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3 minutes ago, catman20 said:

time you bought a new one then

 

It's gone... Sold on a hire/purchase type agreement to our rubber cutter !!

Might buy a new one next year... For now, we are going retro in our 30yr old Nissan Big M ?

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I drive a Ford ranger. 175xxx km in 5 years. It nice and comfortable to drive, stable and powerful. However very bad resale value for Ford in general. Also, spare parts are expensive. I recently asked the dealer in Chiang may for the cost of a key (lost one.....) and was quoted about 15000thb. Asked the dealer I bought it from in BKK and was quitted about 5000thb....

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A friend of mine set off one day with a cat asleep in the engine compartment of his almost new Ford Everest - yes a cat, I kid you not!  The now ex cat got fouled up in the motor and must have caused the auxulliary belt to snap or something like that because the car overheated badly - to the extent that the motor was wrecked by the time my mate noticed something was wrong.  Ford agreed to replace the motor because for some reason the temperature warning (don't know whether its a gauge or a warning light or whatever on Everest's) system hadn't worked. A check of the ECU also confirmed that no warnings had been recorded.

 

There was no argument with Ford over this and a new motor was ordered. All would have been well - except it took 3 months to get a new factory motor.  That would put me off buying a Ford.  We'd be unhappy in the UK if it took 3 days - never mind 3 months

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11 minutes ago, LukKrueng said:

I drive a Ford ranger. 175xxx km in 5 years. It nice and comfortable to drive, stable and powerful. However very bad resale value for Ford in general. Also, spare parts are expensive. I recently asked the dealer in Chiang may for the cost of a key (lost one.....) and was quoted about 15000thb. Asked the dealer I bought it from in BKK and was quitted about 5000thb....

 

15,000 is about right in any country for a new key... Modern keys that is..

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They are All virtually the same but for service and reliability it’s Toyota but if you want style then in my opinion the Ranger is the best looking. Ford dealers have a long way to catch up with the Toyota dealers though on customer service.

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1 hour ago, kannot said:

The Fords  have an all new engine in higher spec  models , Isuzu's quite an old pick up now.

They've barely changed since I bought mine more than 12 years ago.... :cool:

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When in the US sure, buy a Ford or a Chevy, makes sense.

In Asia you buy Asian. Parts are cheaper and more plentiful.

As a hard core Toyota guy I cannot say enough about them. Just bought a Prerunner and after checking the competitors, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Ford the Toyota ended up being the most affordable.

Always great service and Toyotas are legendary for their reliability.

Just do your legwork, visit them all and do a comparison. You will always find supporters of all brands but lend an ear to folks who have already played the game.

I never even really considered Ford to be honest, just didnt make sense.

Best of luck and enjoy whatever you decide on!

 

 

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I had an Isuzu DMax for seven years. Sold it last month because it was too big for my wife to handle, but I miss it. Five-seater with a nice Kenwood/Garmin sound and GPS. The touch screen could have been more responsive, but they fixed that in recent years. I added a hard cover over the bed. 3-liter turbo diesel could pass in a heartbeat. No significant problems. The Isuzu dealer was always fair and attentive to detail. Aircon still cool after seven years.

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25 minutes ago, sceadugenga said:

They've barely changed since I bought mine more than 12 years ago.... :cool:

MY Isuzu is 12 years old too, I wouldn't part with it!

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3 years ago the wife said get the Iuszu MU-X as Thai's prefer Isuzu and everybody knows how to work them, I personally wanted something like the Ford Ranger or similar, as we were building a house and I knew we would need to pick up stuff every now and again from the local hardware suppliers etc etc, however she persisted and said we can use dad's Isuzu as it has an open tray at the rear, so deposit down on Isuzu, two months later, where is the car, is coming, another 2 months later, where is the car, is coming, cancel order I said, deposit returned and put on a Ford Ranger.

 

Best decision, wife agrees as even to this day we are still bringing stuff back from the hardwares and other stores, put a cover over the back with matching colour to keep stuff from getting wet, now time to upgrade to the Ford Everest, but reckon will wait another 3 years as the Ranger is such a great car to drive and Ford have been absolutely great when it comes to servicing the car or any queries on the car, i.e. bring it straight in and then look over it on the spot.

 

Highly recommend the Ford Ranger, as for dealerships cannot fault the one in Sawang Daen Din, even shaved 35,000 baht off the asking price whereas all the other dealers like Isuzu and Toyota wouldn't budge, as for Chevrolet, they didn't even get off their rear ends on two occasions to talk to us, so as far as making the sale, Ford has also kept us happy with their servicing, and will get our returned business when we upgrade. 

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Yeah I went Isuzu as well, after nearly doing my head in on research etc., it is not 12 months old yet(that happens in October) it has never missed a beat and have only had it back to service for its 6 months(I never made the klms for that) and a dash cam install. The truck is used to bring all and sundry to the farm, from blue metal(gravel) to concrete rings(they were heavy) to bags of cow shit to bricks for growing beds and buildings it has handled it all with ease. Service has been great(Buri Ram) and the personnel excellent, even got a phone call at 5 months to let me know it was coming due, so good luck which ever way you go(I was a ford man myself back in Australia, ford was my first brand new car, then first new Ute(read truck). 

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