I'm thinking of getting a small, Japanese 4x4 to use as a solo stalking / shooting vehicle. I'll probably "van it up" by taking the back seats out and installing a plastic liner and dog guard. I'm looking for something that's cheap to buy and run, but still reliable. I'll be using it for local trips and the odd trip up to Scotland. Off roading will be round fields and tracks rather than serious mud plugging.
My budget is about 2.5 to 3.5K and I have limited mechanical skills, so that probablyt rules out a full sized 4x4. It would be a third car, so cheapness and economy are very important. I do like Landrovers, but can't afford a decent one and haven't got the time or skills to run an older Defender or Discovery.
I've narrowed it down to a Suzuki Jimny or perhaps a Shogun Pinin. I've researched the Jimny's quite a bit and had a good look round a neighbours one. I think one could suit my purposes. All the bits seem obvious and accessible, so there's a prospect that I might be able to do some routine maintenance myself.
I don't know much about the little Shoguns, but they seem pretty neat.
I'd be greatful for any advice on the two cars mentioned. I know Landrovers have alot of fans and I love em, but they don't suit my needs.
Thanks in advance.