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Per my recent thread, I contacted a guy who helps expats find and buy vehicles (I won't mention Tim by name 😉 ), about finding a used truck. A friend who's had a small Toyota 2-door diesel pickup for 18 years said it was a no brainer to go with the same thing (Toyota diesel), as 'you just can't kill them.' Tim agreed...so that's basically what we're looking for.
However, since it seems these are great machines and highly valued, the used prices are fairly high. His initial recommendation was to go for, say, a 2018 model. A quick search found a couple for around 400k baht. Then I guess they would still be under warrantee. And they would be the newer 'Hilux Revo' model, instead of the older 'Hilux Vigo' model. (Model change was around 2015 I think.) He said the Revo is significantly better; but that the Vigo's are still great machines.
BTW, I'm specifically looking for a small-wheeled, 2WD, 2-door, with the bench behind the driver's seat (any color but black). (Hard to put motorbike in back of 4-door models; requires bed extension. 4WD get worse milage....) Since I'll be putting some miles on it, fuel efficiency/dependability/low cost-of-ownership are main considerations. (Don't anticipate going off road....)
Questions:
1) I *can* pay 400k, but of course would prefer to pay less (200-300k?). Since these seem to 'go forever,' I wonder how old of a Vigo I should be looking at: Ten years old? Fifteen? Tim (and crew) will inspect whichever ones I'm interested in, to try and make sure they are decent/dependable machines. While I don't want something with ripped interior...I'm not concerned about amenities like flashy flat screens or sound systems. As long as it's basically comfortable and works well, all's good. I anticipate going on the road for a few months, then parking it in BKK for a month, etc.
2) Are there other brands that are worth looking at? Same/similar dependability/value? Thx

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Nothing wrong with a Mitsubishi Triton or Mazda BT 50. You don't specify whether you want an automatic or manual gearshift, manuals are definitely cheaper in used vehicles. I wouldn't get to

Per my recent thread, I contacted a guy who helps expats find and buy vehicles (I won't mention Tim by name 😉 ), about finding a used truck. A friend who's had a small Toyota 2-door diesel pickup for

This vehicle is in Chiang Mai, seems to fit your specs. No, I don't get a finder's fee.   https://expatautocm.com/cars/2017-mitsubishi-triton-vht484/

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7 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

Nothing wrong with a Mitsubishi Triton or Mazda BT 50.

You don't specify whether you want an automatic or manual gearshift, manuals are definitely cheaper in used vehicles.

I wouldn't get too fixated on a diesel, the 4 cylinder gasoline engines are quite adequate and economical, unless you want to extract bogged buffalos.

 

Yes, he said manual would be cheaper and I said that was fine. (Been a while, but used to drive manual back in the day...er, with my right hand. But assume I'll get used to doing it the other way round.) Kinda doubt I'll be extracting any bogged buffalos (though that sounds fun).

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36 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

This vehicle is in Chiang Mai, seems to fit your specs. No, I don't get a finder's fee.

 

https://expatautocm.com/cars/2017-mitsubishi-triton-vht484/

 

Thanks but...I'm in BKK, so not practical to buy in CM. Also, not sure motorbike would fit in back. And, price a bit more than I want to pay. Otherwise, clean looking machine.

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LOS is dripping with second hand trucks, corvid unemployment has added to the numbers.

First, what is it going to be used for, number of passengers, carrying a motorcycle etc.

I would stay away from petrol rides, diesels are cheap to run and are less problematic and resale value will be better.

Brand, doesn't much matter if you are buying something 2/3/4 years old, though Toyota is probably the most reliable truck out there..

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16 hours ago, moose7117 said:

try these sites.

i use the google chrome translate option on my mac so i can convert to English.

 

https://www.one2car.com/

https://th.priceprice.com/car/

https://rod.kaidee.com/

https://www.mottoauction.com/home/main

 

good luck and happy shopping.

 

moose

 

 

Thanks. I learned about some of these recently and have been meaning to check out. Yeah, I also use Chrome on Mac to auto-translate to Thai...very handy at times. Have looked a bit in FB Marketplace. Will try to look at the above. 🙂 

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I’ve been living in Phuket for the past 22 years. My first little truck was an Isuzu SLX. It never broke down. If you’re going to be traveling around T’land and you do have a problem, you want to know that it can be fixed wherever you are. Chances are that most all Thai guys walking down the street will know how to fix it for you.

After my Isuzu I bought a new Ford Wildtrak in 2007, but it was very thirsty.

Now I’m in a Volvo V40 T5 hatchback. Great car. Don’t need a big heavy truck anymore.

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Tip 1: -- As a good example listen to the engines in older baht buses (songkeuw), if they sound like a bucket of bolts (which most Izuzu and Mitsubishis' do) then those models would obviously not be such a good buy.

Tip 2: -- BT50 Mazda and Ford Ranger with 3.2 litre diesel engine, yes I know they are quite big engines being 5 cylinders but they are very efficient, quiet, slow revving and reliable. My 3.2L Ranger uses much less fuel than the previous Courier (Mazda BT40) 2.5L diesel, and it has much longer legs.! And being 5 cylinders it is just so much smoother than any 4 cylinder diesel.

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Anyone know the difference between these

Toyota Hilux Vigo models?:

Champ

Extracab

Smartcab

I'm interested in the one with small bench seat behind driver, but pickup bed long enough to hold a motorbike (like Honda Click, Yamaha Filano scooters). Some models appears to have beds too short to hold a motorbike.

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