VW Amarok

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Went to Darwin for the weekend and picked up my new Amarok Trendline 420. Will be doing a trip to Cape York in July / Aug. Will post my opinion on its performance.
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Reply By: Member - J&R - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 20:08

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 20:08
How much on the road with what options?
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Follow Up By: Axle - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:02

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:02
None of your business!, price one up yourself!



Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Member - J&R - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:30

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:30
Touchy......
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:35

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:35
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Real cheap, just a lifetime supply of Barramundi in the deal.
How big and how often, that is the secret.
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:10

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:10
Got it from Barramundi Motors in Darwin. Didn't get any fish with it though.
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Reply By: Member - Scoey4 (SA) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 20:31

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 20:31
Looks good - have a great trip.

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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:11

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:11
Thanks Scoey

Looking forward to doing a few trips. A lot will have to wait a couple of years when I retire.

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Reply By: Member - John N (SA) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 22:09

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 22:09
Well done S. We did the Cape trip the same time last year with Fitzy - it was great. It should be very comfortable in the new VW and camper. Make sure you include Vrilya Point as a camp and fishing spot for a few days.

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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 22:41

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 22:41
Thanks John. Should have a great time and a real test to see what the VW is like. CU when you head up this way.
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Reply By: Member - Des Lexic - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 08:49

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 08:49
It looks great Kumunara, hope you have many great trips in it.
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:13

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:13
Thanks Al.

I did a lot of research before I bought it. It should do everything I want.
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Reply By: Rod W - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 10:24

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 10:24
God its going to bottom out and get hung up a lot, more so when it loaded up.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 10:55

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 10:55
So says an expert who has never driven one !
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:02

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 06:02
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Haven't taken it offroad yet but have read a few road tests and seen videos of its performance. They were very impressive.
So far on road it is a dream to drive and I am averaging 9.6 ltr/100km. As the speed limit up here is 130 km/h that is pretty impressive.
It should not get hung up any more than other 4WD as its ground clearance is about the same as other vehicles.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 00:21

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 00:21
The side steps look awfully low when you compare it to say the Ford Ranger. The bottom of your sidesteps are way below the centre line of your wheels, compare this to a Ranger with sidesteps and they are about in line with the wheel centers.

Also most of the test drives I have read commented on the lack of ground clearance without the sidesteps which would make it worse.

Don't think they would survive a trip to the Cape if going up the OTL or across Frenchman's
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 16:04

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 16:04
Lyn W3.

The actual ground clearance of the VW is 230 mm.
The Ranger is 237 mm. I don't think 7 mm will make a huge difference.

I have compared it to a Ranger. Took one for a test drive and I liked it but value for money the BT50 is a better deal and looks a lot better.

To driving dynamics and comfort of the Amarok sold me.

I will let you know how it goes. If I get a towbar I will be doing Binns Track later this month.

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Reply By: Mark - Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 21:29

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 21:29
is it the 8 speed auto? what sort of RPMs at highway cruising, say 120kmh?
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 23:39

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 23:39
Sorry for the late reply. At 120 it is about 2,000 revs. Just went to Darwin and back and used 10.2 litres / 100 kms average. Have got better fuel consumption on other trips (9.6) but we have a monsoon at the moment so rain, windy, etc.
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Reply By: RabbitRok - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 20:38

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 20:38
Very nice mate, I've had my Amarok for about 12 months with 35,000 kms of driving and haven't looked back. They are a very capable and comfortable vehicle.
Have a great trip to the cape.
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 23:34

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 23:34
Thanks, good to hear you are happy with it.
I am a very annoyed with VW at the moment. There is a delay in fitting a towbar. VW will not allow tow bars to be fitted to Amaroks at the moment. I hve searched the internet and this has been the situation for months. I intend to go on a holiday at the end of this month picking up my new camper trailer. VW will not tell me what the problem is and why it cannot be fitted. Paid for the tow bar when I bought the vehicle. At the moment I like the vehicle but it is useless unless I can tow with it.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 00:07

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 00:07
Did you check the Amarok Forum, some say the problem has been solved and they are using a rebadged HR towbar.
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Follow Up By: RabbitRok - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 01:09

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 01:09
I went the Hayman Reese towbar when I got the Amarok. I have been watching the towbar issue unfold on the AusAmarok forum but I believe that they have the issue sorted as Lyn posted.

Hopefully it is sorted before your trip mate.
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 15:50

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 15:50
I unfortunately paid for the tow bar when I purchased the vehicle. I am still waiting a reply to find out if they are willing to fit an aftermarket. If not I will be fitting the Hayman Reece and asking for a refund.

Lyn is unfortunately wrong. I spoke to VW Customer Care and the issue with the VW tow bar is not resolved. The issue has been ongoing since last year. I am a very unhappy VW customer at present.

As I pointed out to VW Customer Care they will obviously be losing sales because of this issue.
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Follow Up By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 16:27

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 16:27
Just a follow-up. Barramundi Group are fitting an after market tow bar with original VW wiring. I will find out how it goes off road towing a camper trailer. On road it has been brilliant. Excellent comfort, economy and driving dynamics.

Drove a Hi-lux this week for work. I couldn't wait to get out of it. It is not that the hi-lux is a bad vehicle. The hi-lux has done 60,000 kms trouble free. Despite the lack of comfort and poor driving dynamics it is a good reliable vehicle.
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Follow Up By: RabbitRok - Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 16:56

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awesome stuff mate, glad you got one going on and you don't have to change your travel plans.

I dont like driving anything else other than my Rok now.
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