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4WD BUYERS GUIDE

Buying the right 4WD is critical and in this Buyers Guide, we highlight the strengths and weaknesses of new and used wagons, utes and heavy duty off-road vehicles. Also in the Buyers Guide are motorhomes and campervans. Many of the vehicles tested have video reports to let you see how they perform on and off road; and some also include tow tests. There are also suggestions for desirable bush modifications.

Hybrid 4WDs are the future in Australia

Hybrid 4WDs are the future in Australia

Every vehicle maker is now committed to electrification in some form on all new models. For Australian-market 4WDs it’s a certainty that we’ll see ‘real’ 4WDs – vehicles with true off-road capability – in increasing numbers in the next two years.

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2WD or 4WD

2WD or 4WD

The success of the Peugeot 2008 DKR race machine in two Dakar events has prompted some off-road enthusiasts to suggest that there may be a place for a 2WD to challenge the accepted ability of a 4WD for off-road touring. It’s not that simple.

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FBT guidelines released

FBT guidelines released

The ATO has released draft guidelines, outlining that utes will no longer be Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) exempt and employers will need to have their drivers keep logbooks to ensure private usage stays within new, capped limits.

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Capped price servicing could mask a serious problem

Capped price servicing could mask a serious problem

Fuel getting into petrol and diesel engine sumps isn’t a new problem, but it’s now being seen in brand new, not worn, engines. Manufacturers keep capped price servicing as cheap as possible by extending oil drain periods, but fuel-diluted engine oil can destroy your engine.

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Ute payloads aren’t what they seem

Ute payloads aren’t what they seem

Every ute maker claims at least a nominal one-tonne payload figure and more than three tonnes trailer towing capacity for several 4WD utes in its range, but you need to check spec sheets and real-world tare weights for the true position.

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Soft-roaders aren’t ‘real’ 4WDs

Soft-roaders aren’t ‘real’ 4WDs

Don’t take any notice of TV ads showing soft-roaders tearing through beach-front salt water. Do it and you’re certain to void your warranty and you could be on the path to an expensive recovery or total loss.

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4WD insurance issues

4WD insurance issues

It’s all very well loading your vehicle up with accessories, but it’s not so easy getting their value correctly assessed and insured. Only two companies we found stand out from the crowd.

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4WD BUYERS GUIDE UPDATES

4WD BUYERS GUIDE UPDATES

Outback Travel Australia’s Comprehensive 4WD BUYERS GUIDE is updated regularly, you’ll find shortcuts to our updates here in Recent Articles. New and previous models – 4WD wagons, utes, cab-chassis, heavy duty off-road vehicles, motorhomes, campervans and soft-roaders are covered here.

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Buy the 4WD You Really Need

Buy the 4WD You Really Need

So you’ve decided to get into the 4WD scene, or you’re upgrading and you’re wondering what you should buy. Get what you need, not necessarily what you want.

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Used Luxury vs New Mid-Spec

Used Luxury vs New Mid-Spec

If you shop around the used vehicle sites you’ll find that it’s possible to pick up a pre-loved luxury 4WD wagon for the same money you’d shell out for a new base or mid-spec machine.

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Transmission Types Examined

Transmission Types Examined

We’re so used to living with the internal combustion engine, be it petrol, diesel or gas-fuelled, that we’ve come to accept its shortcomings without much thought.

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Is LPG a Better 4WD Bet Than Diesel

Is LPG a Better 4WD Bet Than Diesel

Until diesel climbed above the $2/litre mark in some bush servos there wasn’t a huge amount of interest in the LPG alternative, but now, for those diesel-savvy readers who don’t know much about LPG, here’s a brief history.

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