- Utility vehicle..Finally bought one.
God help you when ‘they’ wake up.
I am already up to my eyes in Utility.
The insurance is a bit steep, but not that much more than my Saab that I used for more or less the same duties. But this is offset by being relatively cheap to buy, and the lowish Tax.
Both vans and Pick ups are banned from my local dump and certificates are required for the larger less local one, No trouble rolling up in this with the back full.
Of course I have a list of jobs,
It’s good enough to spend a bit on rustproofing and undersealing the chassis. A Radio upgrade with Bluetooth would be nice, and a good set of seat covers are the first on the list. Then adapting the rear wheel carrier as really nice bike rack (there is also a spare under the boot)
It passed the most important test…It feels like a mini adventure driving it, even to the dump 🙂Posted 4 years agoInbred456Member
Only real weak point on those is the oil to water cooler for the transmission oil I think. Somewhere near the front and prone to damage. Keep an eye on that and I think you’ll be very happy with it. Been keeping my eyes open for a late 2.7 terrano 2. The one before they changed for emissions to the 3.0 dCi.Posted 4 years ago
Td ? Hilux surf …
Watch the temperature and make sure the thermostat and rad are working
Engines pretty bombproof if you keep it within temp range. That said my buddys 95 was always overheating and in true topgear style he just let it cool and carried on.
Im with you on the every trips a mini adventure and cheap utes rock.im in a 2.2dti frontera ( isuzu engine) wouldnt hve touched a frontera in any other circumstances but with the isuzu engine x22dth engine they are pretty good for what i need cheap and economical for a 4×4 ( 32mpg brim to brim going to bathgate with the trailer on to get landy bits.)Posted 4 years ago
kayak23 – Member
Playing devils advocate.. The super clean engine isn’t hiding anything is it? I always thought to be wary of older cars with steam cleaned engine bays.
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mikewsmith – Member
Yep that and 1 lady owner….
Noted, The cooling system all looks new so 1) The previous owner was super careful of the known cooling problems or 2) the head blew up spectacularly and they got it fixed, either way the work has been done.
Trail Rat..Yes TD the Petrols are fairly rare.
It’s a bit of a punt If it gives a years decent service it will have cost less in depreciation than the New Utility I was thinking of buying minus the monthly payments..Time will tell.Posted 4 years ago
righog – Member
£240 for a year
Eeeeep! I sold my Puma because I found £170/year for tax, and 30mpg too rich for my blood. Along with the £350/year insurance.Posted 4 years ago
Changed my mind, now. I’d still like one, but I’d need a very big pay rise to afford it.
Perhaps a Suzuki Jimni…Capt. KronosSubscriber
Tyres front – I just had a full set of Cooper Discoverer AT3s fitted to the Mitsubishi – £112 each and initial impressions are very, very good indeed.
Slightly higher mpg on road than the Bridgestone Duellers (-1.5mpg), but loads better grip – no aquaplaning which was a big issue previously – and offroad performance is superb. They are supposed to be very good in the snow and ice too!
The BFG is rumoured to be getting redesigned at the moment though….Posted 4 years agozokesMember
I just had a full set of Cooper Discoverer AT3s fitted to the Mitsubishi – £112 each and initial impressions are very, very good indeed.
We run AT3s on our Freelander here in Oz, and we use them off road a lot. They’re not the best in mud (but they’re not a mud tyre), but seem a pretty good compromise all round. Lower economy than the contis it came with, but that’s to be expected as they’re a road tyre. Only niggle has been holing one on a gravel road, when I would have hoped it would have stood up better, but been many thousands of kms since then without a hitch.Posted 4 years ago
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