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Old 03-13-2018, 09:22 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a SUV ranch ride. Needs to be a 4 door, A/C, heat and 4x4 will be a must. That rules out the UTV's that I am aware of. I would prefer to stay on the smaller size vehicles. Looking for names/models to search for.A stock size vehicle will work. Heck I think a Subaru wagon with the AWD would even work.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:51 PM   #2
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Explorer? Tahoe?
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:56 PM   #3
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:59 PM   #4
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Loved my little S10 and mad that I ever sold it!!
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:00 PM   #5
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Isuzu trooper... ugly.... cheap... surprisingly unstoppable off-road

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:06 PM   #6
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2000 and up tahoe or suburban. I love mine. Good ride, AC and plenty of room in the back with the bench seat out. They are also very cheap.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:14 PM   #7
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:22 PM   #8
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:38 PM   #9
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:48 PM   #10
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:58 PM   #12
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2000 and up tahoe or suburban. I love mine. Good ride, AC and plenty of room in the back with the bench seat out. They are also very cheap.

Ditto. Cheap to buy. Cheap parts. Will go 200-250k miles. Will pull a trailer well. Seat lots of people when you wanna go to town. Plenty of room for feed or guns or whatever. As long as you're not rock climbing or making sharp turns in heavily treed areas, they're great. Pick 'em up all day long for $6k or less, drive the heck out of 'em, only lose $2-$3k at worst, when you sell them, and you don't have to beat the heck out of your $50k daily driver.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:47 PM   #13
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Jeep Wrangler?
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:41 AM   #14
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:38 AM   #15
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:42 AM   #16
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Doesn’t quite make the cut for smaller sized vehicles. However, I saw a top drive H1 that was the sweetest hunting truck I have ever seen.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:01 AM   #17
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:56 AM   #18
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Will this work?

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Old 03-14-2018, 06:58 AM   #19
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Toyota Tacoma crew ----I know its not a SUV
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:33 AM   #20
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Jeep Cherokee. That’s what I use and it’s awesome.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:42 AM   #21
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We use a 4x4 tahoe and a 4x4 yukon at the ranch. Both circa 2004, factory equipment with all terrain tires. They perform great. Comfortable ride, quiet, and the 5.3 engines in them are about as reliable as they come. Both have capatin's chairs up front, a bench in the second row, and no third row seat with weathertech's lining the cargo area. You can pile deer, corn, coolers, etc. back there and keep it dry and still have room for 4-5 people to ride. Very versatile trucks and can be found pretty regularly for around $5k-$7k
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:44 AM   #22
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I drive a Jeep Liberty daily and also use it at deer camp. Cannot explain to you how much I love it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:59 AM   #23
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:11 AM   #24
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I will join those who suggest a 4Runner 2003-2005. Great vehicles that are very reliable -for some reason they sell for a couple thousand less than a Tacoma of the same year with the same options.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:43 AM   #25
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Stay with a older standard GM product. They are cheaper, parts are easy to get almost anywhere (if it breaks down), super reliable and easy to work on IMO.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:45 AM   #26
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OP mentioned smaller SUV so I wouldn't recommend the Tahoe/Expedition sized vehicles

Probably would suggest searching for Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Cherokee, Mitsubishi Montero
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:52 AM   #27
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I have a 09 HD 2500 4x4 duranax z71 fully loaded with 107k miles I will sale for 27k
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:54 AM   #28
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:57 AM   #29
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+1 for Tahoe/Yukon.

Still kicking myself for selling mine and looking for another.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:48 AM   #30
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Something on the line of a Trooper, Cherokee...depends on what your trails are like to access feeders, stands, etc. Our Robert Lee place is so thick it mandates a smaller vehicle. Some of our locations are so thick it's even hard to access with a UTV...but sure has a lot of deer and hogs, lol.

If access is not a problem and you only want the SUV I would find a older Suburban period!
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:03 AM   #31
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I had a 4runner, limited with all option from 97, was a GREAT lease ride, even drove it daily for a while. Timing belt, real axle bearings etc, brakes and everything else i fixed before I sold it was about 2k to get it right. It had 193k on it though. It would go pretty much anywhere you pointed the front end, muddy, rocky, didnt matter in that thing, but parts are expensive when it comes time for them.

I have started building a cherokee that had a pretty good start already, cheap to work on, can do just about anything to it mechanically wise since its such a basic system. Mostly bought it to tow behind since I couldnt tow the 4runner 4 down. If i could have id of never sold it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:10 PM   #32
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I would like to get another 4Runner/ Land Cruiser
I have a project jeep Waggoner and want to sell it as I don't need a hi rack any more
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:36 PM   #33
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Ford Bronco. Our 88 is still going strong and the short wheel base is great for getting around in the pasture.

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Old 03-14-2018, 12:38 PM   #34
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If money isn’t an option, they do make a Polaris ranger with heat and air. Ranger HVAC model. Think it’s around $25k fully loaded. John Deere came out with a new model like this as well. Also heard the Polaris general can be had with heat/air but it’s not a full cab so that won’t work well.
Biggest advantage of going with UtV is weight. An SUV is nice but sometimes weight is a factor depending on your terrain and mud.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:49 PM   #35
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I've got an '85 Montero. 4x4, Heat, AC, keeps you dry too. It's a 2 door but will go through anything and has never been stuck or broke down on me. We have muddy pastures and creek we have to drive through. Best part was it only cost me $500 then I put mud tires on that cost more than the Montero. Been using it on the lease since 2012. If it died tomorrow, I'd say I got my money's worth.
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:40 PM   #36
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:03 PM   #37
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I thought about this several times since my original response!

Honestly, I can layer up, wear goggles or raise the windshield but I still like the flexibility of a UTV. Yep...cold or hot but if I want to drive around town and be comfortable I'll stay home. My TBH son and his wife like the AC/Heat...reduced "dust" driving the ranch roads in their ole' 4 wheeler lease truck....but for me...I really enjoy the OPEN feeling of a UTV or even a ATV in "the country." I also enjoy getting out of the stand and just sitting on a sendero or break to see what will venture out in the Ranger. If you are in ANY truck, SUV, then it's hard to get shots from different angles. When I take our old lease Ranger out, I can just sit and watch "thru" the front or sides and have ALMOST as many angles than sitting in my blind?

I can haul all the feed I can handle and besides...the Grandkids have a Hell of a lot more fun in the Ranger than a Truck or Suv. Works for me, but I always seem to walk a different path...just enjoy! (Here's a photo touched pic my Daughter in Law took this past season....but it's a reason to use what I prefer.)
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:29 PM   #39
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Ford excursion. I can haul 7 people and 1000lbs of feed. Cold a/c and hot heat. I’m selling my old one to build a new one with a high rack on it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:46 PM   #40
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I would say 4runner or 2003-up tahoe/Yukon. Both will run forever. I drive in the woods so much my daily driver is a 2004 Denali, with the 6.0L and AWD, I just put a little lift on it and will drive it toll wheels fall off.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:52 PM   #41
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try to find a 4door Suzuki side kick with 4x4. so quite and really smooth over bumps. if you want a truck the the ford explorer is a grea t little truck that can do it all and be super quite.
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:17 AM   #42
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I thought about this several times since my original response!

Honestly, I can layer up, wear goggles or raise the windshield but I still like the flexibility of a UTV. Yep...cold or hot but if I want to drive around town and be comfortable I'll stay home. My TBH son and his wife like the AC/Heat...reduced "dust" driving the ranch roads in their ole' 4 wheeler lease truck....but for me...I really enjoy the OPEN feeling of a UTV or even a ATV in "the country." I also enjoy getting out of the stand and just sitting on a sendero or break to see what will venture out in the Ranger. If you are in ANY truck, SUV, then it's hard to get shots from different angles. When I take our old lease Ranger out, I can just sit and watch "thru" the front or sides and have ALMOST as many angles than sitting in my blind?

I can haul all the feed I can handle and besides...the Grandkids have a Hell of a lot more fun in the Ranger than a Truck or Suv. Works for me, but I always seem to walk a different path...just enjoy! (Here's a photo touched pic my Daughter in Law took this past season....but it's a reason to use what I prefer.)
I understand the outdoor feel, I had many Samurai's over the years and most were stripped down, no doors, tops and folding windshield, had 1 - 2 door sidekick. My biggest issue with the UTV's is the noise or at least the ones I have been in were loud. Loud enough where a conversation was impossible while traveling. Then you do have to bundle up in the cold and get a face full of dust/dirt in the summer. I want to move away from that. There have been several SUV's mentioned that I forgot about or never considered TBH. I want a decent 4 door ride that I can take family/friends for a ride around our place. I currently use my truck but you always chance getting a flat or blowing a tire out, then having to mess with that. Reading some of the posts, I think a Tahoe/Expedition/Durango/Suburban are options. Price and condition will be king, plus I am in no hurry. Thanks to the suggestions here, my options have grown from what I had been thinking about. Whatever I get will be a dedicated ranch ride with foam filled tires.

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I understand the outdoor feel, I had many Samurai's over the years and most were stripped down, no doors, tops and folding windshield, had 1 - 2 door sidekick. My biggest issue with the UTV's is the noise or at least the ones I have been in were loud. Loud enough where a conversation was impossible while traveling. Then you do have to bundle up in the cold and get a face full of dust/dirt in the summer. I want to move away from that. There have been several SUV's mentioned that I forgot about or never considered TBH. I want a decent 4 door ride that I can take family/friends for a ride around our place. I currently use my truck but you always chance getting a flat or blowing a tire out, then having to mess with that. Reading some of the posts, I think a Tahoe/Expedition/Durango/Suburban are options. Price and condition will be king, plus I am in no hurry. Thanks to the suggestions here, my options have grown from what I had been thinking about. Whatever I get will be a dedicated ranch ride with foam filled tires.
I agree on the "loud" and if I ever buy a utv it will probably be either a ranger ev or a bad boy.
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Old 03-15-2018, 08:47 AM   #44
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Isuzu trooper... ugly.... cheap... surprisingly unstoppable off-road

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I second this all the way. I regret getting rid of mine every time i'm at the lease. This was the very best ranch ride i've ever seen.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:02 AM   #45
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I understand the outdoor feel, I had many Samurai's over the years and most were stripped down, no doors, tops and folding windshield, had 1 - 2 door sidekick. My biggest issue with the UTV's is the noise or at least the ones I have been in were loud. Loud enough where a conversation was impossible while traveling. Then you do have to bundle up in the cold and get a face full of dust/dirt in the summer. I want to move away from that. There have been several SUV's mentioned that I forgot about or never considered TBH. I want a decent 4 door ride that I can take family/friends for a ride around our place. I currently use my truck but you always chance getting a flat or blowing a tire out, then having to mess with that. Reading some of the posts, I think a Tahoe/Expedition/Durango/Suburban are options. Price and condition will be king, plus I am in no hurry. Thanks to the suggestions here, my options have grown from what I had been thinking about. Whatever I get will be a dedicated ranch ride with foam filled tires.
I sold my mule last year and picked up a 2001 Pathfinder 4x4 with a 5 speed tranny and manual t-case. I replace the front drive axels (boots were cracked) and went ahead and put new ball joints and a 3" lift with new shocks all the way around. Built front and rear receiver hitches, added lights. feeder and rear rack and od green top coat......got less than $3K out of pocket. Ac/Heat. closed cabin, power windows, plenty of room to keep all my gear clean and dry. So much more comfortable. To heck with a 4-wheeler / utv!
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