It’s just a thought, and probably not relevant, but if you are permanently importing the vehicle to where you want to run your tours there may be some issues you should check: For example here in Ghana you cannot import a RHD car and also it cannot be older than 10 years…
As to which vehicle, a 60 or 80 has to be the choice. If you buy in EU you might want to consider the 75 or 78 landcruisers, but then you have the issue of inward facing seats – which paying clients might not like – which are very short and narrow. The coil sprung 80 will of course give a totally higher level of comfort than a leaf sprung 60 series, most of which will be getting on a bit as others have said. Plenty of them knocking about in the tourist areas of WA and plenty parts around, but a 200K farm hack is for me not perhaps the best way to start a vehicle tour business. So basically that means either a really clean 60 or a good unmolested/not abused 80. Roofrack and a few jerries and you are set! What you want is a “mum’s taxi 4x4” or a car that existed only to tow a horse box or caravan. Farm vehicles are not given easy jobs – they are expected to pull stuck tractors, cart dead rabbits by the hundred weight and then be used by farmer’s son or daughter to hoon round the fields at speed. Oh and maintenance and washing costs good coin, so that will be once in year!
The Colorado/Prado is a good vehicle, but will not stand up to the abuse of tour operation day in day out (especially with local driver guide rather than owner operator at the wheel) as a heavier vehicle will. Other thoughts on the subject of running a working cruiser in WA:
- steel wheels, as nice alloys will quickly get trashed by puncture repairs/wheel changing.
-Watch the servicing… Get proper oil, proper filters (OEM or Donaldson, fleetguard, Baldwin) and watch the packaging and contents for Chinese/Nigerian rubbish posing as OEM stuff. Either do it yourself or hang around while they do it. Oil you also have to watch – quite an underground business exists of ‘cleaning’ used oil and again re-packaging and selling it!
-Working air-con would be fairly important for your clients I would imagine.
The extra litre in the 80 gives you a relatively big and reliable engine which is very well known and plenty parts available (same applies to 60 series engines, 12H-T in the turbo 60 series is often considered Toyotas best turbo diesel!).
Would be really interested in more details on your tours? And also welcome and good luck with the plan.
At home with Delhi Belly (or Accra Aches) so strictly camomile tea today!