11k what to choose?

Submitted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 16:45
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Hey I have 11k for a 4x4 Which one would you choose out of the lot.
1: GU Patrol 2.8td I am not going to tow anything
2: GU Patrol 4.5ltr Fuel consumption is scary
3: WJ Grand Cherokee 4.7ltr v8
4: Landcruiser 80 series 4.2 but the km are pretty high
5: Landcruiser Ute 75 4.2 same as the above

I am not going to tow anything just a pack up and go road trip and fun off road
just like to know what would you choose out to these?

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Reply By: wilco318 - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 17:57

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 17:57
First up I am a Jeep fan. So I would say No 3, but they can be quite heavy on fuel. There are also 6cyl versions in the wg / wj models. Also repairs can get Expensive. I have a feeling that most here will recommend No 1.
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:13

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:13
80 series all the way!!

I sold mine with 440000k's for $12000 with all the gear you could ever need - 3 years on and I still see it around looking as good as ever..... For $11000 you will be able to get a good one.... (same goes for 75 series)

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Reply By: coonick - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:17

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:17
Nothing wrong with the GU 2.8TD.
Will go anywhere and do anything just as well as the other ones mentioned.
I had one for 8 years and it was a fantastic truck.
Take it for a test drive, not a rocket but can sit on 110kmh no problems.
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Monday, May 21, 2012 at 20:09

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 20:09
dont they crack heads??
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 22:37

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 22:37
yes they do crack heads....but usually only from bad ownership..ie...not doing proper maintenance to the cooling system. The coolant needs to be changed every 2 years (and dont believe that guff about long-life coolant being good for 5 years...not applicable to these engines.. I have never heard or read such utter crap in all my life!!!)....flushed cooling system as well. clutch fan has to be operative...and aftermarket ones are a bit of a lottery.
The timing belt has to be changed every 100000 KM....so while this is being done radiator should be sent off to be serviced...and dont be surprised if it has to be replaced...but they are generally not that bad pricewise . These are really quite a good little engine ...providing maintenance and care of them is right up there. Mine has towed out camper t a few places in OZ now...and the temp gauge does move about a bit at times..but never has got to anywhere on the gauge that needs any action...and I service the thing to within an inch of its life ....and so far the care has kept the truck in good nick and totally reliable.

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Reply By: drowned_rat - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:32

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:32
I'd go either the Nissan or Toyota, stick to Diesel as the fuel economy on the petrol varieties is frightening. Get the diesel checked/compression tested by a mechanic as the rebuild cost of any diesel will be more than half the cost of the vehicle. Before you buy a Jeep, speak to an owner/previous owner of one of these, ask them how many parts broke, at the cost of repairs, ask them how many weeks/months they had to wait for spares before they had the vehicle back on the road, I have met very few owners of these that have been even remotely happy with the vehicle. There is often not much difference in price between a vehicle with or without accessories, things like suspension/ bull bars and winches can be very expensive to add later, see if you can get them already on the vehicle as a winch is almost a necessity if you get stuck in the bush. Join a 4wd club of the vehicle you have chosen and do the driver training and get to know the capabilities of the vehicle before hitting the bush.
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Reply By: Morta - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 21:04

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 21:04
thanks Guys I am into the 2.8 gu just the fact its good for everything and aftermarket parts are good to. Ive had a Hilux surf 2.4td manual and it was great off road until it broken down and cost same to fix it as I brought it, so sold it in pieces,
The wj Cherokee seems ok on fuel just limited on long distance since bigger tanks are a problem (no room) but auto is good same with the 4x4 system it has and the engine is ok just one thing is putting me off is the fact that aftermarket parts are hard to come by unless its a Wrangler.
Leaning towards the Gu since it seems the more practical use,
and thanks for reply's guys!
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Reply By: Madfisher - Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 21:13

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 21:13
Apart from the jeep it would come down to which has the best service history, and been looked after the best. I have heard 2.8 patrols do heads so budget a couple of grand for that. Most go around 200000to 250000.
You can pick up good vehicles on a budget, we recently picked up a 99 se 3,5v6 Jack one owner, one driver 156000 for $6000. It needed a timing belt , but on a full mechanical inspection all the mechanic could find was it and ider arm needs replacing. And it achieved 10.9/`100 over 290ks on the trip home better then a lot of 6 cylinder na diesels.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: GT Campers - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 08:28

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 08:28
Just a suggestion: If it is just a fun truck for weekends with the kids etc then take a look at a 1990-95 Nissan pathfinder. Immaculate will cost you $6K
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Reply By: Kalex - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 17:30

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 17:30
What about a Pajero or Prado?
Plenty of good ones for that money that have never seen dirt and both are better off road than most give them credit for.
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Reply By: coonick - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 16:30

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 16:30
firstly the issue about heads means nothing...... a few may crack on the nissan but a few may crack ona toyota, I heard that but still bought my GU...and guess what ????? no cracked head.
All I have ever heard is " I know someone " or A friend of a friend.
It also doesnt mean everyone or heaps of them crack heads.
The 2.8 IS a tough motor and will take you anywhere you want to go.
Yes it has to be serviced ...but so does every other car.
Yes its timing belt needs replaceing every 100000 km...but so does every other car with a timing belt.
Yes it needs to have the coolant changed but so does every other car.
I sold mine 2 months ago and there wasnt a single entry in the service book for the last 8 years....WHY ??
Because I changed the oils and filters myself regularily. It did me well.
Service books are not always truthfull either.
Good luck on what ever you buy and enjoy.
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