Towing and touring 4WD

Submitted: Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 08:37
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Here is the deal.
I currently have a 1994 Toyota 4 Runner and I am looking to upgrade. I also have a boat and the 4runner is just to thirsty on the fuel when towing it.
I am after a mid sized 4WD, preferably Turbo Diesel that will be decent on the fuel when towing 1 tonne and at least half reasonable for moderate off road work.
Looking for something under 20K.

Suggestions would be great.
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Reply By: Member - jjt98 (QLD) - Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 09:01

Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 09:01
Hi 944runner,

I have a 2002 Discovery Series II. The Serries II Turbo Diesel would suite your wants well. Economical, mid sized & good value for money.

I know there are a lot of knockers out there but if you look around at members photo's etc you will see Cruisers, Patrols etc etc on tow trucks. The point I make is that any vehicle can be faulty. This is my second Disco & I have had a great run with both of them.

For the money, they deserve a look. $20k will get you a 2000 model (Qld) & up to 2002 (NSW & Vic).
Happy Travels
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 09:59

Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 09:59
Jackeroo's or Terracan's about the best value for money Mid size 4b's. You will be surprised at what model you'll get for under 20 grand in these rigs (will be post 2002 in Jack and probably 2004/05 in the Terracan).

Cheers, Trevor.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 12:30

Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 12:30
Had a look at all the other contenders being suggested when I was looking to buy a mid size TD several years ago.

Pajero 2.8 - underpowered
Discovery TD5 - Too many mechanical problems (as described by several mechanics in the 4WD arena)
Jackeroo - OK but storage area small and only has one fuel tank plus that starting/oil problem.
Patrol 3.0 GUII - You start to get into that model with the engne dramas. The are a big vehicle with a small donk.

So we ended up wth the Prado TD. Its done over 140000 km. Towed a van around OZ includng off road. Its near bullet proof. Never had any major mechanical problems. Does all the off road stuff without a drama then hook o the van and head down to Sydney for a long weekend from Brissy.

The decent size dual fuel tanks is a winner when touring, especially if your towing.

After 5 years we don't want to let her go. Look at how hard they are to find second hand and that will give you a hint.
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Reply By: 944runner - Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 20:14

Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 20:14
Thanks for the replies guys.
I have had a look around for the Prado, but as has been mentioned they are rare as hens teeth to find 2nd hand. My brother has one and I really like them.
I have not looked to hard for the Land Rover but will start doing some more research on them.
Anyone have any feedback on the Hyundai Terracan?
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