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    Hello Everyone, I am VERY new to the 4x4 community and I am needing some advice/help please!

    I am looking to buy my first second hand 4x4 but I have no idea where to start or what to look for...

    All I know is that I need the following:
    - a vehicle that is relatively economic when it comes to fuel consumption...I work in the city so I have to sit in, on average, 45 minutes of traffic every morning and afternoon to and from work. My 4x4 will be my every day car, as well as my adventure car.
    - a vehicle that can be easily maintained by me as I will generally be traveling on my own. I do not have much vehicle knowledge at the moment but I am willing and wanting to learn.
    - reliable; as a lady travelling on my own I will need a car that I know I can rely on and won't break down etc on a regular basis.
    - a vehicle that can definitely take the roads less travelled

    If you have any advice or vehicle recommendations then please feel free to pass it my way.

    Thank you!

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    Between 150K and 170K - I am expecting too much for too little?

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    How many people for when you go to roads less traveled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    How many people for when you go to roads less traveled?
    Just me for now - maximum two people.

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    Fuel consumption ,i would say the Renault Duster 1.5dci ?? Just a suggestion ! It is not hardcore . But Capable ! Otherwise i would look at the Freelander 2 diesel !
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    Packing a lot of stuff?

    Look at Jimny and Duster.
    Don't look at Wrangler!

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    Only problem is , both these vehicles are new and modern ! Maintaining them , you would need some sort of gadget , like a Hawekeye (Landrover) , or Nanocom , etc to do your own diagnostics

    Older 4x4's , you can get away without .
    But then , you might have to spend a bit of money to get it in good shape !
    Go test drive a few in your budget ! Then find out who , in your area , is a good independant workshop !
    Take 4x4 to him/them to check it first !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    Packing a lot of stuff?

    Look at Jimny and Duster.
    Don't look at Wrangler!
    I'm still figuring out what I'll need in terms of packing but the goal is to pack only what is necessary.

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    Default Re: First 4x4 Advice

    I've read some good reports on the Terios as well - can it also be a possible option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewAdventurer View Post
    I've read some good reports on the Terios as well - can it also be a possible option?
    Cannot give advice , as i have no knowledge on the Terios !! But i am sure if you go read up on it you will find the answers !
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    Only one vehicle that meets all those requirements, Isuzu 280. Spend the rest of the budget kitting it out.
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    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...rius-se-Terios

    Interesting read under Softroaders !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    Packing a lot of stuff?

    Look at Jimny and Duster.
    Don't look at Wrangler!
    Any specific year model for the Jimny? Do details like that make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johannes14 View Post
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...rius-se-Terios

    Interesting read under Softroaders !
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewAdventurer View Post
    Any specific year model for the Jimny? Do details like that make a difference?
    The Jimny stayed the same all the years it is on the South African market, since 2008 I think. There was a face lift - scoop on the bonnet. But they are all the same. The first ones had a wobble problem that was solved. But there are some good low mileage Jimnies around. Tjek Gumtree for a feel on kilos and price. They are good little 4x4's. Not very light on fuel though but not too bad for a 4x4.

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