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Best car for the economic collapse


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Am trying to work out what sort of vehicle I could get if things start to go really tits up here. The base requirements are that it needs to have at least 4 seats. 

Things to consider are:

  • availability of fuel
  • Reliability or possibility of self repair

ive had a few thoughts, for instance I did think of Tesla (as I could get solar panels to charge it) but the problem is the fragility or requirements for specialist maintenance. Plus they’re not great at off-road, and if the shit does hit the fan I’d want a vehicle that could go over rough ground (either to escape trouble or bad maintained roads)

so my best solution (to date) is a 2016 Land Rover Defender

It runs on diesel, is repairable without a main dealer diagnostic. Isn’t likely to have faulty electrics (as theres fuck all computers in it) and is built like a tank.

What do you all reckon. Any better ideas?

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Something like this perhaps

Defenders are stupidly expensive now and unreliable. A Japanese 4x4 such as a Jimny would be a better bet, or a diesel Dacia Sandero.

At the risk of derailing the thread... but why do people like SUV's? I've been given a few as hire cars and I just don't get it. Surely driving is belting round a decent corner at speed and pulli

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Just now, Southmartin said:

I think I’d rather catch the covid and die than be seen behind the wheel of that monstrosity. Man that’s an ugly ugly car!

It was voted Car of the Year in it's Day.

Not for it's looks, so I figure it must be really good in other ways.

And if you're driving it, you don't have to look at it.

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9 minutes ago, Southmartin said:

I think I’d rather catch the covid and die than be seen behind the wheel of that monstrosity. Man that’s an ugly ugly car!

It looks French 😂😂😂

10 minutes ago, Southmartin said:

Maybe. What would be the reasons to choose that over the defender?

Did you watch top gear when Clarkson destroyed the hi lux yet it still drove away? 

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Defender maybe, but it would have to be an older engine to be fixable.  I'd suggest the 2/300Tdi as being DIY and long-lasting.  I'd note that the army kept on using the 2.5NA diesel for years and years -- some say because they'd survive an EMP, but I'd say the TDI should survive the blast as well.

In terms of actually answering the question -- perhaps it should be whatever the most popular car on the road is, as at least there'd be spare parts availability.

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At the risk of derailing the thread... but why do people like SUV's?

I've been given a few as hire cars and I just don't get it. Surely driving is belting round a decent corner at speed and pulling it round leaving that ridiculous SUV behind you in the dust? Why would you want to drive a fucking great barge? Where is the fun?

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5 minutes ago, Bandit Banzai said:

At the risk of derailing the thread... but why do people like SUV's?

I've been given a few as hire cars and I just don't get it. Surely driving is belting round a decent corner at speed and pulling it round leaving that ridiculous SUV behind you in the dust? Why would you want to drive a fucking great barge? Where is the fun?

The Collins English Dictionary defines a sport utility vehicle as a "powerful vehicle with four-wheel drive that can be driven over rough ground. The abbreviation SUV is often used."

In Berkshire, roads qualify as 'rough ground'.

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47 minutes ago, Southmartin said:

so my best solution (to date) is a 2016 Land Rover Defender

It runs on diesel, is repairable without a main dealer diagnostic. Isn’t likely to have faulty electrics (as theres fuck all computers in it) and is built like a tank.

I've just bought a third engine for my 2012 Defender.

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I have friends who live in the absolute arse-end of nowhere on the side of a hill on the Shropshire/Wales border. You literally need binoculars to see the neighbouring farm. It's a Dosbods utopia in the summer. I love it.

But it's a twenty five minute drive along single track roads to the nearest proper carriageway. You need a 4x4 cos in the winter you will be snowed-in. So everyone gets a knackered old japanese 4x4 for the winter months. You'd starve else. But it's not for fun - it's proper need.

 

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