4x4's - What's best? by Mad-Monkey (Page 1 of 2)

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Mad-Monkey
for the cheap :) lol

I'm going to sell my current car as it's getting a bit impractical now, for personal reasons I'd like a 4x4. I know a few members have had them in the past, and possibly still have them so what options do I have? My only wishes are, could do with being under 12k, good in the mud, and reasonable mileage.

Hoping I can get some decent at that! :)

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 14:29 #1 


Mad-Monkey
Currently like the look of the Freelanders... anyone work on these, have experiences? We did have two yonks back some 10+ years ago, one was a nightmare the other was great!

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 14:41 #2 

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Dave
If you are going to spend less than £12k, can we assume that you are potentially going to spend up to £12k?!

That being the case, you'll have a lot of choice. Freelanders (and possibly even actual Land Rovers, as in Defenders) are going to be pretty good, although the former are possibly going to be less capable in the mud. Range Rovers of course, but then perhaps the price will go up too much? I've heard good stuff about Isuzu Troopers and Mitsubishi Shoguns, also personally like the look of Jeep Cherokees.

However, the only one I have actual experience of is our Ssangyong Rexton. We've not pushed this too far (as in off-roading) but we have done a lot of towing in it, and been in quite muddy scenarios with no problem at all. It's big, it's spacious, it's strong, with the only downsides being poor mpg (but probably not much poorer than it's close rivals, and eye-watering VED! They can also be picked up fairly cheaply

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Posted 29 Jun 2014, 15:09 #3 


Mad-Monkey
Potentially yes, but the cheaper the better :) if I didn't set some sort of limit it would be a nightmare to sort and I'm happy at that. I kind of dismissed the Defender as I thought the price would be too much, although there are some out there in my budget but they seem to be around 1999 age wise which I think might be too old. How do they fair up age wise do you know?

Not sure on the Ssangyong Rexton it looks a bit Nissan ish

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 15:29 #4 


PaulT
Had a Disco but never really used it off road - the only time it came in to its own was after a firework display on a muddy field. The cars were going nowhere but no problem for the Disco. It was also good for towing.

My OH did give me one birthday an LR experience. It was in a Defender and wow what you can do in one of those is absolutely amazing, the angles, the mud the all.
Paul

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Posted 29 Jun 2014, 15:47 #5 

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Dave
Mad-Monkey wrote:Potentially yes, but the cheaper the better :) if I didn't set some sort of limit it would be a nightmare to sort and I'm happy at that. I kind of dismissed the Defender as I thought the price would be too much, although there are some out there in my budget but they seem to be around 1999 age wise which I think might be too old. How do they fair up age wise do you know?

Not sure on the Ssangyong Rexton it looks a bit Nissan ish


I'm no expert on Land Rovers, although I do like to get "Land Rover Owners" magazine quite regularly and I guess some of it has soaked in! How I see it, there's tons of them, as they do seem to last well, and the prices, although perhaps starting higher than most of their competitors, seem to range from reasonable to very high, although that would probably be for a super-high spec. Also, talking of specs, there's such an enormous range, that you'd be bound to find something to suit! Perhaps even worth a look at Witham Specialist Vehicles, who deal in ex-MOD stuff. Again, the range is from super-high miles and old to hardly used!

As regards the Rexton - perhaps a bit Nissany, yes! TBH, I've never seen good photos of them - they just don't seem to photograph well! There's actually one appeared just round the corner from us for an amazingly low £2999, with just 50,000 on it! It's a few years older than ours (although 10K miles less) and I briefly thought about selling ours (for more) and then buying this to get a few quid in the bank. Having said that, ours has full service history and this one doesn't mention, and better the devil you know of course! :)

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 15:52 #6 


Mad-Monkey
The Land Rovers do appeal. The big V8s seem dirt cheap! Although at 12 MPG its not surprising lol! It'd probably cost me £400 a month to fill it! There's a few LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) ones which makes them a bit more attractive. No worse than my old 190 if I did the LPG. Defenders look good and obviously do their thing second to none, but I also like a bit of the luxury :) I need to go test drive a few I think!

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 16:16 #7 


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Posted 29 Jun 2014, 16:25 #8 

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Dave
That does look nice, although as you say, without a gas conversion, the fuel could be horrendous!

Btw it says tax is £285. It might be, but the Rexton adverts all say this too, but in reality they are all £485 :-o Worth double checking!

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 16:40 #9 


Mad-Monkey
Ouch! Will double check. Thanks.

I'll probably look for something diesel. At least the economy is around 30 mpg then!

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 16:44 #10 

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Dave
If you wanted to up the budget by £7500, and move from a mere 4x4 to a 6x6, this would be a fine choice! ;) TBH, if I had loads of money (and space) then I'd love something like this! :mrgreen:

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 16:46 #11 

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Dave
Mad-Monkey wrote:Ouch! Will double check. Thanks.

I'll probably look for something diesel. At least the economy is around 30 mpg then!


It might be correct mind, but best to be sure!

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 16:46 #12 

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Bernard
That model Rangie does convert to LPG easily . I did loads of them before I retired. Superb drive too, second only to the Supercharged version. I am thinking about buying one but have also been considering the Cayenne. Dog ugly things but price to suit. I think that they have some expensive issues though but my neighbour has had two of them with no real problem.
I don't like signatures, they take up too much screen space.

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 17:20 #13 


Mad-Monkey
They any more expensive to convert than a normal saloon etc...? Theres a nice supecharged one on Autotrader but would bankrupt me on petrol! I quite like the look of the Cayenne, it's grown on me over the years, but never considered it an option.

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 17:28 #14 

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Duncan
I'm not sure about more recent ones, but older LR products do suffer from tin worm in the chassis. If you are thinking Cayenne, remember Touareg and Q7 are essentially the same beasts without the W label (or at least a lesser W label).
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Posted 29 Jun 2014, 20:39 #15 

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Borg Warner
There is only 1 4x4.....

Land Rover.

Range Rover, Discovery, Defender, Freelander. Take your pick but buy wisely.

Gary M.

Posted 29 Jun 2014, 20:45 #16 


PaulT
Sometimes LRs are advertised as having a galvanised chassis - someone else has done the hard work.
Paul

That apart Mrs Lincoln, did you enjoy the play

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Posted 30 Jun 2014, 07:52 #17 

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Arctic
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Hi Dave
This one looks to be nice and a one owner with full history
2007 (07) LAND ROVER FREELANDER 2.2 Td4 HSE


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2007-07-LAND- ... 233c969fe2

Posted 30 Jun 2014, 09:30 #18 


Mad-Monkey
How old are the ones suffering with the tin worm?

Looks nice Steve, bit far to travel when there seems to be loads round here pretty much the same spec. Quite a lot of choice really, didn't expect there to be any!

Posted 30 Jun 2014, 10:11 #19 


PaulT
Freelanders are momocoque
Paul

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Posted 30 Jun 2014, 17:48 #20 


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