Car and Cash !!!

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:13
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OK i am in the process of looking for a car and I really want a turbo diesel, my budget is about $15,000 what do people think I would get the best value out of money buying for a 1 year trip around Australia ??

Also I have roughly worked out what I think it would cost us to do the trip can people please tell me if I am beaing realistic, now this is worked out on the fact that we are going to be camping not staying in motels and cooking or own food 99% of the time and not eating out very much...

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$15,000 odd for the car

About $6,000 - $7,000 to setup everything (i.e camping gear, setting up the 4x4, recovery gear, communications, etc)

And then about $20,000 - $25,000 for the trip itself...

What do people think of my budget ??

Thanks

Shaun

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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:40

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:40
Holden, check www.redbook.com.au for used vehicle prices. I reckon you could pick up a 1996 Pajero GLX 2.8 TD for about the $ you mentioned. Your setup budget is very generous provided you just make do with a UHF CB ($360). (forget winches etc) An Epirb if you are going way off the main drag ($300).

Your main cost will be fuel (both for you and the car). Say 20,000 km at 10L /100 km is about $2000 (if you can get it for $1.00 a L). Better allow $3k for fuel. Allow for a few vehicle services and a few trashed tyres. How much you spend on food and refreshments will detrmine if you make it all the way, or run out half way- worse things could happen :-) Half your luck Holden. Have a great trip.
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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:25

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:25
GQ patroltheres a few around at the moment for good prices.....
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Reply By: HoldenSS - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:33

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:33
What do you all think about troop carriers ??

How well does the 4.2L diesel go and do they use much fuel ??
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:48

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:48
I get 11.5 by it self and 13.5 with campertrailer in Lancruiser STD 91 Deisel. Great unit.Easter at Yardie creek
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Reply By: Rox - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:36

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:36
Have you thought about a Troupie?? A friend bought 1 for $11k and later added a rear seat. How many people in your trip/Family?
I am Planing a trip next year already set up, buget I hope $600/week, that is 200 fuel, 200 food, 200 extras/ camping tyres etc. have started a savings program to have 20k for the tripp Family of 4.
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Reply By: HoldenSS - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:39

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:39
Well I am only 21... so it is just me and the woman ??

I am so confused on what to do and we wanna head off January 2005 :(
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:50

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:50
Troupie and sleep in the back.Easter at Yardie creek
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Reply By: HoldenSS - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:54

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 22:54
If I was to go with a troopy where do you put all your gear if you are using the back to sleep in, (i.e recovery gear, clothes, cooking stuff, etc etc etc)

Also another thing I wanted to take my laptop with me so that I can upload pics off my digital camera to it, now my question is can you send emails using A GPS or HF ??

Thanks

Shaun
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 01:14

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 01:14
Try a fulse floor with a bed extention full length. gear underneith & out of sight.Easter at Yardie creek
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Reply By: HoldenSS - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 23:17

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 23:17
ROX have you got an email address that I can get in contact with you via to discuss troopies easier ??
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 01:16

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 01:16
kpeacock@dodo.com.au Easter at Yardie creek
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Reply By: Member - Geoff - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 21:10

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 21:10
Greetings Shaun !! We have just bought a 91 4.2 diesel Ford Maverick with many extras including, a X9 super winch, dual batterys, sidesteps, Kenwood stereo & longrange fuel tank, rustproofed, from a car yard, who had repaired all that needed to be fixed for $13,000. It was in very good conditon and had done 247000 Klm and still going strong. Fuel consumption on highway driving is 11litres per 100 klms. We have had a Maverick before trading it on a Nissan GU patrol 2.8 turbo diesel, and now very happy to be behind the steering wheel of a Mav again. Geoff
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Reply By: HoldenSS - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 21:28

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 21:28
in terms of when driving the 4.2litre non turbo diesel that is in thr troopy does it have the same performance as say the smaller cc motor but turbo for example 2.8litre Turbo Diesel that is found in something like a surf ?? granted that the troopy weighs more but it is a 6cyl

thanks

shaun
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Reply By: Goodsy - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 21:55

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 21:55
Don't think you can go past a GQ diesel here. You should be able to get one with around 250000km on it which is not much if serviced. The 2.8 is alright but when buying at these Km's go for the 4.2. Happy hunting:)
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Reply By: Member - Jo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 22:04

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 22:04
I looked and loooked, and was left with HJ47. Could not afford a 75 sadly. Troopy is the way to go. I am fitting mine now, and it is a lot of work. Have a look at my webpage for the list I am working by now.

Have a look at the current 4x4 Australia (May issue), it has troopy secondhand purchase info. I know 4wd Monthly Australia did something on the 75 series in general not to long ago, but dont remember exactly. If its just the 2 of you, there are a lot of options, I think 4wdinteriors.com.au does a _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx solution with bedextension and stuff...

Johttp://www.pad.no/
A viking in a desert :-)
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