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Old Apr 16th 2012, 3:49 am
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We've currently got a Mazda 3 sedan, which is totally fine, but obviously we can't go off-road in it. We regularly get 2 fishing kayaks on the roof, or 2 bikes, and manage to fit plenty of fishing rods, camping gear etc in it, but since the in-laws have bought a place on Bribie Island, we like to go up there and drive along the beach to fish etc (we tend to go with his parents or brothers or one of his sisters, all of whom have 4wds).

So now the husband wants us to get a 4wd so we can go on the beach ourselves, and go camping/fishing etc up to Fraser etc as well, and generally do some off-reading ourselves. We've been various places doing things like that, but have gone with or borrowed his mates or one of his brother's cars.

I have been a bit reluctant up till now because we don't use our car very often (we both cycle to work every day, so only really use it to go to Coles on a Sunday, and then to visit family/friends and go fishing/kayaking/cycling etc). Most of the week it sits in the garage!

I don't particularly like the look of most 4wds because they look like enormous boxes, but quite like some of the 'soft-roaders' like the new Subaru XV, but think the husband is probably right that if we want to actually take it on the beach etc we should get a proper 4wd. So I guess we'll have to get a big box!

There's only the 2 of us, no kids, so really don't need (or want) anything enormous, so I'm thinking maybe the Prado short wheel base 3 door? The SWB Prado SX or ZR. It seems stupid to get one of the really giant ones, so thought this might be good.

Any thoughts? Any other recommendations for our situation? Thanks
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Old Apr 16th 2012, 4:30 am
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a 4wd (Prado?)

Pajero, they have SWB models too. They go very well off road, have a 5 year warranty and have much more "fruit" than the Prado for the price.
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a 4wd (Prado?)

Originally Posted by renth View Post
Pajero, they have SWB models too. They go very well off road, have a 5 year warranty and have much more "fruit" than the Prado for the price.
What is this 'fruit' you speak of?

Thanks, I'll have a look at the Pajero as well.
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Originally Posted by Scubaemma View Post
What is this 'fruit' you speak of?

Thanks, I'll have a look at the Pajero as well.
Stuff like traction control, ABS, aircon. You need to get a fairly top range Prado before you get that stuff. The Paj gets it all from the povo model up.
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a 4wd (Prado?)

Go and test drive both. I had my heart set on a Pajero (hated the Prado with a passion) when we were in the market for a 4x4 and after test driving it and test driving the Prado we bought the Prado. Whilst the Mitsubishi has a lot more fruit as Renth calls it on the basic model we didn't like the drive or or the feel of it inside.
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a 4wd (Prado?)

Originally Posted by renth View Post
Stuff like traction control, ABS, aircon. You need to get a fairly top range Prado before you get that stuff. The Paj gets it all from the povo model up.
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Go and test drive both. I had my heart set on a Pajero (hated the Prado with a passion) when we were in the market for a 4x4 and after test driving it and test driving the Prado we bought the Prado. Whilst the Mitsubishi has a lot more fruit as Renth calls it on the basic model we didn't like the drive or or the feel of it inside.
Ah, I see, thanks Renth

Thanks NB. Just had a look and it doesn't look they make a 3 door (smaller) Pajero anymore, and I'm pretty keen on not getting anything too big. So that might rule out the Pajero (although might go and have a look at them anyway).

We're booked in to test drive the Prado SWB 3 door, so we'll see how that goes.
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Originally Posted by Scubaemma View Post
Ah, I see, thanks Renth

Thanks NB. Just had a look and it doesn't look they make a 3 door (smaller) Pajero anymore, and I'm pretty keen on not getting anything too big. So that might rule out the Pajero (although might go and have a look at them anyway).

We're booked in to test drive the Prado SWB 3 door, so we'll see how that goes.
My Paj is AWESOME - especially after I installed the suspension upgrade.

Get a diesel BTW...
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...or there is the VW Tiguan.

I love the latest range of VWs. Lovely to drive and extremely fuel economic in their range
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Default Re: Thinking of buying a 4wd (Prado?)

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...or there is the VW Tiguan.

I love the latest range of VWs. Lovely to drive and extremely fuel economic in their range
I really like the Amarok but it is way overpriced for what it is.
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I really like the Amarok but it is way overpriced for what it is.
as is the Touareg I think. But the build quality in the entire VW series is second to nothing!
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as is the Touareg I think. But the build quality in the entire VW series is second to nothing!
Yep, I'm really happy with mine.
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as is the Touareg I think. But the build quality in the entire VW series is second to nothing!

But in know way compares to a Prado for it's off road capabilities, Go with the Landcruiser and make sure it's a diesel. Those things go forever.
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But in know way compares to a Prado for it's off road capabilities, Go with the Landcruiser and make sure it's a diesel. Those things go forever.
Landcruiser Diesel is my dream car. Of course, I would never be able to justify the price (too expensive to pay cash) and practicality (never leave the comfort of the cities) to OH.
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Go and test drive both. I had my heart set on a Pajero (hated the Prado with a passion) when we were in the market for a 4x4 and after test driving it and test driving the Prado we bought the Prado. Whilst the Mitsubishi has a lot more fruit as Renth calls it on the basic model we didn't like the drive or or the feel of it inside.
Or the colour
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Love my Prado, bought it when we arrived 6 years ago, used and abused it and its still going strong. Been on the beach over on Straddie, traveled between Sydney and Brisbane 3 times. Great car, but thats just my op.
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