28 July 2012
OK on a £2.5k-ish budget what would you go for?
My criteria are as follows:
- Sub £270 VED
- If diesel as simple as possible please
- Would like decent space in the back; need to carry mountain bikes in the back, and the GF's E46 BMW Touring doesn't do that well
- 4x4 prefered, if 4x4 want proper high/low range transfer case, as I miss my 1986 Land Cruiser I had in Australia, and I'm based in an area where in winter snow=4x4 only... also like the height of the 4x4 in the wet given the lack of mudflaps on most cars, and the smooth tarmac that collects water
- 1995 or newer (well I needed to put in an arbitary date)
- Easy to work on; I'm not afraid of self-service on a vehicle, re-built an engine in the past...
- Would prefer manual, but am open to Autos if the gearbox is good (4spd +)
- Reliable (it's replacing my 225,000mile 2000MY V70 which was parked up in March 2010, and now needs too much spending on it to recomission it!) which didn't miss a beat in the 3 years, 55,000 miles I ran it for.
Things I've considered:
- 97 or 98 Volvo 945 LPT or HPT; can be found for £5-800, leaves money for winter tyres
- Merc W210; rusty as, in the years when Merc's were made by accountants not engineers
- 95 Toyota 4-Runner (Genuine UK Car only) can be found for £1500
- 98-2000 Subaru Forester
- Mitsi Shogun 3.2 DiD Commercial (well it gets around the VED as a commercial so flat rate £270)
- Mitsi L200 Pickup
- Isuzu Rodeo Pickup (not the old TF one though like the AA had)
- LR Discovery 200Tdi or 300Tdi, poss Td5 depending on miles
- Kia Sorento (Eureka moment the other day, but still a bit expensive at the moment, unless one comes up at auction)
- 97ish Toyota KZJ95 or KZJ90 Landcruiser Colorado (LWB or SWB)
- Jeep Cherokee (the funny bug-eyed one, not the 1980's throwback)
Not keen on:
- Nissan Navara/Pathfinders; don't trust the under 3.0 Nissan Diesels, in Aus they have the nickname of Grenades..
- Mitsi Challenger; prefer something with a seperate chassis
- Frontera; It's too long in the tooth, and too agricultural
- Soft-roaders/cross overs... if it's a job worth doing, do it properly, which the original Forester does.