FollowupID: 714353 Submitted:
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 at 22:42
passionate about a troopy .... heh heh
I was when I had I had a use for one ... now I just remember the troopy fondly because its big lazy engine and reasonably heavy duty drivetrain/build quality let me do all things I wanted with it.
Ive been passionate about every 4wd Ive owned ... coz I always buy the best vehicle suited to the task at hand.
Over the years ... model sizes ranged from a 2stroke suzuki .... theres a lightweight for you ........ through to the troopy which regularly carried 2 families and all their junk for 4-6wk excursions, proving to be a real planet saver .... by negating the need to be running two vehicles and halving emissions and fuel use ... LOL
Now of course, govt legislation supports excessive fuel use and emissions by multiple vehicle use ........ since its not "safe" to carry 8 people and gear in a 13 seater troopy .... pfttttt
My point is .....
There are different classes of 4wd. The aust govt may be dumb enough to class them ALL as offroad passenger vehicles ......... but theres a big difference between an awd station wagon with a load of handbags and lattees .... and a 70series or similiar, loaded up for a 20,000klm 3yr trip around the block.
Techno advances in materials, engine sizes, and so forth - should be applied according to the vehicle class .......... not as blanket ruling on all ...
Some stuff needs to be big and solid ... as the last thing I would want is my alloy chassis, photon plasma charge propelled, bling rocket with obligatory 4x4 stickers on the guards .... sitting in the middle of a corrugated gravel road in pieces coz alloy does what alloy does ..... fatigues and cracks .....
And just to show Im not that much of a dinosaur .... For a quick 4wd trip with just the cattle dog, a thermos of coffee and a packet of smokes .... Id go for something like this which encompasses many features you are advocating -->
hi tech bling.