which 4x4

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 10:29
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Hi all, I've been reading this forum for a while now and find it very helpfull.
I will be spending the next two years ( from 25th march ) on the goldcoast and look forward to going off road, would appreciate any advice on the best 4x4 to buy with a buget of $16000 also could anybody recommend a good mechanic to inspect before I buy.

cheers bex
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 10:35

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 10:35
I'm not in anyway praiseing a Dealer but i got my 4x4 from East Coast Commercials , Ex govt' and i've had a good run with it 106000 to 5693000 , at least with ex Govt' they have been serviced .
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Follow Up By: Member - mikeyandmary (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:25

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:25
5693000???

If only my hilux lasts this long
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 10:48

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 10:48
16k will get u in a GQ or an 80 series no probs. What size 4by are you after? When you say offroad..........what sort of offroad work? All these things help decide on the best car for what you need.
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Reply By: angelflake - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 14:20

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 14:20
Hi bex,
What size 4 x 4 are you after? I ask because I have my Mitsubishi Pajero IO on the Trader @ $14950.00. You can read the details about it there. At the moment a photo hasn't yet appeared, but I am hoping after the weekend it will.
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Reply By: Barnesy - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:10

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:10
Bex,
agree with brewman, work out what sort of fourby you are after and that will influence what you buy. If you need a big heavy duty one then the GQ or 80 series cruiser. Something smaller then you could go pajero, Jackeroo or the numerous dual cabs on the market.

Think about servicing, price of spare parts, 80 series spare parts are notoriously expensive, also think petrol, diesel, manual, auto, live axle or independent front suspension.

I'm very happy with my GQ, do my own minor services, just about every mechanic has worked on one and knows where problems are etc.

Go to a specialist 4wd mechanic for the inspection.

Barnesy
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:42

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:42
GQ or 80 series in that price range no doubt.....

As for a good mechanic on the Gold Coast, try Sean at South East Queensland 4X4, Brendon Drive Nerang.

If you're after a club, the Gold Coast Four Wheel drive Club meets first Tuesday each month at 8pm in the Bi-Centennial Hall at Nerang, meeting go for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Come along for the fun!

Cheers

Brian
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Reply By: bex - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 08:08

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 08:08
Thanks for the replies, GQ or 80 series too big as the wife will use it during the week (i'm in the van week days) and shes not to confident.
So I was thinking prado, seems like it will be a high milage one with my budget.
Also seems to be more RV6 rather than GXL around that price, could anybody tell me anything to look out for and is there much difference between RV6 and GXL.
As for what kind of off road it will probably be beach (Bribie,Fraser etc) but who knows I want to do a 4x4 coarse and take it from there.
One last thing is there a contact number for sean and should I mention your name?

Again many thanks for your replies
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Follow Up By: bex - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:24

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:24
Not sure to follow up or reply so I'm doing both.

Thanks for the replies, GQ or 80 series too big as the wife will use it during the week (i'm in the van week days) and shes not to confident.
So I was thinking prado, seems like it will be a high milage one with my budget.
Also seems to be more RV6 rather than GXL around that price, could anybody tell me anything to look out for and is there much difference between RV6 and GXL.
As for what kind of off road it will probably be beach (Bribie,Fraser etc) but who knows I want to do a 4x4 coarse and take it from there.
One last thing is there a contact number for sean and should I mention your name?

Again many thanks for your replies
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:45

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 09:45
Bex, If you want to do a 4WD course, consider joining the Gold Coast 4WD Club (as mentioned by Brian above). They do a good full day 'Driver Awareness Program' on their own track.
The Club has trips on most week-ends catering for all types of vehicles and driving experience.
There are good commercial courses available, but they will be more expensive and don't offer the ongoing benefits of being in a Club.
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