If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that i was recently in a car accident. It’s been over a month, and after arguments with the lady that skipped the Stop st, and arguments with her insurance company i’m pretty much ready to tow my broken husk of a vehicle and dump it on her driveway in an act of defiance.
On a lighter note – i’ve been cruising Gumtree checking out what cars are going for these days and what i could *potentially* afford to get. The problem is that once you start searching for cars online, it’s like falling into a vehicle-centered rabbit hole. I started out with the best of intentions – scouring Gumtree for cars that would be practical for me to drive, and for cars that i could actually make payments on… it ended up with me searching for cars to restore, checking how many American muscle cars might be available in South Africa for sale, and then eventually i got stuck on the offroad vehicles.
This might be news to you, but offroading and getting out into the bush is my ultimate happy place. Ever since i can remember, my family has made it a priority to try and get away from city life for a few weeks every single year. Most recently, we went to the Baviaanskloof (which is truly spectacular), and did the strictly 4×4 route over the pass. The road was a hazard, it was like trying to traverse those insane 4×4 courses you see people messing up online. I wish i had taken photos of the terrible “road” we used to ascend the mountain, but i was too busy concentrating on praying for the car to stay on the mountain instead of tumbling down the side!
My dad has owns a Subaru Outback – which is honestly a super amazing car! It’s got crazy ground clearance for a vehicle in that class and it never faltered, not even once, while we were trying to summit an impossible mountain pass. I did get to daydreaming a little on Gumtree though, and started checking out some of the true 4×4 beasts that are readily available here in SA.
In terms of legend status here in South Africa – you can’t ever really go wrong with a Toyota. They’re crazy reliable, and super easy to find parts for locally. If money were no object, i think i’d probably have to give a home to the Toyota Lancruiser 70 4.5D V8. Yes… V8!
I mean, seriously… look at this thing. I’m sure it can’t only be me, but my inner bush baby has such a weakness for insane looking offroad vehicles. Think of all the adventures i could have in one of these! It also happens to be a double cab, so that i can take my family & loved one along for the ride.
Anyone got a spare R680 000 they would like to give me? I feel like my best life would be lived in one of these. I actually saw one of these beauties in real life the other day, i couldn’t help it, but i ended up giving the driver a serious stink-eye because i couldn’t hold my jealousy in. Now i suppose it’s back to reality, and back to setting the filters on Gumtree to only show me cars that are selling for under R180 000. *cries*
If you want to take a look at this car yourself, here’s the link to the ad: Toyota Landcruiser. Check the picture of the engine out!