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This is Bhaskar here. It's been just about 7 months that I've settled in Dubai and just last week I've got my driver's license! I am sure you'd be able to relate to the excitement I am having in wanting to get my first car in Dubai! Joined the Carnity forum just a few hours back and thought would be good to get multiple perspectives here!
So I am quite a bit of 'want it all' types but after some deliberation have made the list of my criteria -
A compact crossover / 4X4, I am not a hardcore off-road enthusiast but my wife & I like going for hikes, try some new stuff. Good infotainment + interior tech + sunroof, like to enjoy the drives! Given that most of my driving would be home to office, a good on-road drive. Some peace of mind - not too old, decent FE, cheap to service, in-warranty, reliability and all that. With this, now I am somewhat all over the place and these are the cars I am considering based on the used cars available on multiple platforms -
Kia Sportage AWD GT Line (2018), Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk / Limited (2018 / 19), Jeep Compass Limited (2019). Was considering Honda CRV as well but drove a Honda (Civic) for the past 3 years so just want a change of brand. And yeah, my budget is around 85K tops.
After all this context setting, here are some questions that I have:
What's your take on the cars I am considering? What other cars do you think I should consider? Have heard Jeep servicing and parts are quite expensive, specially with AF Trading Enterprises. How true is this? Any first hand experiences? Are Cherokee & Compass good on-road? Look forward to the responses!
Thanks in advance!
By Michael sammy
Please advise i have a pajero 3.8 LWB 2010 but its maintained and it is in a very good condition as i bought it brand new back in 2010.
I'm thinking of buying a second hand car only for offroading and activities Hence i thought of buying a low budget car and customize it.
I believe that Nissan patrol safari is one of most powerful cars when it comes to offroading.
Do you recommend Nissan patrol safari?
If yes which models i should look for and which models i should stay away?
I saw couple of cars but at least they have 250k in mileage if not more is that okay ?
Is it necessary to get car with diff lock ?
Is it necessary the car has manual shift mood as in the gear of pajero?
PS: I am looking for maximum of 20k aed
By J JOSE
great to be here!
i am planning for an upgrade from my current Toyota camry, which i had it for the last 10 years.
i have a few options in mind, but difficult to choose from, look forward for your advice.
Lexus GX460 2014
Prado V6 limited 2018,
and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
the Vehicle will be used for normal office drive, no plans for desert, my first preference would be reliability and fuel economy of vehicles. i look forward for your replies. i will be test driving GX460 2017 model today, because i really got blow away by the features of this car.
I never mentioned sedans- I said "rent a suitable vehicle", which is invariably a diesel truck.
Sure, you can do a road trip in Africa with an SUV- provided you don't venture too far (50 -100 km) from major centres. The roads around most major cities are generally in reasonable condition, but anything beyond about 100 km or so from a major city (and considerably less in some cases) becomes an overland expedition to the next major city.
If you don't want to do cities, any distance between two points in Africa is an overland expedition, and especially so in central Africa, where nobody has been able to build permanent roads- or railways for that matter. However, large sections of the Trans-African Highway system (the parts of it that run around the edges of the continent, at least) have been paved and/or upgraded during the past ten years or so, but there are no guarantees that any part of the Trans-African Highway system will remain paved from one year to the next.
If you ever end up in washed out section of the road system in the dry season, when big trucks have reduced it to series of deep trenches that can be deeper than a meter, and run for tens of kilometers, you will find that the limited suspension articulation of an SUV- any SUV- will leave you crested on these trench tops every few meters. Then again,if you ever end up in a washed out section of the road system in the wet season, you need to be in a group of at least four trucks to get through meter-deep mud traps that can run for tens of kilometers. If you can get past the dozens of big trucks that have been bogged down for months in a track that is barely wide enough to allow two ox-carts to pass each other, that is.
In fact, a few years ago I had to abandon one of my expedition grade vehicles in such a mud trap because there was no way to get it out of the mud from behind an 18- wheeler that had sunk into the mud up to the top of it's wheels, and from in front of another 18-wheeler that had followed me into the mud trap before the other vehicles in my expedition could follow me in. For all I know, both trucks and my vehicle are still stuck there.
So, no, SUV's without proper 4-wheel drive, low range, winches, lockable diffs, rated recovery points, and at least 28 inches of suspension articulation in Africa are not good idea if you venture away from the big centers.
By Desert Dweller
I'm looking for a second hand car but I'm kinda lost when it comes to which one to go for. I've been considering Wrangler, Land Cruiser, FJ Cruiser, Montero Sport... Definitely a 4x4 or SUV as I camp a lot, sleeping in the car (for now I use my friend's Montero Sport). The dilemma is that I have been reading a lot about the best car or 2nd or 3rd best for off-roads, but I'd also need it to go to work (I live in Dubai but work in Ajman...). So... here goes my requirements:
- A 7 seater preferably. Or at least a big car that I can manage to put the back seats down and use it to sleep, as I don't always feel safe while camping on my own.
- I would need it for off-road driving. I always end up driving in wadis, over big rocks, mountains, gravel, in the desert, etc. I'm also planning a road trip driving around Africa this summer...
- As I mentioned above, I'd need to use it to go to work. I can't afford having 2 cars...
- Budget is around 40K. Can push it to 50K for the right car.
- GCC specs, not too many km...
Please, I can change tyres and have basic knowledge of mechanics, and I'm also willing to take more advanced mechanic courses or whatever if needed. So no 'this is not an option for a woman' BS.
Thank you in advance