4WD suggestions

Submitted: Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 18:52
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I am looking to buy a 4WD soon and want some ideas from those experienced in travelling Aus on whats the best all rounder?
My thoughts are to buy something a few years old, low-ish K/ms but I want: reliability, good towing ability, can round up a car/truck on the open road - OK & safe, some leg room (2 adults & a 14 year old + 6 y o) and able to have some great fun with it when the camper trailer is set up! - Probably a caravan some time later. Also I don't really want to pay too much for spare parts & servicing etc.
Diesal or Petrol? Must have drinks holders!
I know I want allot but my missus wants more.................
What are your ideas?
Thanks in anticipation.
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 19:53

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 19:53
ok what $ do you want to spend is the first question ........
Other than that go the 80 series cruiser and you will not look back...
Toyota ... end of story hahah
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 20:02

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 20:02
Sounds like you need a later model Prado. Preferably diesel but at least a 120 model.It will tick all your boxes. Bob.
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Reply By: Rockape - Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 20:12

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 20:12
Scott,
once you go to a 4wd parts are not going to be cheap like a Holden or Falcon.

If you are going anywhere in Australia that is off the beaten track then the first choice has to be Toyota as parts are everywhere.

One example of this is when your 23 year old Tojo does a clutch slave cylinder in a remote location and you walk in and get one the next morning from an auto electrician. This vehicle does not share the same slave cylinder with the 2 later models but I can just get parts easily.

There are a lot of old Patrols (not 3 litre diesels), Jackaroos, Pajeros out there that will fill the bill.

RA.
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Follow Up By: madfisher - Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 22:37

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 22:37
Yep and EGR valve for my Jack was $640, same thing for a Commordore $120. Typical of all Jap parts,
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 07:24

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 07:24
Gday madfish (Pete)
Is that plus carbon tax , or including?



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Follow Up By: Member - Vern (North Haven SA) - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 08:07

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 08:07
If you are going anywhere in Australia that is off the beaten track then the first choice has to be Toyota as parts are everywhere. is this because they are pron to breack down ??

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 08:55

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 08:55
Vern,
thats a big fishing rod you have.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 07:51

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 07:51
Hi Scott O

Not many couldn't guess what I would reccomend but the GU Patrol really is a vehicle to consider seriously.

A few weeks ago out in the Simpson even a well known Toyota person was heard to say that " I like my Toyota's but over time the Nissan has become the choice out here" .

While I choose the more powerful petrols there are other options short of the earlier 3lt diesels which you would have been warned against from sites like this.

These cars are simply just so practical and relatively low cost beginning at below $20k for 2002 petrol.

Real things that can go wrong out there like suspension are simple rugged and repairable outback.
Most servicing can be done by oneself.

GU's in various forms have been on the market for over 10 years meaning great source of parts accessories and a huge knowledge base out there.

Pick of the bunch is the 2005 petrol model , the last petrol available in a basic manual.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 08:12

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 08:12
Good morning Robin..

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 18:52

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 18:52
LOL!!

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 19:05

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 19:05
Good morning guys -well I did just switch back on from our bush block using a Telstra elite remote wi-fi device and it seems to work from here ok.

Note I carefully wrote the reply above without any reference to something beginning with 48..

Hope your all well , but I kinda wish it was morning as the kids have been up here playing in the mud in 2wd cause it was to easy in 4wd and they had issues like oil light stayed on , tyres high pressure , radios on wrong channel
wheel vibrations , air intake vibrated off one end complaining of noises in the
transfer case.

Thank goodness there going home soon as I need a kid free day to survive fathers day.
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 12:26

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 12:26
So many alternatives. Just about any common rail turbo intercooled diesel built in the last five years and plonked into a 4WD body would do the trick mechanically.

Prado would come to mind as a simple package with the lot, or if you're keen, then go old school, find an 61 or 80 series Landcruiser, spend a bit on hotting it up, and it'll keep up with all the newer cars pretty much.

But if you're concern is drink holders, then forget about older cars and spend $40k on a Prado.

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Follow Up By: mountainman - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:04

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:04
thats gold on the cup holders.

funny that.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:11

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:11
Tim,
Here you go 23 year old troopy with cupholders.



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Follow Up By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:39

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:39
That's just wrong Rockape. Cup holders on the Jesus bar. I bet you go shopping in the 60 too!

BTW my cup holders are behind the centre console so I dislocate my elbow each time I reach for a coffee. Too tough to care. :-)
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:50

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 14:50
This is even more wrong. A console in a 23 year old troopy.



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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 15:31

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 15:31
RA,

Any spare weekend you've got, you could come down and detail my old ute.

Very smig!!!

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 15:47

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 15:47
Bob,
I will be back at work next Thursday. I wonder if they would give me the day off and a vehicle to detail your ute.

We could meet half way at the Middleton pub but I don't know how much detailing would get done.

RA.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 17:50

Saturday, Sep 01, 2012 at 17:50
Have had some pretty disasterous days, and nights, at Middleton, RA.

Don't know if I could handle another one at my age, lol. Sent a msg.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 13:46

Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 13:46
My only question is in a troopy would you be able to keep the liquid in the cups and not over the navigator.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 17:58

Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 17:58
Lids are a wonderful invention.

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Reply By: Scott O - Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 00:07

Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 00:07
WHOA - so much info in such a short period of time!
So the short of it is Toyota or possibly Nissan Patrol and be carefull of possibly part issues with some of the newer makes now around (just avoid?).
I am only wanting to pay up too $40,000 and really want reliability & towing capacity (& drink holders - he he), thanks so much.........
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Reply By: shanegu6 - Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 09:54

Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 09:54
4.2 Gu patrol, 4.2 80 or 100 series. That's it. Prefer the GU though for outright strength and toughness. But refineness and power goes to the 100 series.
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Reply By: mountainman - Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 17:35

Sunday, Sep 02, 2012 at 17:35
40grand will get you the 100TD landcruiser.
it will handle towing duties with ease, auto and all the comfort youd want.
plenty of power, an engine that will last for years and bulletproof.
plenty of fuel capacity STANDARD.
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