advantage is that you have a loading bin. If you need something
where you can do overlanding trips, but the rest of the year
you have to take away the garden rubbish or load a pack of cement
or some tiles, then the double cab will work for you. Some people
say it is useless because you do not have a car and you do not
have a bakkie. For some people this is exactly why they buy
Toyota Hilux Bakkies is most certainly the most popular and
most reliable 4x4 vehicles around. There 4x4 abilities are very
good, if they have a diff-lock installed. This vehicle can easily
last you 300,000 or more kilometers.
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the lovely ones. These includes magnificent vehicles like the
VW Touareg, Nissan Patrol and Land Cruisers. The Cruisers are
the masters of the bush. They are very reliable, their off-road
performance are suburb and they have a lot of space.
new Toyota Prados are also very capable off-road vehicles.
The traction control is a big plus and they have very good ground
clearance. Unfortunately the tupperware is no good if you use
it for long off-road trips.
the new SUV vehicles with low range and high range will be able
to take you as far as their ground clearance can go. With these
machines you get two types. The permanent 4x4 like the Prado,
Cruiser, Discovery, ML, etc and the one where you can select
4 wheel drive like the old cruisers, land rovers, Nissan Terrano,
One major problem with your permanent 4 wheel drive vehicles
like the Mercedes ML and Discoveries are that they need to have
a differential in the gear box between the front and rear axles
(central diff). This is needed because when you go around a
corner your rear wheels takes a shorter route than your front
wheels and the differential have to handle that difference in
speed. The problem is that if one of the wheels loose traction
the differential will send all power to that axle and that wheel.
So lets say your left rear wheel is in the air, all the power
will be directed to that wheel. No power to the front axle and
no power to the right rear. You will be as stuck as with a normal
car and the 4x4 will be useless. So if you buy a permanent four
wheel drive vehicle it is very important that it has a central
diff-lock. You can ask the dealer or see it on the transfer
case gear lever (the small one) This gear lever will show “H”,
“N” and “L”. In the case of a centre
diff-lock it will show “H”, “H(L)”,
“N”, “L(L)” . The (L) indicates the
central diff lock. I know the new Prado and Land Cruiser has
I cannot understand is the use of the automatic gearbox in a
4x4 vehicle. There is nothing wrong when driving with the auto
box. It will do sand driving and steep climbs better than a
manual box. The main problem comes when you go down steep hills.
When you go down a very steep decline you must engage first
gear low range of the vehicle so that the engine power can offer
resistance when going down the slope. If you apply the brake
the vehicle will start to slide down with possible detrimental
consequences. The automatic gearbox can not offer that resistance.
So if you
intend to drive rough rocky terrains with your vehicles you
must rather go for a manual vehicle. The VW Touareg has a feature
where it will lock the automatic gearbox so that it acts like
a normal manual box when driving in such conditions. If you
do intend serious off road work make sure about this feature
when you want to buy an automatic.
Land Cruiser VX with traction control is absolutely marvelous.
It comes with three diff-locks (front, rear and central).
cruisers you get a GX and VX. One of the main differences between
the two is that the GX has a Solid Front Axle (SFA) and the
VX has a Independent Front Suspension (IFS). There is a lot
of speculation about which one is the best. In short, again
it depends on your purpose with the vehicle: