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Thread: Mercedes G class ute VS 79 series Landcruiser.

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    it's just that reading reports on it , it seems an ideal remote travel vehicle
    Are you willing to wager nearly 140k of your own money on that assumption?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trout1105 View Post
    Are you willing to wager nearly 140k of your own money on that assumption?

    Of course not. But I can dream. After watching Andrew St Pierre White's opinion of the new defender, I might even dream about it. He's not everybody's cup of tea, but he makes a hell of a lot of sense about the defender.


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    Well I put my money where my mouth is and actually bought a 79 series and so far it has not only lived up to my expectations it has exceeded them, I don't have to "Dream" about it
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    2004 D2 "S" V8 auto, with a few Mods
    2007 79 Series Landcruiser V8 Ute, With a few Mods.
    4.6m Quintrex boat
    5.4m Trailcraft Sportscab Boat
    20' Jayco Expanda caravan

    2012 Navara twincab GONE

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob10 View Post
    Interesting to see how the ADF is getting on with the Mercedes. What interests me is this is the second independent report on the G class I have read that sings its praises. Always good to talk to the man using the vehicle.
    I was actually talking to a group of of mechanics that work on them not far from home, when they were all having lunch while moving to the next stop, they all agreed that the g had its good points over the land rovers, they also all agreed that reliability was it's Achilles heel, commenting that they have never had so many vehicles having to be trailered back home for them to work on, as they weren't fixable out on the field.

    That "news" article/review , and others similar have been floating around the internet for some time and they are clearly biased and poorly researched.
    If you actually want to know what they're like, best to look elsewhere for info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trout1105 View Post
    Well I put my money where my mouth is and actually bought a 79 series and so far it has not only lived up to my expectations it has exceeded them, I don't have to "Dream" about it
    Well, you're lucky then. Some of us have responsibilities and families to support, and issues to deal with that means the best we can do for the moment is dream about it. However I hope to gather as much info as I can, so that if I can turn my dreams into reality one day I will be well informed to make a decision. I'm not going to sit in a corner like an old man and winge about my lot. BTW, the Mazda BT50 and the Isuzu are top of the list to replace my D2 at the moment. The old girl has served me well, but 20 years old, with 425,000 kms on it, I'm not going to take it on the Gibb river road any time soon, it'd shake to pieces. Having said that, I have become quite attached to her. I had considered buying a defender 130, but I don't have the time or the money to sort out the inevitable problems to get it up to a standard where I would be happy to take it remote touring. And, anyway, as I'm not a spring chicken any more, remote touring might just be another dream. BUT, I'm not ready for Eventide yet.
    halfbacks were invented to stop prop forwards taking over the world.

    Sometimes courage doesnt roar, sometimes it's the little voice at the end of the day, that says " I'll try again tomorrow."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    I was actually talking to a group of of mechanics that work on them not far from home, when they were all having lunch while moving to the next stop, they all agreed that the g had its good points over the land rovers, they also all agreed that reliability was it's Achilles heel, commenting that they have never had so many vehicles having to be trailered back home for them to work on, as they weren't fixable out on the field.

    That "news" article/review , and others similar have been floating around the internet for some time and they are clearly biased and poorly researched.
    If you actually want to know what they're like, best to look elsewhere for info.

    Cheers
    James
    I think I'm in the best place for info on the internet, if the right people post. The knowledge on AULRO is incredible, and usually reliable.
    halfbacks were invented to stop prop forwards taking over the world.

    Sometimes courage doesnt roar, sometimes it's the little voice at the end of the day, that says " I'll try again tomorrow."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob10 View Post
    BUT, I'm not ready for Eventide yet.
    You'll be right ,Bob. My sister in law works there. Just mention my name

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob10 View Post
    I think I'm in the best place for info on the internet, if the right people post. The knowledge on AULRO is incredible, and usually reliable.
    That's essentially what I was talking about, some reviews are clearly paid comment,

    like one a few years ago comparing the amarok to the hilux,
    the Amarok was given the best review when you read the individual write ups,
    but when it got to the last page with all the vehicles from 1-10 , the Hilux won because it had made the most changes since it's last release! so all it really should have won was "most improved" and clearly it needed it, as it still wasn't as good as the amarok..

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    I reckon Providence comes into play with remote touring (whatever "Remote Touring" means these days) as when two mates of mine, one in a new 79 and the other in the last issue Defender, completed the Canning in June '18.

    The 79 had several issues, albeit fixable on route by two capable, prepared blokes with a bit of ingenuity, and the Defender sailed through. If they did the trip again, who's to say the roles wouldn't be reversed.
    I've come across "Locals" out that way in old Magnas and Falcons on tracks that some Off Road pundits would class as rough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob10 View Post
    Well, you're lucky then. Some of us have responsibilities and families to support, and issues to deal with that means the best we can do for the moment is dream about it. However I hope to gather as much info as I can, so that if I can turn my dreams into reality one day I will be well informed to make a decision. I'm not going to sit in a corner like an old man and winge about my lot. BTW, the Mazda BT50 and the Isuzu are top of the list to replace my D2 at the moment. The old girl has served me well, but 20 years old, with 425,000 kms on it, I'm not going to take it on the Gibb river road any time soon, it'd shake to pieces. Having said that, I have become quite attached to her. I had considered buying a defender 130, but I don't have the time or the money to sort out the inevitable problems to get it up to a standard where I would be happy to take it remote touring. And, anyway, as I'm not a spring chicken any more, remote touring might just be another dream. BUT, I'm not ready for Eventide yet.
    I agree that research is an absolute Must before handing over your hard eared quids, The secret to GOOD research is being able to winnow out the BS from the facts Especially when it comes to cars/4WD's.
    Also it is Never a Good idea to buy the first of a NEW line of vehicles because these are usually the ones that the Public pay for the R and D to fix the teething problems.
    You may like the G wagon but you are putting a hell of a lot of faith in some half arsed and biased review and $140K is a bloody Lot of money to risk Also where is the dealer backup and service for these?
    The 79 series for me was a No brainer for me as I have previously driven them, I had talked to people that have owned them for a number of years and the service and backup is Australia wide.
    I did my "Due Diligence" before buying a 4WD ute that would tow and also carry heavy loads and the 79 series was head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd as far as I was concerned and the G wagon hasn't been able to sway that opinion.

    I still have my D2a V8 and it is much Nicer to drive that the 79 series and it is my daily driver But it cannot possibly match what the Toyota is capable of and what I bought it for.
    You only get one shot at life, Aim well

    2004 D2 "S" V8 auto, with a few Mods
    2007 79 Series Landcruiser V8 Ute, With a few Mods.
    4.6m Quintrex boat
    5.4m Trailcraft Sportscab Boat
    20' Jayco Expanda caravan

    2012 Navara twincab GONE

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