1) Function or Form? 2) Durability of Materials? (Rate 1-5) 3) Reliability? 4) 4wd or 2wd? If 4wd... Is Off-Road performance greatly needed? 5) Tough Body and Underchassis? (Rate 1-5) 6) Engine Performance? Are you more on torque or hp? 7) Seating Capacity? Answer the needed capacity. 8) Environmentally - Friendly? 9) Capacity (Payload and Tow) 10) Comfort (Rate 1-5)
How do you know if you are confident with the car?
" When I'm eating,that's all I think about / If I'm on the march, I just concentrate on marching / If I have to fight,it will be just as good a day to die as any other / If you can concentrate always on the present,you'll be a happy man " - the Camel Driver
When it comes to choosing an SUV/Pick up, I would say;
1. Form, cause function would somehow all be the same. 2. For durability & reliability, as much as possible it should be at the rate of 5. 3. 2WD. u wont need the 4WD function unless u are a serious off-road junky and 2WDs are I think strong enough for ur needs.. especially with diesel engines. 4. Tough Body and Under chassis would depend on ur usage, but the rate of 4 would be enough. 5. For engine.. I choose Hp, cause we’re talking about SUV/Pickups. 6. Seating capacity are usually standard, but the leg room/space differs.. so this should be taken in to consideration. 7. Yes, the engine should be environmental friendly, but that would depend on the owner if he maintains the engine regularly.
You will be confident by knowing the reputation of the brand of the SUV/Pickup.
If you're Biker.. you're a sweet lover... Sexy time.
like what its acronym says: for sports and as utility vehicle...
i don't care about fuel efficiency.... i ride the jeep to and from work everyday naman...
to answer the multiple choice: 1 - function 2 - 5 3 - definitely 4 - 4wd, offroad worthy, not just for urban porma 5 - 5 6 - torque (sadly i have a gas-powered engine, so mine's more on the hp side) 7 - 5 persons 8 - always in top condition will be environmentally friendy; with r134a air conditioning system (tama ba? ) 9 - basta it can haul 5 persons & 5 mountain bikes 10 - 4 ;D
the last Q is like a trick question.... well, mine's is one of the top if not one of the most reliable off-road machine available...
Post by oceanrider88 on May 25, 2007 1:15:22 GMT 8
I have had three 4x2 pickups and two 4x4 SUVs. I have set up most of them but I prefer the pickups to be honest.
1) has to be both - i dont want an ugly beast and i dont want a pretty pussycat 2) 5 - i dont like rigs that rust fast 3) 5 - i dont like trucks with soft cyclinder heads and ball joints 4) I prefer a 4x2 setup like a pre runner. it is soooo much more fun to drive than a 4x4. lighter and more nimble and easier to drift in single lane mountain roads than a clumsy heavy 4x4. The front side of 4X2 trucks also do not dive down when you jump them. I have brought my trusty high geared 4x2s to Sagada and Baler - and overtook a couple of heavy low geared 4x4s. 4x2 are much faster on flat terrain than a 4x4. A well set up 4x2 can even pass a stock 4x4 on an uphill climb. 5) 4 - a tough under chassis (like a leaf spring on live axles) is a bouncy ride. I prefer a coil spring live axle or a double wishbone with trailing arm over the other options. 6) torque - HP is useless up in the mountains. A high HP truck cant even compete pulling heavy stuff against a high torque truck nor can it climb. Many pickups and SUVs dont even have rear disc brakes to handle a high horsepower. You'll be lucky if your diesel can go over 140kph - the DMAX can do 170kph though. 7) 5 max. I dont like big SUVs or trucks to haul the whole baranggay. Smaller trucks are much more fun to drive up the mountain and within trails than a bigger rig. You also dont get stuck as much as a bigger rig. 8) diesel only - easier to cross rivers and streams with diesels. Hard to bring a petrol engine to far off places or to trails as you may run out of gas in the middle of nowhere - diesels enjoy better mileage. Or bring a petrol jerry can for reserves. Well maintained diesels dont belch smoke. 9) so long as i have a 2.5L engine or bigger, i know i can manage to haul anything - bed size for the pickups will depend on you. 10) 5 - i dont like bouncing around in trails. I hate trucks with weak aircons. at least 4 headrests and a center console along with 5 seatbelts is a must. No leaf spring suspension for me. No leather seats. I want a cup holder for long trips and all power features- no compromise.
If you set it up right, you wont go wrong. If you're buying from a dealer, get a reputable brand with lots of parts available in the mountains or wherever you're planning on taking it just in case you break down - of course am assuming you're going to use it to its fullest potential. Make sure the rear axle has a Limited Slip Differential for towing, climbing, sport driving or trail racing - if not, an upgrade to get this or a pneumatic differential lock will cost you an arm and a leg. Go for specs not hype. Some big names are terrible and overheat prematurely. just my 2 cents.