This car is fun to have. Period...
The engine cylinder cover gasket got worn out, but this is of course due to the age of the car.
I have fallen in love with this car. I don't have a lot of experience with cars, but when I was looking around to get a car, I came across many and tested many through hiring for a month or two, and this is the one I came across. It was old for sure, over 18 years old, but impressed me with the way it was maintained. It was brought to Kenya from Japan in 2002, that is after doing 6 years in Japan.
I have taken this car on safari in the Maasai Mara, and it went through the rough roads and thickets of the Mara as if they were tarmacked roads; very impressive.
I am a small scale business man, so I twice a week go deep into a neighbouring slum to get trays of eggs at a cheaper price, and this car moves swiftly through the muddy sewage covered roads without a sweat. The four wheel drive has never let me down even for a day; once engaged that car can put up a show for sure. It never stalls on a muddy road or in pot holes. Don't forget that the two seats at the back lay forward flat, and this gives me enough space to load the stock of my purchased eggs and bring them to my shop easily.
I find it rather a moderately high fuel consumer, but this has not stopped me from loving this car. I think it gives me about 10 KM per litre of fuel, but the benefits of having this car are higher than other smaller cars.
The ease of manoeuvring this car makes it even better; when I occasionally head into the city with it, it looks small among other cars while sitting in traffic, but the ground clearance makes you look at the neighboring cars in traffic from about 3 inches lower than you, which makes you feel better, as despite me being in a small car, I am sitting higher than you...
Great job done with this car. If you are not looking for high road performance, or a symbol of status and luxury, this is then your kind of car...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th May, 2014