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    One of my friends is after a new 4x4. She currently drives an Isuzu trooper that has come to the end of its life, mechanically its alright but its pretty rotten underneath. It needs to be a diesel as she does a fair amount of miles and doesn't want to mess about with LPG, good offroad as it gets used on fairly rough forest tracks for collecting firewood and also be capable of towing a large twin axle trailer, when my 110 breaks down

    My first thought was Land Cruiser, but for 2 -3k they are almost non-existant. Just thought I'd see if anyone had any other suggestions before she goes and gets herself another trooper.

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    Jamie

    PS, no Land Rovers because anything at that price range won't be reliable enough. She often drives remote highland roads in bad weather and wouldn't have a clue as to how to fix anything.

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    I've owned 2 Frontera's (yeah, yeah I know) they're cheap as chips.
    And not too bad too drive, pretty comfy and they weren't that juicy.
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    Have you checked out Toyota Hilux Surfs??

    They are grey imports as Toyota never sold them in this country...but dont let that put you off. They usually come over from japan spotless (dont use salt on the roads over there). They are based on the Hilux pick up chassis so are bomb proof and come with a 3ltr turbo diesel (steer clear of the 2.4, its gutless and had head problems).

    I used to own one and at 10 years old it was in better condition than my 8 year old Defender...drove well, was comfy and quiet. Check out the Hilux Surf forum for more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man in Hat View Post
    Have you checked out Toyota Hilux Surfs??

    They are grey imports as Toyota never sold them in this country...but dont let that put you off. They usually come over from japan spotless (dont use salt on the roads over there). They are based on the Hilux pick up chassis so are bomb proof and come with a 3ltr turbo diesel (steer clear of the 2.4, its gutless and had head problems).

    I used to own one and at 10 years old it was in better condition than my 8 year old Defender...drove well, was comfy and quiet. Check out the Hilux Surf forum for more info.

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    What he said.... I had one before the Landy.

    Watch out for overheating especially on the 2.4 if you go for an older one. Best bet is a 3 litre. Not much difference in mpg from the 2.4.

    Lots of trim levels (SSRG, SSRX, recaro seats etc)

    Apparently the japanese can specify to small details what they want.
    Mine was a SSRX (base model) but had part of a winter pack fitted, so had 2 batteries.

    Which was nice

    The forum Mike suggests is extremely good too.

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    You may get a decent Prado for 3k. It is an older Colorado and a good truck.
    3ltr surf is good too. Maybe a slightly newer Frontera....which are decent trucks.
    Could get a Big Horn import maybe over 3k. Always remember with Imports that even if you can trust the mileage being low. It doesn`t tell the full story . They can spend hours during a days journey idling in traffic in Japan.

    Some trucks suffer glazed bores because of this, some worse. A lot of them are OK mind you

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    Just one thing, you said mechanically it is sound, well, I know of a chap around the corner from me, he has put in the engine of an Izuzu into his 110, and it drives like a goodness what, and so far is reilable. Just a thought if you wanted to get a cheap landie, and use the mechanicals of the Izuzu.
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    Mitzy Paj..I had a 3.00 V6 it pulled like a train ..bloody good off raod as well ..

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    Look for a Frontera 2.8tds.
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    [QUOTE=Man in Hat;771459]Have you checked out Toyota Hilux Surfs??

    They are grey imports as Toyota never sold them in this country...but dont let that put you off. They usually come over from japan spotless (dont use salt on the roads over there). They are based on the Hilux pick up chassis so are bomb proof and come with a 3ltr turbo diesel (steer clear of the 2.4, its gutless and had head problems).



    over here the 3 litre overheats as well, people can't give them away, go with what previous postee sez transplant izzy lump into a def...............keith

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    Have you checked out Toyota Hilux Surfs??
    They are based on the Hilux pick up chassis so are bomb proof
    Anything based on the Toyota Hilux has to be a good bet. Does no one remember Top Gear? Or the Taliban?
    Utterly, utterly indestructible.

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    Nissan Terrano.
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    What about a Vauxhall MONTEREY, ok so really Trooper but I believe they are cheaper then the said trooper - all though the same vehicle

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    I had an isuzu trooper citation after 3 months in a local garage having fuel trouble and sils sorted i finaly got it out of the garage and a brand new MOT certidicate i went to the post office and got a new tax disc. i then put 20 fuel in the tank and drove the 6 miles home when i pulled up out side the front door i thought shi t the radiators gone as the trooper was surounded by a large cloud of white vapour. when i turned the ignition off there was the biggest bang and all the view out of all the windows except the back one turned to flame the front of the trooper actualy lifted off the tarmac neadles to say it was a total los by the time the fire brigade turned up.

    extract in stratherarn herald cristmas 2004

    the garage is now to become a development of 8 flats

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    with regard to hilux though im on my second recon engine in an old C plate pic up that i use for rock hauling. its a 2.4 and the crews do naughty things to it

    the key to the hilux is service regularly even if you don't think it needs it. when a head gasket goes chances are that no4 big end will go within 3000 miles if you give it stick

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    If you get a Hilux Surf, change the thermostat, rad cap, and flush the cooling system.

    That should do it...

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