All the vehicles mentioned in this thread have their merits, and their negatives..............
But there is one thing everyone who has ever been on a 4x4 trail will agree with, no matter what vehicle they drive.The weakest link in any vehicle is the one behind the steering wheel. The bottom line is that no matter what you have, both in vehicle and add on terms, YOU are going to be the determining factor as to what they vehicle can do, how reliable it will be, how fuel efficient it will be. !
I fully agree with this statement and don't think there is a bad vehicle out there, unfortunately most 4x4s sold are in mall crawler kit and will need some customising to get it to your standard (it also keeps guys like me in business
) I would tackle most overland trips with any of the popular brands and enjoy an uneventful trip if the vehicle has been customised for my requirements, some would be more comfortable and others would be more expensive on fuel while the rest have their own shortcomings and strong points.
One enquiry , 10 different opinions on makes , each one from the owner of a different make ...
Close but not quite
I drive a pajero at the moment and know them inside out, my previous 4x4 was a serious land rover but like Scips I have moved on. That is not to say that land rover is a bad 4x4 just that for me the lack of space in front and the bumpy ride from the hard suspension are points I would rather keep in the fond memories category and like the army days great to talk about but not to relive again
Hey Ndloti, I own a Jeep,
Eish Scips, sorry to hear about your bad luck. Chin up buddy, things might work out better this year
In the end the one important common factor is training. Knowing your vehicle and how to get the most from it in an environmentally friendly way is a sure way to enjoy it to its fullest. These vehicles are not there for their 0 - 100 time or the shiny bling of a German luxury sedan but as a tool to get to those remote bits of heaven right here on earth, those magic spots that only a few folks get to experience first hand