Recommend a 4Wd for 15K - Pref Economical Driving

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Hi I am going to tow a sunwagon approx 700Kg, want to buy a second hand 4wd. Been looking at Prado's all the way to Jackaroo's. Can anyone recommend the best bang for your buck 4wd in this range? Cheers
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 09:25

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 09:25
For a comfortable, economical medium duty 4x4 wagon that tows well, the Pajero's are priced very well. If you like a bit of refinement the older 90 series Prado is very reliable. For a heavy duty offroad wagon in that price range go the Nissan Patrol.
Cheers Craig.............
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Reply By: OREJAP - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 09:26

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 09:26
That question is like "How long is a piece of string?" Not knowing the number of people (if any in your family & subsequently travelling in the vehicle) Whether you prefer S/wagon or ute diesel or petrol versions. I am fortunate in my job to be able to drive 4X4 & have driven many varieties over 30 years I enjoyed the T/D Jackaroo manual however for no apparant reason two of them just blew up costing thousands $$$ to fix. For 15,000 I would seriously look at a T/D Pajero.great creature comforts,an excellent driving car which excels on the sand & mud (weight) They still make Pajero's unlike the Jackaroo so part & service centres are not a problem. I think the pajero out points the Prado in many aspects the main point is value for your $$$$ The 3.2 I/Cooled T/D NM Model would be worth a look. If you want something cheap & petrol, there are Land Rover Discoveries out there (V8 Petrol) for $5,000 to $10,000 but you get what you pay for with anything.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 09:56

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 09:56
As a biased owner I have to say have a look at a 3.5 V6 Jackaroo. Not that economical if driven hard, but I get 15L/100 towing a C/t. Excellent strong motor,
good auto box, plenty of room. You will get a much lower km job for the $$
than the others mentioned. Check eBay as a guide.......oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 21:23

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 21:23
2nd vote for Jacks(but only the v6 petrol) we have three in the family. A 98 se with 156000 very little problems(spilt manifold gasket and timing belt) and a 02 se and a 03 Nullarbor. The auto nullarbor is thirsty especially on 91, but the two manuals will get down to 11s if you can restrain yourself from using that grunt.
I also like Prados, but for $15000 most will have 200000ks plus where as this amount will but an immacualate very low k v6 Jack. The 3lt Diesel is troublesome and expensive to service
I HAVE YET TO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH PARTS.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: stevie1947 - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 11:19

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 11:19
Nissan Pathfinder v6 ST 2001-2005 is a great 4x4 with a very reliable motor. Perhaps a little heavy on fuel (13l) but if u put gas on it is a very good option.
U can pick up one with low kms and in good nick for under $15 grand.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 21:34

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010 at 21:34
Jack is a agreat option.

Prado way over priced.

Hyundai Terracan or Kia Sorento are well worth a look.

Jim.

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Follow Up By: HGMonaro - Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 09:36

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 at 09:36
"Prado way over priced."

not if your selling one ;)
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Follow Up By: StormyKnight - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 11:07

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 11:07
Yep its a Toyota & until I sell mine the price is right :)....

I spose it depends on if you want ANY resale down the track....

A cheap car now will be even cheeper when you go to sell it.

but....$5000 can mean the difference between 100,000km on the clock on a not so common model & 200,000km on a more common model - so that has to be weighed up too. There should be a sweet spot where you find the best of both worlds....

Cheers
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Reply By: DrOcelot - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 08:44

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 08:44
Hi I have heard some horror stories about the Jackaroo Diesel engine is there something to avoid with the Jackaroo? I have been looking at Pajero's what is peoples opinion of the 1992 model?
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Reply By: DrOcelot - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 16:58

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 16:58
Looked at a 2001 Prado it had 455,000 on the clock for around 15K. Is that just too many klms to worry about or what is a life expectancy of a diesel. Besides the Kms the car looks drives and sounded great.
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Follow Up By: Davo_60 - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 17:53

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 17:53
I would say yes, too many km's. The engine is the least of the problems, everything else has done 455k also. Not all diesels are the same. I am impressed that they got that many km's out of the old 3.0L, but it would be towards the end of its life span. Its not hard to drop another engine in, but diffs, gearbox, transfer etc are the worry.

I would look for something with less km's personally - but if you buy it keep us up to date on hom many km's you can get out of these things!

Dave
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Reply By: DrOcelot - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 18:24

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 18:24
Yes I tend to agree it is a lot of kms... I will give it a miss I am leaning towards a Holden Jackaroo 2001 model. Any bugbears to avoid?

I appreciate the help

Tim
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Follow Up By: DrOcelot - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 09:54

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 09:54
Would anybody consider a Duel Fuel Option for travelling around Australia?
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Reply By: DrOcelot - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:37

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:37
Hi I am still looking at many cars and havent nailed one down yet.... I am leaning towards a Prado with dual fuel my budget doesnt stretch for the diesel. What would people think is too excessive in terms of kilometres for petrol cars? 200K etc,...?
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