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    Recommend me a 4x4

    Alright, so I'm on the lookout for a 4x4. I want something in the 1000-2000 range, and either small or medium in the 4x4 class (so nothing like a range rover).

    What do people think of this?

    2000 MITSUBISHI Shogun Pinin 1.8 GDi

    Only downside for me is the Pinin's are only petrol engine.

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    90" Landrover if you can find one.

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    I'd avoid the 1.8 Freelander - lots of head gasket problems and generally a bit of a cack engine.
    I had a TD4 Freelander - it was ok... was actually very good off-road (well... in a muddy field anyway!).

    If I was looking to buy a 4x4 I'd probably look at a Honda CRV or a Toyota Rav4. (Although I think the Rav4 has overly light steering and a very uncomfy driving position having borrowed one once to trek around Wales). Also worth considering a Subaru Legacy... (or a Forrester perhaps!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantscat View Post
    If I was looking to buy a 4x4 I'd probably look at a Honda CRV or a Toyota Rav4. (Although I think the Rav4 has overly light steering and a very uncomfy driving position having borrowed one once to trek around Wales). Also worth considering a Subaru Legacy...
    Had a look at a HR-V and wasn't keen on the design of them (look a bit like a jacked up estate, similar to the new Nissan). Are CR-V's a bit dearer? Also had a look at a Rav4 but cheapest used in the area is over 3k - out of my budget. I'm basically looking for something big enough to fit all our camping gear in, along with the dog. Something that can handle the road fine, but also something that's not going to get stuck in a bit mud or snow.

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    I can tell you not what to get, a Honda CRV. Dads got one and its the worst car I've ever drove! Ever drove a Punto with city steering? Well that's what the CRVs like - really not clever in a 2 tonne car. It's an auto box too which is properly crap; spins its wheels between gears, changes gears all the time for no apparent reason so when you turn off a roundabout gears change, wheels spin and you jump sideways. Plus its a 1.6 petrol so it drinks petrol for fun. Horrible horrible car.
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    Depends on what you want it for & what you are going to do with it? If you just want something with 4-wheel drive, want to be able to get out of a muddy field or want to be able to get over some extremely rough terrain. Do you want something that is presentable or something you can bung dogs, tools and a bunch of muddy kids in the back without any worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    I'm basically looking for something big enough to fit all our camping gear in, along with the dog. Something that can handle the road fine, but also something that's not going to get stuck in a bit mud or snow.
    I'd definitely have a look at a Subaru then... a legacy estate has got loads of room in the back, I don't think you'd want to go too far off the beaten track in one as they've not got the ground clearance but they cope very well in the ice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Alright, so I'm on the lookout for a 4x4. I want something in the 1000-2000 range, and either small or medium in the 4x4 class (so nothing like a range rover).

    What do people think of this?

    2000 MITSUBISHI Shogun Pinin 1.8 GDi

    Only downside for me is the Pinin's are only petrol engine.
    I'm almost tempted to go for that myself......

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    I had a 2.0 Xedi Freelander for 3 years - slow but would keep going forever once you wound it up. If you are buying any LR, the thing to remember is that they WILL go wrong. You need a good relationship with a decent LR Indie garage as you can forget the Main Dealer prices! I think the Freelander was the most expensive car I've owned to maintain (including a Daimler Sov and a Lotus!!) - complete gearbox rebuild and many other niggles on a car that had only done 43,000 miles. I've gone back to Toyota now and am loving the reliability again... as someone above said, I'd look at at a CRV/Mitsu unless you're a part-time mechanic! My brother has had a few shoguns and not had many probs with them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantscat View Post
    I'd definitely have a look at a Subaru then... a legacy estate has got loads of room in the back, I don't think you'd want to go too far off the beaten track in one as they've not got the ground clearance but they cope very well in the ice!
    I'm also after something a bit higher, like the links I posted - I'm a big lad so having a taller riding position is a big benefit to me

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I'm almost tempted to go for that myself......
    Seriously? Does it look like a good deal or was that sarcasm in some way?

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    How about these:

    Bipod Cars : SUBARU FORESTER 2.0 AWD SPORT 5DR

    Subaru : 2000 Subaru Forester S turbo - 13months mot! (I'm rather tempted by this one myself... especially worth a punt for the money!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantscat View Post
    How about these:

    Bipod Cars : SUBARU FORESTER 2.0 AWD SPORT 5DR

    Subaru : 2000 Subaru Forester S turbo - 13months mot! (I'm rather tempted by this one myself... especially worth a punt for the money!).
    Yeah, those are better. Just a bit far to go for a car. Wouldn't go further than an hour I wouldn't have thought, maybe 2 if it's an absolute bargain.

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    Shall I recommend you a Fuel station as well to keep filling it up at?

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