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    Besides having a pickemup truck for work related stuff i swear by the 90s jeep Cherokee with the straight 6 in 4wd, We have 3, We need 4wd cause we live by the beach and use them for hunting.

    Im sure there are other great little suvs i just do not know much about them.

    My bro has a jeep Rubicon wrangler{jeep jeep} but he wants for a Cherokee for more room.

    My son has a Ford Explorer which is nice but not a Off road sort of rig as much as the jeeps.

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    ok,ok, a Subaru Forester turbodiesel

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    ok,ok, a Subaru Forester turbodiesel
    You could always get a Brat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    that is unfortunate indeed
    I'll resist as long as I can but I'm coming under a bit of pressure with comments like " this isn't a car yard y' know"


    My current isuzu boat truck has a Lotus badge on it. I think they had to get those after all the units that rolled.... seems to have fixed it anyway cos I haven't rolled it.

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    I've just extended the vehicle fleet... haven't picked it up yet, nor have I figured out where to hide it. Hmm... Sunday is Father's Day - I wonder if I could sneak it in and trade on the Father's Day goodwill?

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I have an Nissan NX-100 running on LPG I am very happy with, runs about 14km to the liter LPG, is fun to drive, hardtop, but open when preferred. Easy to park and drive around cities as well as countryside. Can (but shouldn't) fit 4, provided 2 are legless or very small, and a light trailer is possible. The 1.6 16 valve engine from the mid-nineties Nissans are very good to have in your car, nice performance throughout the whole spectrum.

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    I agree with Paul and Ian, a performance Euro wagon would be nice. I have access to a Saab turbo wagon and it's very enjoyable and practical. I like the Audi too. I just don't want the repair bills, I'll stick with my less than $1K beaters and my "preferential" status with Enterprise rent a car.

    I rather liked the last beater which was a Sable Wagon, but am not enamoured of the current one, a Corolla sedan.

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    The real question is...why choose?

    This gets the family around in amazing comfort and is hands down the best ride I've ever had on the expressway.



    This hauls lumber, stone, sheet goods, and small boats.



    And after 250,000 miles, I finally sold the Nissan and took a play from Lew Barrett's playbook and now I'm zipping to work in this.



    I'm livin' the dream, baby!!!

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    That Lew!! I look at those too but they carry an enormous price premium here.

    dang it , I want one of those in the family.

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    Ian; that's a bit bigger than a Honda step-thru......

    Chad; of your first lot of cars, I'd have the mini-van....if you can only have one car it must be practical.

    Then I'd have a Subaru......and if I was in a position to spend an extra 20k, I'd have a Volvo XC70.
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    I've just extended the vehicle fleet... haven't picked it up yet, nor have I figured out where to hide it. Hmm... Sunday is Father's Day - I wonder if I could sneak it in and trade on the Father's Day goodwill?
    uh oh.

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    Just one, paid for with my own money? Something like the one I have, a Toyota Camry with a 4-cylinder engine. There are other similar cars that would be just as good - Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima . . . Yes, it's boring, but it carries four in comfort, rarely breaks, gets decent gas mileage, and with a trailer hitch can carry anything I need to carry. It also seems to be almost invisible to cops.

    Damn, I guess I've grown up.
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    I already own my ideal vehicle, but I own a couple of others also. The classic Mini is on borrowed time because its been roadworthy for a very small percentage of the time I have owned it. Instead, for small commuter it has been replaced by a Nissan Pulsar, but the economy on that (or lack thereof) has disappointed me. Those cars a great for round town, but I have another vehicle that has been my work truck, I moved house with it, towed big heavy things, driven safely all over e place and its actually more fuel efficient than the pulsar, even for commuting into the city. That car is a 1992 Land Rover Defender 200Tdi County Station Wagon. I love it's functional styling, I love the way it drives, I love the way it goes pretty much anywhere I'd ever want to go and I love the way that I or my mates can manage pretty much any job on it, the stereo is the only electronics in it. And by the way, it's not an SUV, there's no sports involved, its just a light utility truck, 4x4 (according to the original UK ownership parers).

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    Damn, I guess I've grown up.
    Paint a stripe on it.

    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    Ian; that's a bit bigger than a Honda step-thru......
    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    uh oh.
    Shhh. Don't tell anyone.

    Yes Sean - but not much bigger. Its an F650 Funduro
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Yes Sean - but not much bigger.
    Uh.....5X bigger?

    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    Uh.....5X bigger?

    Does that mean it will go 5x faster? Lessee.... 575 kph?
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Does that mean it will go 5x faster? Lessee.... 575 kph?
    Nah, they explained that on Top Gear the other night.
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Small truck, extended cab (4 doors not necessary), long bed. No 4x4, no lift. Tow package. At least a 200 hp engine. An easy to remove camper shell. I'd probably be fine for a while.

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    Mmmmm... I've had a couple of pickups with no 4wd, not at all happy in slick conditions. Ill live with the slight mileage penalty for the advantage of a part time 4wd system. YMMV (just had to say that) I agree with you on all other particulars, though, wish someone would get smart and do one as a diesel. Boy, I'd jump on that.
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    VW Country Buggy.

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    I adore the older Audi Allroad wagons, but the twin turbos are killers, and mileage not all that great.

    In that vein, the MINI Clubman S is thrifty on gas, yet very good performance, and you can carry some stuff and tow moderately.

    Honda Element? I dunno. My old Accord V6 coupe is still going strong at 203,000 miles...
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    Quote Originally Posted by coelacanth2 View Post
    Mmmmm... I've had a couple of pickups with no 4wd, not at all happy in slick conditions. Ill live with the slight mileage penalty for the advantage of a part time 4wd system. YMMV (just had to say that) I agree with you on all other particulars, though, wish someone would get smart and do one as a diesel. Boy, I'd jump on that.
    I don't go off road enough to want 4wd and we get ice 2 days a year down here. For at little as I go into the much a decent winch and set of tow straps would be just as useful. My experience with 4wd vehicles is that you just get that much deeper into the woods before you have to get a tow.

    Does no one really make a small diesel truck these days? Didn't Isuzu have one in the '80s/early '90s?

    I guess if you really wanted one the trick would be to scavenge an old Mercedes 4 banger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OconeePirate View Post
    I don't go off road enough to want 4wd and we get ice 2 days a year down here. For at little as I go into the much a decent winch and set of tow straps would be just as useful. My experience with 4wd vehicles is that you just get that much deeper into the woods before you have to get a tow.

    Does no one really make a small diesel truck these days? Didn't Isuzu have one in the '80s/early '90s?

    I guess if you really wanted one the trick would be to scavenge an old Mercedes 4 banger?
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    There were VW little pickups but they did not seem like they could carry to much.

    For one or 2 years Toyota made a pickup with a diesel.

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    I already own my ideal vehicle, but I own a couple of others also. The classic Mini is on borrowed time because its been roadworthy for a very small percentage of the time I have owned it.


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    Fuel Efficient and Fast! Our VTEC Powered Super Fast Minis can get up to 45 miles per gallon while performing 0-60 mph in under 5.0 seconds. Now, how many other cars can make that claim?

    We look forward to assisting you in building your Super Fast Honda VTEC Powered Mini.

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    Go for it there must be some left over Honda engines in NZ somewhere.
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    Installation kits available for B, D, and K series Honda VTec engine and transmissions.





    No need in extending your Mini for this swap. This kit allows you to fit the Honda D-Series engine into your Mini without any external body modifications. The MTD Series was designed to install Honda’s D Series SOHC engines into the Classic Mini (1959-2001), upgrading the Classic Minis A-Series engine with today’s most trusted engines built by Honda. With four times the horsepower of a stock Mini 850 and a thousand times the reliability, you might realize the reason for the swap. Reliability and knowing that your car will run in any condition is a great feeling to have everyday. Have fun with your Classic Mini.
    A D series with original sheetmetal nose and bonnet.


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    Since you asked...

    For me, it'd be a 1997 VW Passat TDI Wagon (5 speed manual, of course). 50 MPG - and, a 25 gallon fuel tank! Guaranteed, you'll be looking for lodging WAY before you run out of fuel...

    Currently driving an '03 Jetta TDI Wagon (bought new in January '03); 230,000 almost trouble-free miles to date. Only issues have been (a) road debris punched a hole in the A/C condenser, and (b) Serpentine belt tensioner pulley bearing froze, necessitating an 80 mile drive home without power steering or an alternator. Other than that - replace the odd burned-out light bulb, routine maintenance items, and the VW engineers cleverly placed the front end of the car just barely high enough so that pulling the front end of the car over a curb positions the plastic parts underneath in perfect position to pull said plastic parts off of the car when you back out of the parking space.

    Still - far and away the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMARTINSEN View Post
    You could always get a Brat.
    don't want one

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    Money no object? Well romance says a late 1920's blower Bentleigh. If I could afford that I ncould afford to hire anything else I needed as I needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    What does a minivan do better in its niche than this very clean stylistically and moderately performance car does?

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    Well... First off - I was comparing a minivan to an SUV. One person driving a Tahoe, Escalade, etc. (basically a 1/2 ton p/u with closed back) @ 13 mpg makes me nuts(er). The V70 is a nice car - except for repair bills - but that's another topic. The V70 or something like it will do well, but a minivan has quite a bit more room & easier access with roughly the same mpg. The Volvo seats 5 & some gear or 7 & no gear if you get the rear facing seat in the back. A minivan seats 7 & more gear than the Volvo with 5 passengers - or 4 with each kid getting a separate seat - which is wunnerful on a long trip;-).

    Would I rather drive the V70 than a minivan? Yoobet. It also costs substantially more.

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    I drove a rental Chrysler minivan a couple of years back. Very good car, just make sure you get automatic transmission, the long sloppy stick was very annoying. European minivans, like the VW Touran are way too short to be of any use.
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    For someone that loves driving as much as I do, it is real hard to pick that "one" car. Each one has its own purpose. And being as I love to drive it is hard to do away with those "fun" cars like MGs and muscle cars and Jeeps.

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    ok,ok, lwb Ford Transit Connect with 1.8 turbodiesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    ok,ok, lwb Ford Transit Connect with 1.8 turbodiesel.
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    Maybe a transformer type vehicle would be best. Could you imagine a MGB transforming to a full sized diesel 4wd work truck? Or an RX-7 becoming a mini van? Of course each vehicle has to have its own color so we need the transfom the colors also.

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