The best of three worlds, I guess...
We are new to own a X240 4wd and we love it so far, but we have 7 seater, so for the price 25 500 for 7 seats brand new, we are thrilled so far...
I would not touch one. My boss had one, and one day on farm work it fell apart, while the Navar is still going strong and well.
Just bought a Great Wall X240.
What can I say? An absolutely magic vehicle, took to an off road track in Adelaide, it was very good, very good.
It does lack a bit of power, but with a young family I'm not going to be racing anyone in it.
Compared to other vehicles in its class, it's right up there! And the price is amazing.
I advise all to go for a test drive, you'll notice the power, but you'll see what a good little 4x4 this is.
New owner, very pleased!
I have put the Greatwall X240 on my short list, and for value for money, it's streets apart, but I am worried about quality, and am wondering would it compare to a Hyundai or KIA on the quality train? This will be used as a second car for me to get to and from work, with the occasional freeway drive and off road experience. Would it be worth spending the few extra grand on something else, but not getting as many goodies?
Is a few grand worth your families safety. These sorts of cars a notoriously dangerous. A great wall Ute got a half star rating the same week Holden (Commodore based) Ute got 5 stars?!?!
I have been reviewing and comparing information available on mid size 4x4, as I am currently in the market for a new vehicle. This is also my first 'new' car, and I live in far north Queensland, so 4x4 option and pulling around my little tinnie sound great.
I have test driven the X240, and found much the same regarding it being a little under powered. The drive and handling was a little raw, and the gear shifts didn't always feel silky smooth. Everything did however feel reliable and comfortable. Up and down gutters, and across some bumpy paddock was easily handled.
Regarding safety, it has received a 4 star ANCAP rating on 27th April 2010, which is the same rating the Toyota Camry Hybrid received. Granted, this does not take into account electronic stability control or a myriad of other safety features on the Toyota, which may assist in reducing or avoiding a crash entirely.
Value for money wise, I can't see anything competing on the new car market, and definitely have this short listed.
Has anyone been able to actually get this car cheaper than $23990? I have seen it both a little cheaper and a little more expensive across many retailers on the net.
All these people that go on about its safety ratings; maybe they need to learn how to drive more carefully.
We did not have all this extra safety stuff on our cars 20 years ago, It won't stop the idiots hitting you, or stop you from crashing yourself.
All car makers had to start somewhere, even Holden and Ford. I bet the baggers have not even test driven these cars.
The fact of the matter is a lot of people are buying them, so they can't be all bad, and in time they will only get better.
Did you know the Holden Rodeo 2003-2009 is only 2 star crash rated oops LOL.
You can be the best driver in the world, but that's not going to save you or your family from an out of control driver. Safety is imperative, especially if you've got precious cargo!
When oh when will people learn that the cheapest option is usually not the best.
You are quite right, it is not one's own driving that matters on the road. It is the other idiots out there that can catch you by surprise, and entangle you in something that you have no control over.
Just yesterday I was nearly involved in a multi car pile up, thanks to some old blind fools who thought it would be a great idea to get in the overtaking lane, not overtake anyone, and then slam on the brakes 200m from the end of it because they can't merge. All of this happened at 100 km/h on the open road, with very little time to react.
I can tell you now, I felt very reassured at the time that ABS, ESC, ARP and 8 airbags had my back, if I and the cars behind me hadn't stopped in time. With the Great Wall, you do get ABS and 2 airbags, but ESC and ARP are essential for a 2 tonne 4wd with a higher centre of gravity than a car, when in a situation like I was, where I had to brake extremely heavily and swerve like a maniac to avoid kissing the rear of the fool in front of me. My Kyron beeped at me, and the computer smarts kept the car from overturning, and even used the auto transmission to slow the car quicker by chucking it in a low gear for engine braking.
So, go on, congratulate yourself on buying your Great Mistakes and smile as you save your dollars, but will you still be thinking about the bargain you got if you had been in my shoes, but had actually crashed?
And before the ill informed go ranting about the prices I might have paid for my vehicle, the 4wd I own is available new in manual transmission for only $3000 more that a Great Wall X240, and comes with all the features listed above (except for the curtain airbags) as standard.
I agree. A great mistake.
Never mind. Don't expect longevity out of this product.
Looked this model up here, because I followed a black one to work today, and was surprised how good it looked from behind. Not out of place in a pretty swanky suburb (badge aside). If these are now getting 4 star ANCAP safety ratings, I might even think about them as used options down the track.
Bought a new X200 diesel auto 5 months ago. What a great vehicle. Drives like a dream and full of creature features that you would have you paying over 60 grand for in one of the more well known brands, for under thirty grand. Looked at many vehicles before deciding to go new on one of these. Tired of looking at ageing, well used Toyotas and Nissans with big miles on the clock, that people expect top dollar for.
Seems someone here is trying to peddle his Ssangyong... must be from the sales department.
There is a reason why those Toyotas and Nissans keep their resale value. Don't get me wrong, I really hope you enjoy your purchase and it goes well for you; it's just I've just never been much one to buy vehicles without a proven track record.
Speaking to people who've worked on those Great Walls; they're built with components that are basically slightly less refined copies of Toyotas, Isuzus and Nissans. High tech manufacturing still hasn't quite caught up in China to match other manufacturers, but they're not sitting on their laurels and are catching up pretty quick. It's just a pity they seem to so overtly copy well engineered designs from other companies.
Well they have to try wherever they can; so far they've all looked appalling. I wouldn't even drive one if it was given to me free.
I don't own one of these, but I have a few observations.
In regard to Chinese quality, the economic world relies on Chinese manufacturing; many of the items you use daily are of Chinese origin. Most car manufacturers source many components from China.
I use carsurvey.org to review car quality as I come from an automotive background and am always interested in motoring trends. The amount of comments on a certain make/model is very indicative of its poor points, as most submit to this site when things go wrong. Look at Australian manufacturers Holden and Ford, or earlier Korean Kias for example. The bottom line is the less said about a car, the better it is. Great Wall aren't a small manufacturer; there's a lot of their product worldwide.
I'm not Chinese, I'm a gardener who only earns the basic wage and therefore won't/can't pay high prices. I currently own a BMW e30 convertible and a Toyota Surf 4WD turbo diesel; both cars I bought very cheaply, but I had to rebuild engines, suspension, drive train, suspension etc. My own labour and eBay made this affordable.
Last point, Great Wall have their Haval in the 2014 Dakar Rally, and it's doing quite well. Many manufacturers who should be competing there, aren't. I suspect that is because they have become too soft and unreliable for anything other than bitumen. I would buy a Great Wall tomorrow if I could afford it, so I'm on the lookout for a used damaged one instead. Maybe if someone from Great Wall is reading this...
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