We have a 1983 Landcruiser wagon on LPG. I paid $3000 for it when I left Sydney to live in the country and work in Canberra. It's old and needs a bit of work doing to it.
To save some space on the board have a look at viewtopic.php?f=29&t=2952
to get an idea of what the old girl is all about.
Over the years I have driven a couple of Foresters and a Territory and a few weeks back was in a friends Outlander. They are all more comfortable that the 'Cruiser. They all look nicer, are more fuel efficient and have trickier bits on them. The 'Cruiser has a lot more clearance and is probably capable of doing off road things with less chance of getting stuck completely. I asked a ranger about a 4WD track through Deepwater NP, and the first thing he asked - what 4WD, the told me he advises against going down the track in a soft roader. To this day I am glad I had the 'Cruiser. Probably would have made it down through there is a soft roader, but on the ranger's advice probably wouldn't have attempted it. Is it the old girl the best car in the world? Nope!
Having said that I am already nagging the Minister for Finance to approve spending on a replacement diesel 4WD, and the plan is either Landcruiser or Patrol.
What should you buy - no idea. I like the 'Cruiser as it suits what we do, and I could afford it at the time I bought it. At the end of the day that's what you need. Something that you can afford, and will do what it is you ask of it.