Beauty and the beast

Go! Camp & Drive - - My Wheels -

2012 TOY­OTA FJ CRUISER

There are many newer car­a­vans out there, but Louis Pre­to­rius from Lange­baan wouldn’t be tow­ing any­thing else than his beloved old Jur­gens.

Well, who in their right mind wouldn’t want a Mercedes-Benz G-Class for an SUV? I def­i­nitely did, and still do. In fact, I con­sid­ered a G 350d, but at a start­ing price of R1.6 million it might just re­main my dream ride. But a rather suit­able sub­sti­tute is the Toy­ota FJ Cruiser, which I bought new for R456 000 in 2012. It’s more than up to the task of tow­ing my 1974 Jur­gens 540 – with plenty of power gen­er­ated from its 4 ℓ V6. There wasn’t any­thing else I was look­ing for other than real grunt, and the FJ def­i­nitely isn’t lack­ing in that depart­ment. De­spite the 200 kW en­gine, it’s as re­li­able as any other Toy­ota, but you pay for the priv­i­lege at the pumps. The FJ de­mands around 18 ℓ/100 km with reg­u­lar driv­ing and that fig­ure shoots up to 25 ℓ/100 km when the Jur­gens is hitched to its Ma­niac 4x4 tow bar. As you can prob­a­bly imag­ine, 120 km/h is child’s play with the kind of power of that the FJ makes. The Dibiki Hol­i­day Re­sort near Mos­sel Bay def­i­nitely ranks highly on my list of favourite des­ti­na­tions. It’s neat and clean and very safe.

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