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    I'm looking at purchasing an 05 prado grande. The one we have found is in great condition with low kms and it's a good price. Only problem is, it's black. I personally love the look of black cars, however so many people swear off ever getting them, as they get too hot in summer. We live in Perth so summers can get pretty warm. I also have two young children, so would hate to have to wait to load them in, every time we wanted to use it in summer. I've heard they are also hard to clean and show up scratches but that side of things does not really concern me. It's mainly just the temperature. Has anyone owned a black prado before and willing to give me some feedback? Any information would be appreciated. Cheers

  • #2
    Black versus light colours

    Have black and its fine. The grande has dual air conditioners so it has never ever been an issue for me.
    Driven it thru temps of over 48 degrees and always been comfortable.

    Leave the sunroof cracked slightly in summer with windows down about an inch and it stays cooler than closed up.
    When you hop in open the sunroof and windows and it cools down within a minute then the air con takes over.

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    • #3
      i had a black car and swore i would never have another so bought white one and it was great, always looked clean and never showed scratches or finger marks, however my new to me prado is black!!, and i love it.

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      • #4
        they r a little more work but the outcome when finished is more satisfying...

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        • #5
          What's the saying "Once you've had black you never look back" or it that "you never go back?" Can't remember.
          Dave
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          • #6
            Black is best when it clean my prado is the first black car i owned and i suprised to admit that it cooler in summer than any of my commodores were, Prados
            seem to be better insulated but u have to keep washing then to look clean that my only gripe next day after washed it looks dirty again

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            • #7
              Love the Black. Zero heat issues (Brissy), however definitely shows the dirt/dust. (But I enjoy giving it a weekly wash!)
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              • #8
                I understand your concerns with the Perth summers and the heat in a black car, as I was ,but after owning mine for 2 years now
                any car is going to get HOT in direct sun, I have no regrets with mine and look how many black cars are on Perth roads

                After a bit of TLC and polish on a weekend - stand back and admire the BLACK - it looks better than white!!!

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                • #9
                  Simple test:

                  Walk into an outside shopping centre car park on a warm sunny day. Find a white car and a black car. Put your hand on the roof of the white car to feel the temperature. See if you can do the same with the black car, but be careful, you don't want to burn your hand.

                  Black is not a sensible colour in the Aussie sun, and it's a bad colour for visibility too. Not to mention the trouble finding it in a dark car park late at night.

                  But, it looks great!
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                  • #10
                    Is that a scratch I see Kimbo running diagonal along the passengers door or is it a reflection off the garage wall ??....Cheers Steve
                    Face lift 150 Prado V6 auto. No mods yet

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                    • #11
                      Here's a picture with 2 great cars. A cobra in black and my old Prado.
                      Dave
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                      • #12
                        You know you really like black...
                        Dave
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                        Bugger Bali, get out and see Australia before we sell it all to China.

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                        • #13
                          There's something about black cars with big lines...

                          Note the daggy white Prado in back ground.
                          Dave
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                          • #14
                            Of course there's classic black with heaps of chrome to contrast...

                            Dave
                            Views expressed are mine alone and are not intended to compromise the integrity of my employer nor offend those who may read such views.
                            Bugger Bali, get out and see Australia before we sell it all to China.

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                            • #15
                              But black does show up the dirt and dut and can be a high maintenance colour as others have pointed out..

                              Dave
                              Views expressed are mine alone and are not intended to compromise the integrity of my employer nor offend those who may read such views.
                              Bugger Bali, get out and see Australia before we sell it all to China.

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