Need your opinion. I am considering buying a pre-owned 2005 Fortuner V (4x4) A/T. Will be using it as a daily drive to the office (Paranaque - Makati). And also for some weekend out of town trips with the wife and friends. I do not go major off-loading...but we do like to go on some medium off-tarmac adventures, and also without worrying too much about the usual "lubak" we have in our city roads.
I only have limited budget and could not afford to maintain 2 cars yet. I currently drive a 2005 Altis 1.6E A/T. If ever the Fortuner plan pushes, I plan to just upgrade the shocks to OME with a 2-3inch lift maybe then change the tires to an A/T tire using the stock rims. This is pretty much the only upgrade plan I have and could afford. That will cover our medium off-tarmac trips and the Fortuner could accommodate 7 persons very well (yeah I know the 3rd row is a little cramped).
With that said...hope to get your honest opinion guys.
--- D4D engine issues for this 2005 batch engines???
--- Pros and Cons??? (though the 2005 - 2012 Fortuner are almost the same car with the usual facelift done of course)
--- Anything else I should watch out for?