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Old 11-08-12
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Hey there,

We are tossing up between an NW Platinum and a GXL Prado for my missus, she currently has an NM exceed with impco gas injection and 2" lift, light etc.

I know asking this question on the Paj forum will probably lead to one answer, however I'm sure others have had this same question. I'm leading towards the Paj as the current was has been great. The missus also liked the drive of the Paj better, plus more bang for ya buck. Will mainly be used for daily drive and towing a couple of horses

If anyone has pros and cons that would lend weight to my Paj argument it would be appreciated.

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The Prado is overpriced, underpowered, overrated, overweight and handles like a big blob of jelly. Good NVH, a bit more back seat room,and a toyota badge are the good things though.
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Points in favour of the Paj:

Cheaper,
More power and torque
Better fuel economy
More options (as you are talking a Platinum)
Better warrantee
Much better looks IMO
More comfortable (again, IMO. I am a big bloke though)
Drives better
Lower boot floor
Remove rear seats for even more storage
Rear Air Con (dont think a GXL Prado has it, never paid that much attention)

Points for the Prado:

Long range fuel tank,
Engine a little quieter
Umm...

These differences are my point of view only and, naturally, everyone is entitled the theirs.
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My brother in law just bought a new Prado, He likes it, said it drives nice, but also said he will never take it offroad, it's just a shopping trolley.

They might be alright around town and stuff. You are right with getting the one answer though on a Paj forum. lol I would have to agree with the above comment.

I bet this didn't help you one bit, lol. Go the Paj!
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Thanks Bundy, all good points. I think the 3 tonne vs 2.5 towing will also help my argument.
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Thanks Bundy, all good points. I think the 3 tonne vs 2.5 towing will also help my argument.
No probs, forgot about the towing bit.
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Some cons of the Pajero ...

- Cheap quality interior plastics that scratch easily
- Not as big a range of extras from the big companies
- Only 5spd auto
- Extensive towing and IRS rear needs to be managed well with airbags/ suspension

Cons of the Prado:
- Expensive
- Stupid 7-seater design with seats on top of floor
- Underpowered - the TD is old and while it was good in the 120 struggles with the 150s weight
- Low seating position needed to get legroom in front if you're tall

I ended up with the Pajero (obviously). I was to-ing and fro-ing the pros and cons but one of the big deciders was my wife's opinion - she hated the Prado's driving experience (reckoned it reminded her of our badly handling XJ Cherokee! ... I think she was being a bit harsh) but anyway, she ruled it out immediately after a test drive.
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Doggy, for all the above mentioned I have just traded my Jeep on one.
However, if you purchase an Active (no rear aircon) you can add an 80Lt LRA (Lillydale) long range fuel tank, perhaps not important to your wife, but highly recommended if you plan to tow a caravan.
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If no rear air con the pajero can be fitted with a 81L LRA tank for about $1700. Towing range will be over 1000km to 1200km with a 2.5t caravan at 90kph, more with a smaller lighter trailer.

With all main mods and towing a 1t camper should get 12.5L to 13.5L per 100km at 95 to 100kph
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[QUOTE=Doggy;230047]Hey there,

We are tossing up between an NW Platinum and a GXL Prado for my missus, she currently has an NM exceed with impco gas injection and 2" lift, light etc.

I know asking this question on the Paj forum will probably lead to one answer, however I'm sure others have had this same question. I'm leading towards the Paj as the current was has been great. The missus also liked the drive of the Paj better, plus more bang for ya buck. Will mainly be used for daily drive and towing a couple of horses


I went through this decision a little while ago, and in the end for me the Pajero won out because of its abiliy to tow a van well, much better than the Prado. And as I will be doing the trip around the block with a 21ft van the Paj tow ability sealed the deal.

However, I reckoned the Prado is a much nicer car to drive - being quiet and comfortable, with Toyotas build quality and proven reliability it would have won out if I was just doing a lot of non-towing km. Also, having driven a Toyota 4WD for the past 20 years (and 480,000km) without a breakdown or major fault and still running well I am a Toyota fan.

So for me the answer is... towing 25% = PAJERO TOWING 5% = PRADO

But of course thats me, not you

David
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