Redusernab Asks: What’s the next smart vintage SUV buy?

I have a problem.

My phone. I can’t put it down. No, it’s not because of Twitter of Instagram. Instead, it’s because of the BRZO app. I am on a hunt and my prey is an older SUV. Currently, I have about 10 different saved searches running and I check them on what seems like an hourly basis. The goal is to find a cheap beater truck, but I have a few caveats. It needs to be clean on the inside. I would prefer zero leaks, but a drip here or there isn’t enough to scare me away. The truck needs to be in solid running and driving condition, and I can live with faded paint and a few minor dents.

Here’s what I’m thinking about at the moment;

  • first-gen Isuzu Trooper
  • Early Mitsubishi Montero
  • Range Rover Classic
  • Range Rover P38
  • Range Rover Discovery

I’d love an FJ60-era Land Cruiser but those have become Bring-A-Trailer darlings. Broncos, Blazers, and Scouts are more expensive than you might think. The 4Runner doesn’t do much for me. And so I’ve narrowed down my search to the vehicles listed above.

Good options, aplenty

There are some good options out there, but a number of them have minor issues that keep me from pulling the trigger fully. Regardless, I truly believe this is the next round of SUVs to receive a value and appreciation bump. I’m not out to buy one to make money, but that would be a nice bonus when I’m ready to move on.

When I find the right truck, I’ll officially list my 1974 Mercedes-Benz for sale. The Wombat is at the shop so stay tuned for updates there. And that will mean whichever truck I buy will become the new daily driver/project mobile.

Which vintage SUV would you buy? Is there another one I should have on this list?

[Lead image taken from this Craigslist ad]

By |2019-01-14T08:39:20+00:00January 14th, 2019|Redusernab Asks|46 Comments

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Jeff Glucker is the co-founder and Executive Editor of He’s often seen getting passed as he hustles either a dark blue 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 or 1991 Mitsubishi Montero up the 405 Freeway. IG: @RedusernabJeff Hart

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