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    Do you really need a pickup? Be honest now.

    So you have a nice 1 tonne pickup with a huge towing capability.

    What do you really carry around in it?

    Could a car cope with your needs? Or do you need the bigger size to handle the weight and size of your loads?

    Just wondering. I sold my pickup and bought a "crossover" CUV. I haven't had any problems carrying everything in it what my pickup did, had 4 bags of cement, some turf, a bicycle ( had to take the front wheel off) and a garden bench in it.

    I used to carry my dirt bike around in it so I am stuffed there but it was a two man job to get it up into the 4wd and I could always get a trailer if I wanted to get back in that. It was nice to have the lined bin to just sling whatever in it without worrying about scratching upholstery though.


    So be honest, do you really need a pickup for its load carrying capabilities?
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    Yes.

    With a smaller vehicle, trips to Home Pro, Thai Watsadu, Home Mart's etc are really not do-able. That, and the elevation you have with a truck adds a safety factor.

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    Could a car cope with rural Thai highways several trips a year. How about weir crossings or mud roads in the rainy season.

    Can you throw your king size bed along with the fridge, washing machine and sofa in the boot when moving house.

    How about that driving holiday taking friends across the border to Anchor Wat.

    Sedan style cars are fine in the cities but hopeless on the country roads.
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    I originally got the pick-up mainly coz it's a much better buy. A 4-door 2.5ltr diesel ute for the same price as a honda jazz ... no brainer.

    It's been pretty handy though. Not just to carry shit around in but like posted above a tough vehicle to travel around in as well, as we do a lot of highway kms.

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    Where else to put the in laws ,hitchhikers and assorted monks flotsam who roam the lanes here

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    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?
    Sorry about me horrible speling

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    I'd prefer to have an Everest, but the pickup was about 350k cheaper.

    Some of the roads here are dreadful, so having big wheels and tough suspension is good.

    I bring the rice harvest in with it once a year.

    I've lugged building materials about in it a few times.

    You can intimidate owners of little gay cars.

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    When I lived on Sukhumvit we drove a Benz, but when we moved out to Minburi smack in the middle of reclaimed swamp and I saw the state of the roads we sold it and got a 4x4 Vigo. Wife was PISSED to lose the Benz, but come the next rainy season we could still get around in our cheap truck while regular cars could not. For hauling bikes and surfboards a pickup truck can't be beat, and as mentioned above, they are unbeatable value in LOS.

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    Staff have one for work as a load carrier but wouldn't think of having a tank like vehicle as a daily driver in Bangkok, value or no value.

    Can't park in small spaces
    Need 4 lanes to do a simple U turn
    Doormen look at you as if you are a farmer
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    Doormen look at you as if you are a farmer
    the doorman probably gets around on a 20 yo honda dream. Don't give a shit what people think but up here in the north it is all pick-ups. I can see the practical value of a small car in BKK traffick. But these overpriced little 4 cylinders crumble like anything I'd probably opt for safety over ease of parking and turning circle all other things equal.

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    My vigo is the best vehicle I have ever had, and ive owned mercs, bmws, jags and audis.

    Pickups are no nonsense workhorses, with no pretensions to be anything else, they are tough and reliable, and just like the dim witted slave, need no tlc. They thrive on abuse.

    Unfortunately the manufacturers are gradually making them bigger and more complicated instead of smaller and simpler. Just like the cars.

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    Thai roads > pick up has a full chassis > end of story .

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    4 door Pick ups, best value for money here in TH IMO.

    Even in the city's there are the occasional flooded roads, debris from rain, roadworks and building cites, deep potholes, high curbs and speedbumps etc.

    You get an almost bulletproof big diesel engine, strong go anywhere chassis,wheels,suspension, high seating position for a better overview of all the kamikaze bikers, and in mine all the mod-cons like front and rear camera, sat nav. bluetooth handsfree phone connect, dvd player, usb player, etc. good projector lights, el. mirrors and windows, aut. gear with button activated reduction case for the 4 wheel drive, aircon, leather seats aso. Lockable weatherproof lid on the bed, plenty of room for the monthly big shopping and the odd big stuff, and room for 8-9 passengers if need be.

    Against is a slight agricultural driving experience compared to the medium class sedans and up, but that slight loss in comfort is a prize I think is well worth paying IMO. and that difference is getting less pronounced with the new generation pick up's

    I used to own an Accord and it had bent rims on more than one occasion + wheel alignment issues from the rough roads, and a friend of mine drowned his Honda Jazz on Sukhumvit near Pattaya central road, so much so that it was a write off, and our Lady driven nr. two car a Vios (although a very good reliable little car) with big rims, front spoiler, rear diffuser and skirts is forever getting scraped and scratched on those parts (I have no clue how she manages to do that so consistently )

    So full truck-chassis Pick up/SUV for my money here in TH.

    Goes like a steam train on steroids, never had an issue, very happy with this one -

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    I have option number two...one of each. One work truck and one smooth ride...for Mac'in...

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    Bottom line:

    They are incredibly useful and warranted if one has taken on a rural existance and associations related...otherwise, they might just be considered nothing but show boat.

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    Bit hard to put a 2400mm x 1200mm sheets of wood into a sedan so yes I need a pickup... I have put 3m lengths of 100mm x 100mm RHS into a honda city though.

    Mine is no good when it rains though........... last time out the engine died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    I have option number two...one of each. One work truck and one smooth ride...for Mac'in...
    Same same, battered old bench seat pickup, Mitsub strata, new 11 years ago. Used for the farm any any other moving, somewhat battered now, but still starts first time and a new [ almost 3 years old now Pajero for the wife and kids to go places.
    I use a motorbike most of the time, when not raining. Jim

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    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).

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    Our pick up does twice daily runs with anything between 60-300+ kilo loads; it is a working vehicle and a regular car wouldn't be an option to replace it.

    We have a March and a Jazz for nipping about in town and on good roads, and for a light delivery they are way more fuel efficient but having the pick up is essential for the big stuff.

    We are considering getting a Suzuki Carry in addition because the pick up is a bit knackered after only 2.5 years or so, and the extra capacity of the Carry would be welcome.

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    All good points and some of you actually use them for big loads! If I still lived in Phetchabun I would still have one most likely.

    Since being in Chiang Mai, city driving, trips through the hills I opted for a Subaru XV crossover. I have a Fiesta and Pickup and wanted something on between so I sold the pickup and got the Subaru (Fiesta is on the market soon)

    It handles rough rounds, good AWD which works on and off road, good ground clearance and excellent brakes and handling. I got a bit tired of open road driving through the hills in a tall pickup with no brakes. I think it's a good car if you don't have to haul loads. I wouldn't want a normal sedan as I already discovered the benefits of AWD and good ground clearance even around Chiang Mai city.

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    So Mr Bung, you're still loving the Scooby Doo as much as me.

    For some reason, at my 5k service a couple of weeks ago, Scooby decided to fit an ECU thingy. She goes like a Go Kart now.

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    I am an adventurous outdoors type who spends most weekends upcountry and over mountains carrying big loads. I can honestly say that my Honda City manages everything any pick-up can, and then some...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    I am an adventurous outdoors type who spends most weekends upcountry and over mountains carrying big loads. I can honestly say that my Honda City manages everything any pick-up can, and then some...

    So your Honda City can manage 10 sheets of 50mm thick MDF @ 2400mm x 1200mm ?

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    Almost certainly...

    The Honda City is by far the most practical and reliable car I've owned, and that list includes: Renault 5 GT Turbo, Fiat 131 miafiori sport, Lotus Elan plus 2, Rover SD1 and a horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Almost certainly...
    you talking shite Bro, not even a dual cab can do that !!!

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