What is the most reliable used off-road (awd/4wd/4x4) vehicle for occasional traveler expeditions to more remote areas of Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East or Africa?
highest possible travelling comfort while maintaining high reliability
probably simple turbo diesel engine (since petrol/gasoline might not be available at all or is not unleaded?)
good fuel economy (traveling manythousands of km)
servicing ease also a very big key factor
possibility of "expedition traveler tuning" (decent top luggage rail etc.) is a plus
The budget is not really fixed but the intention is somewhere around $5000. The vehicle should be available to buy in Europe (I live in the Czech Republic). What I have read so far it seems that Japanese vehicles (like Mitsubishi Pajero) are more reliable than US (like Jeep Grand Cherokee) and European ones?