Respected Pak Wheelers, I want this Topic to be helpful to every wheeler (now and in coming future) who wants to buy his/her first 4x4 off road vehicle under a budget.
I have chased this dream so long over a decade long! In age early 30s I wished banda northern areas jae to apni 4x4 par and I am now 40s and Alhamdullilah willing to execute my first trip to rocky mountains and I want you to help me making this dream true!
Few years back when I saw latest shape reviews of Fortuner I was excited that we have now option to buy brand new zero meter off road vehicle. but the way prices went up from 5M to almost touching 9M. I really do not want to wait another 10 years saving every penny for a brand new purchase One day I am gonna buy that too I am not giving up on fortuner.
So I have decided I will gonna buy some classic Toyota Off Road Jeep. Big thanks to Sunil bahi whose video review I saw couple of weeks back https://youtu.be/5j3EtHMJU9g
I am considering following 3
- Toyota Prado TZ 3.0D (1997 to 2001, Also 2002 for its beige leather interior )
- Toyota Surf - Any Variant - 1997 to 2004 - 13 lacks to 35 lacks
- Toyota Land Cruiser - Any variant - 1995 to 2000 (Currently 4 pages of search on PakWheels from 19 lack to 40 lacks)
Which Vehicle to Choose?
Toyota Surf is only attracting me because of its price. And I heard some people say that Small vehicle size makes it a good off roader and moreover it is really good in pricing. On other side I am considering that 7 seats will really be advantage to move with more fellows / family members. Though first I started searching Prados when I found that there is not much variety.. like Sunil bahi luckily got in 13lacks and then he spend on top of it. I have roughtly estimated he spend easily 6 to 7 lacks (https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/t/adopted-toyota-land-cruiser-prado/240276/136)
Why not Land Cruiser?
In last I was looking at 90s Land Cruisers and I was amazed that at that time they were equipped with electrical seats, heated seats, Cool box etc. I can see that there are some really good vehicles available on PakWheels at this time, especially 98 Land Cruisers with genuine lather beige color interior dual ac, electric seats and features like cool box are available around 3M. Olders ones are more cheap
How I set the Budget?
Should I keep 5 lack a must budget to get end of the day something really cool. Or it will be wrong thinking that after buying and doing the documentation done and having a month ride test I can leave to Northern Areas. People who says not a penny work required just buy and enjoy is this true?? If thats true I can be setting up 25lacks to buy if I must have some thing to spend after purchase then I should set something 20-21 for purchase and then spend rest of my budget?
Thanks for reading till this point.
I have some more question I will be asking once I am able to shortlist vehicle that I should buy! I have also concerns about Land Cruiser 4.7 4.5 L petrol engines vs. 3.0 or 4.2D. I have so far learned that from off road performance point of view Diesel is go go and it is also easily available. It also work well on high altitudes and low air pressure atmosphere.
so in short..
Dil ko Land Cruiser pasand aa rahi hai
Jaib ko Surf or
Demagh ko Prado
Aaap kia kehte hein