....and I'm not trying to start a tribal war along the lines of
"Pah! Call THAT a 4x4? Girl's car....."
"Yeah? Well YOUR 4x4 wouldn't pull a greasy stick out of a pig's bum..."
Here's the thing: I moved house at the start of the year.....bigger house = bigger mortage = less disposable income = less dosh for spending on stalking/shooting.....and that will never do!!
So - I'm thinking of coming out of my current company car (Discovery) and instead having a far-more tax-friendly car for work, and a cheap 4x4 dedicated shooty-bus.
As all you chaps are very knowledgeable and not shy about giving your views, I'm after your thoughts!
Bit of background: I'm a soft-handed office-monkey and know bugger all about engines and stuff () so reliability is pretty high up as a requirement, decent off-road ability although I'm not planning on scaling cliff-faces or ploughing through 4 foot of mud and slop, I don't need to pull a horse-box or similar, budget probably around a grand (£1.5k max), and it needs to be big enough to accomodate 2 occupants plus 2 or more dogs, along with all of the clobber that you end up carting around. Annual miles probably around 5-6,000.
So - do I go for a 'smaller' lighter petrol 4x4?
- Daihatsu Sportrak? (had one a few years ago, thought it was great)
- Suzuki Vitara?
-....and as a curve ball, Kia Sportage?? (anyone got one? Some people seem to think that they are vastly under-rated...??)
OR do I go a for a 'larger' diesel jobby?
- Daihatsu Fourtrak?
- Nissan Terrano?
- early Discovery?
What else would you suggest?
All views, comments and opinions gratefully received!