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Old 05-11-2004, 21:19   #1 (permalink)
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How offroad can a territory go??

my dad was thinking of getting a territory to do mostly city driving but the ocassional trip offroad. A few people have taken one of these things for a testdrive, so how far offroad do you think it could get. We were thinking of places like morton island and things like that.

He doesnt want to get a full 4wd because of the safety aspects (rollovers and such) unless he really has to. and a territory with the high lift option looked like a interesting alternative (205mm or clerence instead of standard 165mm)

So whats your thoughts.....
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Re: How offroad can a territory go??

Sand = no worries, anything much harder and I'd leave it alone.

I am aware of a test drive that went bad, after the driver tried "4x4ing it" in the local area - Front suspension ended up getting bent and broken!

However - that could have been a little abused - so who knows?
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Well they did test drive them up at Fraser Island, so they should be ok for sand/beach style driving.I'd say they would go anywhere an AWD vehicle would go and where the ground clearance will allow.just remember they arn't a 4x4, so common sense is needed.
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Re: How offroad can a territory go??

I was directed to some nearby vacant formland on my test drive (AWD Ghia).

With the Hill-Descent-Control activated it went down a gravel track into a gully that couldn't easily be walked down without fear of sliding, we then turned around and drove straight back up. This time the traction control stopped any wheelslip. It was just all too easy.

The salesman is a long time 4WD club member who himself owns a modified Cruiser. While not saying it'll do what a Cruiser can (because it can't) he was very impressed with how capable they actually are.

Sandy beaches, sensible forest trials = no problem.

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thanks for the replies

sounds like it'll do the job then, probably take one for a test drive anyway closer to when his car will be replaced.
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I was directed to some nearby vacant formland on my test drive (AWD Ghia).

With the Hill-Descent-Control activated it went down a gravel track into a gully that couldn't easily be walked down without fear of sliding, we then turned around and drove straight back up. This time the traction control stopped any wheelslip. It was just all too easy.

The salesman is a long time 4WD club member who himself owns a modified Cruiser. While not saying it'll do what a Cruiser can (because it can't) he was very impressed with how capable they actually are.

Sandy beaches, sensible forest trials = no problem.

It's what they're made for!
I too took one on a test drive - yesterday in fact, with a similar sort of situation (steep, gravely, rutted bush track) and was most impressed with how it went down the track with Hill Decent Control engaged, then reversed straight back up the hill with minimal wheel spin! It gets delivered some time mid-June!
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Re: How offroad can a territory go??

A Ford family member of mine was involved in the reasonably serious off road stuff, muddy rutted tracks, sand dunes, etc. All I can say is he was very surprised and impressed. He said its no LandCrusier, but claimed this to be a positive thing..lol. As for slightly softer 4WD's ie Pajeros, Pradro, X Rails and the like, the Territory would give them all a good run for their money as a 85%city/15% off road vehicle. Ground clearance was initially thought to be an issue, but proved not to be a significant handy-cap in testing.

I guess as time goes on, time will tell.
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Re: How offroad can a territory go??

Have a look (if you can) at the comparison the Herald Sun carsguide (carsguide.com.au I think) of Territory, Kluger and Adventra. It states a couple of things about the offroad ability, which isn't the best because of the low ride height. They still raved about the car though.
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I bumped into the Wheels crew this morning at the BP at Campbelltown (NSW) driving a Territory - with a Pajero and Klugger along for a 3 way test.
Guess we know what will be in an upcoming Wheels magazine then!!!
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I bumped into the Wheels crew this morning at the BP at Campbelltown (NSW) driving a Territory - with a Pajero and Klugger along for a 3 way test.
Guess we know what will be in an upcoming Wheels magazine then!!!
Did you ask them what they thought??.
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