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List of all capable and best 4x4 cars in UAE that you can get under 10,000 and 20,000 Dhs in UAE.

I have been asked this question on every off-road drive, so let's build a list with collective experience and knowledge:

Best 4x4 cars in 10,000 Dhs

  1. 1999 - 2004 - Nissan Pathfinder 3.3 L / 3.5 L
  2. 1997 - 2006 - Mitsubishi Pajero 3.0 L / 3.5 L / 3.8 L (SWB is better than LWB)
  3. 1991 - 2001 - Jeep Cherokee 4.0 L (Finding clean one is extremely rare)
  4. 1999 - 2004 - Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 L / 4.7 L
  5. 1989 - 1998 - Land Rover Discovery Series I 3.9 L / 4.0L (1995 - 1998 year is better)
  6. 1998 - 2004 - Land Rover Discovery Series II 4.0 L (Average offroader)
  7. 1995 - 2002 - Land Rover Range Rover P38  4.0 L / 4.6 L

Best 4x4 cars in 20,000 Dhs

  1. 1996 - 2006 - Jeep Wrangler TJ - 4.0 L
  2. 2006 - 2010 - Mitsubishi Pajero 3.5 L / 3.8 L (SWB is better than LWB)
  3. 2002 - 2009 - Chevrolet Trailblazer 4.2 L / 6.0 L
  4. 2005 - 2010 - Jeep Commander 4.7 L / 5.7 L
  5. 2005 - 2010 - Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 L / 5.7 L
  6. 2008 - 2009 - Nissan Xterra - 4.0 L
  7. 2006 - 2010 - Chevrolet Tahoe - 4.8 L / 5.3 L / 6.0 L
  8. 2006 - 2010 - Hummer H3 - 3.7 L
  9. 1996 - 2003 - Toyota Prado VX - 3.4 L (SWB is better than LWB)
  10. 1998 - 2004 - Land Rover Discovery Series II  4.6 L 
  11. 2004 - 2009 - Land Rover Discovery 3 / LR3 4.0 L / 4.4 L
  12. 2002 - 2006 - Land Rover Range Rover L322  4.4 L
  13. 1997 - 2005 - Nissan Patrol Y61 4.5 L / 4.8 L (Finding clean one is extremely rare)
  14. 1998 - 2003 - Toyota Landcruiser 4.5 L (Might be just little over 20K range)
  15. 2006 - 2010 - Nissan Armada 5.6 L (Offroad version - Ranchos shocks, skid plate, tow hook, trimmed bumper)

Please, guys, keep on suggesting more options based on your offroading experience, I will keep on updating this list

DISCLAIMER: I don't intend to put the price of your ride or contest the "ballpark" value that I suggested. The used car market is subject to huge fluctuation due to demand and supply based on season and offroad 4x4 cars in UAE will always sell for a higher premium in winter (Oct-Mar).

P.S. Having said that, if you have any constructive suggestion to edit the list - I will accept that.

 

This awesome scrapper pulls the average price daily and update in single excel

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How about the generation of Pajero that you and Frederic are driving. The SWB is really good.

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4 minutes ago, Srikumar said:

How about the generation of Pajero that you and Frederic are driving. The SWB is really good.

The list is made with practically available cars than looking for a rare find and wasting their time, still, I will add it now.

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Nice topic !

i think you’ve covered 95% of them, maybe except for a few rare models such as Isuzu Trooper which I was looking for a while back. But like you say, finding the good condition rare ones cost money and lots of luck and efforts. 

How would a Hilux or L200 manage ? Probably somewhat underpowered and in need of some extra clearance?

VW Touareg 2005 is also going pretty cheap. No idea how it would go in the dunes. 

 

 

 

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@Frederic Yes I was wondering about the Touareg V6 or V8 ? and the Discovery 2 (1999 - 2005) ?

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In my personnel experience Jeep Commander is very powerful beast but expensive to maintain. Keep away. The LR Discovery 2 is a good option, but not a climber and missing central difflock unlike the Discovery 1. Toureg is fancy, but I have only seen one in the desert and after breaking a 40K bumper in a newbie drive was never seen again.

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I was riding Mitsubishi nativa v6 -3ltr I have done few drives and it sounds good and cheaper... hope not much for maintenance   

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@Frederic if I'm not wrong L200 and Hilux cannot be registered for private use and only registered for companies. Isuzu, super duper rare. All German 4x4 from Touareg, Q7, Cayenne are delicate darling for regular offroad use. They are good for occasional beach trip or khawaneej level dunes, but not for regular dune bashing.

@edouard I have added Discovery, LR3, Range Rover in the list. Thanks for the suggestion

I have also added Nissan Patrol and Land Cruiser - "so-called" king of the desert :-)

@Praveenmp thanks for Nativa suggestion, but I have driven the same in the past and due to a 3.0-liter engine on LWB heavy chassis it's slightly underpowered for regular dune bashing and struggles a lot on cross tracks, soft sand, and long climbs.

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@Gaurav what do you think about enriching this list with the most common failures/red flags to check while buying the cars? As well as the target km to buy at? ( I know that depends mainly on how good the car had been maintained but nevertheless...)

I can also write a small scraper that can get the average price for each model per year on a daily basis. 

If we have this info in one place it would be a gold mine! 

 

 

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Thanks @edouard for your scraper suggestion, feel free to add with whatever you can. Every contribution matters.

What I really want someone to contribute if they have spare time is to research all the above models and get their power-weight ratio. That can help a lot of new buyers in identify Good and Very Good 4x4 than borderline/acceptable 4x4 in terms of offroad performance.

Especially in sand higher the power with lightest of weight is better.

Find the exact weight and hp of each car from Wikipedia or other credible sources and then divide hp by weight.

Example: 1999 Pajero weighs 1.7-ton Kg and GCC specs has 225 hp = 132 hp/ton

Power-weight ratio benchmark for DUNE BASHING for STOCK cars:

  • 60 - 80 hp/ton - Underpower for dunes
  • 80 - 100 hp/ton - Borderline OK
  • 100 - 120 hp/ton - Acceptable
  • 120 - 150 hp/ton - Good
  • 150 - 200 hp/ton - Very Good
  • 200 - 250 hp/ton - Excellent
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