4WD for surfing and beach fishing

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 13:34
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I'm looking to purchase a vehicle for the above use and was wondering what's the minimum I should look for. The majority of use will be in the city with beach trips maybe once a month at most, on weekends. Got a family of 5 and but we usually don't trek more than 2hrs from home. Hoping not spend anymore than about $20k but will go bit higher if it's necessary. Don't want to go too hard core if possible as it also has to be palatable to the boss.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated for this first timer, to the forum and 4WD'ing.

Graeme from WA
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Reply By: 08crd - Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 14:28

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 14:28
Pajero, will probably give you the best value for money, good all rounder.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 17:26

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 17:26
Back in tbe 60's to 80's we went everywhere in a 2wd car. Evereywhere include every surfable spot between Noosa and Bells. The only places that we did not get to were Fraser and north from Noosa. Why do you need a 4wd? If I was to take it up again I still wouldn't get a 4wd. And back in those days there weren't roads to most of the beaches we went to. Some of which were virgin beaches where we pushed through the scrub to get to.

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Reply By: mikehzz - Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 19:49

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 19:49
Most softroaders or proper low range box 4wd's are fine for driving on the beach. Steer clear of anything that has large rims with low profile tyres. A decent amount of rubber is better on sand because you have to lower your tyre pressure or you can get bogged in soft stuff in just about any car. If a softroader, then pick something that can lock the centre diff so that there is drive to both front and rear wheels all the time. X-Trails have this feature but only below 40kph. I'm not sure of other brands. The on demand 4wd's can be a little slow kicking in on some models and you can dig a hole before the drive train becomes fully 4wd.
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Reply By: fisherPete - Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 20:50

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 20:50
On car sales their is a lovely 2.7 l Prado with 85000ks for $13000. You could not go past this for value and its in WA.
Cheers pete
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Reply By: Graeme C5 - Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 21:03

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 21:03
Thanks to all for the advice.

I did the same in my earlier days of surfing Phil with a 2wd but with the increase in off road traffic from 4wds, I'm very hesitant to rely on a 2wd. I dread the thought of being the city slicker that has to be pulled out by the local boat tractor driver and then going for a beer at the local.

The WA Carsales Prado looks good Pete but I think I'll look for an Auto, sorry forgot to mention that. I'm in no hurry.
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