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Old 8th May 2018, 22:09   #1 (permalink)
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Pickup Truck as a family car, downsides?

I've been looking at the price of double cab pickup trucks like the Nissan Navara and Toyota Hi luxury as an alternative to something like an X-Trail or Rav4... They're significantly cheaper to buy and even the yearly tax appears to be cheap (if you get the 2WD version)..

Downsides I can think of are:
- increased fuel consumption
- lower speed limits on pick up trucks
- handles like a truck / less refined

Pros are:
- cheaper to buy and tax
- massive boot!
- good protection

Anyone have any experience or opinions?
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Old 8th May 2018, 22:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Pickup Truck as a family car, downsides?

It is a yearly mot as opposed to a two yearly mot for non "commercial" vehicles. There was at one time some argy bargy as to how many passengers were allowed to ride, somebody more current could advise.
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Re: Pickup Truck as a family car, downsides?

I had a Ford Ranger 4x4 from new. You need to remember that it is a commercial vehicle (as mollag mentioned) with a whole raft of problems. For example, in normal use you will not have an issue, but if you are seen carrying loads that could be commercial, or business related, or even just a load of stuff, you will have a problem and have to prove it is not commercial - prove a negative.

Not always cheaper to buy and tax. Tax is linked to age and engine size; buy a few years old to reduce the cost; buying older has problems because servicing is a hit-and-miss affair, and service records are not worth the paper they are scribbled on. Insurance may be on a commercial level depending on the company - make sure you stress it is not business linked.

Check the English reviews for reliability and recall problems. Example - some Navaras are having huge structural problems with chassis rot.

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Re: Pickup Truck as a family car, downsides?

As mentioned before the yearly MOT is a hassle (and not cheap), Pick ups are very heavy and so fuel consumption will be high. Have a look at the 'vannettes' very common in Turkey for families and also carrying capacity. We are pleased with our 1800cc Turbo Diesel Ford Connect, it also suffers from the yearly MOT. Technically the speed limit is lower too.
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I was going to buy one but I am easily influenced by what I see on TV especially the news

I decided therefore that I did not require a vehicle capable of carrying 8 bearded men and a large anti aircraft gun and I also feared my new car being attacked by military drones as it would most certainly nullify the warranty
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I decided therefore that I did not require a vehicle capable of carrying 8 bearded men and a large anti aircraft gun and I also feared my new car being attacked by military drones as it would most certainly nullify the warranty
Those RPGs will seriously damage the paintwork Philip.
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Re: Pickup Truck as a family car, downsides?

It would be a big step up from the little Noddy car he used to wiz round Belfast in.
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Re: Pickup Truck as a family car, downsides?

One more downside of a pick-up is it's ability to dance around on a wet road if there is no weight in the back!!
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Re: Pickup Truck as a family car, downsides?

If you want a true terrorist vehicle , nothing beats 2 guys on a honda C50 , with an rpg .

Go any where , one wheel drive , 200 miles to the teaspoon , Billions made and sold , never knowingly broken down .

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