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    We live out in the sticks and have some kind of Honda (a normal car rather than a pick up but I couldn't tell you anything more about it) and somehow we manage to survive so I guess the answer is no.

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    I actually agree with poster's above who said:

    1) Having a pickup and a smaller cityesque car is ideal.
    2) Value for money, something like an 800k Ford 4 door Ranger is the best car available in Thailand (or Toyota or Mazda or Izuzu...). A good comfy car-like pick-up is much better value than the cars in LoS.
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    I can honestly say that my Honda City manages everything any pick-up can, and then some...
    4 Adults and a 200 kg load on slimy mud tracks? Good luck..

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    ^no problem, it's a Honda...

    (I've seen double that on a Honda wave!)

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    Is there that many slimy mud tracks in Thailand?

    No.

    Are the poorly maintained roads that any car can traverse?

    Yes.

    Is a car better to drive the other 99% of the time? Eg: on highways, twisty mountain roads, in and around cities?

    Yes.

    Even my Fiesta was a surprising blast to drive through the hills back form Chiang Rai. My Vigo would have been rolling and groaning, struggling to stop the whole way.
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    2 Vigos. Do I really need a pick up - or two? Mostly yes.
    For the other times, I'd like a car [or three] as well, but wouldn't that be overkill?

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    For family or golf touring road trips it has to be the truck. 4 guys with golf bags and luggage just wont fit into the wife's Yaris.

    Having driven the wife's car (1500cc auto) 100 kms to KK i have to say it wasn't a particularly pleasant experience when compared with being behind the wheel of a 3.0 turbo diesel. Yes, ok for whizzing around town but i prefer something a wee bit more beefier on the open road. The larger wheels also cope better with Thailands infamous potholes

    9 years of untroubled truck driving in LoS dealing with flood water and cross country driving. The Vigo definitely deserves a big hug

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    The four-door, 5 passenger, 4wd pick up has become the new SUV, must have vehicle for the preppy, upwardly mobile set here in the U.S. The kinds of things I have been doing and intend to continue to do, yes I need a truck. Preferably a two wheel drive, 3/4 ton two door three passenger, Truck. One of these:


    One with the Cummins engine at 850 ft lbs of torque. some thing I can pull a '49 caddy, on a trailer over the Grapevine will do.

    Looking for one on the second hand market. they are hard to come by. Lots of frilly 4 door, 4wd chromed out playthings that have never been off the road or even driven in the snow on the market. I want the truck to do some work. I can use the car for groceries, picnics or road trips.

    Yeah, I really need a truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    Is there that many slimy mud tracks in Thailand?

    No.
    We quite frequently have to go out into the backwoods of Chumphon and Phang Nga which are unpaved tracks and get very muddy very quickly when it rains.

    They can be traversed in a car, but it is hit or miss and if you get bogged down you generally have to wait for somebody to pass by and haul you out or go tramping off through the mud to find somebody to come and give you a tow.

    The pick up is no guarantee of course, but it does generally do better in those circumstances.

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    Enjoy the elevation and much better vision in a truck, tbh. The seating, and comfort the interiors are much like any car now anyway.
    The roads in Thailand are lot better now than when I first came here, but I just feel vulnerable in anything else than a truck or SUV. Unless you spend a lot of time and money most of the saloon cars here are all anodyne, boring-as-shit boxes anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla
    runs with anything between 60-300+ kilo loads
    So the wife alone, or you with her then?

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    A pickup isn't going to suffer from the endless potholes and junk in the road especially up in the boonies where road repair comes and goes with governments. Although I don't like the idea of lugging around all the extra weight but with the small cars you face a lot more potential problems. Just my opinion on this. Go with a pickup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    1) Having a pickup and a smaller cityesque car is ideal.
    4-door pick-up and a scooter. If in BKK city most of the time maybe a small sedan + scooter.

    Back home it's all 2 car families. I like the car + scooter family idea. The cities (back home) are jammed with cars with one person going a short distance. It would never work though. Regulation and intolerance, not for the nanny state. Abbott should bring in mandatory scooters for short distance city commuters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    they might just be considered nothing but show boat.
    Except for the fact they're cheap peasant vehicles (unless it's a Wildtrak of course).
    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee's Marmite why do you wanc all over the Ford's.

    Any pickup is handy to have a long as you can go through 500mm of water deap.

    Bung a trailer would do the trick.
    I think that the Subi are a great little 4x4.

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    Need one, but only on Sundays.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    Doormen look at you as if you are a farmer
    well, get yourself an expensive number plate, that fools them!

    we bought our Izuzu from a guy who confiscated it in lieu of a debt; very cheap but it had a number plate that could be sold for about the price we paid for the truck!

    it has carried monstrous loads, is cheap to run, cheap to fix
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    Izoozoo surely as chosen by Pandas

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Izoozoo surely as chosen by Pandas

    Don't give up your day job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    Need one, but only on Sundays.

    Now There's a photo that makes me miss my dirt bike. Had some of the best days of my life loading up my ute.

    To be honest, it was a sad day to sell my Vigo, it was a great car and never gave me any problems.

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    Here ya go Bung. Problem solved.


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    We really do need our pickup for big or mucky loads. When we decided that we needed a vehicle each, we opted for an suv. One reason was that I would consider only a high built vehicle with a chassis. The roads here aren't fit for small cars.

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    Saw the little run arounds swamped on Sukumvit Rd last Weds evening when the city centre was well flooded. Not a pretty sight. Prime example of why pick-ups are the go whether living rurally or in the heart of a metropolis.

    Of course, bang for buck they also win hands down. Just don't go for a Ford - it'll only end in tears

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    Quote Originally Posted by poorfalang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bung
    Could a car cope with your needs?
    No, i need to carry pig shit, fertilizer, pig feed, drugs and hookers. plus i can run over the dogs in the village without worry of bumper coming off.
    also wanker in SUV's get the fok out of my way when they see me coming
    mine is 20 years old, no paint due to rust, has not been washed for 5 years and it goes off road almost everyday. and its 4 meters high, you get the picture
    cant do that in a (Rot king) can i?

    lol.......been thinking about a new PU for three years now...our 2wd Mazda is 13 yo and am quite attached to it as has been good for hauling everything from building materials to rubber in our very rural environment..had new paint job and reasonably well maintained sans washing since paint job last year.
    At one time ordered new BT50 4wd and also Ford..cancelled both due to low delivery expectations.
    Guess to many, the main reason for a pickup is the price, think f I ever get another new/used one it will be a 4door auto 4wd ( ano domini setting in ).
    Still debating if we actually NEED a replacement..would be a nice toy I suppose and more comfortable for longer trips.
    Would like to do a month or so tour of Thailand but considering renting an SUV for that.

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    Take into consideration too though you are going to be paying a significantly higher license fee every year with a 4-door vehicle. As vehicles hold their value longer here than in the States for example, that license fee doesn't go down at all for almost 5 years if I remember correctly.

    4-doors are worth it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady
    Just don't go for a Ford - it'll only end in tears
    Why not? You did.

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