So you're after some advice. What do you want to do? Mudding, rock crawling or touring and travelling? How much do you want to invest for the beginning?
My suggestion to you is to buy the a 4wd that is in the best condition you can afford.
If you have friends or family that have a 4wd ask them what it is that they like about it.
As 1MAK said is to think about the type of 4wding you're looking to do.
If youre looking at tourning and beach/general bush driving then any 4wd in good condition will fit the bill.
If youre looking into mudding and rock crawling then you're better off going for a 4wd that has solid axles front and rear as they support bigger lift/tyres and of course flex better than independant suspension.
A 2nd generation pajero (1991-1999/) are a very capable 4wd with the right mods and maybe a locker or 2 the big boys are often hard pressed to out perform them.
I have a 1996 diesel pajero and find its a great tourer that only lacks in the really hard stuff due to the ifs and no lockers (yet)
Keep us updated mate...
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