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    I'd rather be shopping for a TW...

    Hi folks,

    Finding a vehicle here in Mongolia is proving to be quite the pain in the backside!

    First, it must be LHD, and the vast majority of vehicles here are Jap imports (RHD). Also, it can't be a stick ; wife doesn't drive stick. Thirdly, it has to be cute enough to be seen in after Summer break, so my wife can maintain teacher status in country (she was appalled by the mere mention of a pickup -"Only workers drive those here")

    I want a pickup because a mechanically-inclined friend suggested that pulling a trailer with anything small over rough or non-existent roads is just asking for epic failure. Of course, we could drive a giant Land Cruiser, like every other local with money has, but that seems like overkill. That would carry a nice carrier on the rear hitch with no trailer woes. Thing is, the capital is crowded and the traffic is downright awful. I can't see adding another giant SUV to the mix, especially since we'll be stretching out budget to do so.
    I'd sure appreciate ideas from you fine folks out there; especially those with experience carrying or pulling bikes on rough roads.

    So, the (frustrating) search continues...

    MP
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    Seeing as how you brought it up, have you test driven one of those giant Land Cruisers? Sounds like it might be your best option, given your choices.

    I had a series of small, fuel efficient cars for years before I bought my Suburban 6 years ago. It's overkill 95% of the time, but there's also something kinda fun about overkill! And for those times when a full size vehicle is helpful (like dragging around a bike on a hitch carrier) it's a nice thing to have.

    You've got that AG200 for fuel efficiency, maybe take another look at the big SUV?

    Good luck on the search, hope you find something that works for you soon!
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    Land Cruiser is the plan for now I guess. Now to find one that is RHD, auto, "pretty" and new enough for the Mrs. to commute in, and under 15 grand in good shape. Somebody shoot me.

    Thanks for your input boys.

    Be safe,
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    Mine runs like a champ, but it has an unnatural attraction to gas pumps.

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    I expect a big SUV to be thirsty, but I need it for the hitch carrier. I'm thinking diesel is the way to go. Thanks again for your input boys. Got some leads to chase down. Toyota Landcruiser prado 2001 зарна
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