help with buying a car/apology

Submitted: Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 15:41
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sorry about that. anyway, wife & i are going around oz soon and need help buying a 4WD. we do not plan on doing any serious stuff. we just want to be able to check out places as we fnd them. we will not be towing anything so need a bit of room for all our gear. we like explorers & cherokees but i have heard bad things about both namely the explorer has a lot of mechanical problems and the jeep (manual diesel) is expensive to fix. can anyone give us any advice? we prefer manual drive. once again sorry about the double ups.
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Reply By: ThePublican - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 16:32

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 16:32
Whoever told you that Ford Explorers have a lot of mechanical problems obviously does not know much about the vehicle ,, 6 years never a spanner put to vehicle except for standard servicing and maintenance,,modifications [drawer system,dual batts and rotronics,comms gear,ect,ect ] ....170,000 klms TOTALY RELIABLE.
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Follow Up By: kebablord - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:06

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:06
we were thinking maybe the XL (maybe with about 120K on the clock) would be a good choice as no electrics (less things to go wrong). i have heard people say that with electrics (not just the explorers) dust & water can get in them @ can stuff them up, is this also incorrect?
also, does the explorer have the ability to have fitted a good quality bullbar & roof rack?
BTW, if this helps with any advice, we are willing to spend up to 30K on the car but we don't really want to spend it if we don't have to.
anybody out their with opinions about the jeep cherokee 99 TD?
thankyou for any feedback

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Follow Up By: ThePublican - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:20

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 18:20
Yep , the xl is the manual, is also the old push rod motor using more fuel, electrics are not a problem ,beach to birdsville and all over never a problem,,ECB/ ARB ,TJM, all make bullbars for the explorer as does SMART BAR , roof rails are standard ,,30k should see you into a 2000 model xlt with no more than 60 k on the clock.
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Follow Up By: Suzuki Viagra - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 20:46

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 20:46
The problems with the EXplorer relate to the US built model not the Australian one which is built in JApan....
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Follow Up By: ThePublican - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:05

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:05
Dont know where you get your misinformation from suzuki viagra, Ford Explorers are built in the USA and CANADA, old Henry would be rolling in his grave,Japan indeed!!!
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Reply By: GOB - Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 21:20

Monday, Mar 24, 2003 at 21:20
depending on how much weight you want to put on a roof rack you would probably need to go to a car with a gutter as the ones without guttering cannot take a lot of wieght i believe toyota and nissan with gutter are supposed to be able to take about 100ks on roof including rack which is only a spare tyre and a couple of jerry cans (fuel and water)i dont know if explorers etc have this gutter but you get a rack with full length gutter suporrt and it helps spread the load so be aware of the weight factor
steve89 nissan looking foward to august and more travelling
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Reply By: tristjo - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 00:19

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 00:19
Mate, i would be looking at the Nissan Pathfinder. It is probably the most carlike fourwheel drive out there with a decent ammount of offroad capeability. Auto only, but a bloody good one, good, powerfull 3.3ltr V6, lotsa luxury extras in even the base model, and you could pick up a good 2nd hander, with 40-60k on it for low thirties. A new ST will set you back a bit over 40k. If it were me, i would stay away from those americans, have had mates with lotsa Jeep troubles (petrols), and the mechanical setups of both are a bit odd. The Nissan has proven to be a reliable vehicle, and in my opinion is the best medium tourer, mainly because of there comfort and reliability. Also, checkout the Prado. Not a bad medium tourer, but a bit expensive, and not as good onroad as the Pathfinder. Anyway, good luck, get out there, and have a bloody good time!!
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