MY WHEELS

These read­ers use their recre­ational ve­hi­cles for dif­fer­ent pur­poses, but they all have fun in the process.

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Ranger right up there

2015 FORD RANGER 3.2 TDCI 4X4 You won’t be left wanting if you opt for the range-top­ping five-cylin­der Ranger, says AJ Lieben­berg from Dur­banville.

My 2008 model pre­vi­ous­gen­er­a­tion Toy­ota Hilux was a great ve­hi­cle, but it was start­ing to get over­taken by con­tem­po­rary ri­vals in terms of tech­nol­ogy and look and feel of the cabin. A Dakar Edi­tion Hilux was one of the op­tions I con­sid­ered when it was time to up­grade, but I was even­tu­ally bowled over by the Ranger. I bought the top-of-the-line model new in 2015, which set me back al­most R500 000, nick­named it ‘The Beast’, and I haven’t looked back since. I was par­tic­u­larly look­ing for some­thing that had de­cent 4x4 ca­pa­bil­ity and un­doubtable re­li­a­bil­ity, and in the two

years I’ve owned it, it hasn’t once let me down. I have ab­so­lutely noth­ing to com­plain about be­cause I en­joy it ev­ery time I hop aboard. It’s very pow­er­ful and com­fort­able, es­pe­cially be­cause I’ve had the ECU remapped and had the sus­pen­sion lifted with an Iron­man 4x4 kit. I also had a set of af­ter­mar­ket wheels fit­ted. It def­i­nitely needs a proper off-road bumper fit­ted up front, and a spare R10 000 would come in handy for that. As for the fuel con­sump­tion, it de­pends on how much of a hurry I’m in, but the fig­ure typ­i­cally varies be­tween 9.5 ℓ to 11 ℓ/100 km. I’ve en­joyed my trips to the West Coast, all along the beach, with the Ranger, as well as the old Voortrekker Pass with its rough dirt roads, rich his­tory, and amaz­ing views.

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