Originally Posted by codprawn
The Fronteras are pretty good - I know someone who has had a few.
One NOT to touch is the Ford Maverick/Terrano - I saw one which had failed it's MOT because the rear spring mounts were coming away from the chassis. I couldn't believe how thin the metal was and how small the chassis rails were. The vehicle looked well cared for and was only about 7 yrs old - far less rust on my 1987 Land Rover!!!
Must be the only one of each there codders . the maverick isn't a bad wagon as cheap 4x4.s go . Mine has given me no hassle at all in 2 years , certainly no rust at all and its 11 years old . On the other hand i have broken 2 landrovers in half in my time due to rusty chassis , nothing rusts as well as a landy chassis , .
But hey lest not start another bloody landrover post , you couldn't buy for £800 unless it was in a basket.
lada Niva is probably best bet for the price range here , or even a suzuki jeep would do the job . anything else for under a grand is likely to be very tired and expensive to repair , exept maybe the vauxhall .