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    Shopping for an SUV ,Pickup truck or MPV

    Used to have a Colorado pickUp truck, Sold it when I went back to the US to work, with the thinking that we will rent when visiting in Thailand. We ended coming back to Thailand more often, and staying longer, than we thought , especially my wife, and renting became an expensive proposition.
    So we bought a 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage to drive when we are there.
    By The end of this year I will be retiring and spending most of our time in Thailand , we will keep the Mirage for around the town driving but we will be looking for a more substantial vehicles for longer trips, and for more passengers
    We are looking at SUV's, (Pajero, Trailblazer top choice so far) ,, MPV,s , I like Toyota Sienta and Michu Expander but weak for the weight IMO 1.5 L about 105 hp engines BRV and Mobilio also 1.5L but develop 117 hp
    which might be more viable. And have not settled on a four door pickup truck yet, they all seem the same for the most,, part but seem to be the most bang for your buck.
    In another forum while reading a thread concerning this, someone mentioned a CRV AWD that he bought for 1,4 mill baht (47,000 usd!!)
    I just helped my sister in the US negotiate and purchase a LX 4D AWD 2.4L CRV for a litle over $25,000 (800,000 bht) I will be damned if I will pay double for it in Thailand. but that seems to be the case with all SUV,s
    So it looks like , in the end, it will be another Pickup truck or a MPV .
    Any Thought?
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    Wife and I currently looking. Will be an SUV but not an over priced Honda. The new Pajaro Sport looks very nice.

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    toyota avanza

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    toyota avanza
    Avanza is a nice Van,Also like the smaller Sienta because it is front wheel drive and drives like a car but I am concerned about the 1.5L 108 hp engine , and I am considering it along with the Hyundai H1 and Inova but if I am going to spend that kind of money , why not go for the Pajero
    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Wife and I currently looking. Will be an SUV but not an over priced Honda. The new Pajero Sport looks very nice.
    It does look nice, I just don want to part with my cash. I guess I might have too.
    I watched a few YouTube Head to head comparison of SUVs , and almost all the Pajero came on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    toyota avanza
    By the way , we would never buy an Avanga!!!
    My wife's cousin whom she hates , I don't even know her name because she is always referred to as "my stupid cousin" has one.
    God forbid we copied her. It can't be an Avanza and it has to be a better, more expensive car, LOL those married to a Thai lady know what I am talking about.

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    I bought a pajero sport in Nov 2017. It's a good enough drive on roads and mud tracks and takes a decent load. It is a little more hassle switching to 4H and 4L, compared to my old Toyota or land rover, but that could just be me not used to electric Vs mechanical switching. Fuel economy is good and you don't feel you have to go fast...easy to control the car rather than letting it take over.

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    650,000b to 700,000b



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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post

    650,000b to 700,000b


    The new Ertiga has being getting good reviews, and certainly looks nice, and will not break the bank. I don't particularly like the touch screen that IMO looks like an afterthought, but is not a deal breaker.
    Again I am concerned about the 1.5L motor that produces only 105 hp .
    I own a 1.5L 108 hp manual transmission toyota that weights 916 kgs ,the 108 hp is barely adequate and it is always empty except for me (drive it to work and back) .
    The new Ertiga weights 1170 kgs (254 kg more) and develops 105 hp. I am concerned when loaded will not be able to get out of its own way.
    Anyone owns a new Ertiga, Sienta, Expander, Mobilo? would love to hear a report addressing the above concern.

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    The fuck is a Michu Expander ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    The fuck is a Michu Expander ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    I will be damned if I will pay double for it in Thailand. but that seems to be the case with all SUV,s
    Cars are crazy expensive in Thailand, they tax them hard. Pick-ups aren't taxed as heavily as SUV's due to the agricultural nature of Thailand, so the Gov't gives farm vehicles a less eye-watering tax rate. You can see this at the showroom when you price (for examples) a Hilux vs Fortuner or Triton vs Pajero which are exactly the same vehicle, but one has a tray-back while the other has a roof that extends all the way to the rear of the car. So it makes sense to buy a pick-up, put a cap or space-cab on the back to enclose it, and keep a good few hundred thousand in your pocket!. If you do bite the bullet and go SUV I highly recommend you take a CX-5 for a test drive, they're in a whole different league to a pick-up truck (with or without a covered rear) when it comes to ride quality, stability/safety, and driving enjoyment.

    And if the prices of Japanese cars have you clutching your chest, FFS don't start pricing real cars from places like Germany!. At a guess they'd be 3 to 4 times what they cost in the States for the same model, but with a lower spec here!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    It does look nice, I just don want to part with my cash. I guess I might have too.
    I watched a few YouTube Head to head comparison of SUVs , and almost all the Pajero came on top
    I am with you, I wasn't overly excited about coughing up the cash as well but the SUV suits our lifestyle better with all the traveling and activities we do. Like you I have been looking at all of them and the Pajero Sport ticks all the boxes, is well appointed with lots of features and the price is better when compared to others. Plus I really like the 100,000km warranty and they will toss in a ton of extras from the dealer. I sat in all 7 seaters vehicles and the 3rd row seats on all is not really functional for long drives with passengers unless they are midgets but that not why we want one, we want the covered space to toss our crap in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    The new Ertiga weights 1170 kgs (254 kg more) and develops 105 hp. I am concerned when loaded will not be able to get out of its own way.
    Absolutely agree. These econo bucket style vehicles are really dangerous going over mountain passes. They can barely keep pace on flat land and that's with just 2 people. Toss in 4 and a gear and its gonna get ran over. Now if you do not really ever go anywhere and want a econo grocery getter, its probably Ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    So it makes sense to buy a pick-up, put a cap or space-cab on the back to enclose it
    I have a Toyota Revo pick up and my wife and I had considered the bed cover/cap route but here is the conundrum. As soon as you cover the back you can't load it up with anything tall, wide, large or long. Plus its not an AC'd area. That said I understand we all have varying needs and live very different lifestyles. I use my truck a lot and regularly load it up with numerous things and a bed cover would be a huge inconvenience for me. For those that do not haul or move anything, a bed cover/cap can work and be a very viable option and as Headworx says, save you a few bucks. Really depends on the individual

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurt Reynolds View Post
    Thank you for that link. I looked at all the vehicles listed and among them they had the Proton Exora.
    Does Proton still sell cars in Thailand? I can no longer find their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I have a Toyota Revo pick up and my wife and I had considered the bed cover/cap route but here is the conundrum. As soon as you cover the back you can't load it up with anything tall, wide, large or long. Plus its not an AC'd area. That said I understand we all have varying needs and live very different lifestyles. I use my truck a lot and regularly load it up with numerous things and a bed cover would be a huge inconvenience for me. For those that do not haul or move anything, a bed cover/cap can work and be a very viable option and as Headworx says, save you a few bucks. Really depends on the individual
    When it is all said and done I will probably buy a pickup truck, but I hate the rear bed cap, for me it obstructs visibility. I have seen these bed covers that you can either lift the back to gain access

    Or lift the whole cover for tall items or people.
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    I picked up a Nissan Terra a couple of months back.

    Paid around 1.35 million for the middle of the range model.

    Lots of bells and whistles and a proper 7 seater.

    Not a bad drive. Don't like the stereo though, bit difficult to use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    a Hilux vs Fortuner which are exactly the same vehicle, but one has a tray-back while the other has a roof that extends all the way to the rear of the car.
    Different chassis.
    Different suspension.
    Different wheel base.
    Different payloads.

    How are they the same vehicle with just a different body ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Different chassis.
    Different suspension.
    Different wheel base.
    Different payloads.

    How are they the same vehicle with just a different body ?
    " Toyota Fōchunā), also known as the Toyota SW4, is a mid-size SUV manufactured by Toyota. Originally assembled only in Thailand and later also in Indonesia and other countries, the Fortuner is built on the Hilux pickup truck platform"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Fortuner
    I think it helps to do a litle research before you pull the trigger. Google is your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    " Toyota Fōchunā), also known as the Toyota SW4, is a mid-size SUV manufactured by Toyota. Originally assembled only in Thailand and later also in Indonesia and other countries, the Fortuner is built on the Hilux pickup truck platform"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Fortuner
    I think it helps to do a litle research before you pull the trigger. Google is your friend.
    I dont need to google before I make a post.

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    ^Would beg to differ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^Would beg to differ....
    What did I post that is inaccurate ?

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