Originally Posted by codprawn
I am a firm believer in buying the last of a model rather than the 1st of the next generation.
Me too. The D3s are just about settling down now but the first couple of years were awful.
I have a 2002 D2 and in the seven years I have had it, I've had few problems - mine's a V8 but the Td5s aren't a lot different, there are a few problems that crop up but none of them are expensive to sort out and there is plenty of help around - www.lr4x4.com
is a site I am a moderator on and generally regarded as one of the best for technical help. The V8 auto is lovely but horribly expensive to run - though they are also cheaper to buy so its swings and roundabouts really. I don't like the Td5 auto, try one before you buy one. Mileage is nothing much to be afraid of with the Td5 engine in fact they seem to thrive on a bit of punishment and the ones that give trouble are the low-milers that potter round town and never get hot.
There is nothing wrong with the Jap vehicles - personally I would buy a Prado over a Pajero/Shogun - but I just think they are boring, like driving round in a fridge or microwave.