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shawnw
02-05-2007, 12:25 AM
So I'm in the market for a 4x4 but I'm having a hard time making up my mind. I need something that can take be used for getting around in the bush reliably but something that I can play around with on the weekend and put on a good chunk of highway miles. I'm not looking for some crazy monster truck wannabe, it's going to be for work and some fun but no crazy rock crawling for me.
Heres the thing though, I dont have a huge budget and I'm looking for something unique. I've got a couple different options here. What would you suggest? These are just examples of the kinda trucks I'm looking at.

http://vancouver.craigslist.org/car/272621947.html
It's old and really, really ugly but runs well and has pretty new mudders on it.

http://vancouver.craigslist.org/car/269679381.html
Sounds pretty good, but thats nothing unique

http://vancouver.craigslist.org/car/255634383.html
same thing here, kinda boring

http://vancouver.craigslist.org/car/268369699.html
I'am a sucker for a dodge but for that price somethings up.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i15/jimbobjoejack/lada_2.jpg
1995 Lada Niva, good shape and could be fun with a bit of mods but what about parts and reliability

So what do you guys and gals think? Any words of wisdom or suggestions would be great. I just don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere broken down and kicking myself. Thanks.

Jeep Victim
02-05-2007, 09:06 AM
The rule is if you're gonna wheel it your gonna work on it.I have owned every domestic and that's just a rule.The Rover would be fantastic for hunting but breakdowns are costly and alot of mechanics won't touch em.The Ford trucks you can find parts for anywhere,The Lada is a Lada,they go pretty decent but I don't know about parts,and upgrades...is there any?Toughest truck I ever owned was a Dodge Ramcharger,easiest to fix or upgrade was a K series Chev(parts are everywhere)....ironically I own a jeep now but it is the most fun of everything I've owned.

4doorShorty
02-05-2007, 09:46 AM
theres a guy in clearwater with a '79 bronco, lifted on 35s for $500. Its decent. PM me if you want more info.

Kinslayer
02-05-2007, 10:31 AM
You arn't going to want to put too many miles on a Niva. They are Russian (SOVIET) built and designed, which means they are tough as nails but ROUGH as all hell.

sj-x 500
02-05-2007, 10:44 AM
lada's use samurai axles as an upgrade...

if you wanna dd, get a short box ford/chev. or asain trucks and 4 runners.

if you do want a ford f-150 on 35's gimme a pm

Crazy_Eye
02-05-2007, 11:28 AM
that regular cab f250 looks pretty sweet. already lifted with a winch and what not. all ready for some ratbaggin

ryanmacneil8448
02-05-2007, 03:24 PM
buy a toyota or a samurai

Kinslayer
02-05-2007, 03:48 PM
buy a toyota or a samurai

...If you like to spend lots of money.

Tmax
02-05-2007, 03:59 PM
...If you like to spend lots of money.

its the other day around man.[cheers]

Bocephus
02-05-2007, 04:51 PM
if it was me id get one of the ford diesels those are i wouldnt waste money on that landrover parts and other shit will be hard to find

Toy_Runner
02-05-2007, 04:52 PM
buy a toyota or a samurai

depends what your into,

trails- toy or zuk

mud- full size

highwaystar
02-05-2007, 07:46 PM
[36] [36] [36] [36] GET THE LADA

seriously! those are sweet

BAM
02-05-2007, 07:58 PM
depends what your into,

trails- toy or zuk

mud- toy or zuk

[cheers]

sj-x 500
02-05-2007, 07:59 PM
the only way a zuk is any good in the mud is with some serious engine swapping. 4 bangers and mud don't mix.

Toy_Runner
02-05-2007, 08:06 PM
no way, just wind her out at 7 grand

Troy
02-05-2007, 08:13 PM
get a ford 3/4 ton pickup

shawnw
02-05-2007, 11:38 PM
I'm going to go take a look at the lada this weekend and if it's a good as the owner says it is I might just buy it then and there. It's cheap as hell and only has about about 70,000kms on it. I could always use it for a year then turn it into something crazy. Otherwise unless I can get the price down on the rover I might have to use my common sense for once and grap a pickup, even though the thought of ripping the top and doors of the rover in the summer is inviting.

epic3
02-06-2007, 12:25 AM
a guy here has got a Niva and beats it up good at stave I think his name is buckshot talk to him bout them maybee he can offer some insight

tenpack
02-06-2007, 08:33 AM
73-87 full size chev 3/4t. Stupid simple to work on, plenty of parts, nothing fancy but they work great. PLots of aftermarket, readily availble,.... Can be cheap too.

SBC hris
02-06-2007, 10:35 PM
[iagree] , tough as nails as long as its not a 1/2 ton, and super cheap to fix and upgrade. They have gone down in price alot in the last year. K5 blazers are always sweet[cheers]

trailburban
02-07-2007, 12:01 AM
get a 1/2 ton burb, they're plenty of fun. makes a good trail truck that doubles as a DD.
all though the lada does look pretty cool.
hey, how bout an eagle vista 4x4 wagon?

shawnw
02-17-2007, 09:57 PM
Well I think I found something. Not what I was origonally looking for but it'll do the job.
1988 F250, regular cab, long box, 460 on Propane, 5 speed, big ugly steel bumper with a old warn winch all wired up in the cab, fog lights, headache rack, ect.
It's big and ugly but the engines new, it's got a winch and and I don't have to worry about putting some dings in it.
Best part of all it's cheap as hell, the current (origonal) owner is taking it down to the garage on monday for a tune up and then we'll go through all the paperwork and $$'s.

Troy
02-17-2007, 10:55 PM
sounds cool dude, be sure to post some pictures when you get er home

Trooper
02-17-2007, 10:55 PM
The best 4x4 is a cheap 4x4 if your only gonna beat it up then spend like 5 bills on it and dont even bother fixing what you break. It all depends on how crazy you will go with it. If you want unique then get a 6x6 if you want dd/ bush truck get a yj or some thing

apefrill
02-17-2007, 11:13 PM
theres a guy in clearwater with a '79 bronco, lifted on 35s for $500. Its decent. PM me if you want more info.

Define decent, my husband might be interested

apefrill
02-17-2007, 11:14 PM
nevermind, just pm'd ya

cj5sean
03-19-2007, 11:02 PM
Just Buy a ford

Kinslayer
03-19-2007, 11:07 PM
Just Buy a ford


Listen to THIS guy: His handle is "CJ5Sean" and he's recommending a FORD. Must be so you can kick the shit out of it and not give a fuck

Stetson
03-20-2007, 09:05 AM
[15] [15] [15] I hadn't even scrolled down yet after hitting the thread, all I saw was unique and I thought Lada [15] [15] lol funny.......what ever suits your budget and as long as your happy with it, cause in the end, you got to drive it, and fix it :D

u2slow
03-20-2007, 11:20 AM
Start with a 1-ton that you can drive affordably. [36]

dickrick
03-20-2007, 11:21 AM
I say get a scout it has the room of a blazer but the turning radius of a jeep ....sort of...
I have owned a lada and there was a dealer in victoria where you could still get parts from. I never had a chance to wheel ir but it was the best vehicle I have ever driven in the snow. partlially due to the nokia? tires and the lack of power:)
And if ya go for a scout parts are very easy to get...[36] :)

toyon35s
03-20-2007, 12:45 PM
full siz chev is whay i would buy,that is if i didnt have my toy.[36]

Apathy
03-21-2007, 07:54 PM
I gotta 75 F250 Highboy with front disks and a 460 that needs new valve seals..pm's welcome

couple upgrades on this guy and it'll server you well

MetalMan
03-21-2007, 08:06 PM
Get a Hyundai Pony.


In all seriousness, you're not going to get the best of both worlds. Bushbeaters are BEATERS first and foremost, and wheeling breaks shit. You want a good reliable vehicle that you can put lots of highway miles on? Don't wheel it. It's as simple as that. You can't have the best of both worlds, and yes I've tried. It was a hassle all around and I found it's more economical and hassle free in the long run to just get both a decent daily driver and a dedicated permit princess piece of shit for wheeling.

Apathy
03-21-2007, 08:09 PM
Get a Hyundai Pony.


In all seriousness, you're not going to get the best of both worlds. Bushbeaters are BEATERS first and foremost, and wheeling breaks shit. You want a good reliable vehicle that you can put lots of highway miles on? Don't wheel it. It's as simple as that. You can't have the best of both worlds, and yes I've tried. It was a hassle all around and I found it's more economical and hassle free in the long run to just get both a decent daily driver and a dedicated permit princess piece of shit for wheeling.

:s30x:

shawnw
03-21-2007, 10:43 PM
I picked up the F250 about a month ago. It's doing the trick for now and should be fine as I don't plan on doing anything crazy. I'll probably be moving in the coming months and won't have to drive as much so it should be fine.