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    4x4 advise

    Hi everyone im looking to by 2nd car alredy have familly car,wife will be using it from now it a shame to take Passat in the muddy gateways with my dirty boots and all the stuff that is essential for my shooting i looking for 4x4 thats is not to bad on fuel not going to brake all the time, and iff it will parts will be cheep to get something like disco maybee and the best bit only have about 1500 GBP to spend. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by k123 aberdeen View Post
    Hi everyone im looking to by 2nd car alredy have familly car,wife will be using it from now it a shame to take Passat in the muddy gateways with my dirty boots and all the stuff that is essential for my shooting i looking for 4x4 thats is not to bad on fuel not going to brake all the time, and iff it will parts will be cheep to get something like disco maybee and the best bit only have about 1500 GBP to spend. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS thanks in advance
    Mitsibushi pajero 2.5td manual if you can. Have had 2 over the years. First one gear box went but got 7 years of painless cost free driving. Still driving second. The biggest problem so far is couple burst break pipes. So nothing major. Its now done 140k and is 22 years old. And still starts first turn in the morning after sitting not turning a wheel for 3 weeks when im offshore. Pretty decent off road too. But plenty choose from. Have look on gumtree.
    Always think before you pull that trigger.

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    depends on if its only a muddy track or full off road you need ,cheap and handy the suzuki jimny is a good small do it all motor for two ,

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    Isuzu Trooper 3.1, Mitsubishi Pajero or as Paul said Suzuki Jimny, Disco's are cheap for a reason - stay away..!

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    Talking

    Vitara or Jimny, I've had both.
    Excellent off road, easy to DIY fix and very reliable.

    My last Vitara got to the ripe old age of 19 before breaching the limits of
    my DIY tool kit ... Although I believe the lad I sold it to has it back on the
    road with a new gear box.

    My mechanic buddy commented that the engine still had loads of life
    left in it... Considering its age that speaks volumes about Suzuki
    engineering.

    I suspect I might still have had it, had I not tried to pull a triple axle
    horse box down a near vertical hill.
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    For the money you have to spend a Mitsubishi Pajero is a good buy if you don't mind driving an older vehicle
    these are imports so rust should not be a big problem, although import parts are easy enough to get direct from manufactures as they are the same as Shoguns, or from specialist suppliers such as Milners.

    The youngest of the Mk2 are now about 17 years old but stil a lot of good ones about Mk 2 easiest to work on if you are a home mechanic straight forward Diesel engine no Ecu to worry about.

    2.5 or 2.8 the 2.8 has timing chain while 2.5 has belt so one less expense with the 2.8 most Pajero's are auto ( not necessary a bad thing) there are manuals about but a little bit harder to find.

    Try a look on that well known auction site, it will give you an idea of what you could get for your money.

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    Fourtrak or 3.1 Trooper both pretty bombproof

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    I sold my l200 last year and have been using my nissan xtrail 2.2cdi, average 38 mpg, 34mpg fast motorway, 40mpg + on a run taking it steady, i have replaced the duel mass flywheel with a solid one and it pulls my four wheel caravan with ease, good off road with the right tyres, comfortable to drive,
    plenty of pattern parts available so cheap to maintain, Carried three fallow in the back on a boot liner, cheers Geoff

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    I'd have to stick up for Disco's. There are so many to choose from- take your time and you will not find more motor for 1500. I've had 1x200tdi, 2x300tdis and one v8 series 2.
    The 300tdi should be perfect for what you want although fuel economy will be around 30 on a good run.

    Out of interest, three of us loaded up to Inverness and back in my 61plate L200 couldn't better 28mpg. Worst tankful was 23mpg down the m6/m5

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