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Old 08-13-2018, 05:48 AM
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Takes at least 25-30 miles an hour of pushing it.... or pulling it. Good luck with that
No big hills in the Caribbean?


I'd rather have the 240D manual that I mentioned. They're available for under $5k. Maybe get 2 or 3 of them.
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Shouldn’t your “bug out “ vehicle..... be your everyday driver ?

A well maintained... roomy... comfortable vehicle
All these old 30 year old vehicles are very high maintenance and not so dependable
Repair parts are not as cheap as you think they are ....and not readily available.

And if the SHTF ....YouTube will be not working......lol.

Just saying.....
Exactly.

I currently daily drive a 33 year old 4wd Suburban and although much of the mechanicals were replaced 6 years back it's constantly having small issues. Luckily I'm a die hard old Chevy truck guy so I kinda know them inside out, but occasionally it still teaches me something new.

Oh, btw nobody use the cigarette lighter or we're going dark.
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Had some of those earlier diesels. They will fulfill your intended use if you don't mind being severely underpowered. But there is one fault in your thinking. In order to survive, we put in hours of research, planning, purchasing, learning, and then practicing our plans to make sure we can do what we need to if that days arrives.
Part of that prepping is being repetitive in as much of it as we can. All our preps can go bad, break, be lost or stolen, thus the repititions are to insure we have what we need. The scarcity of you choice of BOV, just because of age and lack of popularity, makes it a poor choice. Reason being, if it's hard to find one to purchase, how hard will it be to find a part for it if it breaks during an actual shtf situation? Look around you, look around your intended destination, and then between you and there. What are the more popular vehicles? All those vehicles are potential "parts stores" for yours. Those other vehicles are the repitition of you BOV, you just don't own them. Depending on where you are, etc, having a vehicle as you first asked about could also make you stand out. Most people would probably never notice you, but it only takes one. And yes, most parts on a 1980 diesel xyz will fit a 1980 gas xyz, but why take the risk with the few parts that won't interchange?
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Shouldn’t your “bug out “ vehicle..... be your everyday driver ?
In an ideal world, with unlimited budget, yes.

In the real world what you want for comfortable and economic daily driving is probably too small and too low for what you need for a real bug out....unless your doing the "head to the airport with a backback full of money" bug out.

As for reliability.....sort of.

Of course it all depends on what your bug out is,

But realistically your probably not going to be traveling thousands of miles. More like a few hundred, one way, once. You don't need a great degree of reliability for this. You may need a lot of capability and resilience, but your not going to wear out anything on this trip. When people talk about having an unreliable car they usually mean one that breaks down a few times a year, with months of driving back and forth to work in-between. Even a real POS often goes thousands of miles between breakages.

Its the daily driver that your putting 20-30K a year on that you need to be really reliable.

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What are the more popular vehicles? All those vehicles are potential "parts stores" for yours.
If your in a situation to strip them for parts, you can just take the whole car.
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