We are now experiancing a love hate relationship with this vehicle! thanks for your reply!after 15000klms we are getting used to its bad habits and driver unfriendly manners. We now have some fuel figures for those interested. 2000klms highway driving 8.919 litres per 100klms with air on! thats about 11.2 klms per litre or upto 500miles to the standard 74litre tank (using 73litres)
our usual driving returns about 650 klms per tank (air on). Power stats !!hhmmm impressive torque. after an experiance with a holden jackaroo six cylinder turbo diesel, he pissed us off with overtaking and dropping speed constantly below our cruise
set speed! over about 100klms of the journey, We approached a long steep uphill climb and he was determined to keep us behind him, we accelerated (pedal to the metal on both cars i assume) and at the top the jeep had overpowered its supposedly more powerfull opponent hitting an uphill speed of more than 140klms per hour with relative comfort. the thing was if the hill (2klms long)kept going our speed was still increasing !!! i was impressed he was not.
we also had a friend with a ford explorer follow us off road on some rough terrain, we litterally walked the slippery steep rough terrain with cd playing and air on, not bottoming out or experiancing anything other than cool conditions and good music. my friends vehicle bottomed out a few times and gave him the feeling that it was not upto what the jeep is, in off road conditions!
after almost 1500klms of ownership we are brave enough to take it on our intended around australia trip. i have a (1" only) lift kit and probalbly will go with rancho's but no other modifications. we intend to log the journey and wont be backing off on any of the roughest terrain you might find anywhere in the world !!! a 27,900 klm. journey over twelve months. we are taking tents and camping gear (experianced bush people) Our intention is to video the jeep doing it all, and the most wonderfull tourist destinations we can find. We will be logging the record of the jouney on our web page and offering some film to companies in australia for tourism commercials and camping off road shows we have here!!. hopefully the sights we record and the way we do it as a middle aged couple will help fund the trip as we work our way around!!
we are seeking interested sponsors in australia and overseas.
By the way , our heatrs and souls go out to the people of USA. we display the ribbon on our web page to show support and have prayed for you all, and the allies all over the world.. Onward christian soldiers..we are with you in spirit and in line if called..ric