what 4wd to buy??

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 00:14
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I want to buy a 4wd for light offroad work and for towing a horse float as well as normal commuting. I want to spend less than $20000 preferably around $15000. What do people recomend? I like the 80 series cruisers but they are still expensive even with high km's. Also like the Jackeroos and pajeros.

Appreciate some others views
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Reply By: bruce.h - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 10:43

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 10:43
ZOOM
EITHER A NISAAN PATROL OR A CRUISER WILL DO THE JOB ,MOST DEFINATLY SHOULD BE DEISEL the bigger deisel would be better ie 4.2 lt
$15000 - $20000 should find you a reasonable buy ineither toyota or nissan , but you will pay more for the toyota of the same year as the nissan
Regards Bruce
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Follow Up By: zoom - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 23:23

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 23:23
Bruce

Thanks for the info, not a patrol fan. I take it you mean a 60 series cruiser not an 80 series or can they be found for that sort of price
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Follow Up By: bruce.h - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 15:08

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 15:08
zoom
dont be to quick to disregard the nissan, ihave owned both toyotas & nissans & both were damed good cars the advantage of the nissan is you are paying about $3000 less ,& depending on who you talk to many people raco that the 60 serous is better than the 80 but ithink you should if your carefull find a good 80 at the $20000 mark
regards bruce
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 11:42

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 11:42
This could be part of the FAQ as it gets asked 10 times a week!


Drive them all and see what you like.

Diesel is the go.
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Reply By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 20:27

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 20:27
I had a friend ask me this exact question a year ago and I recommended the 3 lt Nissan Patrol in automatic. He is extremely happy with his choice and find it tows his float and 2 horses with ease. I would definitely stick with an auto for any heavy towing situation petrol or diesel.
Cheers RobCairns Offroad Training & Tours
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Follow Up By: zoom - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 23:24

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2003 at 23:24
Rob

Have you had any experience with Jackaroos in either petrol or diesel?

Sam
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 22:36

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 22:36
I would not recommend a Jackaroo either petrol or diesel for towing a horse float. Horses and floats are heavy. Cheers RobCairns Offroad Training & Tours
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Reply By: tristjo - Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 00:56

Thursday, Apr 17, 2003 at 00:56
The Patrol and Cruiser are big, heavy duty, very capeable offroaders, and since you mentioned you only wanted it for light offroad and towing, they may not be the way to go, unless you specificly want a big vehicle, or the larger capacity motor. For around 20k, you could pick up a good Jackaroo, with one of there tough little Isuzu truck motors, which should do the job fairly well. You can also readilly find auto's in these i beleive, wheras the Patrol and Cruiser, auto's will be harder to find. If, however you do want a larger fourby, go with a GQ patrol. In the price bracket you mention, they will be alot easier to come by, and they are just as good, if not tougher than an equivellant Cruiser, but you may still have change left after buying it. I saw a GQ Patrol diesel wagon the other day, '91 model, with only 78K on it, for 18k!! If i had the money i would have bought it, as there probably wound have been another 800,000- 900,000 truoble free kays still left in her! anyway, best of luck, and let us now how you go.
Tristjo.
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