Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee has been around for quite a while now, in various incarnations, and will be replaced sometime next year with a bigger, more spacious and more electronic version, some models with air suspension, to allow it to face up to competitors such as the Land Rover Discovery and Toyota Land Cruiser 200. In the meantime, however, it falls within our test criteria, though at the upper part of the price range. The Grand Cherokee is the only one of our test trio to have a monocoque body...

Mitsubishi Challenger

Although in the past the Challenger has been imported into New Zealand in small numbers the latest model is the first major push into New Zealand by the distributor Unlike most of the newer 4WDs on the market the Challenger is still built on a separate chassis, and in fact takes its running gear from the top-end Triton ute, including Mitubishi's Super Select 4WD system as first seen in the Pajero. It's a well styled vehicle, with an excellent mixture of tough truck looks and modern flowing...

North Island

Abbotts Creek Land Rover Club PO Box 40-183, Upper Hutt. Contact Darren Hodson Ph 04 589 1245 027 481 1888 email 4wdmadman amail.com Meetings are held monthly. www.aDbbottscreekirc.com Auckland Four Wheel Drive Club PO Box 6712, Wellesley Street, Auckland. President, Peter Vahry, 0274 310923, Secretary Tariq Wasim email attw xtra.co.nz (09) 836 7244, email oink xtra.co.mz. Club meets third Monday of each month, at the Vintage Car Club rooms, 39 Fairfax Ave, PO Sox 443, Kerikeri.President Ed...

South Island

Box 652 Christchurch President Rick Crosbie rick 4wdaccessories.co.nz www.canterbury-jeep.co.nz PO Box 11-060, Christchurch Chairman, Cade Thornton (03) 383-1520 Secretary, Bruce Stuart. Meets second Wednesday of the month 7.30pm, Ronald McDonald House, cnr Casnel Street & Montreal Street, Christchurch Canterbury Lard Rover Owners Club PO Box 13275, Christchurch Chairperson John Bockett (03) 3584221 Secretory Dave Lockett (03) 3848959 Membership John Armitage(03) 3798779 Meets...

Tdurs

Rally Tours will offer three 4WD departures for 2011 which will appeal to clients from NZ, Australia and the UK. Having completed a reconnaissance expedition in May this year the company is ready for a 50 day Silk Road trip. Starting from London and bound for Beijing the route passes through seven European countries before arriving in Istanbul. Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The west to east crossing of China will complete this amazing 16,000 km adventure. Starts...

Mt4iog

For further information, contact your Auckland branch water proof seat covers help to protect the upholstery. These items are cheap enough and will help retain the resale value of the vehicle at a later date. Also if carrying loads in the rear of a wagon consider a cargo barrier to keep heavy items from bouncing forward into the passenger area. Self recovery winch. Providing you have a good range of recovery equipment and mates to tow you out a winch is not absolutely necessary but it can make...

You Can Rent A 4wd

Want to go off on a 4WD trip but don't have a suitable vehicle How about hiring a 4WD so you can find out if you really like it. Overland 4WD Rentals, based in Christchurch, has no restriction on where you can go and provides safe and reliable vehicles with an open, up front, no hidden costs approach. Claimed to be NZ's only specialist 4WD rental company, and 100 percent Kiwi owned and operated, Overland offers local knowledge and free advice on where to go. Minimum hire period is three days,...

Lj

Let's be crystal clear about BMW's intentions for the new X1 crossover vehicle. It's a vehicle that easily handles conditions such as mud, grass, snow and ice, but it's not a tough truck for the off-road enthusiast. It's far more of an urban cruiser that looks tough and will capture a market that is moving out of large petrol guzzling off-roaders. It's a perfect competitor for the Volkswagen Tiguan which has made great inroads into the local market and also the smaller but premium class...

Ford Territory

TYPE Full time 4WD 5-door station wagon no low range VERSIONS TS, Ghia, Ghia Turbo, FPV F6S 270 MOTOR 3948 cc DOHC inline 6 cylinder petrol 190 kW 5250 rpm 383 Nm 2500 rpm 3984 cc DOHC 6 cylinder turbo charged inline petrol 245 kW 5250 rpm 480 Nm 2000rpm 270 kW 5000 rpm, 470 TRANSMISSION 6 speed automatic with sequential sports shift SUSPENSION Front, virtual pivot control link independent rear, control blade independent TYRES P235 55 R18 TURNING CIRCLE 11.4m LENGTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT WHEELBASE...

Daihatsu Terios

Daihatsu Terios Transfer Case

TYPE l nie 4WD 5-door Station Wagon No ow range VERSIONS 1.5L, 1.5SX MOTOR 1495cc inline 4 cylinder DOHC petrol, 77 kW 6000rpm, 140Nm 4400rpm TRANSMISSION 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic LOWEST OVERALL GEARING 19.3 1 15.2 1 SUSPENSION front, McPherson struts with coil springs rear, five-link TYRES 215 65 R16 TURNING CIRCLE 10.6m LENGTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT, WHEELBASE 4075 1745 1740 2580 mm APPROACH, DEPARTURE ANGLES 38 37.5 deg TOWING 400 kg unbraked 1350kg braked

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Waimiha Saw Mill

With a four-wheel drive vehicle you have the urge to explore the New Zealand country side but as others have found out there are many places you just cannot get to because of access restrictions or the problems and dangers of venturing into the wilderness on your own. New Zealand may be small but there is so much of this amazing countryside of ours waiting out there for us to explore and absorb the breathtaking and unique scenery. The answer to getting there is often heading off on a tag-along...

The New 2011 Nissan XTrail

Nissan Trail 2011

The world is changing for 4WD enthusiasts, with fewer and fewer tough trucks being introduced, and SUVs - or as we prefer to call them, recreational 4WDs - becoming the norm. Still all is not lost, and those who want an off-road-capable vehicle still have choices, though in the wagon market they are becoming more and more expensive. utilities which are not just becoming more luxurious, but more and more capable of tackling even the toughest terrain as they adopt latest technology on top of...