Toyota 4-Runner. Had a '96 until last year when it died, as I did nothing to take care of it. Bought an '07 last year and love it. Also plan to take care of the basic maintanence this time. Not great on gas, but very reliable, and the back window goes down so you can pile boards in, and let them stick out the back for the short drives if necessary.
Have a 2011 4runner, great ride. Wish I had f150 crew cab, more utility...
Get a cutlass. Its comfy it has a v8 rides like a dream n with a surf rack u can load up 6 people cuz it has a bench n front and back. That v8 is the most economical one ive ever had n it even has a holley carb. It gets better gas mileage than my ladies v6 2010 4 runner which isnt bad. N w the limited slip differential u can pretty much go anywhere w proper air pressure n a heavy foot. I made it a mile down the beach on soft sand w 4 ppl in the car. Which for me is way better than the 12 mpg options. Everybody seems to think u need a truck w a big engine and bed to carry ur surfboards. But after restoring numerous trucks n cars vill b keeping this cutlass ad my daily driver n surf wagon
get a jeep patriot i have one great for surfing. there 4wd great on gas. and alot of room
The wranglers are great second vehicles, but as a primary they get a little annoying. The'03-'04 Grand Cherokee's with the 4.0 and part time transfer case are well built, hold their value, and still hold up in the looks department compared to newer trucks. The base design of the 4.0l has been pretty much unchanged for 35 years or so and is bomb-proof. I never had any luck with GM, always problems with head and intake gaskets or transmissions. If you want a wrangler style vehicle spend less on a primary and then go save a CJ, too many yuppy jeeps around that people just bolt crap onto. And as a lot of people have said learning to fix your own vehicle is a great way to save money and nothing is easier than a jeep inline 6
Get a hummer H1. Best car I've ever owned. Great on the beach and it'll run over those little Subarus like speed bumps.