, it was sitting at the top of my list prior to your article so any advice is appreciated. I run a mowing business and tow a trailer but use the car as a family mover out of hours.
I've just been chasing the best price I can get for a dual cab ute (style side). At the moment the best I've found is the Nissan Navara D40 and the Holden Colorado. Nissan Navara is about $42k with bullbar and tow bar. Holden Colorado is about $45k with the same accessories. I was wondering if you were able to find me a better deal?
l have just bought a 2006 3.0-litre turbo diesel Nissan Navara dual cab ute. l bought it thinking it would tow my six-metre fibreglass boat without too much trouble, but it does struggle when towing uphill. l to have heard about these Hiclone systems that are supposed to give you more power and use less fuel. I have also been told about some chip that you can install and l have also been told to install a larger exhaust system, and so on. I am getting very confused!
I'm interested in a manual Colorado 7 LX with tow pack and bulbar. I'd like to know if it's worth paying $42,000 for this model. I've never bought a 4x4 dual cab ute before and I'm quite nervous if I'm making the right choice, if you think it's worth the plunge as I would like to try some weekend bush drives with my kids but mainly town driving, also a decent broker for a car loan please.
The dual-cab 4WD ute market is drowning in choice. Incredibly, one you combine the mainstream entrants with the new 4WD utes from 'sideshow alley', there are more than a dozen models on sale - with multiple spec levels of each dual-cab ute to contend with. This video cuts through the entire 4WD dual-cab ute market and identifies the top three vehicles. It's not about finding the cheapest 4WD dual-cab utes; it's about finding the best.
Here are the top 10 cars you should should absolutely, unequivocally not buy. Under any circumstances. Not in a blue moon, not even when there’s permafrost in Hell.
The 4WD ute segment is knee-deep in dogs. Once you flick the utes with fleas, the utes that are just under-done and the ones with expired use-by dates … there are just three 4WD utes you should consider buying. Let’s leave personal preference and marketing spin to one side and use the hi-tech miracle of objective criteria to process today’s dual-cab 4WD utes through the automotive abattoir. We’ll see which three manage to escape the knife.
Why do Toyotas, including the Toyota HiLux, have higher resale value in the second-market than Holden Colorado? Is that due to the quality of the cars? (I saw some reviews involved in quality problem of Colorado online.) You know I am not worrying about it too much as Holden provides 5 years warranty at this time, however I am worrying about taking time out of my job if the Colorado happens to broken. Can you give me some information about the quality of the cars?
I am hunting a ute as a contractor for cabling. Normally, I drive everywhere mainly on flat streets for handiwork, but sometimes I drive in the country. I need a dual-cab 4X4 auto ute as I have kids to pick up. You know it is by the end of financial year. I'm trying to decide between the Holden Colorado LT 4X4 auto($38,000 + 5 year warranty + 3 years free serving), Toyota HiLux SR 4X4 auto ($43,000 + 3 years warranty) and Mitsubishi Triton GLX 4X4 auto ($32,000 + 5 years warranty). I have no experience with the ute yet. Which one should I buy?
Bought the turbo diesel i30 following our conversation. THANKS HEAPS!!! Ben at your brokerage is helping me source a BT-50. I'd appreciate your thoughts (a quick call) re-HiLux or BT50. Thanks, Rob.
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'm thinking of purchasing a new Toyota Hilux SR5 to tow a car trailer. Should I get the tow pack thrown into the deal and then go to a suspension place like Pedders and have the suspension upgraded or should I go to Pedders for the lot? Thanks, Chris.
Hi John, I’m looking for a new dual-cab ute and considering buying a Holden Colorado or Isuzu D-MAX. What is your opinion of these two vehicles? Thanks, Mick.
I wish to replace a Holden Rodeo RA 2003 diesel turbo.
I would appreciate your advice on Hilux, Triton, BT50, Great Wall, Navara, etc.
What is the benefit of metallic paint, considering it is an extra cost.
Is the end of financial year sale a real saving.
Wary of common rail diesel.
What do B10 and B50 engine life standards really mean, and are they relevant to vehicle buyers? Isuzu says 90 per cent of MU-X engines should go 500,000km. Will they, in reality? And what do engine durability standards really mean?
i'm looking at ether a Ford Ranger XLS 4x4 or a HiLux. i would very much appreciate your advice on the utes.