I'm beginning to plan a trip across central asia next summer. This is going to involve buying a vehicle here in the UAE for the journey.
I'm after a 4x4 that will seat two people comfortably, plus has space for one or two friends that might join for a portion (or a guide if needed in some countries). We're looking to camp or preferably use a roof tent.
Would I be right in assuming a Toyota would be the way to go given their ubiquity in the Silk Road area for repairs and parts?
So with a budget of around $10,000 would you recommend:
- Land Cruiser or Prado: plenty of choice in Dubai of series 100s around 2006 with c.200,000kms on the clock. Are these over complex mechanically?
Fortuner: This would be plenty big enough and is lighter than the land cruiser but I see less of them in pictures along the silk road - any reason for this?
Hilux: Dual cabs are harder to come by and generally in poor condition from what I see on the second hand market but still an option. Guess they are simple and robust
Any others I should consider? Is it easy to find Pajero parts for example?
Would smaller Toyota 2.7l four cylinder engines be more fuel efficient and more reliable than V6?
Thanks in advance!