Small 4x4

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019 at 16:05
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It's getting close to time to replace my beloved pajero io. It's served me well so I'm looking for something with similar attributes (ie. a small, tough, 'proper' 4x4 with low range etc), manufactured in the last 10 years, with good fuel economy. I probably need a little more room than a jimny. Not too fussed about looks or features.

What are the options?
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Reply By: Member - nickb "boab" - Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019 at 23:15

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019 at 23:15
I think the new triton " extra cab type" would fit the bill you have described....
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Reply By: Iza B - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019 at 08:22

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019 at 08:22
I see your comment re: a Jimny. Mate just swapped his three year old model for one of the new ones and loves the upgrade. A lot more power and a little more room, it goes everywhere. Mate chose the smaller vehicle after taking my SX DMax away for a few weekends but brand loyalty got him in the end.

That said, a SX DMax would only be a bit bigger than an IO and is very capable. I took my bog standard DMax straight from the showroom to the Simpson without any problems.

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019 at 11:06

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019 at 11:06
I have travelled a bit with an older lady with a Jimny. Goes everywhere, with caution, that bigger wagons can. Floats over sand.
Small fuel tank, 40l I think, is a limiting factor.
On another trip there was a couple with a Suzi Grand Vitara.
Likewise just as capable as the bigger cars.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019 at 20:34

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019 at 20:34
I took the new Jimny for a test drive and was really impressed. There's really not that much else around in the small but capable 4wd market. Even the new Vitaras don't have low range from memory. Freelander 2's are smallish, pretty capable off road due to the Land Rover traction control system and actually very reliable. Reviews on productreview.com.au are overwhelmingly positive.
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Reply By: swampy - Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 10:11

Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 10:11
hi
Considered Subaru ??
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 at 08:15

Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 at 08:15
The modern Subaru although very capable, is now really only an all wheel drive. The older ones 1980’s version would go just about anywhere, not so the new models.

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Reply By: Winner W - Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 16:55

Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 16:55
Consider a newish NT to Nx Short wheel base Pajero or Prado if you can get hold of one.
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Reply By: rambling - Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 at 23:02

Saturday, Mar 16, 2019 at 23:02
Thanks all for the suggestions. You've given me some things to research.

Cheers
Diane
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