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Discussion in 'Australia' started by nevgriff64, Mar 19, 2010.
He hasn’t assembled it yet.
Dani hasn’t done too bad over the years. He hasn’t quite had the guff to get the number one plate but been a fair asset to Honda. There are plenty out the there same or worse than he. It is time to move on though to let some young talent through, just like some others .....plenty others actually.
This bloke is a blogger, these days any one with an internet connection can be an expert.
Just a quick look at his car and set up tells me he has NFI and gets his info from other bloggers.
Saw a review this week.
Woeful shitbox but what would you expect ?
Rangers hilux still the best and 79 series if need to carry a lot with v8 grunt
Had a good look at the range in person and its pricing a couple of weeks ago. Way over priced for what they are, and they aren't anything special. A few mags have written up about how good they are inside the cabin, was just all hard cheap plastic to me and nothing special over a Hilux which has cheap plastic. Any accessory is big dollars from MB too. They made a mistake choosing the Navara as the base car to build on.
Ah, spoke to a mate yesterday who had one for a day, said it was ok but like the original ML they cheaped out a tad on the interior.
Now an extra cab g class with current tech cruise etc and sub 100k would be perfect.
Probably going to run with a petrol 2wd hilux, it's an occassional use vehicle mainly to run to the tip, carry chemicals etc.
A G class cab/chassis starts around $105,000. Why? Who knows. Wonder if they have sold any.
They'll carry 2t from memory, not comparing apples and apples.
Regarding the discussion on the Orbital Fuel Injection system below is a quote found on "Carmrades" website from a Ford engineer to as why the injection system was not a success.
"Why did the OCP never make it into a production car, then? In the early 1990s. Thomas Krickelberg was working as Ford’s engineer in residence at Orbital. Earlier this year he told Wheels magazine that Orbital had prototype engines with low emissions, low fuel consumption and excellent noise, vibration and harshness levels. What they couldn’t seem to do was produce an engine that offered all three at the same time. Utilising Orbital’s engine technology was simply too risky and would have offered no advantages by the time the problems were resolved. That left it confined to marine applications where two-strokes were commonplace, as well as Aprilia scooters. These days the same compressed air direct injection technology is used in Orbital drone engines. The closest Orbital got to a car engine was the LPG system in the 2000-09 Ford Falcon E-Gas."
The Iveco 4wd is hard to go past for that sort of money.
Yep, a little bit cheaper and a lot more capable off road.
Would be my choice.
I've always liked the Iveco.
Iveco more capable off-road?
3 difflocks, 2 transfer case reductions and 37" tyres standard....
Can ALMOST carry all of Nev's bike collection
My little brother's Iveco Daily 70C17 van is unbelievable.. It can carry 4.5 tonne and or 17 cubic metres of stuff... It is big, fast and really fun to drive... The Daily 4x4 with similar specs it is a great off road cab... Possibly very close to the Unimog...
Yes and no. On paper maybe. Our fire brigade got one a few years ago, Went up to Weipa on deployment just after we got it with a couple of other Ivecos. Air box picks up at base of windscreen so no easy way to fit a snorkel. Filters got blocked after a few hours driving in dusty conditions and all of the Ivecos went into limp home mode. Then 18 months ago on a fire while the truck was halfway up a mountain on a fire trail the clutch shit itself and the truck had to be hauled off the fireground. We could have lost the crew because of it. Turned out that the diffs were locked even though the switches weren't engaged and the clutch let go after all the load on the drive train due to 3 locked diffs and lots of maneuvering on and off bitumen. I drove it on and off the road a fair bit and I was disappointed at best. Preferred the 4wd Isuzu NPR we had previously, but neither were as good off road as the old Canter 4wd we had before that. The canter needed a turbo for on the road and an aircon for comfort but it was far more capable off road than either the Isuzu or the Iveco.
Maybe an older Iveco, but not the new one.
This is an older model.
If I'm not mistaken it was a 2015 model. I don't think they've made it any easier or even possible to fit a snorkel on the newer ones so driving in dusty conditions is still a problem. Diffs locking by themselves was apparently caused by moisture and/or dirt ingress into electrical connectors so not sure that's been fixed. I suppose a fire appliance is pretty extreme service, but like I said, I was very disappointed. I'd been looking to buy one for myself but giving it a miss now. Looking at the specs I want to like it, but the reality doesn't live up to the specs IMO.
Thanks mick, I was looking at it a bit simpler - are they durable? You indicate not, indeed that they're not even up to initial task.