Hi Norm, Just back from our trip to the W.A. and the Kimberly’s. OzHitch went really well so thought I would let you know. My wife found it novel that she could even use it with ease and by the end of the holiday it became a competition between the wife and young son as to who could unhook the quickest. Congrats on an awesome invention…. Why did you take so long to invent it?
Just another soft 4X4 ?? Something special? or just another soft 4×4?
So the new FJ cruiser hits the spotlight. Other than wanting a 4×4 that looks a bit different to the others, I ask myself why would I want to buy one? Looks, top shelf 4×4 ability, space, seating capacity, power, towing capacity, comfort, strength, just because its Toyota? Lets face it as an old friend said “there is no accounting for taste” so I guess there is a market for it. Ive certainly seen a lot of them getting around considering its new release in Aussie. I don’t think from what I can see there is a stand out feature that it has or a combination of features that make me say its a special vehicle and I just have to have one.Maybe only looks if you liked them.
If you look around amongst the all ready well established 4×4 market there is already everything you could ever want. Sadly I think Australia is lacking in choices in “real” 4×4′s. I can see plenty of choice in all those features right across the range of available 4×4′s the only area suffering to the 4×4 enthusiast is more choice in real 4×4′s. So whats available in real 4×4′s? Nissan make a great vehicle that is a little let down in the power department in the 3lt and a gas guzzler in the 4.8 but never the less a tough 4×4. Toyota make the wagon and Ute that is overall a pretty mighty 4×4 but lacking a bit in features like auto, safety features, and coil rear end for comfort, Land Rover have a tough 4×4 but some reliability issues. Jeep only have the little Wrangler and we all know Jeep have some reliability problems and lets face it its to small to do a decent trip in, Then there is the Mercedes Benz, of which the new one the G55 is a gas guzzler, pretty ugly and who the hell can afford $185,000 dollars let alone the service and fuel bills. So what do we get if we want a great quality 4×4 that has room for the whole family, comfortable for week day driving, tough as nails in the bush, reasonably economical, nice looking, a good following in after market accessories and reasonable service costs. For my money if I had to buy new today I would get the Toyota Wagon. Aussie still needs a bit more choice though I reckon and although the new FJ is probably a great car the last thing I would be considering as a 4×4 enthusiast is another soft 4×4.