What sort of Car?

Submitted: Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 08:35
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OK, I have asked for some advice regarding different cars I am looking at and I am quickly learning I know nothing about cars, let alone what I am going to need.
So now I turn to you all for advice again...

I have up to $7000 to spend on the best tow vehicle I can get to take me, my partner and our 2 kids around Aus, Indefinitely.

Suggestions???
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Reply By: Angie M - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 08:38

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 08:38
Forgot to add...
We are hoping to Tow a caravan (not yet purchased)
Possibly around 16-20ft
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 09:00

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 09:00
Hi Angie, it's a big question you ask...
if you are talking 4wd...look for the Jackaroo 3.5 V6 with the lowest k's & best service
history...some very good ones around, but you may need to add a $$ or two.
Non 4wd....Falcon...same criteria applies.
Be conscious of the weight limits that apply for towing..& you know that the
lighter van will save you big bucks in fuel.
and bargain HARD...it is a buyers market.
Good luck with it.........oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 11:46

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 11:46
With a budget of only $7K a Falcon Wagon will probably fill the bill.
OJ
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Follow Up By: 120scruiser (NSW) - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 12:52

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 12:52
If going for a falcon ensure you have the biggest automatic transmission cooler fitted to it.
Scott
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Follow Up By: dazren - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 21:09

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 21:09
I'm with ozjohn, for $7000 it would be the best tow vehicle you could get.
ANY 4WD you get for that money, will only end up costing more $$$$ to keep it going,but a Falcon wagon would be a good reliable car, cheap to run, and cheap to fix
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 21:42

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 21:42
We would be hoping to do some off-roading (without van) nothing major, but we want to definitely fit in the Gibb at some time.
We may be able to stretch our budget, but if we could would prefer to keep it down. We aren't concerned about travelling slow, and I guess if it really starts to look like we wont be able to get a car to take a van then we will have to look at camper trailers.
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Follow Up By: dazren - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 21:50

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 21:50
Gidday Ange, It's not the van that will be the problem, the problem will be getting a Reliable 4wd for that sort of money, especially if you want to go off road that's when you really need a vehicle in good reliable condition, also within your budget Of $7000 you may have to fit h/d tow bar and electric brakes etc, and that would be around a grand alone
Suggest you sit back a while, re-consider all your options and put a lot more thought in to what you want to do, and what sacrifices you may have to make ?? you are planning to do your dream trip, don't spoil it by making hasty decisions, I still think A good condition ''AU'' FALCON WAGON would do the job for you, together with a 16-18 ft caravan, with the budget you are talking it would be the most reliable package IMHO, and you can still get to a lot of out of the way places in the falcon, but the gibb river road would be pushing it.
Keep looking and keep asking questions, get it as right as you can and don't spoil the dream. dazren
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:12

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:12
Cheers Dazren,
Yeah at the moment we aren't in any rush to make a purchase, just trying to get as much info as we can, and already we are learning a lot.

There are definitely many factors to consider. I cant see us going down the road of a Falcon (doesn't appeal to either of us), we have seen a few good 4x4's that could tow a camper trailer easy and in pretty good condition, but we are still fairly set on a caravan at this stage, though if it meant we couldn't do the trip, then we'd tent all the way.

I feel confident that down the line we can get a car to do the job, I mainly just want to know what make/model we should keep an eye out for.
We will more than likely be able to add a few grand to our vehicle budget, but are currently under estimating rather than over... less disappointment that way.
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Follow Up By: dazren - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:31

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:31
Good your not rushing it, and a little flexible with the budget, Ok understand your position on a Falcon, as said you must be happy with your choice
OLDBAZ suggested a Holden Jackaroo 3.5 petrol they have a good reliable reputation, [ i think Isuzu made them for Holden ] you should be able to get a good one for not much more than your $7000, just remember it's not the years that wear out cars, it's the Klms and lack of service, so whatever you hunt for look for the lowest Ks, and a good service record. you may even wish to consider some of the earlier 4WD 4Door utes, there are plenty of them around in good nick and they don't hold there prices as well as the Wagon type 4WD ones to check out would be Holden Rodeo, Mazda Bravo, Ford Courier, Mitubishi Triton, They are all pretty reliable and pretty well priced

Just a few more thoughts for you to ponder, ??? Good Luck dazren
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:35

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:35
Thanks Again, Dazren!
I really appreciate the suggestions, any little nudge in the right direction helps :)
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:38

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 22:38
If you saw this ad, what would your thoughts be?
http://tas.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-Vehicles-Motorbikes-Parts-cars-Holden-Jackaroo-SE-W0QQAdIdZ353955902
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 08:05

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 08:05
Angie, worth an inspection I'd say. Pics look ok & looks like it has been cared for.
Check the service history. With those k's & that price it may be a good buy.
Happy hunting........oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Angie M - Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 12:05

Wednesday, Mar 07, 2012 at 12:05
Cheers Oldbaz, We are checking it out today. It has full service history which we will have a look at as well.

Appreciate all the help here on the Forums!
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 19:55

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 19:55
Gday Angie
What type of car do you have now?

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Follow Up By: Angie M - Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 21:40

Monday, Mar 05, 2012 at 21:40
The car we have now is a Mitsubishi Nimbus...'86 Model.
Now she certainly wont be doing the job haha.
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Reply By: Member - G.T. - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 16:04

Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 16:04
If you decide to buy a Falcon stay away from the BA model. they have a weak diff and auto trans. The AU models are better. Regards G.T.
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