What Van? Ford panel/mitzi L200/300/2000

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1. Posted by reemer (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi People,

Im flying to perth in june/july this year and was looking to get a van to drive upto darwin in, has any one got any sugestions on any to go for or avoid?!

Any help or sites recomending crappy old cars for backpackers would be very useful!!!

Thanks for your time


2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

www.travellersautobarn.com.au is a must. They have offices in all major cities (except Adelaide) and do lots of deals. They might not be the cheapest, but you can probably rely on them.

One thing you will notice about Oz is that the cars on the road are predominantly Japanese, apart from the homegrown Holdens and Fords of course. It maybe depends on your route, but you might want the reliability of a Japanese car.
A rental company in Sydney told me that Ford Transits simply couldn't handle the heat in some parts, so they used only Toyotas.

3. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Toyotas are the best 4x4s.

4. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tristan,

Are you looking to buy or to rent?
We travelled round Oz last year for 3 months and bought a Holden Shuttle that had been converted into a camper. I would recommend NOT getting a 4 x 4 cos at the end of the day it's just another thing that could go wrong on it!

We bought our van from a car dealer about 20kms outside of Perth in a place called Wanneroo. Although we did have the help of my relatives the van was dirt cheap, $2000. It made it all the way from Perth to Cairns with no bother at all. We even made a profit on it when we sold it!!

If you don't want to go to a dealer there are loads of ad's in all the hostels, laundrette's, and internet cafes. Also pick up a paper called The Quokka - it's like Autotrader!

Hope this helps

Kristie x

5. Posted by reemer (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I was looking to buy van or maybe even a camper if i can find one cheap enough!.
If i buy from a dealer am i more likley to have a pinkslip(mot?) and rego(tax)?,as most of the stuff ive been looking at online seems to be lacking these?

Thanks again,


6. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


If I remember rightly if you buy a car in WA with a WA plate you don't need a road worthy certificate (which makes it a hell of alot easier to sell).We had to buy our own rego - it's not that expensive, cheaper than the UK anyway.


7. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Don't know if that's of any help, but we drove around N.Z. in a Mitsubishi L 300 for ten months without any major problems and friends of ours also had a reliable Mitsubishi 4x4 model. In general I don't think there's a big difference between the brands and if you're bying it from a dealer you should be fine anyway.
Good luck finding a good one!


8. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't know your duration, plans & which route you propose to take. I assume you will be taking detours to different locations so it will be a combination of road types & standards to get you to Darwin.

Any of these vehicles will do the job but make sure what you do get, is thoroughly inspected by a reputable organisation (http://rac.com.au/). Get the vehicle serviced before you leave, include pressure testing the coolong system. When en roiute, regularly check the fluids, tyre and Tyre pressure. Get problems repaired as they occur.

In general, the majority of attractions will be accessible on sealed (black top) roads and other good secondary roads. Don't venture onto outback tracks, the Gibb River Road or into the Bungles in a standard car. For these areas, you need a strong 4X4. Get local advise before goung off the main roads.

If you do travel on secondary roads, these are unsealed gravel roads, which can be affected badly by rain & road trains, drive according to the conditions. DO NOT speed & watch for pot holes, especially approaching cattle grids.

There will be long isolated distances that you will traverse but on the other hand many other travellers will be out there so stay on designated roads and with the vehicle.. Help - if needed will come along.

Good luck and enjoy you experiences in OZ - WA & NT are great destinations.