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#92077 - 9th Jul 2006 3:35am Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 9th Nov 2003
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Loc: Birkenhead, Wirral.
Right Peeps, its time to invest in a new van. Old sturdy Transit has done me and cruisewirral proud for a number of years but she dosnt meet my requirments any more and rather than invest big money into her to mod it up i am looking at buying a newer van and modding this one up instead.

That sounds simple, well not really as i need the van to do several things think

  • Good for Towing (Car Transporter)
  • Powerfull
  • Good for the beach (4 wheel drive for Launching Jetski's)
  • Everyday runaround
  • Look good (Obviously)
  • Practical


Now, these qualities are easy to come across in a van apart from the four wheel drive bit but that is a must. I got the Transit stuck on the beach recently and very nearly lost her to the mersey. The water was almost coming in the doors then a friend arrived at a rate of knots in a Rangy and dragged me out. Very scarey indeed.....

So, where do you start ? I have done allot of homework and i think i have come up with a good soloution think

Mazda Bongo 2.5 TD

This is the one i am looking at buying.



Okay, she looks a bit plain should we say so i hit Photoshop and planed some mods to see what she would look like.
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20" alloys and smoked glass



Removed the Grafix



This made her look all abit basic and NAKED so i thought i would jazz her up a tad with some new revised Grafix raftl



Personally i am liking this allot. Okay the grafix wouldnt be exactly as in the last pic but it gives an idea what she could look like.

The bongo has the following features :

  • Electric elavating roof (Sleeps 2)
  • 8 Seats(Fold into a double bed)
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • 2.5 TD engine
  • Four Wheel Drive
  • Electric blinds on all rear windows
  • Parking sensors
  • Tailgate rear door (Ideal for what i need)
  • Side loading door


Its even a camper van sleeping 4 people inside it .... Now thats a bonus for car shows etc.

Whats everyone think and can you think of any other vehicles that would do the same job or better as i need to sell the transit soon and get something better.

Answers on a postcard or simply post below.

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#92078 - 9th Jul 2006 12:11pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 4th Oct 2005
Posts: 590
Loc: Wirral
Of course I would be biased in this situation as Im a Land Rover nut, but it all makes sense!

Land Rover 90/100 ? Defender



* Constant 4x4
* Engine choices of 200/300tdi or for even more power Rover V8 ?! TD5 is the newerr type engine but is more sluggish than the TDi's
* Diff lock, enables different offroad settings on transfer box high/low box ratio (I think)
*Large wheels and tyres
*Simple to work on > Bolt on bolt off
*Cheap parts
*9 seats possible and even 12 seats also possible
*Excellent for towing, allows different towing hights, by simply pulling out a pin
* Lots of bodywork space for graphics
* Easy to repair, alluminium
* Land Rover supermarket based in Liverpool (For parts)
*Easy acces to rear, swingin back door with spare tyre .. advertise cruise wirral on?


ETC!

You know you want to laugh Possible choice maybe..

And If you really wanted to...


Lund thumbsup

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#92079 - 9th Jul 2006 12:33pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Haha nice, but didn't he want a van? even if he got the van version it wouldn't have the interior height of a normal van.

TBH I'd steer clear of the Japanese MPV/4x4 crossovers as all they tend to be good for are icey roads, they lack the torque for anything more than a slight gradient, let alone on the beach or towing a car. It's not down to the engine, it's down to the gearing.

Personally I'd go for a Merc sprinter 4x4, but if you could make do with a proper 4x4 I'd say Toyota Hilux with a hard top over the back.

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#92080 - 9th Jul 2006 12:51pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 4th Oct 2005
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Loc: Wirral
Ok then get a Land Rover 130! lol

Or



Camper conversion? lol

Alot of car for your money...

Ebay link

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Ok not the best examples, but it gives you an idea wink

Tom tease

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#92081 - 9th Jul 2006 12:59pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 4th Oct 2005
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Quote:
Originally posted by Scooby:
a friend arrived at a rate of knots in a Rangy and dragged me out. Very scarey indeed....
Just to pick up on the point! lol I would go off on one about why Scoob should buy another Land Rover, but I'd probably bore the hell outta you raftl
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#92082 - 9th Jul 2006 1:04pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Defenders are provisionally for off roading and not the best looking of vehicles.... happy

Jim, the 4 wheel drive is only for launching/recovering on hard sand. I agree the 4 wheel drive system is NOT the best but it will stop me bogging down on loose serfaces. Thats all i need the 4x4 system for, not for any form of serious off roading.

A friend of mine uses his bongo for launching his jetski and has no trouble as long as your carefull.

I quite like the "Laura Croft" land rover but i think they are rattle boxes happy

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#92083 - 9th Jul 2006 1:13pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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I likes the Bongo thing, i dont understand most of the things your going on about lol but still Bongo looks and sounds good

Another female point of view tease
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#92084 - 9th Jul 2006 1:15pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 4th Oct 2005
Posts: 590
Loc: Wirral
Quote:
Originally posted by Scooby:
I quite like the "Laura Croft" land rover but i think they are rattle boxesthink
So no Land Rovers? frown lol

This may sway you then:



If not:



laugh
Aww and you'll laff, guess who went in one?! V8...



lol
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#92085 - 9th Jul 2006 1:19pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Izzy, thanks for your valuable female point of view.... sorry

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#92086 - 9th Jul 2006 1:29pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 4th Oct 2005
Posts: 590
Loc: Wirral
Quote:
Originally posted by Scooby:
Thats a nice land rover but what sort of money does something like that cost ? A few bob i bet and after my recent experiance with Land Rovers its kinda put me off sorry
...erm good point lol quite alot :rolleyes:

You having problems with the Rangey!? confused

Sorry kinda goin off topic here... The Bongo's what Pete's got isnt it?
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#92087 - 9th Jul 2006 3:52pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Yeah, having huge problems with the rangy, its been in dealers for a month and i got it back after 9,000 of warranty work and its still not right.....

Ive just had a "Play" with petes Bongo and its FULL of toys, the roof area is awesome, you elevate the roof (Electric) and climb into the roof area to sleep, it even has a sky light (Sunroof) in the top bit so you can watch the stars when going to bo bo's....

Looks like i will be getting one thumbsup

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#92088 - 9th Jul 2006 6:28pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 4th Oct 2005
Posts: 590
Loc: Wirral
Quote:
Originally posted by Scooby:
Yeah, having huge problems with the rangy, its been in dealers for a month and i got it back after 9,000 of warranty work and its still not right.....

Ive just had a "Play" with petes Bongo and its FULL of toys, the roof area is awesome, you elevate the roof (Electric) and climb into the roof area to sleep, it even has a sky light (Sunroof) in the top bit so you can watch the stars when going to bo bo's....

Looks like i will be getting one thumbsup
Oh dear! They had alot of problems with the first new range rovers, is your one of the first made? Sorry to hear that you have problems with the Rangey...do they know whats wrong with it?

As for the Bongo, I really like Pete's, well nice, air con too! laugh Double exhaust :rolleyes: lol Get Pete to do what he did with his for yours wink
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#92089 - 9th Jul 2006 6:38pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 18th Nov 2004
Posts: 7238
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get a bongo! nuff sed. Altho, why not use the rangey as that meets all the criteria u listed above?
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#92090 - 9th Jul 2006 7:24pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
Lund Offline
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Registered: 4th Oct 2005
Posts: 590
Loc: Wirral
Quote:
Originally posted by scoop2004:
why not use the rangey as that meets all the criteria u listed above?
Thats if it works lol

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#92091 - 9th Jul 2006 11:44pm Re: Scooby's New Ride : Maybe ?
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Registered: 9th Nov 2003
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Loc: Birkenhead, Wirral.
The Rangy is going as soon as its fit to sell guy's. Too much cash tied up in it and i dont have ANY Faith in it anymore. Im scared to drive it incase something else goes wrong with it omg

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