Re: Kluger off road

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:14
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We have a Kluger CV (No traction control; rear LSD, centre viscous coupling; standard Toyo tyres). Got into Queensland's Sundown National Park's Red Rock Gorge south-west of Stanthorpe in Queensland with no clearance difficulties or traction problems. Took it steady and all went well (Tried the same thing in a Commodore wagon previously and gave up before we reached the actual park entrance). Also got into Coongarra Rock outside Biggenden, Qld with no difficulty.
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Reply By: Rocky1 - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:16

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:16
Since spoken with people familiar with the track from the Red Rock Gorge turnoff to the Severn River and gather it's pretty savage. It's 7km from the park entrance (at the Ballandean end) to Red Rock and takes about 40 minutes of cautious travel.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:52

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 22:52
That's good Rocky. You purchased the vehicle to get a bit further than what the Commodore allowed and it's doing the trick for you. All vehicles have limations though so tread carefully while enjoying the great outdoors.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 23:06

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 23:06
Fantastic Rocky,

Enjoy your car, it is obviously serving you well and that is all that matters.

Have fun Mate.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Brian - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 23:43

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 23:43
Jimbo

How is the Terracan going?

Have just turned over 31000Kms.

Wait for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have had my first problems?

Had the front shocks replaced (under warranty) as there was a knock in the front and dealer said it was the shocks. Knock now gone.

The rear speakers have now chucked it in. All crackly and distorted on both radio and CD playing. Dealer has ordered new speakers but said it is probably the radio/CD unit itself and if the new speakers don't work they are fitting a new radio/CD.

All else is well. Just done about 2500Kms up to Tweed Heads and back from Bathurst and over a lot of dirt roads (Not real 4WD stuff) and the Terracan handled the dirt very well.

Still a happy Terracan owner and have noticed a few getting around here in Bathurst. Still great value for money. If keep on praising them Hyundai will give me a new one after the five year warranty runs out!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers

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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 08:51

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 08:51
Brian,

Mine's up to 14,000 and going brilliantly.

Clutches in the rear diff were causing shuddering at very low speeds. They whacked a new diff centre in, problem fixed.

Also had a charging problem, only getting 13.5 volts at the battery. Turned out to be a dud connection from alternator to the battery. They not only fixed the connection, but fitted a new cable "just to be sure". Can't ask for more than that.

As for your shockers, I had TJM fit new shockers, rear springs and tweak up the torsion bars to make the thing handle better and gave me 45mm lift. Also no sag in the rear when I tow the camper.

I've done a fair bit of reasonably serious off road work and it has been great.

I'm also very happy. Last month we decided to update my wife's car, she only wanted someting small and no surprise it was another Hyundai. The little Getz, she loves it and that 5 year warranty.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:14

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:14
Of course they put you up the front, as soon as they see your 100, and know you will pay through the nose, they stick you on the dearer site, with the other chest beaters, so as not to cause the seasoned travellers to hear the thump thumnp thump of chest beating the whole time.......
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Follow Up By: Johnno1 - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:36

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:36
Some people can afford the better car and the better site and are proud to beat their chest about it.

No need to feel inferior though , your Terracan is much better than what they say LOL !!!
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:41

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:41
Yes,
but generally those who can afford it dont need to try and covince others they have money, like you do, to make up for what ever they are missing elsewhere.....

what you have said just goes to prove the point, any d&%k can have money, only certain people have class, and money wont buy it.....
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Follow Up By: Johnno1 - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 12:53

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 12:53
I am not trying to convince anyone of anything.

I stick to the facts unlike yourself.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 13:45

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 13:45
cmon Johono I notice you are now claiming to have a 100seiesTd
It doesnt count if you arnt old enough to drive it. So anyway how about you start putting up some interesting posts such as where you take it, theres no point leaving it in the garage. How are you finding the ifs and cv boots are they as fragile as they look?
BTW both myself and mr GO are yota men and still reckon your posts are crap
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 17:39

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 17:39
"any d&%k can have money, only certain people have class, and money wont buy it..... "

Darren,

Beautifully said,

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 08:34

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 08:34
As mentioned by Ray....all vehicles have their limitations.....take care that you do not go beyond the limitation of your Kluger. Not knowing how 'offroad' the Red Rock Gorge track is I can only surmise that if part of it could be negotiated with a Commodore then it is very light weight.

I came across an early model Commodore along a very rough track in the Davenport Range NP in Central Australia. It had got halfway into the park and then became lodged on some rocks and had been abandoned. I winched it out of the way and continued on my journey. It is probably still there. So take my advice and get some recovery gear for your Kluger such as a Bullbag or larger jack so that if you go beyond your limitations you have some method of recovery. Maybe you could even fit a small electric winch on the front.
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Reply By: SteveW - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 13:53

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 13:53
hi Rocky1,

Goodluck with the Kluger, get out and see as much as you can. Just be cautious what hills you tackle, i have read a few reviews on similar cars that say if u try going up a steep hill and break traction and eventually cant get up and have to reverse down the hill(dont like the idea of that) that the abs will hinder your breaking because its trying to stop the wheels locking up- the end result is you end up heading down the hill in reverse at high speed.. and they say abs is a good thing.. anyway good luck

steve
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Reply By: Johnno1 - Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:50

Sunday, Jan 09, 2005 at 17:50
Kluger has a great pedigree and is the most reliable SUV going around as it shares all the good gear the RX330 has.

However driver skill is the bottom line in any offroad vehicle.

Do you find the Kluger takes a while to get power going coming into roundabouts etc ? The many I have driven are all the same. You need to hit the pedal before you want to take off as it seems like 1/2 a second for the car to respond.
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:16

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:16
Yes,
very important to be getting on the go as soon as possible, running against the stop watch, and if you leave to big a gap in the traffic, heaven forbid, someone may cut into "your" space...............
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Follow Up By: Johnno1 - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:38

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:38
wise words from someone who has never driven a Kluger and therefore knows not what I am talking about.

Stay on topic please.
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:42

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:42
You may wish to research your answers a little better in future, or start getting your mouth measured to buy shoes in future.............
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Follow Up By: TheUndertaker - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 11:02

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 11:02
Johnno 1 ,seems that you have just proven not only your infantile perspectives but also your ignorance, as for your expertise in all things Toyota ,must be that your the pimple ridden little boy who washes the vehicles at a dealership that your daddy works for.
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Follow Up By: Johnno1 - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 12:56

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 12:56
OFFROAD the key to giving a good informative answer is first understanding the question that is asked.

You clearly have no idea what my question was referring too as you demonstrated with your slap stick humour attempting reply.

Stick to what you are good at mate , if there is anything that it .
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 19:37

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 19:37
I laughed..is that wrong?
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:35

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:35
Guys , Johnno1 has little voices in his head which he listerns to , He has not answered questions that Ive asked,e.g.What does he drive and where,Also is he starting school the sametime as myself
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 21:03

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 21:03
Cmon Johhnno, all that time and that was the best you could do?

All you did was send my bulldust meter off the scale........again......
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Reply By: Member - Heidi L (NSW) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:29

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 10:29
Hi Rocky1
We have a Kluger as well, the CVX model. We have just replaced the Toyo tyres with Cooper AT and found they did made a difference with hills.
We are more than happy with its perfomance on the tracks we have been on, actually a bit surprised at what it can do. It does have its limitations and doing a driver training weekend helped to identify these with out coming to any grief.
Heidi
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