Ranger vs D-Max vs Hilux – the cheapest bakkies to service and repair in South Africa

Veteran motoring journalist Malcolm Kinsey has released his Kinsey report for 2020 – detailing how much it costs to service and repair some of South Africa’s most popular bakkies.

Kinsey said most of his research was previously undertaken in and around Durban, with him personally handing in parts lists to local dealers to complete.

However, he said that this year he approached a few manufacturers to supply their retail prices including VAT – which he then randomly checked at dealerships.

The double-cab bakkie category is split according to the prices for parts needed during servicing, for repairs and as a result of crashes. Six vehicles were included in this year’s report:

  • Ford Ranger 2.0 D XLT
  • GWM Steed 6 2.0 VGT Xcape
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD Lgd Auto
  • Nissan Navara 2.2. DS E Auto
  • Isuzu D-Max 30 TD LX Auto
  • Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0 T

Kinsey’s data shows that the Ford Ranger XLT wins the category with a total parts basket price of R79,796.

The GWM Steed 6 places second, one place up from last year and boasting a lower price parts basket of R86,105. Third is the Toyota Hilux at R90,189, followed closely by the Nissan Navara at R93,969.

At the other end of the scale, the R875,700 Ford Ranger Raptor has a total parts basket at R214,504

Vehicle Price (Incl VAT) Parts basket:
% of selling price
Parts basket:
total cost
Ford Ranger 2.0 D XLT R575 800 13.86% R79 796.12
GWM Steed 6 2.0 VGT Xcape R319 900 26.92% R86 105.32
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD Lgd Auto R635 300 14.20% R90 189.90
Nissan Navara 2.2. DS E Auto R527 300 17.82% R93 969.79
Isuzu D-Max 30 TD LX Auto R576 200 19.59% R112 901.30
Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0 T R875 700 24.50% R214 504.96

Read: The most affordable cars to own in South Africa

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Ranger vs D-Max vs Hilux – the cheapest bakkies to service and repair in South Africa