Following on from the thread http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...s-solved/page2 I thought I would ask people to share their two-wheel drive car/van/cross-over offroad experiences to find a shortlist of decent two-wheel drive multi-purpose vehicles that can be used in daily life as well as shooting.
4x4's are too expensive to run, maintain, fuel and tax in my experience for the amount I actually use the extra capability. Even when I have had to use the extra capability it's was questionable as to whether the conditions were actually suitable to take any vehicle on the land! 4x4's do give good height, but so do many taller cars these days, as do vans - so bring on your experiences and let us know how they fair. In todays economic climate of penny pinching we're all watching the mpg - which an off-road semi-capable two-wheel drive should be able to deliver much better than a traditional 4x4.
As kids we used to run all sorts of field cars without the need for 4x4. In fact I would go so far as to say one of the best offroaders I have owned was a VW Beetle! Many cars are just too low (or their radiators are - getting clogged with grass seeds!), but it'll be good to hear people's experiences as there are some reasonable machines out there with good approach/departure angles etc - they are just waiting for some better tyres and an experienced hand at the wheel!
Edit: Please note that I'm presently happy with the vehicles I have and am not looking to buy/sell any vehicles, nor am I facing any type of financial hardship - this is simply an interesting point that was starting to raise itself in a previous thread and I thought it would be good to have it's own space for future reference.