By Michael Murguia
Looking into buying your first overland rig? Congrats! You’re in for a wild and rewarding ride. Building your dream vehicle for wherever adventure takes you can be a long process full of research, planning, budgeting and creative problem solving. There are a wide range of vehicle upgrade/modification options available and it can quickly become daunting… and expensive.
So, what upgrades and costs are required, and what are the optional ‘nice to haves’ for your overland build? What about repairs and ongoing maintenance? If you add it all up, what is the true cost of ownership/yearly cost of an overland truck?
The FZJ80 on one of its first trips in April 2011
The FZJ80 after many trips and 140K+ miles in September 2019
In this podcast, I sat down and figured out my costs on my 1996 FZJ80 since I purchased it in 2010 to figure out how much I spent over the past 9 years upgrading and maintaining OB 0000. I also get very direct about what I think is required, and what is not.
Because this topic is one of the most searched in the Overland Bound Forums, we even did a YouTube video on the topic. Check it out here!
What do you think? What are your requirements? Let me know in the comments. I hope this is useful and helps put you on the right path for adventure.
See you on the trail!