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Average running cost for Australia's Utes

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Updated 12 Oct 2019

Rita Bonivento

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The ‘Ute’ is an Aussie icon!

Created here, it has been a mainstay of the Australian motoring market since the 1950’s, and is as popular as ever.

There are more and more Utes on the road, used by both tradesman and sports lovers alike.

Models like the Toyota Hi-Lux, Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara are all used as support vehicles on work-sites and farms around Australia, and for good reason.

Utes are handy for moving heavy loads, throwing tools and equipment in the back to move between job-sites, as well as towing the boat or motorbikes on the weekend.

This also means that maintenance costs are more expensive, due to more complex drive line systems such as 4-wheel drive and complex diesel engines.

Over and above the purchase price of your ute, just how much money are you committing to servicing and fuel every year?

The table below shows the average servicing cost per annum based on a 10-year logbook service schedule, and the annual fuel cost, based on the average distance Australians drive per year.

Toyota Hi-Lux
10,000 km / 6 months $842 $3,039 $3,881
Ford Ranger
15,000 km / 12 months $483 $2,378 $2,861
Mitsubishi Triton
15,000 km / 12 months $655 $2,537 $3,192
Holden Colorado
15,000 km / 9 months $657 $2,408 $3,065
Nissan Navara
10,000 km / 6 months $839 $2,378 $3,217

When choosing a Toyota Hi-lux, Mitsubishi Triton or a Holden Colorado, you’ll need to allow for a timing belt change – 100,000km in the case of the Triton, and 150,000km for both the Hi-lux and Colorado.

The Mitsubishi also requires a major service every 30,000km – which includes a valve clearance adjustment.

If you opt for the Toyota or Nissan, they are required to be serviced twice as often as the others – at 10,000km or 6 months, whichever occurs first, compared to the 15,000km intervals of the Colorado, Triton and Ranger.

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Image credits: Holden Maloo - Sicnag (License); Mitsubishi Triton - James (License); Ford XR8 Ute - Jared (License)

All data gathered in September 2016. 

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Rita Bonivento

Rita’s a Gold Coast dweller who’s been wordsmithing for ages. She started out at Michelin Melbourne 22 years ago, & an avid traveller, has written in the marketing arena all over the world since then.

Her first car was a 1970 VW wagon she inherited from her dad. She’s had a few vehicles since then with an overall Toyota theme coz she reckons they do the best air con for the Aussie heat.