looking for advice on best beginners option re: 7 seat 4x4

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I have never driven or been away in a 4x4 but have always wanted to. Have always loved the idea of camping and getting away with the family, and now my missus and I are both wanting to find a 4x4 we can get the family into to get away. Need 7 seats, looking at diesel, and manual. Any advice and/or suggestions about the best 7 seat option for newbies, or beginning in 4x4 in general would be greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 15:53

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 15:53
Did you try the Search function??

"I am looking for the best 7 seat 4x4 option for a newbie..."

Did you really expect any different answers?
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Follow Up By: Member - Richard L (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 13:22

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 13:22
Thats real helpful, that is
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 16:46

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 16:46
Bit cruel Lyn.

Aaron I'm a bit biaised but look at a Troopy heaps of room and plenty of options.
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Reply By: patsproule - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 16:59

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 16:59
Most of the mid to large 4wd's can do 7 seats but once you put the last two seats up your storage room for camping etc becomes very limited. I have a family of 5 and there is no way we could travel without the room the last two seats in our pajero occupy. So they are normally removed. If you have a camper trailer you will be able to get around this.

How old are the kids? THe last two seats are usually only suitable for small kids. Dont overlook a territory by the way.
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Follow Up By: Aaron H2 - Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 09:39

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 09:39
I hadn't considered a territory because I haven't heard anything fpash about them in terms of their off roading capabilities... But 2 people ive known who have had them have had to get them serviced almost immediately with suspension issues or running heat problems and neither did anything real heavy, so until you mentioned them I havent bothered looking into them as an option.
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Reply By: escapesilv - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 17:13

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 17:13
Hi Aaron

We have the Mitsubishi Challenger with the 7 seats (diesel), very happy with it, remember the last seats are only for kids, though we have had to use them for grown ups, not the best, but had to do with frequent changes on a 6 hour trip.

Cheers

Rob
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Reply By: braggy - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 08:34

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 08:34
You would probably have to go for a troopy with a roof rack, to get anywhere near enough space to camp,
there are some people mover 4x4, VW, delicia (?) if your not going to go too off road

Will it be your daily drive as well ?


Cheers Ken
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Reply By: madfisher - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:00

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:00
You do not mention your budget either, they range from $10000 to over $100000.
cheers Pete
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:32

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 11:32
Hi Aaron.

I notice that you asked the same question on 9th! Use the button in top LH box to sort the threads by response time if find the thread slipping off the page - or better still post a follow up comment with a thanks or more info. That will keep the thread updated.

You will need to provide a bit more info to get good responses. What is your budget, what age are your kids, will you be towing anything?

Some people change their 4WDs regularly so may have experience of different makes and models. Others like us get one, look after it and hang onto it for a long time, so any answer we give is based on that experience, and probably biased. Twenty years ago, on something of an impulse we bought a newish but secondhand Troopy, just about the toughest 4wd that you will get - and we were novice 4w drivers then. We still have that vehicle and do big trips in it (have a look at our blogs).

Don't be put off by being a newbie, you can easily get around that by doing some decent 4wd driver training - highly recommended anyway, even for those with more experience.

Remember that kids grow pretty quickly, and when you go camping you will probably have a lot of bulky gear to carry. So factor those aspects into your choice, or maybe consider a trailer as well. If we were buying again we would probably still go for a Troopy.

Cheers,

Val
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 14:08

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 14:08
Yes two posts on the same topic - I have responded on the other thread - can the mods merge the two threads??

Garry
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Follow Up By: Aaron H2 - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 17:34

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 17:34
Yeah sorry about that folks. My first time using the foeum, and when I was un!ble to locate it i assumed it hadnt posted so I tried again... Please excuse the muck up, and thanx to all who have taken the time to read and leave constructive responses.
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Follow Up By: Aaron H2 - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 17:44

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 17:44
Thanx a lot for your input Jon and Val.. I have seen a number of troopy's around, and always heard they were next to unstoppable... definitely worth looking at. im planning on joojing a club and takong advantage of the driver training courses, as well the knowledge and experience of the members, and getting the family out and involved with others camping and adventuring..
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