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Old 15th June 2020, 23:00   #61
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Voted yes.

You don't buy a Fortuner just because your used car budget is around 10-12L. You buy a Fortuner for its unmatched road presence, street cred, bullet proof reliability, and offroad prowess. And it will probably outlive you.
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Old 15th June 2020, 23:17   #62
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Default Re: Pre-worshipped car of the week : Used Toyota Fortuner (1st-gen)

Well, I got carried away without even going through the first post and hit “YES” thinking the thread was about previous gen Fortuner!

Well, I wouldn’t buy the new gen because I love the Endeavour over the current gen Fortuner.

Endeavour has been my favorite since the time it was launched here with its massive looks borrowed from bigger siblings in US - far distant cousin Raptor

So,

Old gen - YES
New / Current gen - NO

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Voted No. And I'm talking about both old and new gen.

Although the car is very reliable (and probably the only car I wouldn't mind 6-figure mileage on) it's not something you'd want to daily drive. If the heavy clutch and size doesn't put you off, the ride quality definitely will. On the highway, the NVH levels aren't at par with the premium price tag it respects (or used to respect). Add to that, the interiors are quite spartan (in old gen). Your only saving grace is it's off-road ability and road presence, if that's important to you.

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If you really want to serious off-roading or rugged estate/farm work with comfort and 10-12 lakh INR is pocket change, absolutely worth it. There might not be too many easy to maintain off-road vehicles with the capability, reliability, ease of maintenance, and decent comfort.

Some folks who want the butch appeal at a low price might also buy it. For most other users, simply not worth the compromises and trade offs you've to make.

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I guess the question is whether there is any used SUV that you would buy over a used Fortuner if you were in the market for one and the answer to that is a resounding "Yes"
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Old 16th June 2020, 07:51   #66
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Vote NO. Not a decade later where refinement levels of diesels have improved. The asking price is also pretty high and there is nothing available south of 12-13L OTR in Bangalore. These are asking prices for 8-9 year old examples that have clocked anywhere around 1-1.5L kms and I'm not one for buying a high mileage run vehicle.
I've never been a fan of the Fortuner's handling and despise it on the ghats with its bouncy and roller coaster like ride. The weak brakes also aren't confidence inspiring.
One thing granted for sure is that the Toyota engine will never stop running!
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Voted yes.

You don't buy a Fortuner just because your used car budget is around 10-12L. You buy a Fortuner for its unmatched road presence, street cred, bullet proof reliability, and offroad prowess. And it will probably outlive you.
and that pretty much it is, rock solid reliability, once you drive one, you will fall in love
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Old 16th June 2020, 16:50   #68
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Love the butch looks, built-to-last, decent after sales & service support, availability of spares, manual, 4x4, 5+2 pax, decent power, ground clearance, etc.,

I want one cheap for the run to the farm!

But... voted No because, high resale values not VFM, high NVH engine, bumpy ride, poor brakes (drums on rear), poorly equipped, looks outdated even when it was launched a decade ago (similar to the old Innova)
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Old 16th June 2020, 16:56   #69
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Voted No.

I was contemplating about this vehicle some time back but with so many options available now in the budget range which the pre-owned fortuners demand, the white elephant is just not practical.

Agree about the street cred and the muscular looks but these things are for 'others' to see and not something for you to enjoy, if you know what I mean.

Bumpy ride, pain to maneuver in cities and utilitarian interiors are big turn off.
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Voted : No

I really don't find a point investing so much on a high mileage Toyota Fortuner.

Why I don't choose a Fortuner

1. Slightly unrefined engine and lot of body roll as its a heavy car.
2. Same boring interiors continued over generations.
3. Finding a low mileage fortuner is just like trying to spot pluto with naked eye.

Instead I would go with Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross as it is compatible for most of my requirements.

1. Cheaper in comparison to the mammoth fortuner
2. Huge and practical loading bay (to carry all the camping equipment).
3. Practical 4X4 which gives tough competition to its rivals.
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Voted for no.

I have personally found the Fortuner and Innova to be atrociously priced, back when it was new and also in the used car market. Yes, it had the brand value, which means nothing to me as it's not a luxury brand in any sense. Yes, the Fortuner is built to last and great off road, which again makes no sense to a city dweller who changes his car every 5 to 6 years.

For that price, there are so many better options in the market who are either cheaper or way better.
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Old 16th June 2020, 18:23   #72
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Voted Yes

Consider what you get in the new car market for similar price. Only hatchbacks and sub four metre cars with questionable build quality and reliability. And how many years / Kms will these cars run without issues?

Buying a Fortuner is like a one time investment, though initial cost may be slightly higher what you get is a solid and dependable car. It may look slightly dated but for someone who is not impressed with the looks of new generation cars with polarising views, it doesn't really matter.
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Voted Yes

Consider what you get in the new car market for similar price. Only hatchbacks and sub four metre cars with questionable build quality and reliability. And how many years / Kms will these cars run without issues?

Buying a Fortuner is like a one time investment, though initial cost may be slightly higher what you get is a solid and dependable car. It may look slightly dated but for someone who is not impressed with the looks of new generation cars with polarising views, it doesn't really matter.
Exactly. And about the negatives of such old SUV, except for the lack of Airbags or Traction control, there are very good aftermarket support, most of them quite affordable and a few a bit expensive. For instances,

1) Upgrade the headunit to a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and bang, you solve multiple drawbacks that plagued the car originally - USB playback, phone calls via bluetooth, Navigation with google maps via CarPlay or AA, Rear View Camera. Even the OEM steering buttons work without any adapter with the new headunit.

2) TPMS - There are various options available under 5K bucks for both external and internal TPMS. IF you like OEM looks and feel, there are couple of OEM like modules in AliExpress that displays the pressure of the tyres and it fits in the empty slot in the dash (central or driver side).

3) HIDs - The original halogen bulb on projector headlight can be easily substituted with a good HID from Philips or Osram within 10K bucks. Convert the foglight to HID or LED and combination of both will have a drastic improvement in the lighting department.

4) Auto dimming rear mirror - available within 5K bucks. The wiring may be a bit of work, but it is DIY if you know how to tap to your fusebox.

5) USB Charging points - Within 3K bucks, I even installed mini USB charging points for rear passengers in the arm rest.

6) Front Sensors - Within just 1500 bucks, you can install front parking sensors to the front bumper to ease parking in tight space, with a switch ON/OFF in one of the empty slot in the dashboard, to turn it off when not required.

7) Converting to smart, flip keys - For bling, you can convert the old original keys to smart, flip ones for as low as 1000 bucks. All you need is a good key duplicator and repair shop, to peform the reprograming.

8) If the stiff suspension and ride quality bother you much, there are always aftermarket parts from Ironman or ARB that should permanent change its characteristics. To me, I am fine with the ride quality with the stock suspension. You just need to get used to it.

Other Points:
1) Because you sit quite high and visibility all around is guranteed, the lack of electronic adjustable seats is not felt much, then say, in low slung cars like sedans and hatchback.

2) About bounchy ride quality, if you have read the old ownership reports of BHPian owners such as Karan561 and others, reducing the tyre pressure to 29 or 30 PSI greatly reduces the bounciness.

3) About poor braking or the rear drum brakes, the earlier 2009 to 2011 models came with smaller front disc unit too, which if I am correct, Toyota upgraded to larger ones (that came with the facelift 2012 one) along with the brake booster kits to the old models for free. Both these upgrades had been a drastic improvement in braking and I don't think this is an issue at all.

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Old 17th June 2020, 14:55   #74
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Voted No.

Can consider the new gen though. 1st gen Fortuner had a very bad interior and the ride quality wasn't that great too. Plus the new diesel rules would make it more difficult to own. Ford Endeavor is a better SUV in my opinion and I would always prefer it over the Fortuner.
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Old 17th June 2020, 18:30   #75
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Voted Yes!

Even bought a pre worshipped 2010 Fortuner with just 59k kms on the odometer in late 2017. A very well maintained low run first gen Fortuner is very hard to find.

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The Odo now stands at 121k kms and being a Toyota, it is super reliable. It’s not for everyone. But I wanted a comfortable but a true blue body on frame 4x4 which can take a lot of kms on good, bad and no roads. The Fortuner is purpose built for this with its Hilux underpinnings. The only other reliable option for me was the Isuzu V cross. But I am not a fan of the Pick up truck style. With a bullbar, suspension and tyre upgrade, it has the potential to replace my Thar in the long run for more hardcore offroad use as well.
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