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Old 02-10-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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I'm just curious...what job are you taking that has such a variety of locales that you could end up in, but then also pays for shipping your vehicle all of these places vs. simply providing you with a company car in whatever country you end up in?

Overall, the oft-mentioned Toyota pickup, is the best choice when you can end up in various world locales and may need parts and service.
I'm going to be working for my "Uncle."

Yep, seems like I can't go wrong with the Toyota. I've kinda wanted one for a while.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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I'm going to be working for my "Uncle."

Yep, seems like I can't go wrong with the Toyota. I've kinda wanted one for a while.
IDK, I'd be a little pissed if my "Uncle" gave me a job that involved travelling the world while schlepping some beat ass Toyota along so I'd have something to drive. Tell your "Uncle" to pony up and provide a company car...I hear he is deep pockets.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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I'm going to be working for my "Uncle."

Yep, seems like I can't go wrong with the Toyota. I've kinda wanted one for a while.

Since you may have it loaded to the gills and it will probably be an extended cab, I think I would opt for the 6 cylinder even though you will give up some gas mileage. I love my classic 22RE, but it could use a little more power when the rig is loaded.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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IDK, I'd be a little pissed if my "Uncle" gave me a job that involved travelling the world while schlepping some beat ass Toyota along so I'd have something to drive. Tell your "Uncle" to pony up and provide a company car...I hear he is deep pockets.
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Since you may have it loaded to the gills and it will probably be an extended cab, I think I would opt for the 6 cylinder even though you will give up some gas mileage. I love my classic 22RE, but it could use a little more power when the rig is loaded.
Heh, NJGOAT...problem is "Unc" has a lot of other nephews and nieces to take care of.

I'm gonna look more into it Wilson. A lot of what I'm doing is window shopping right now but I already think a Tacoma may be my best choice. I do have a few more concerns though. I've never had much experience driving in snow and I've never really been much into off-roading so I'm looking at the 4x4 and wondering if there's much more of a hassle in owning one. I'm pretty ignorant about it all honestly. And I know you recommended the V6 but I don't think I'll be towing all that often. You have any opinion on the 4 cylinder 4X4?
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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Agreede on the H-1 Hummer is the best all around truck you can get seeing as they in use in some of the worse places in the world with some of the worse roads you can drive on and can take tons of hard use.

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Didn't they quit making that hunk of iron!!
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I would look at a Toyota Land Cruiser, as they are more reliable than the Land Rovers, and Toyota has worldwide reach. A Hummer can be a little more of a challenge to have repaired when you are in some areas that do not have readily available parts. The downside is that you cannot get a diesel in the US, so you would be limited to the V8 models which are not terribly fuel efficient.
I agree. Both Jeeps and Land Rovers are nice in terms of capability but horrible in terms of reliability.

Land Cruiser, baby. An older one.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Go to YouTube and search for street videos from third world countries, and see what people are driving there. Use keyword /taxi/. In most of those countries, non-urban public transport is regular cars that carry paying passengers, and depart when all 5 seats are filled. Look and see what those drivers are using.

Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiGEV_hvrNQ

Car repairing is very cheap, in terms of labor cost, in the third world, but parts can be expensive. As a consequence, mechanics are very skilled at repairing old parts instead of replacing with new, and inventing workarounds. For example, it is much cheaper to rebuild an alternator on the bench than to bring one in through customs. An African body man can take a car out of a crusher and make it look brand new, for a couple of dollars a day labor rate.

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