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Old 6th November 2010, 18:25   #16
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Originally Posted by varunrdas View Post
A SUV that covers around 400kms in the weekdays and around 300kms in the weekend.

With good A.S.S and resale value.

Any suggestions for vehicle that incorporate A/T or multi transmission?
Both Prado and Montero satisfy the conditions. Toyota A.S.S. is better than HM, but neither require much support. For body repairs Toyota may be more expensive.
The Prado has higher wading depth, so would be preferable if you have to cross a lot of water ways. On the other hand Montero is lighter which gives it an edge when bogged down in mud and/or leaves.
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@aroy - thanks for the info...

a 2010 mitsubishi outlander (since i liked its features esp the paddle shift and the multi wheel drive function) white in color is on its way

viewing between Prado VX L/Montero A/T is being done as we speak

they should be in shortly, will keep you posted with the pics of both of them!

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If you need reliability and a hassle free ownership, nothing beats a Toyota. Buy a Prado which is a CBU from Japan and you will have your life partner/vehicle.

The Montero is pretty good as well but Mitsubishi ASC is no great shakes and their network too is sparse.
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Looks like you will be doing some distances and notching up the miles regularly. And for that, you'll require a powerful, reliable and comfortable SUV which can tackle the pot-hole-ridden roads of a city and the rain-bashed-roads within the state.

The last thing you'll want is a break-down or any kind of mechanical/electrical glitch. In that case, I suggest you look at the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or a used Land Cruiser. They are reliable, comfortable and wonderful mile-munchers. They are designed to cover distances with aplomb. And since it's a Toyota, you can be rest-assured that they will be reliable 99% of the time.

You can keep your options open though. The Volvo XC90 is a great SUV too. It's strong points being comfort, good performance and lots of safety features. But being a Volvo, the availability of spares and service-costs are something you must look into.

The used Land Rover Range Rover Sport is arguably your best bet. When it comes to comfort and class, nothing comes close. Besides, it will give you that 'special' feeling that no Toyota or Volvo can ever give. Again, the question of spares and service arises. The possibility of it being problematic, especially during a long drive, is there.

If you don't mind the extra maintainance-costs/A.S.S., then the Land Rover is a good buy. Even the Discovery that you've mentioned can be taken into consideration. The same goes for the Volvo XC90. But if you want absolute peace of mind, the Toyotas will deliver!

The other alternatives that you might be interested in: Mitsubishi Monterio, Land Rover Freelander 2 and a used BMW X5.
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As you will travel a lot & want peace of mind i personally would suggest you to go for a new buy rather then a second hand.

My suggest would always be to go for Land Rover Freelander 2, you get best of both worlds
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