Hey guys thanks for all the feedback. We spent the day today test driving a bunch of d40's and d22's and before I say how we settled I thought I'd give my thoughts.
All the d40s had injector rattle, even the ones that had done under 100,000km. This alone was enough to scare me off after how much trouble Toyota owners had with injectors. Don't want to go down that path.
Much preferred the D22 transmission. I don't particularly like autos and the manual on the d40 was loose and vague. The D22 I knew what gear I was in and when.
Noise - once again d22 won. Had a bit more road noise in the d22 (which may have been the tyres) but the d40 injector rattle would drive me completely crazy after a day.
Power - d40 wins hands down no contest.
Comfort - I'm going to go against the norm and say I prefer the d22. Perhaps because me and my wife are both short the d40 felt enourmous. I felt no real difference between the seats after 40 minutes in each car. The D40 is more refined for sure but I've driven enough cars to know that once you own it you stop looking at the fancy dials and switches.
Ride - yep the suspension on the d40 is softer which makes it feel wishy washy, suspension on the d22 is rock hard so you feel every bump.
Tech - I like that the d22 is low tech. Less things to go wrong but I do like the d40 stock sound system....
What did I buy?
The car I bought was a 2012 D22 that had travelled 119,000km. One owner (retired guy who clearly looks after his stuff, not a spec of dust anywhere on the car). Had factory snorkel, tow kit, arb bullbar, driving lights and is wired up for a car fridge.
Both cars I would have changed suspension on and I've picked up a second hand canopy for $100
Ultimately I saved 5grand buying a d22 over a d40
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