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    Vehicle advice please.

    I'm needing to replace my car which has gone beyond the point of me wanting to spend any money on it and get something a bit more practical for my lifestyle.

    I've been thinking about getting a truck or some form of 4x4 with room enough for me and my various shooting/fishing hobbies yet also have the room for the family etc.
    Must be diesel, reasonable fuel economy and not needing a weekly trip to the garage. (No Land Rover jokes please. )

    So with a budget of say 3000, what recommendations can you throw my way?
    Best Regards,
    Adrian.

    Jedward. The reason why there are two barrels on a shotgun.

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    Big Toyota fan.

    Hilux seem to have gold plated chasis and diamond headlights from the prices. I have a 4Runner ( uk version, import is the Surf ) standing at 129,000 miles, 4/5 years with me and I love it. Its an either love or hate it looks wise.

    Mechanically tough - front brake calipers being weak point. And rear window set up mind boggling.

    But turns in 30-32 mpg towing argo or not.

    Parts stress free via Roughtrax4x4.

    Mine was 2000 off fleabay for a 50.000 mile 1995 N reg 5 years back.
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    May I say that 4x4 and reasonable fuel economy do not go hand in hand................................. shame.

    It might help others if you give an indication of how much stuff and how many people you will normally be moving about. The interior space and load space varies quite a lot between the various vehicles. One with the spare wheel stowed outside and not in the load area can make a big difference for instance.

    My own limited experience with 4x4's is running a 93 Cherokee 4.0L for about 6 years and that was replaced with a Frontera 2.2i 16V petrol. THe Frontera has more space inside and larger doors especially the rear ones and an almost flat floor which makes it much easier for both Mum & Dad to get into and out of and the reason for the change.

    Neither are good of fuel but my budget was a lot smaller than yours. I paid 650 for a 99 Frontera. It has cost us more than that again now with bringing it up to scratch and a new MOT.

    Be aware that some have actually quite small load spaces.

    Good luck with your search.

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    Thank you both for your replies.

    There will be two adults, one child, a spaniel and terrier. On shooting days assorted wellies, waterproofs, spare clothes and other stalking/shotgunning kit. Not all of the above will be there at the same time.
    I've been managing in a Peugeot 406 coupe for eight years and although surprisingly roomy, anything more will be a bonus.
    Three Roebucks and stalking kit have been contained in the boot comfortably!
    Best Regards,
    Adrian.

    Jedward. The reason why there are two barrels on a shotgun.

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    Pmy mate picked up a ford ranger for very little dosh. He recons it beats his previous examples of 4x4pickips for space and economy. Jim

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    Nissan D22 kingcab, if you can tolerate 32mpg fuel consumption. atb Tim

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    I think I'd be looking for a ford ranger. They're super reliable, parts are cheap and you'd get a reasonably new one for your budget. If you didn't want a pick up, I'd be tempted by a rav4 or a swb shogun.

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    Subaru Forester. I have not had one but hear they are ok and drop to a reasonable price fairly quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Bob View Post
    Subaru Forester. I have not had one but hear they are ok and drop to a reasonable price fairly quickly.
    just dont drive it after dark,

    our local police stop every one they see, usually full of dogmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shabz View Post
    I think I'd be looking for a ford ranger. They're super reliable, parts are cheap and you'd get a reasonably new one for your budget. If you didn't want a pick up, I'd be tempted by a rav4 or a swb shogun.
    +1 for the Ford Ranger

    Ive had a Land Rover and L200 and the Ranger wins everytime
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