I’ve owned over 70 vehicles and have learned to repair almost anything myself and no joke this second hand 1989 Mitsubishi Minicab 4x4 I’ve been driving for a year now is one of the best vehicles I’ve ever owned or worked on. Mitsubishi rules. I think they are the most underrated of the Japanese producers. Minicab 800cc 2WD or 4x4s are tough as nails but small and only come in a 4speed. Varica 1100 or 1200cc little bigger 2WD or 4WD one of the most common vehicles on the road, Delica (aka. school bus) 2WD or 4WD gas or diesel again… reliable as hell. All three of these vans are used by schools, farmers, and delivery drivers for many reasons. Reliabiliy, parts availability (these little parts supply stores always surprise me by having the oddest parts for my van in stock), and they are dirt cheap. Not to mention the smart engineering with the interior and drivetrain.
VW? Well parts are more of an issue and people here ask too much for them.
Toyota surf and hiace are pretty much the same thing… garbage. I love Toyota but those two vehicles are poop.
Oh I just remembered… The Nissan Vanette those things are coooool. I think the engine is in the back but I don’t know much more about them. I don’t suggest you get one but I thought I’d mention it.
What’s your budget?
Oh yeah. Before I lifted my jeep YJ, locked the axles, and put big tires on it I’d get stuck in the sand (I’ve got lots of experience on sand so I’d hope it wasn’t me hehehe) whenever I went out. This van has 13" pizza cutters and never gets stuck. Now I pull right up to the surf break in Ja Le Shui without fear. LONG LIVE MITSUBISHI.