$10,000 - what do I get?

Submitted: Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:15
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Hi there,
Great forum - this is my first post.
I have a limited budget ($10K) and need someone's advice on how best to spend it on buying an old 4x4.
My desire is to have an old 4wd that I can take to most places - I'm much more worried about how it works than how it looks. It needs to be a wagon or at least have a lockable canopy. Preferably manual and diesel. No frills but reliable and to seat 4 people + camping gear.

Any ideas? Hilux/4runner/cruiser/patrol/landy???

Thanks!
Grant
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:25

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:25
60 series or GQ patrol
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:35

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:35
I think Peter's on the money, you could possibly get a 2H Diesel powered troopy for that kind of money too. That would be pretty good for the camping etc. The key to buying any of these types of vehicle is RUST, RUST, RUST. Make sure it doesn't have any. It's like cancer and it will spread! If you can get a reasonable unit with high k's but good service history and with very little or no rust than you should be on the money, so to speak.
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:44

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:44
Yes meant to add in the 75 series too. As has been said rust is the biggest worry as you cannot stop it effectively at a handyman level. Mechanically you can repair it, rust you can't. I'd lean towards Tojo's for cheaper parts as a vehicle of this vintage WILL need some.
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Follow Up By: Barnesy - Sunday, Jul 03, 2005 at 02:13

Sunday, Jul 03, 2005 at 02:13
Recently purchased my first fourby, 92 Maverick (GQ) 4.2 diesel, 5 speed, spotless inside and out, looked like it had never been off road. $11500 from a dealer. While looking around I saw several decent GQ's for sale for the money you want to spend.

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:28

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:28
A Good 80 series and $9,999 change...........

lololol Sorry Grant and I am sure others will have more advice but I couldnt help myself, oh and I would look for a GQ.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:43

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 18:43
CAREFUL MR."B"
hahahahahahahaha
You couldnt go wrong with a good 60 series, you may even be able to get grey import one for that money if you hunt around, dont be in a hurry and look for rust, they will go anywhere any other forby will, are easy to work on, cheap to buy parts for and there is heaps of aftermarket stuff and parts available for them.
Either in petrol or deisel, but standard 2h deisel not over powered but very reliable and can take turbo easy later on.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:12

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 20:12
Couldnt go wrong with a 60 if rust was a must you mean? :P
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 19:09

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 19:09
Don't rush into anything Grant.

Bonz and Pesty above this post are good blokes and will steer you in the right direction.

You might (will) get a mixture of advice from this site. Hang around and you'll be able to pick the good advice from the trumpet blowers.

What state are you in? Some states are tougher than others on RWC and the tough ones are usually better to buy from in my opnion.

Is it your first car? Where are you planning to go in the next 2 years? if your not doing any real serious travel you can get a 'leaning' 4by. Something you can smack around a bit. You can always trade up later when you have more funds later.

Check out the 'trader section' and buy from a visitor such as yourself or a member. BUT remember "member" or "visitor" means nothing when you're parting with cash.

Join a club or a chat room. click here for a good one.

Good luck.

Happy driving.

iMusty

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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 19:14

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 19:14
Sorry Grant click here

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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:04

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:04
My friend Mr Diamond got an excellent 92 Jackaroo for about 9 with around 170 km. And I mean excellent. They also made a very good diesel which shouldn't be too much dearer.

Cheers,

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Reply By: grantb - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:25

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 21:25
Thanks for all the help everyone!
The car will be registered in QLD and yes it will most likely be a go-between for about 2 yrs until I can afford something decent.

Cheers,
Grant
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Reply By: Ando80 - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 01:52

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 01:52
For that price i don't think you can go past the GQ patrol. The 60 series are great trucks, but the patrol is known to have one of the strongest drivelines around. As said above you just need to take the time to find a rust free one. High km's aren't normally a problem, i drove one the other month, 550,000 kms on the clock, no rebuilds, and it drove fine, couldn't pick it. the gq's are as easy to work on as the 60's but they come with the coil springs and better handling.

To get a good gq though, taking the time will get one but it will most likely be high 9's, the 60's you may be able to find one a bit cheaper as they are older.. Mate of mine just bought a 86 sahara turbo, slight rust yes, but picked it up for $4,500. can't go past a bargain like that..
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Reply By: Swine Hunter - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 02:46

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 02:46
Hi Grant,

As already stated, RUST is the demon in trucks that fall into your price range. Finding a 60 series with little or no rust will not be easy. The GQ patrols and 80 series are very tough and reliable trucks, but you will struggle to get a decent 80 series in that price range. There are heaps of GQ's for sale around the place, and given they sold millions new, the chance to buy a good one at a good price often presents, really a buyers market, especially given the current fuel prices, I don't think they will be selling like hotcakes.

Given it will be a QLD registered vehicle, make sure that it will pass a RWC easily or with very little work, as parts or major repairs are not cheap in 4WDs. If the seller has been the owner for a few years, it will not have been inspected recently, and may require considerable money spent to transger into your name. If you buy from interstate, you are in the same boat as it will need to have a QLD RWC to change the rego to your name in QLD.

Cheers, and good luck!
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Reply By: vitara - Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 21:08

Saturday, Jul 02, 2005 at 21:08
Hi there grantb shame your not in sydney have a 60,s series round the corner from me already had alook at it myself top unit,wants10 for it but is like new no bulls@it. his old man has had it since new b/bar arb roof rack full size, air steer even got log books and guess what doesn't even have rust in the roof gutters common prob for you to watch out for, only reson havn't bought it myself wife would kill me if I change my fourby again Have fun looking
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Reply By: Barnesy - Sunday, Jul 03, 2005 at 02:25

Sunday, Jul 03, 2005 at 02:25
Grant,

I recently purchased my first fourby, a 92 Maverick (GQ) 4.2 diesel, 5 speed. Spotless inside and out, looked like it had never been off road. $11500 from a dealer. Can't go past Patrol's reputation as a tough car. While I was looking around I saw several very decent GQ's for the money you want to spend.

My advice, get it checked first by a specialist 4wd mechanic, get a quote for any repairs (it will no doubt need something fixed) then go back to the seller with the quote and haggle.

Good luck

Barnesy
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Reply By: chris_legend_25 - Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:06

Monday, Jul 04, 2005 at 12:06
Ummmmm..

I have an 88 Pajero for sale in the trader section if you are interested.

Great little car, low km's, with warranty.

Have a look, and drop me an email if interested. I can send some pics if you like.

Cheers
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