Enjoy while it's still around

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 19:40
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It is sad but true that all the 4WD powerplant are going to be smaller and higher performance. IFS/IRS will appear to dominate sooner or later. We are leaving the 90s era where Cruisers/Patrols are trying to out tank each other. Every car maker will try to be enviromentally sensible and build greener machines.

Hang on to your big solid rig for as long as you can. It will never return...
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Reply By: wizzer - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 20:33

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 20:33
Patrol 4.8
Crusier 4.7
hilux 3.4
prado 4.0
utes have V6
turbo desiels around 3.0

Looks like the powerplants are getting bigger.
I agree with the IFS though.

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Follow Up By: Wil - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 06:24

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 06:24

The petrol power plant are creeping up since the fuel crisis in the 70s (hope I got the time period right). The makers will wake up once the Arabic world tighten their grip again. Sooner or later..:{

But it is the diesel that I am referring to (i.e. Land rovers, Patrol reluctantly retained the 4.2lts, Prado hanging on to 3lts, Cruiser "yet to see what common rail does?")

I will hang on to my 4.2ltr TD and it will become a collector item. The next generation will drool and envy the "Solid" engineering. Just like a DC3 plane or the huge Soviet submarines..or even the Mercs as we used to know..
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 20:35

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 20:35

Have a look at some of these crap concept vehicles. You wouldnt be seen dead in them..

There was duscussion on this while back, the supposed new Jeep that is out I believe in USA, a box on wheels, thats the future?? 4wd Commodore ?? WTF4

IFS is the future?? Maybe for taking the kids to school.. but hey you cant blame them, 99% of their market is mums taking jnr to school, and tennis.

The new ford coming out comes in a 4wd and 2wd version... Which I see as failing miserably. I thought about this for years as a good idea, but nobody will want to be seen in a pretend look-a-like 4wd. Will they? Suppose, look at the Freeloader... ;)
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Follow Up By: Wil - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 06:36

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 06:36
Some time in the future, maybe all you can get with solid axles is a Defender with a 2.something TD motor. Every other Jap product will try to be like the fancy Range Rover :.(

Long live the Outback!!
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Reply By: Member- Rox - Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 23:41

Thursday, Aug 07, 2003 at 23:41
Well in oz we have a very BIG comersial market (mining, farming) etc and they wont bee driving around in pretedy 4wds. They want solid rigs to work with, so maybee we all wil have to switch over to 75 series cruisersHave 4WD will Explore
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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 02:03

Friday, Aug 08, 2003 at 02:03
I'd be happy with thatNext Trek - Callawa Rd
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