Being relatively new to Aus, I was itching to get back into touring again (did a lot of it back in Africa). Wanted to start seeing this wonderful country, our new home. But, my biggest constraint was my budget. It was worse than a shoestring. Having owned several Toyota 4x4s in the past, ideally I wanted a diesel 80 Series. So after months of on-line researching I came across the 80 I eventually bought. It was very well looked after, 290kms on the clock and heaps of accessories. Most of these fitted in the last three to four years (as per the receipts). The list is: -bull bar with winch. -2" Dobinson suspension lift kit (with 4" travel I was told). -33" All terrian off road tyres. About 50% tread left. (I kept these as spare and fitted more off road biased MTs.) -Rear air bags. -Roof rack. -Canvas seat covers. -Snorkle. -Dual battery system with Redarc battery manager. Deep cycle second battery. -Waeco 11l console fridge installed between the two front seats. -85l food grade water bladder. -Rear storage drawer system with the wings and fridge slide. -LED light bar. -iCom UHF radio. -Diff breathers. The previous owner was a farmer with his own workshop and being a mechanic, all maintenance was done by him as he does with all his other vehicles and farming machinary. Must say, I was quite impressed with his workshop. His reason for selling was the purchase of a brand new 79 dual cab and a Hilux. The 80 had not done much serious off roading. It had mostly been used to tow his boat. The asking price was 8k. Which was well within my meager buget. The only down side was, it was a petrol and not a diesel. Despite this (and friends' advice against buying a petrol), my wife and I decided to go for it. Our thought process was, this was going to be purely for touring and would stay parked at other times as we have a daily runner. we figured the saving we had from paying for similar condition (and equally equipped) diesel 80, we could use this money to pay for the petrol bills during our trips. Which in kilometer terms worked out to be a considerable amount before the savings were used up. The left over funds from my budget I used to bolt on a few more accessories. Mostly DIY work. I still get people telling me that it was a big mistake to buy a petrol. However, I am quite convinced my rational was correct. What do you guys think?