Joined: Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:33 am Posts: 166 Location: S.F.
If you're on a budget it's hard to beat a late 90's Cherokee 4x4 or a late 80's 4runner 4x4 with the 22re 4 cylinder. Both are quite capable offroad, offer reasonable sleeping accomodations, get decent gas mileage, are easy to work on and are dependable if well maintained.
Those were my priorities and so far I'm pleased with the 98 Cherokee in great condition for $3300 at the beginning of the season and I'm really happy with it. It has handled some decently rough roads on the east side with no issues, has comfortably housed my girl, dog and I on some single digit temp nights, and does decent on gas (I'm averaging 17.5 mpg combined over the 6k since I bought it and that's with a roofrack and box on the top).
But honestly, figure out what is important to you and start asking questions from there. That's likely to elicit some more helpful responses.
Crew cab F150 with a long box. Preferably with the ecoboost engine. Decent fuel economy for it's size, lots of power and enough room to comfortably haul ass to your destination. You can easily haul four sleds if that's your bag, or put a slide in camper in the box for backcountry camping missions.
For me I like having a domestic vehicle, dealers and parts stores usually stock the parts you need instead of having to order them. Plus parts are usually a little cheaper than imports.
Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:53 am Posts: 162 Location: Routt County Co.
A4 Avant with stage 1+ APR ecu, TT injectors, APR cat back exhaust and the illuminated boost gauge of course...... Wait, that's my car. And its awesome, with winter shoes and the traction control turned off.