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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-10-2009, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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What is a good, basic off-road vehicle?

My wife and I recently moved to a town in western Arkansas. There's a lot of fun stuff to do and places to go that are down rough, gravel forest service roads. We have a small car for highway travel and a 3/4 ton pickup for trailer-hauling, but we have to take it easy with them on the gravel.

We would like to buy a little SUV that we don't have to worry about when driving fast on a rough road. It also needs to handle a little mud and some minor rock crawling. So....

What is a good vehicle that is easy to work on, can usually be bought for $1000-$1500, and has stood the test of time to prove it a good off-road vehicle.

Any help or guidelines of what to look for will be appreciated.
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any jeep save the "crossover" type new junk they sell will be pretty capable as it came from the factory.

driving fast on rough gravel is a sure fire way to end up wrapped around a tree, ever heard of "washboard", it'll throw ya sideways fairly easily at even moderate speeds....and just cause YOU dont feel the bumps so much over 25mph or so, your suspension definately does hit every bump, gets expensive.

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I guess "fast" is a relative term. I've spent a lot of hours on backroads and am aware of the dangers therein. When I say "fast" I mean I want a vehicle that can handle driving at a safe speed, rather than having to keep it under 5mph, like we do now
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In our several years of testing for SUV of the Year - on-road and off (while the other NW media picked VOLVO's for Gawsh sakes...) we went with Jeep Cherokee, and then the Toyota FourRunner was a two-year winner. I like the old-style FourRunner body style the best anyway, if you can find a good deal.

And time-tested you'll still see those babies on the road years later - and off of it.
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In our several years of testing for SUV of the Year - on-road and off (while the other NW media picked VOLVO's for Gawsh sakes...) we went with Jeep Cherokee, and then the Toyota FourRunner was a two-year winner. I like the old-style FourRunner body style the best anyway, if you can find a good deal.

And time-tested you'll still see those babies on the road years later - and off of it.
I'd get an early Toy 4-Runner.

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i've lived in perryville for almost a year, the roads are thin and you can be in the trees in no time. nice place my 2 cents, get something close to what your used to, 3/4 chevy 4x4s are respectable. cheap parts, easy to work on. toyotas, nissan diehard and you can't killem. parts arn't cheap go with chevy, easy upgrades and enough weight to pull must things out.
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i've lived in perryville for almost a year, the roads are thin and you can be in the trees in no time. nice place my 2 cents, get something close to what your used to, 3/4 chevy 4x4s are respectable. cheap parts, easy to work on. toyotas, nissan diehard and you can't killem. parts arn't cheap go with chevy, easy upgrades and enough weight to pull must things out.
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Toyota parts are usually more expensive than Chevy.... but they last twice as long!

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