Suggestions for touring vehicle

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 23:36
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G'day all,

my parents are looking to replace their car and want to get something they can start seeing some more of the country in.

Don't need 4x4, won't be going off road.
Mid size or bit bigger
About 20 - 25k to spend
Want something fairly young
Inexpensive to repair
Doesn't need to do any towing.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. They were looking at a Suburu Outback, but after sitting in one, they thought it may be a bit small. I suggested a Territory, but outside their budget. This car needs to last around 5 years or so before they replace it one last time to head off on their round Australia tours. This one is to just get them by so they can start getting about.

Thanks very much

Smocky.
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Reply By: ianmc - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 23:52

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 23:52
Depends if they want to camp or hire accomodation!
A Falcon ute with canopy or a panel van would carry lots, be reasonably economical, & could sleep in back if required.
Same with Commodore ute & canopy.
Hilux 4X2 twin cab diesel may fit the bill, economical & prob. reliable.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 23:54

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 23:54
OK, further clarifications:

They won't be camping. Either stay with friends/relos or at Motels.
Definately needs 4 seats.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - muzzgit - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 01:47

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 01:47
Toyota camry 4cyl or V6 sedan or wagon. Couldn't think of a better vehicle to spend time travelling in if you don't like/need a forby.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 09:04

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 09:04
Crapodore wagon. Ecconimical, less than 10l/100 on the hwy at least. Get them at Custom fleet (or other fleet places) with less than 40k km's on the clock and 12mths old and cost around low $20k's. Still under factory 3 yr warranty (with road sde assist) and can extend up to another 2yrs and are generally very reliable.

Leroy
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 08:56

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 08:56
I reckon Muzz is on the money. A few years ago we hired a Camry wagon to take some rellies on the Great Ocean Rd. The car was very comfy, spacious, economical and had plenty of get up and go (don't all hire cars though ;) )
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 09:46

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 09:46
was listening to Will Hagon on Auny thursday night and he reckoned the best deal going around are Magna Demonstrators (I think) for 20k you get a virtually new car
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Follow Up By: David Au - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 13:11

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 13:11
The Magna would have to be one of the most underrated cars around. I have had one three times in the last twelve months as a hire vehicle. The car is super quiet, comfortable and economical for the size.
Yes, the demonstrators are going out for $20,000 and would not hesitate to snap one up at that price if I was looking for a sedan.

If I did not buy a Magna, next choice would be a Falcon.
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Follow Up By: CruiserHead - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 14:01

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 14:01
Get a Magna now with the 5 years 130k warranty, and if it breaks down somewhere on the way, at least it is still under warranty. we have a station wagon, and it sleeps us comfortably in the back as well (in an emergency). Your budget should get you a 2004 demo model.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 10:07

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 10:07
If you want reliable and easy to fix, pick the backpackers vehicle of choice:- falcon station wagon.

Cheers, John.
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Reply By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:27

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:27
Thanks,

I was leaning towards Commodore or Falcon too. 1-2 year old cars very good value at the moment. I hire plenty of cars when interstate and usually get Magna's through budget. They're pretty good value, but wouldn't put them in the same class as the Ford or Holden for noise, comfort, ride etc. They just seem a bit rougher all together. Mind you, I'm in Melbourne at the moment and have an X-Trail. Not impressed with it either !!!

Will keep thinking, but maybe a 1yo Falcon or Commo would be the go.

Cheers,

Smocky.
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