4WD purchase

Submitted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00
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Planning to take family of 5 touring around Australia and towing caravan. What is the consensus out their for the best 4WD for the trip? Have been looking at diesel Prado & Patrols.
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Reply By: Damien - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Michael, Turbo-Diesel would definately be the way to go. Another vehicle worth a look at would be the Jackaroo. I have been towing my parents 21 foot Roma van around Victoria & it weighs in at over 2 Tonne.
The Jackaroo has heaps of torque & does the job effortlessly & is much cheaper than an equivalently equipped Prado.
Any of these vehicles would probably do the job nicely, i guess it just comes down to personal preference & value for money.
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Reply By: Wayne- Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00
For five people I would suggest the Nissan Patrol. The extra space would be the only real advantage, However, the jackaroo is best value for money and the prado is nice to drive and looks better. It's all about what compromise suits you best.
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Follow Up By: Damien - Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 00:00
Wayne, the Jackaroo actually has more internal space than the Patrol.
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Reply By: Nigel - Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 00:00
Go for a Turbo Diesel or at least putt along in a standard Diesel, but don't go for petrol no matter what the salesman says unless you own shares in a oil company. Towing a Van in a petrol 4WD is expensive.
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Reply By: Ross Young - Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 00:00
Wayne
We have possibly gone down the same path recently. We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children), planning to leave in a few months for a long trip. We bought our first 4WD about 8 months ago (a pajero, petrol, '96, 3litre)... good car but we have just sold it as we realised that there was just not enough space inside it for us when we started to look at the gear we were taking, even with a lightly loaded roofrack. I know that there will be people saying "take less gear" but it just adds up to weight and volume and the Pajero was just not going to cope. I suggest you look at this aspect of the equation carefully. We are now looking for a standard DX landcruiser. RegardsRoss
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Reply By: Michael - Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 00:00
Many thanks to your replies folks. We did end settling with the Patrol Turbo Diesel. Many thanks for your replies.
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