A competent 4WD at a good price
Battery was unsuitable for the tropics as the acid expanded in the heat and leaked when travelling on rough roads. The damage was repaired under warranty and I have replaced the original battery with a sealed unit.
Front bumper has repeatedly come loose as the side brackets fail after sustained drives on corrugated roads such as in the Kimberley. This is really only an annoyance.
The car offers a reasonable compromise between the needs of a getting in and out of shopping centre car parks and going bush. Offroad it has performed extremely well with excellent rear articulation and torque.
A pity it doesn't have 16 inch wheels to deliver comparable clearance to a Patrol or Land-cruiser, or that it is possible to buy a snorkel off-the-shelf.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th May, 2001