Small pickup

Wellytrack

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I’ll just have that modest Vauxhall pickup please….


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Cowabunga

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Location
Ceredigion,Wales
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.
 

dave mountain

Member
Livestock Farmer
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.
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.

realised a few days ago that my new hilux will be over a foot longer than my current 2015 one, as well as much wider (same width as my 80 series). they really are big trucks nowadays.
 
If you really don't value your life too highly we have a whole class of cars here called "sans permis" which literally means "without a licence". The idea is you can drive one without a licence even if you have lost your proper licence for whatever reason. The pick up version is popular with the farming community and can often be seen weaving down the local roads shortly after "l'heure de wine o'clock". They are best described as death traps attached to lawn mower engines.


 

beltbreaker

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Location
Ross-shire
Currently running an 04 Micra on snow tyres as 13 plate Ranger is not starting and despite a new gearbox has occasional gearbox warning light coming up and Defender 90 is clean and for sale.

Questioning sanity ordering a new Hilux and name down on an Ineos Grenadier. I would prefer something like a Subaru MV which were bloody good but rotted...

Jinny is not the best for longer distances like our Defender...
 

steveR

Member
Mixed Farmer
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.
Just thinking that Dacia need to sell a small pickup... sensible flatbed would be great.
 

Macsky

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Highland
Hilux, s have grown into big beasts now, with fuel consumption to match.
I spent £90 filling mine last night, its beyond a joke.
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!

these big tyres put some thirst on them, when you think back to the pickups in the 90’s, they were mostly running on 205r16s, now the higher spec pickups are 265 at a minimum.
 

Macsky

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Highland
err, 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
Stick with your ‘14 as long as possible! That seems to have been the best of them
 

idgni

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Location
Armagh
I don't fancy being my own crumple zone, either.
I know two rather large guys who were in one of these on M1 heading into Belfast ,
There was a traffic jam ahead , they brakes a bit too hard, and unfortunately they hadn’t anything in the back !!,
Front wheels locked up, back end flew into the air and they rolled upside down onto the roof!! 😂😂😂
They were in hospital for a few days after it 😳
 

Cowabunga

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Location
Ceredigion,Wales
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be great if they could start reproducing old marques, this with a modern 1.6tdi unit and 4motion awd would be lovely
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.
 
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