Looking to buy SWB Patrol...

Submitted: Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:21
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Hi guys,

Looking to upgrade our Rav4 to a SWB patrol and are after advice, feedback from owners, etc. Front runner at the moment is a 1994 GQ diesel with LR tanks, dual batts, snorkel with 290,000km on the clock.

We are after a rugged but smaller 4WD as it will be our second city car (getting a Hyundai i30 for our general running around) and we don't need a large vehicle.

Have 2 young kids (2.5 and 4 yrs old). Can get them in fine (do the seatbelts through the side windows). Boot space in the patrol is fine (similar to the Rav - we pack light and have a camper trailer - just need space for the fridge and the dog).

My general understanding is that the 4.2 diesels are a bit gutless but go forever and this era of patrols are generally considered pretty bombproof.

Thoughts suggestions, comments, etc?

Thanks!

Tristan
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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:33

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:33
If its had the maintenance done it should go for a lot longer.
With a family I would seriously look at LWB patrol but there are plenty around in these years and if you want to go larger it wont be too hard.
I have had a MWB landcruiser for few years and the kids always had a ball in the back with there own sliding window.
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:47

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 22:47
Whilst the shorty patrol / maverick is a favourite of mine ... and if you have found a good one - grab it ... there is another option.

1997-2001 XJ jeep Cherokees

Lower engine milages / better interior features / better roadhandling / as capable offroad ... and the kids get their own doors.

Everything but the bulkiness of the 4dr cruisers and patrols.
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Follow Up By: TWCAmpbell - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:13

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:13
Hadn't thought of that option. Definately fits into the smaller size bracket we are after!

Any expert options out there in terms of reliability, longevity, etc? I haven't been able to find any diesel models on autotrader or carsguide yet...
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:51

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:51
Diesels .... wouldnt recommend them myself ....... Good motor in its original applications but in jeeps and over here ... there have been .. some .. expensive overheating issues. Those that have had no problems, swear by them ...

300,000klm is not uncommon for a petrol motor and up to 400,000 reported. Fairy tales about excessive fuel use ... because its american ... ends up being 11/12l-100klm highway and 14/16 around town ... about same as most other late model jap / korean fuel miser 4WD of similiar engine capacity.( insert sarcasm here ... LOL )

Vehicle faults can be generally attributed to modification levels / driver ability and servicing levels. Thats in addition to general wear & tear replacements.

Parts are easily available through numerous aftermarket suppliers / jeep dealers / with repco etc having a range of common items as well ... Plenty of speciality wrecking yards for 2nd hand parts ... not too mention 25 yrs of gear available from the US.

Longetivity .... on american forums ... their rusty (salted roads) 1984 onwards models are their pride and joy ... lol
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:58

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 23:58
pushed button A too soon ... LOL

Had 2 jeeps since 1997 ... both used as tourers ... the last one 1998 model ... is being refurbished to do it all again ... as there is nothing new on the market that would do it better for me.
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Follow Up By: happytravelers - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 07:46

Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 07:46
I work on Jeeps, the old XJ's are still the most reliable of them all. The only common problems with them are crank angle sensors failing which will stop the engine from starting and distributor drive shafts seizing due to lack of regular oil changes, check the service history. Do not buy a diesel XJ, cyl. heads cracking are a major problem and the engine electronics cause huge dramas.
Jon
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Reply By: kiwicol - Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 18:32

Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 18:32
Have a 92 lwb patrol 4.2 diesal great vehicles cant kill them, yes are gutless but wont cost loads of dollars. look at the lwb as they are more friendly when you have kids, getting in and out, been down that road. Col
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