I used to have
this nice big Toyota Landcruiser. Took it lots of places crossed the
Simpson Desert for one, but it was soooo expensive to fix. A
couple of years ago it needed fixing yet again.
So while the Landcruiser was being fixed I bought an old
bomb Datsun 120Y for $850 to run around in. The mechanic looked at the
Landcruiser and said $5,500 to repair the gearbox, and this is the second
time it had been fixed. In the meantime my son and I planned to go to
Darwin and across to Broome in Western Australia for four weeks.
I decided that I was sick of pouring money in this
Landcrusier, and we had run out of time to fix the Landcrusier. We decided
we would take the Datsun 120Y travel light, and if it broke down, we would
leave it and take the bus.
Well guess what it made it!. 13,000 kilometres from
Adelaide to Darwin, through Kakadu, across to Western Australia Fitzroy
Crossing, Derby, Broome, down to Perth, and then back across the Nullabour.
We saved so much money on taking the Landcrusier ($500
on diesel alone), that we had more money to spend on tours and other
So the Datsun 120Y has been more places since. Canberra
(including taking a tandem bicycle), Gold Coast and Melbourne, as well as
It is now retired.......(but not dead!)