20 Jun 2017

Jeep’s Trailhawk models are offroad capable. But are they SUVs or 4X4s..and does it matter?

Reader Andrew Riles muses on the difference between SUVs and 4X4s, and whether Jeep’s strategy makes sense. The line between SUVs and 4WDs is becoming harder to define, and isn’t helped when some manufacturers build vehicles that offer elements of both. The term SUV tends to be applied to vehicles

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20 Jun 2017

Mitsubishis in the Sand – Outlander and Pajero Sport

Not every new-car dealer lacks offroad knowledge. Thanks to Chadstone Mitsubishi we drive a Pajero Sport and Outlander on the dunes. AS A GENERAL RULE, your average new-car dealer has less than no clue about offroading. Over the years, I’ve heard many stories from readers about poor advice, and my

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19 Jun 2017

Reader help: Land Rover Discovery 4 TDV6 2.7 or SDV6 3.0?

 Which Land Rover Discovery (4) is best? QUESTION: Now that Discovery 5 * has been released and is alienating further the overlanding crowd, 2nd hand Discovery 4s are in demand. With a budget of $50k, would you recommend a sub 100,000kms 2.7 TDV6 with $8k left for accessories or a

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18 Jun 2017

What do we call the 2017 All-New Land Rover Discovery?

Talking about the Land Rover Discovery used to be easy. THE LAND ROVER DISCOVERY was launched in 1989 as the Discovery 1, owing much to the Range Rover with a similar chassis and suspension. Then in 1998 it was updated to the Discovery 2, usually written as Series II, model

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16 Jun 2017

Running repairs that give you the run around. Can you do it yourself?

Our regular commentator Geoff Lines has another story for you about dealer repairs…. I remember reading an article many years ago written by the RACV or some other automotive magazine about the price of spare parts for cars. The outcome of the article was that spare parts frequently cost 5

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15 Jun 2017

What can we expect from Ford’s new Ranger?

Ford’s Ranger has led the way in the ute segment since 2012. What can we expect next? BACK IN THE DAY your average ute was slow, poor offroad, unsafe and ordinary on the road. About the only thing it was good for was lugging a load. These days all that

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13 Jun 2017

Please, don’t kill the last little offroader! – UPDATED

Suzuki’s Grand Vitara is sought after and there’s a good reason why. THE WORLD IS FULL OF plastic-fantastic softroaders. Mazdas, Hondas, even many Jeeps and Land Rovers these days. These vehicles lack clearance, low range, and in place of lockable centre differentials have on-demand all-wheel-drive systems that don’t distribute torque

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12 Jun 2017

To modify or not to modify a 4X4? And by how much ? That is the question.

Being more of an AWD than 4X4 owner, I haven’t had a lot of experience modifying 4X4s. But I know it costs a lot. I have never spent much on mods for the 4X4s I have owned, but when a friend of mine purchased a pretty stock Nissan Navara, up

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09 Jun 2017

Product Test – Cooper ST-Maxx All-Terrain tyres

Cooper ST-Maxx all-terrain tyres What they are Light-truck tyres with a pattern on the aggressive side of all-terrain, in a 265/70/17 size. What we did Run them on a Ford Ranger PX for 37,000km covering everything from bitumen to snow, deep mud, sand and rocks. Tread depth new was 15mm,

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07 Jun 2017

Know your 80 UHF CB channels

UHF CB is free to use inter-vehicle communication, but there’s still rules to follow. You can’t randomly pick a UHF channel and use it for offroad touring or any other purposes you like. Here are the channels you CANNOT use except for their designated purposes: 5 and 35 – emergency

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Powering up a hill and kicking up plenty of sand in the Mitsubishi Pajero. Photo by Robery Pepper / Practical Motoring.
06 Jun 2017

Reader help: what are the pros and cons of larger diameter tyres for my Mitsubishi Pajero Sport?

Can a Pajero Sport run larger diameter tyres, and if so, why would you? QUESTION: First of all, what a brilliant idea the new website! I used to spend a lot of time fishing for 4×4 content on the Practical Motoring website, now I can have the quality content at

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06 Jun 2017

Weird and wonderful Japanese 4X4s you can import: Part 1

It’s amazing what objects of 4X4 desire come up in Japanese auctions! JAPAN HAS A thriving car auction scene and while there’s plenty of Nissan GT-Rs, kei cars and peoplemovers you also find a lot of interesting offroaders from yesteryear. Here’s a selection of vehicles you know you’d love to

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04 Jun 2017

Rolling coal is the stupidest idea since stance

Rolling coal is the stupidest idea since stance

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02 Jun 2017

Diff Drop Options on a 4×4 with independent front suspension

Those wanting to challenge their 4×4 off-road will need to lift it but independent front suspension presents a challenge.

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How to drive on steep hills
02 Jun 2017

How to drive on steep hills

Hills can kill. Here’s how to drive on steep hills safely in your 4×4.

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