As the topic states, I am looking for an education on 4x4s from experienced and knowledgeable PakWheelers. Don't need one-liner "Just go for Vigo" or "Vigo kay bharam hain" kind of responses, but rather, logical detailed guidance which can help me transition into the world of 4x4s.
To make it easier for everyone to guide me, I'll try to set out my priorities/preferences first:
1) Durability / Sturdiness = High Priority
2) Parts Availability (Locally) = High Priority
3) Ease of Maintenance (Local mechanics/technicians) = High Priority
4) Looks = Low to Medium Priority
5) Comfort = Medium Priority (I understand that there's this inherent trade-off in this department when you move from a sedan to a SUV/Jeep/Truck).
6) Fuel Efficiency = High Priority
7) Purpose of Use:
- This'll be my first 4x4 and I intend to use it primarily for educating and familiarizing myself with what a 4x4 offers.
- I am 34 with a small family (one kid 4 years of age) so do not require a large seating capacity.
- This'll be in addition to a home car - a Swift 1.3 (to be in use of my better half and sometimes myself).
- For an idea about how much and in which manner the 4x4 will be used........ The 4x4 will be driven to my workplace and back daily (10km+10km) and additional within city travelling will be with the Swift. On weekends, the 4x4 will be taken to interior Sindh for hunting purposes (guys only). Twice a year, it will be used for an all-Pakistan road trip (4,000 + kms) wherein it'll be taken Karachi > Multan > Lahore > Rawalpindi > Murree > Kaghan/Naran > Skardu > Rawalpindi > Peshawar > Lahore > Karachi. Hence, my preference for relatively better fuel economy as well as overall economy involved in taking the truck on long (4,000+ km) trips. The terrain involved can be understood from the cities I've mentioned in this paragraph. The all-Pakistan trips will be with family only hence the need for a "relatively" comfortable ride (ofcourse, not of the standard expected from a sedan).
8) POCKET DEPTH
For a 4x4 on which I intend to learn the traits and familiarize myself with what is involved in keeping / maintaining a 4x4, I am willing to invest between 1 to 2 mil on something which I will keep for four to five years and then move on to another Truck.
9) HOW OLD?
Now what I'm writing here in this para is just based on whatever novice-level knowledge/info I have gathered, based on mostly heresay and you may please ignore this completely if you think I'm off-track here. It seems that my preferences (based on preliminary self assessment) is that I'm moving towards a 1990 LC 70 Series (Prado), 3 Door, 3.0L, Manual Tranmission. Am I ? or a Pajero, older Hilux Surf or a Defender? Duh! I'm lost.
So my knowledgeable fellow PakWheelers, I'm all ears. Please GUIDE ME.
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