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Mitsubishi Triton 2016 or Isuzu D-Max 2015: Which one should I buy?

I am wanting to buy a 2016-2017 Triton MQ but I'm not sure how many kilometres are too many. Most I am looking at have around 60,000kms. My back-up plan is to buy a 2015 Isuzu D-Max with 150,000kms on it. Which is a better decision?

The D-Max is pretty well regarded in the trade for its ability to go the distance, but modern, common-rail diesel technology has shown that a vehicle with fewer kilometres is usually a better bet than one with more. Although they do an amazing job in terms of power, torque, towing and fuel economy, today’s turbo-diesels are pretty highly strung in some ways and really need their maintenance. And the older they get, the more attention they seem to need in terms of new injectors, filters and pumps.

A D-Max with those kilometres might be ready for a pretty big (and expensive) service, too, so make sure your first trip in it isn’t going to be to a workshop. Ultimately, price, condition and service history should steer your decision as they should in any second-hand vehicle purchase. I’d take a vehicle with 150,000km with a full service history over a 60,000km one with no service records.

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