Hi all. I'm Heidi from Pingelly.To be honest I have joined the forum with a single question.
I've had terrible luck with vehicles over the last couple of years and I'm looking to end that streak. I've had a Mazda Tribute a Nissan Pathfinder and Subaru Outback die after a year or less ownership. All repairable but cost of repairs is to high given the value of the vehicles.
I've been scouring the internet for info and their is so much conflicting information that contradicts each other it makes my brain hurt and is just making me more frustrated. Just when I think an "80 series landcruiser" is the best option another article will say how bad they are and all the problems they come with. Or the diesel version is great and petrol not good.
So my question is simple.
If you had to buy a vehicle for a small female.
- $10 000 (or under)
- Automatic. Wagon (not ute)
- Drives mainly highway or country driving. with a little running around in the city once a week. About 400kms a week highway driving.
- Short range daily Dirt road driving and driving on property that can get sloppy and a tad boggy. About 10km a day or so dirt road driving.
- Has to fit 3 large dogs, groceries, the occasional bags of cement etc
- Sometimes (but not often) tows a moderately heavy trailer (about car trailer with car size/weight) only 2-3 times a year at most.
- Tows a light 6x4 trailer to the tip every week or 2
- Economy is not a primary consideration, but it'd be nice.
- Easy to look after and won't tap out my credit card every time some minor issue is identified.
I'm not mechanically minded or trained but do check fluids etc every week before the run down to Perth and get vehicles serviced professionally every 6 months. (which to be honest I think sometimes causes problems)
The vehicle doesn't need to be a pretty girls car or be an off road monster. Just an all around vehicle that won't get trashed on dirt roads and won't fall apart on the highway because I load 1 bag of cement to much in the back..
Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I'm at my wits end with cars. Ask me any questions you think is relevant.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this and hopefully respond.