Soak­ing up all bumps

Go! Camp & Drive - - My Wheels -


The com­fort of a soft ride on a dirt road that would oth­er­wise rat­tle teeth and bone – that’s Donkie’s best qual­ity, says Piet Swart of Som­er­set West. My old Colt 2.8 dou­ble cab bakkie that I owned un­til 2015 was, to be com­pletely hon­est, too slow. I al­ways had to plan ahead if I wanted to over­take some­one. It was time for a new ve­hi­cle, and I se­ri­ously con­sid­ered the Toy­ota Land Cruiser dou­ble cab bakkie, but ul­ti­mately it was be­yond my means. The sec­ond­hand Pa­jero was more in my price range. It cost R220 000 and I haven’t re­gret­ted buy­ing it for a sec­ond. Its gear­box is ex­cel­lent, and its tur­bod­iesel en­gine has enough power to get me where I need to be. I in­stalled rock slid­ers, a nudge bar and a Han­ni­bal roof rack with an awning and had a drawer sys­tem cus­tom-made. In terms of fuel con­sump­tion, I usu­ally get about 12,5 ℓ/100 km. If I had a spare R10 000 ly­ing around I’d fit an ex­tra diesel tank and wa­ter tank. On the me­chan­i­cal side there’s noth­ing to com­plain about, but it does bug me that the in­te­rior is start­ing to rat­tle more as it gets older.

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