what 4wd do i buy??

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00
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Im a 30 yr old bloke and would like some advice on what vehicle to buy for an extended trip around OZ.Budget is the biggest restraint, must be under $10 000, Im thinking an older troopie? Thanks, Chris.
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Reply By: Bill - Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00
If budget is a big constraint don't consider a petrol troopie - they suck fuel like it's going out of fashion.
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Follow Up By: Mike - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2002 at 01:00
Just to add to this, a few years ago I had an ex SES FJ45 custom troopy. On our first trek to Birdsville & Innamincka, we were staggered at the amount of fuel it ate. As we were travelling in a small convoy, speeds were around the 90-100km/hr. From Adelaide to Hawker, it used exactly double what my brother in law's Hi-lux twin cab deisel used, fitted with the same load. Don't get me wrong, it was an amazing truck, I just couldn't afford to feed it. Happy trails,Mike.
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Reply By: John R. - Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00
Chris,
Landcruiser or Patrol diesel, early to late 1980s. Lots of spares around for both.
Have a look at www.carsales.com - there are quite a few available within in your budget.
Above all: get a 4WD specialist to check it out BEFORE you part with your money!
Good luck.
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Reply By: Nigel - Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00
I considered the same question a few years back, but with a bigger budget and ended up getting a 95 Patrol Wagon. Good value, heaps of parts, and reliable. Same goes for all the old cruisers. Anything else would have me worrying about reliability once it reaches that age where they are affordable. I'd look for a diesel but get it checked out properly. Petrols cost far too much to run and even more so if your gonna tow anything.
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Reply By: Trev - Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00
Chris, how come a 30 yr old bloke only gets 3 replies when two middle aged women get 5?
It's a sad, sad world.
Trev
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Follow Up By: Two Middle Aged Ladies - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2002 at 01:00
Who would you rather meet and share a beer with Trev? See you on the road .
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Reply By: chris speirs - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2002 at 01:00
Ta to everyone who got back re the troopy under $10 000 grand question, Im narrowing it down. As for who would you rather drink cold schooners of delicious with.....mmmmmm the boys of course!!
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Reply By: phil - Tuesday, Mar 26, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2002 at 01:00
Chris, I had the same question myself 18 mths. ago, i found a 60. series cruiser [ diesel] LOW ks.for $10,000. It has been TOTALLY reliable, the biggest cost is settin it up!! recovery gear& all the campin stuff.However,i have done C/York,& have just ret. from 18,000ks. around oz.[Tenting mostly].It only cost me 2batteries,[they self destructed on the corrgations on the Cape],& 1 tyre,so I am very happy with my choice,[turboed would be good]If anyone wants a breakdown of what the last trip cost, give us a oi.[It was TOO quick, 2 mths. but thats all we had] Hope this helps Chris.
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Reply By: Bill Church - Tuesday, Mar 26, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2002 at 01:00
Definitely see if you can get a diesel, as the cost and availability of diesel will make the purchase far cheaper in the long run.

Bill
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