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Land Cruiser 80 series vs Toyota Hilux DC Cape Town to UK

We are planning on buying a UK registered vehicle for an overland trip from Cape Town to the UK in 2013. A double cab Hilux seems to fit our needs (we are a family of 4), but we have been advised that reselling an outfitted Hilux in the UK would be difficult as most people go for a Land Cruiser. Any comments or suggestions?
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Either will sell but need to be diesel, hilux not so comfortable , but then it does not cost so much new ! Buy the one that suits you best , as thats the main criteria for travel , they are both pretty rugged with 4wd . Make sure you get the least abused that you can and service it well before hand . HTSH
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Thanks for your reply. We're planning on a diesel. Our concern is whether an outfitted Hilux would resell once we are in the UK. All the more reason to get one in good shape!
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I suppose it depends on how much you spend on the outfitting, but standard Hi-Lux's retain their value extremely well in the UK. I looked into buying one recently and had to accept I just couldn't afford one! Even battered old dogs with a quarter of a million miles seem to sell for thousands!

Of course, if the outfitting is costing you an arm and a leg, then you want to get that back. Although you could always ebay the parts and sell your Hi-Lux as standard. Not sure what the fuel efficiency difference is between a Hi-Lux and a Landcruiser, but might be worth factoring that into your financial decisions.

I'd generally agree with the statement above about buying what suits you, however.

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With the crazy prices that seem to be asked for Landcruiser 80 series nowadays..

How about buying a brand new Hilux HL2 Double Cab Circa £19K Inc Vat on the road (autoebid) fit a set of BFG A/Ts and roof tent and off you go. (Mpg in the 30s as well)

Do your trip, refit the original tyres, remove and sell roof tent and sell the Hi-Lux as standard.

As Matt Cartney says Hi-Lux's retain their value extremely well in the UK, check ebay for going price of a year old one.

In my mind this must be the cheapest way overall to do your trip and what I would do.
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TLC80 or HI-LUX

Think about the High Sulphur / Low Sulphur diesel issue - Africa is mostly (totally?) a LS diesel fuel country so make sure your 80 or HiLux is a LS engine and not a HS one.

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