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I can certainly recommend the Ford Ranger Widtrak. I bought mine from a main dealer in Manila and drove it down to Davao. It's a beast, super powerful, comfortable on long journeys and so far 100% reliable, apart from a dodgy battery that the dealerl in Davao replaced under warranty. Servicing is not too bad. Every 6 months at about P10k per service, my wife Chevrolet compact costs just about the same. I hear what you say about being large for parking etc, but the upside is, being 4x4 with high ground clearance you can park almost anywhere, bump over rough spots, kerbs etc. Its also a great adventure vehicle for weekend getaways with the family and dogs.
Yes Dave we did discuss these even before you purchased yours and even more exciting is the twin turbo 10 speed available now but alas we are watching dollars until our house sells in Oz and until then will spend only 20 to 30K AUD. Maybe in a few years once we finish extensions and reno's and find the need to explore it would be a good option, for now just a mid size sedan for all the reasons mentioned in previous posts.

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One thing to keep in mind when searching for a lower end model is climate control / defroster. Many low end models do not have any and it can be dangerous at times, in certain conditions.

Our first car here was a 2009 Toyota Avanza and I like Avanzas a lot. Nice capacity, nice driving position, easy parking and tight turning radius. One of the downsides was lack of defogging. We go to Baguio often and especially if it was raining with a lot people in the car, the inside windows would fog up so bad it was very dangerous. Everybody wiping, wiping, like an old car in the 60's.

Then two years ago I rented a nice 2017 Avanza to get around Bohol. It was great except when we got into those rainy conditions at night in the mountains. Dark road, rain and windows fogging does not make for a relaxing drive in the hills. I would still consider buying an Avanza as I think the new ones, higher models, may have climate control.

We bought a 2016 Honda Brio and it also has the same issue, to a lesser extent. We don't take it very far and never to the mountains, so it has never been a big issue. Mainly used for back and forth to the schools, markets, etc.

Our last trip to Bohol in May, we rented a Vios and never had a fogging issue. The weather conditions were much better. I don't think it had much of a climate control system but defogging was never needed.

We have a 2014 Chevy Trailblazer 4X4 that has served us well. Full climate control and never a fogging problem. We occasionally need the high elevation of an SUV here due to some bad flooding areas. Just two weeks ago the entrance to SCTEX was closed to all but trucks and high rise vehicles. We were able to push through as the Trailblazer has 800 mm wading ability.

In any case, as you are in La Union and close to the mountains of Baguio, climate control capability is something to consider when looking.

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The used car market here is a lot like what existed in Canada and the USA in the 50's and 60's.

Lots of unsafe junk with shady histories and background. Extreme situation of buyer beware.


I will only buy either new or certified used from a large dealer. I might make an exception for a low cost used from someone I know and trust very well but would most likely stick to a dealer. However I am at least 2 and a half to 4 years away from being in a position to need to buy a vehicle, I may not at all depending where I land permanently.
I just reread your contribution Rick and had a laugh,,,,," The used car market here is a lot like what existed in Canada and the USA in the 50's and 60's "

On reflection most things here seem to work 50's, 60's and 70's but we all muddle through the murk. The frustrations for me are the wasted time whether it's buying a car or standing in line to pay the electricity bill or going into the bank to do a transaction that in other countries can be done online. Our internet has to be paid every month with scratch cards, our sat tv has to be paid every month by standing inline, direct debit monthly? No sir. I shouldn't whinge because Ben does it all and doesn't seem to mind.
I keep telling him that there is no need for it to work this way and he constantly slaps me reminding me that we are in the Philippines.

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Well the search might be at an end looking for a set of wheels. We did go back to Rosario and looked at the Haima (Chinese) vehicles and liked the S 5 noble and at a tad over a million pesos is within our budget, offers much more than the competitors and is a he*l of a lot cheaper by some PHP 500K plus for a comparable vehicle perhaps more. The only downside is travelling one and a half hours for a service although all the competitor dealers in our area are 30 to 40 mins away so not so bad.

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The fuel efficiency is not what I was looking for at 11 or 12 kilometres per litre but given the price difference buys much more fuel than we will ever need but the car has most of the bells and whistles that we are used to in Oz including keyless entry, cruise control, push button start, leatherette seats (not true leather), soft touch surfaces (not hard plastic) and as said seems great value for money.
Do any of the members know this brand and model? We also looked at the M3 (like a vios but cheaper) and we were very disappointed with the build and quality, all plastic like a vios while the S 5 was more a European build.
Any one familiar with this make before we commit?

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When I clicked on this link Avast Security reported that there was a phishing link and aborted it!
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When I clicked on this link Avast Security reported that there was a phishing link and aborted it!
Interesting Darby, I clicked on the link from my previous post and it brought me the specs for the car we are looking at, I have a mac so maybe different, a simple google search will bring up specs and reviews.
BTW there appears to be no white colour in the country so we may have to wait if we go down this path.

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Well the search might be at an end looking for a set of wheels. We did go back to Rosario and looked at the Haima (Chinese) vehicles and liked the S 5 noble and at a tad over a million pesos is within our budget, offers much more than the competitors and is a he*l of a lot cheaper by some PHP 500K plus for a comparable vehicle perhaps more. The only downside is travelling one and a half hours for a service although all the competitor dealers in our area are 30 to 40 mins away so not so bad.

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The fuel efficiency is not what I was looking for at 11 or 12 kilometres per litre but given the price difference buys much more fuel than we will ever need but the car has most of the bells and whistles that we are used to in Oz including keyless entry, cruise control, push button start, leatherette seats (not true leather), soft touch surfaces (not hard plastic) and as said seems great value for money.
Do any of the members know this brand and model? We also looked at the M3 (like a vios but cheaper) and we were very disappointed with the build and quality, all plastic like a vios while the S 5 was more a European build.
Any one familiar with this make before we commit?

Cheers, Steve.
You can buy a Ford Ranger truck for that. My 3.2 diesel does 11 km\l

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Interesting Darby, I clicked on the link from my previous post and it brought me the specs for the car we are looking at, I have a mac so maybe different, a simple google search will bring up specs and reviews.
BTW there appears to be no white colour in the country so we may have to wait if we go down this path.

Cheers, Steve.
I assume you are talking about the Haima website.

I just attempted to access it on my imac.
My AVG AntiVirus blocked access with a message "Multiple threats secured"
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I assume you are talking about the Haima website.

I just attempted to access it on my imac.
My AVG AntiVirus blocked access with a message "Multiple threats secured"
Sorry Tiz, readers, not sure why that is happening as it opens without a problem on my laptop.
Thanks Mark for removing what appears to be a dodgy link.

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"You can buy a Ford Ranger truck for that. My 3.2 diesel does 11 km\l"

That's true Dave but entry level and manual. I also made a mistake with fuel figures, should have been 8L per 100kms combined. We have also shied away from utilities for now for reasons mentioned in previous posts. Perhaps one day we may go down that path. BTW the price of the S5 is down to PHP 1,030,000.00 so good value for money but probably poor resale in a few years.

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