my grandfather bought one off the first batch of subaru pickups to land in the uk. back then they were sold by what is now mole valley farmers.My father bought a Mini pickup while I was off working elsewhere. God knows what made him do it. It was old and hand painted and was absolute crap in every way possible. We changed it in probably 1978 for a Subaru pickup which was in a different league. Very thirsty and not particularly reliable though. That lasted, I think, until 1984 when I bought the LR110 Hi-Cap pickup which did sterling service for 22 years. Would never consider a smaller pickup than the 110 long wheelbase Land Rover. Current pickups are mostly around 130” wheelbase and double cab of course, which is probably why the ‘traditional’ Land Rover short wheelbase [88 or 92”] people think that they are ‘big’. Personally a king cab [cab and a half] would suite me fine, as my first Ford Ranger was, but they don’t tend to hold their value as well as double cab pickups. I have been surprised by how little I miss the lost extra foot bed length of my current double cab pickup compared to the 110 and shorter cab previous Ranger.
Just thinking that Dacia need to sell a small pickup... sensible flatbed would be great.Probably never came to the UK but Dacia Logan pick ups are popular in France. This was probably helped by the new price of about 9k euros plus vat. I am told they make a Dacia Duster pick up as well for Eastern Europe but not yet available here.
BIL was complaint about his 71 plate 2.8, it’s his third hilux and worst by far. He just recently pumped his tyres up from 35 to 48psi and that got him 31mpg that he was only getting 24 on the week before!Hilux, s have grown into big beasts now, with fuel consumption to match.
I spent £90 filling mine last night, its beyond a joke.
Back in teh 80s, Suzuki sold teh SJ413 in Oz, in a LWB form witrh a flatbed rear. Bloody brilliant stock truck.
Stick with your ‘14 as long as possible! That seems to have been the best of themerr, dunno about UK Hiluxes, but fuel consumption has improved on them here with each model & my 2014 3.0 is about the same size as my old 1980’s 2.4D & current model 2.8. They are all pretty much the same size when parked next to each other
Used to cost a bit over $100 to fill my HZJ75 when I bought it new, now costs about $250, fuel has gone up a lot since then
I know two rather large guys who were in one of these on M1 heading into Belfast ,I don't fancy being my own crumple zone, either.
our cowman had one of these for many years. I think his was a later model built by Skoda. The rear end needed patching up around the inner wheel arch annually and it was eventually scrapped, about a year ago, due to the underbody rust being too bad to repair.