I need some advice on picking up a used vehicle.
What I am looking for is something in the 4K-8K (dollar) range. My idea for this vehicle is for it to be as rugged as possible, and easy to work on/acquire parts for. The third requirement is the best gas mileage possible but that is behind the other two requirements.
So, I would like for it to be something that can drive through most road conditions (I would like to be able to use it for trips to Central America, and the roads there are sometimes nonexistent). And the reason for the SUV part is because I want to be able to lock surfboards inside of it. 4 Wheel drive/AWD is probably a requirement since I also have to deal with snow in the Winter’s in NC.
I really like the 90’s Toyota Land Cruisers for this, but they get pretty bad mileage and they hold their value well enough that I’m not sure if that’s an options. I’ve looked some at late 90’s early 2000’s Jeep Cherokee’s, but I’m not sure if they meet the easy to work on/keep running requirement.
I’ve rented cars down in Central America that we don’t have here that seemed to fit those requirements, but all of a sudden I can’t seem to recall a single of their makes/models.
If anyone has any suggestions on what would be a good fit for me it would be much appreciated.