- soft roader/possible pickup ideas for 12k and under.
Right, its time to upgrade to a larger sensible car and get rid of the C2 GT ;/
The gaffer is after a “big” car i suggested a audi a4 estate tdi, “no theyre ugly” !!!
Anyway went to a showroom today and saw a 09 Rav 4, low miles warranty all extras blah blah, looked nice but i dont fit in it 6’4 and built like a ox, and she didnt like the low steering wheel height, so next was an antara 13k one year old top spec but looked fugly and has horrid reviews so no joy,id love a warrior/path finder, just wanted some heads up on running costs of a pickup (real world) shed use during week shops and work etc and id use at weekend when im home.
Must be diesel and “look nice” going to look at a tiguan next week anyone own one?? Help much appriciated.Posted 4 years agoivantateMember
Probably not much room in a truck.
I wouldnt discount a car that gets bad reviews unless I tried it first. Unless you are a paid off motoring journalist to tell the difference on most cars you have to really look for it.
For example, I have never looked but I am sure the roading, ride, interior quality and ‘prestige’ get slated on the antara but I am sure they are 10x better than you will find in a truck.
Reliability and actually depreciation from purchase price depending on how long you are keeping it should bw the main factors for something like this. Also dealer location if you are buying newish.Posted 4 years agoJAGSubscriber
Land Rover Freelander II for that kind of use/money.
I’ve got a Freelander I and that’s a good option for only 6-7k.
You’ll get a nice Freelander II for 12k if you shop around. Plenty of room inside, 2.2 diesel is powerful and reasonably economic for a 4×4. You can get 35+mpg.
Great looking and holding their value really well.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
Another vote for the freelander.
Im 6’4″ and comfortable inside. I have a late series 1, and took the prop shaft off last week as the VCU bearings need some TLC. TBH it drives better in “mono” mode anyway and we get an extra 4 mpg out of it now too.
Mrs S loves it and it’s her main car including the commute. Good handling, fine in the snow, boot is a good size for shopping, but not throwing bikes in, but seats fold a number of ways so fairly versatile for carrying.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
Anyway went to a showroom today and saw a 09 Rav 4, low miles warranty all extras blah blah, looked nice but i dont fit in it 6’4 and built like a ox
really? drove a rented Rav 4 from Glasgow to Kent and back and was dead comfy. I’m 6’6″. Had my dad along for the ride and at 6’4″ and 20 stone he was perfectly comfortable too
You’ll generally find most 4x4s are disappointing inside for tall drivers though.
The faux-by-4s like the Kuga and Qashquai are good for space though, with either of them I can drive and have an adult passenger fit comfortably in the seat behind me
With the big crew cab pick ups you’re missing the point of them if you don’t have an accountant filing your tax returns. They are designed as a tool for tax avoidance first, as a practical vehicle second. The tax considerations require designing impracticality in.Posted 4 years agob rMember
My wife’s the Freelander 1 and the only issue if you are tall is that the seat doesn’t height adjust, but I wouldn’t call it a ‘big’ car – nor the newer 2 version.
I’d also avoid double-cabs are they’re just not spacious inside (usually due to the high chassis and prop tunnel.
Can you afford a decent Disco or that size of 4×4? Otherwise what about a Forester?Posted 4 years ago
the old l200 was tiny inside
new l200 walkinshaw we had at work …. Id have one in a heart beat if they werent 33k.
260bhp and konis coilovers on all corners – luxury interior comfy ride that wasnt choppy like the old ones AND a dirty area for the bikes – whats not to like – except the price 😀
was the rav a 3 or 5 door ? the 3 door is microscopic inside – im 6 ft 3 and have the seat right back on its rails in one but the 5 door is a different ballgamePosted 4 years agocheshirecatSubscriber
Hyundai Santa Fe? Pretty big inside, 7 seat version, and from 2010 it had a more powerful (and more economical 2.2l diesel engine). Looks like they’re still a little above 12k at the moment though.
Post 2010 sorted out the niggles (stupid roof bars, daft radio, not enough gears) and added an iPod socket.Posted 4 years agobrukSubscriber
We used to use Mitsubishi Shogun Warriors at work for farm cars but are swapping them for Kia Sorrento or Hyundai Santa Fe which then get gas converted and run until they die. Doing well so far and a vast improvement to drive.
Well worth a look if the badge doesn’t matter to you.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Can you afford a decent Disco or that size of 4×4? Otherwise what about a Forester?
Forester is pokey as on the inside, octavia was as good for load space.Posted 4 years ago
Anything that is jacked up to look like a 4×4 and still trying to be car like will be smaller on the inside. Mostly the good 4×4’s are for a purpose which is either getting round off road or getting very rich people around on and off road.
If you say what you want to use it for then we might have an idea from what you described a fiesta would be good for day to day 🙂bigrichMember
I want one of these http://www.holden.com.au/cars/ute/range/ss-v-redlinePosted 4 years ago
i’m not allowed one of these. grumble, grumble.maccruiskeenSubscriber
Anything that is jacked up to look like a 4×4 and still trying to be car like will be smaller on the inside.
not always – as I said above – Kuga is ace for space, much better than any real 4×4 I’ve driven (not large sample mind) and comfier than a regular estate.Posted 4 years ago
Some decent ideas there, im a tradesman so thats where the pickup has come from used a warrior in the past the newer shape and i fit alright, the rav 4 felt like the steering wheel was at my stomach, and yes it was fully extended and full height,will look at a quashqai and a freelander now ; ), the sportage was waaaayyy to much to buy found one we liked but it was 17k, think the x5 would be too pricy to run and insure for her.Posted 4 years agod45ythMember
im a tradesman so thats where the pickup has come from, used a warrior in the past
Did you not find the back too small and poor for sercurity? Anyone I know who bought one for work seemed to get one because of the looks foremost, then promptly got rid when they realised the impracticalities.Posted 4 years ago
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