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