Which Pick-Up Truck?

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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by usual suspect » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:48 am

As you lot know..I do not rate HH Ford's service & set-up one bit..the staff are patronising & incompetant, the 'yard' is tiny & so cramped..hard to park your car anywhere within their compound. As mentioned here just now..the work-area is off-limits almost to customers (& maybe for a reason because I can only describe their labour as shoddy). :tsk:
I believe there is a Ford dealer South of Pranburi..if work on my truck has to be done by Ford I'm gonna try down there..??
After all this ranting tho'..I still like my Ranger..(& I think BB thinks his truck was worth the wait)..

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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by PeteC » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:59 am

Here's some Ford pick up muscle we can't get here. Pete :cheers:

http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/

http://www.ford.com/trucks/superduty/
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by Big Boy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:04 am

usual suspect wrote:I think BB thinks his truck was worth the wait
Definitely
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by PeteC » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:29 am

You've done a few long road trips now BB. Any comments positive or negative about the Ranger's reliability, comfort, power, economy etc? Pete :cheers:
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by Big Boy » Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:59 am

I don't have any negatives about my beast apart from the fact it's a pig to keep clean. I've recently done the trip up to Isaan and back followed immediately by showing friends around the Hua Hin area. There's been no chance to clean it for 2 weeks, and I think I could plant things in the muck on the outside.

Comfort wise, I've never driven a more comfortable vehicle. It's like riding along in a big armchair.

It easily holds whatever speed I want. The previous time I went up to Isaan, I was in a rented people carrier, and it really struggled up some of the hills, and the engine was screaming to maintain a steady 120. This beast just laughs at any hill. I usually drive between 120 and 130 here in LOS, although my foot has slipped a couple of times, and I've found myself cruising at 140. OK, by UK standards, that would be considered slow, but I think it's plenty fast enough here. The latest trip had 5 people on board and a substantial load of luggage.

I've driven it through a couple of feet of water (the literature says it laughs at 3' depths of water), and it doesn't even flinch. It's brilliant when the bow wave just sweeps up over the windscreen ( :idea: I wonder if this could have something to do with my problem of keeping it clean :D ).

I've driven it off road as easily as normal road.

I've just thought of one negative as I write. There is a blind spot when turning right. The forward stanchion between the windscreen and driver's side window is quite wide. Turning right at night on smaller roads can be a bit scary.

Another negative when cleaning it - it's too big. I'm over 6' 5", and I have to stand on a chair when cleaning it.

I've driven a lot of cars in my time. Iit was not uncommon for me to have 4 or 5 different hire cars (all had to be of a larger size) in a week when at work, and I rate this car amongst the best. I love it.
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by Big Boy » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:05 am

Fuel economy - around town, at best I'd rate it as poor. Pattaya and back (with driving around Pattaya) was less than 7 gallons, which I was pretty pleased with. Going to Pattaya an accident had us stop, start, bumper to bumper for about and hour, and on the way back I took a wrong turn and drove around Bangkok for a while.
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by pharvey » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:33 am

Big Boy wrote:and on the way back I took a wrong turn and drove around Bangkok for a while.
And I thought your SatNav was spot on BB....... :laugh: :neener: :duck:
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by Big Boy » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:52 am

The sat nav was, I just misinterpreted the instruction. It was something like, 'Turn left, and then keep right'. Unfortunately, the left turn was correct, but there were 2 options of keeping right - I took the wrong one :oops: . As soon as I'd done it, I realised my mistake, but Bangkok's road system is not always user friendly.

Had I been looking at the screen, as well as listening to the instructions, it wouldn't have been a problem. However, there might have been a chance of me rear-ending somebody on that busy junction.
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by PeteC » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:40 am

A new one coming BB. Perhaps time for a replacement? This one looks military strength. :D Pete :cheers:

2018 Ford Ranger Raptor confirmed for Asia-Pacific

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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by Spitfire » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:59 am

Good idea to check whether the pickup you are buying (new or 2nd hand) has a timing belt or a chain....chain much better.
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by PeteC » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:35 am

The Hilux is turning into a good looking truck again. Pete :cheers:

Toyota facelifts Hilux Revo pickup for 2018

Photos at link.........................

https://www.bangkokpost.com/auto/news/1 ... p-for-2018
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by ahandpatsy » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:42 pm

i will never understand the proliferation of pick ups in Thailand.

Too big, and 99.9% of them have absolutely nothing in the back of them.

A fashion statement surely.

Chelsea tractors of asia lol

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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by Big Boy » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:19 pm

Mine has nothing in the back most of the time, but when I use it, I'd be stuck without it.

Additionally, I'm allowed 5 people in the back, so I have a 10 seater vehicle. Great for taking the dogs to the beach. The last thing anybody would call me is fashionable :shock:

As for the new look Hilux, they've made it look like the new Ranger.
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by PeteC » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:39 pm

I agree about the Hilux/Ranger look-alike. The selling point for me would be build quality and service, both quantity of locations and staff quality. Very hard to beat Honda and Toyota service facilities here.
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Re: Which Pick-Up Truck?

Post by PeteC » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:41 pm

^^^ It's the price and flexibility that sells to the Thai masses.

The bad thing is that the MIB love to stop pick-up's more than any other type of vehicle, especially if the back is covered. Just about every drug smuggling story I read in the papers has a pick-up involved. Pete
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