ayman_khateeb

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  1. Jeeps are not known for long term reliability, they are not in the same category as Japanese trucks, but they are backed by some of the best warranty services in the gulf, so you are pretty much covered for the next 5 years (or warranty period), their warranty exceeds the Japanese agencies here especially if you offroad or modify your truck.. also some Japanese vendors are also suffering from tranny issues, Nissan CVTs for example.. that's said, Jeeps are not terrible either. I would be happy to own a new grand Cherokee & take it for camping & normal desert drives, don't be scared of it, it is a good truck. on the other hand, I saw many issues with friends driving Ford trucks, even pure on road ones.. Jeeps are really better! it boils down to how hard you are going to push it, if you are going all out in the desert, then a smipler, less gadgets in the car will survive the abuse longer.. and then you should have a dedicated desert toy, as it will break eventually regardless of the brand. if you are going to drive family kind of trips, the grand cherokee is more than up to the task, and in style!
  2. Congratulations! It is a beautiful SUV! wish you all the best & looking forward to meeting you & others here 👍
  3. @skumar83 unfortunately it is, and this upshift happens even in 4LLc it is mainly around certain RPM, usually 5k+ you will notice the same on 4LLc also, downshifting will only happen once the RPM drops to what Mitsubishi thought "safe" do downshift..
  4. That is a limitation in 2007-2011 Pajero, 2012+ holds the gear and doesn't auto upshift.. That's why I recommend off-roaders to get 2012+ Pajero if they want to offroad it hard.. however, you can get used to this & drive accordingly, I have the 3.8 2009 with same problem. I use it more for overlanding than crazy dune bashing.. so not bothered with it. try to ease the gas before you reach the upshift point to keep it in gear.. it takes practice & you will miss sometimes, but you will be able to live with it for most of terrains.. i don't know if any mod that can change that, maybe swapping the computer with a newer model? But that might make other trouble.. if you really like your Pajero & really want it to hold the gear, then sell & buy a 2012. otherwise you need to learn to work with this limitation
  5. Thanks Dear Rahim, Nothing more than your knowledge bro Unfortunately I'm not very active online, I'm missing a lot clearly! Looking forward to meet sometime!
  6. The guys clarified things above already about the explorer, but I want to add a few thoughts: - if serious about off-roading, get a dedicated truck for that, I do, @Rahimdad also mentioned above the same! - if only one car is your choice, then decide which category you want, 7 "real" seaters? Then Patrol, Armada & Land cruiser can serve you, .. smaller you can go with Prado, Pajero and the classic pathfinder (not the new shape) - if 2 rows are enough & you won't go very advanced & luxury is your target, Grand Cherokee is suitable.. Pajero is als capable but less luxury - if a dual purpose with no luxury is ok with you, then Xterra, FJ, Fortuner V6 & Classic Pathfinder are suitable options - if you want a cool look, don't mind the noise on road & rough ride, Jeep Wrangler can be a choice.. the choice is yours
  7. Back to original topic.. why we don't share flips in our club. There are many reasons why we should and why we shouldn't. I will explain it from my club's point of view (we had endless discussions around that within the marshals team): Why we should: an opportunity to discuss, explain and learn from mistakes, especially when the driver explains his actions and mistakes leading to the roll a reminder that this hobby includes risks, and they do happen more than expected But does that really need to be from a flip that happened 2 days ago? wouldn't any similar flip video on youtube serve the purpose? There are many reasons why we don't share such videos and pictures... we usually have the following concerns: Offroad insurance, most of new trucks will have it and we encourage it for our hobby, but insurance policies and their fine-print differs, and might not cover the same situation the same way! having a video on youtube with the incident might affect that process! Protecting the driver and his feelings, as less experienced drivers might get into emotional shock, and having everyone asking them "what happened with you 6 months ago" is not helpful. Usually drivers who roll will take sometime to rebuild their courage, giving them space is important! Club branding, too many incidents, and you will be labeled as an "unsafe" club, especially as most of the clubs are focusing on safely teaching offroading to new people. and to cover the learning part: We discuss these incidents during briefing before and after drives, respecting the identity of the driver if he/she wants to stay anonymous. We share, explain and discuss rollover videos that are posted online (not specifically our group) and use it to teach the core concepts such as gravity, drifting, hard braking, slope and crest handling... etc. At the end of the day, identifying who rolled is not the point, it is the lesson we want to teach, which can be served without publically sharing the rollover incidents. My 2 cents
  8. Hi, I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to explain that all cars have a variance between the speedometer and the actual GPS speed, this is by design, and should be around 5% difference, but not always. each manufacturer will have different variance, Nissans tends to vary 9%-10% .. I noticed that in the Xterra, Infinity QX4, and a couple of rentals (Sunny and Altima). I drove also Audis and VWs, and it is similar, 9-10% variance. Pajeros on the other hand, have considerably less variance, around 3% or so, so it will seem more accurate. Bottom line, when you get a new car, or change tire size, do check the speed variance and adjust your driving and speed limits accordingly
  9. absolutely, 2WD won't cut it
  10. Well, I strongly believe yes, it is. the Renault is NOT an AWD, it is a proper 4WD, it has a selector for 2WD, Auto (AWD), and Locked, which is a proper 4Hi with locked center differential, but doesn't have low range... in the manual edition, it compensates for the lack of low range with a super short 1st gear, it is a crawl gear! (around 5.79kph per 1,000 rpm according to online brochures), which means maxing up at around 35 kph in 1st gear, that's even lower than my 1st gear in low in my R50 pathfinder.. while it won't make for a dune climber, but you can still manage to cruise around in the desert and climb easy tracks.. The local version seems Auto tranny only, and it clocks 0-100 in 11 second, which is better than 3.8 Pajero, it really has a nice power to weight ratio.. again, I wouldn't recommend it for an offroad hobby, but it can handle itself in the desert far better than a KIA sportage, a CRV, or even RAV4. Duster is an adventure oriented small SUV, it takes you to desert, wadis, mountains and beaches with no problem, but not necessarily on the same track that more offroad ready SUVs.. but pretty close.. here is the local version brochure: http://www.renault-me.com//CountriesData/GCC/images/pdf/BROCHURE_RENAULT_DUSTER_4X4_ENGLISH.pdf
  11. I really don't know why you insist on insulting everyone here.. maybe you are trying to compensate for something with your big hollow talk.. You know.. I mean lack of skills.. anyways, I never saw any real desert expert who talks like this, they know better to respect others & other trucks.. Lack of such respect means simply that you are a noob who is just talking a big game.. And what is this crap about what women drive? Since when women driving anything is a shame? I saw girls driving everything.. Xterras, Jeeps, FJs, Patrols, Pajeros, Vitaras, and LandCruiser 70 series in the sand.. And I know a lot of them who will definitely beat you on every skill and put you to a big shame any day..! people who know me in the desert know exactly how I drive, which crazy level I fit.. Your ignorance is hilarious when you are trying hard to throw baseless insults.. look Amr, enjoy your FJ, it is a great truck in my opinion, respect the desert & others.. And try not to roll over! .. Guys talking your talk usually end up on the roof while trying to show off..
  12. Oh! .. You really just started this hobby obviously! while the FJ is a fine machine, I wouldn't brag too much about anything here.. Especially while driving up the dune with a view of the sky only due to the big bonnet, endless plastic dashboard & jail cell Windows. ANY SUV can get stuck.. You simply are not playing hard enough! getting stuck is normal for any level driver.. Doing stupid thing & getting stuck like an idiot almost flipping is a different story FYI.. difflock+ ATRACK is in all major new offroad trucks: Xterra Offroad: Difflock+ABLS Pajero 3.8: Difflock+ATSC JK-sport/Sahara: similar to ATRAC JK-rubicon: FR+RR difflocks ... the interior of the Xterra is water proof.. Just like the FJ.. And it is all hard plastic.. Zero guilt feeling when my black interior turns brown with sand.. for aftermarket mods.. Many shops can fabricate anything for the X that will make it as good as anything else.. And I wouldn't trust half of the ready made aftermarket stuff you find around for your FJ! learn to respect all cars, each one of them has advantages and disadvantages.. No truck is perfect.. And take care not to be too excited driving your FJ, learn how to drive and keep the ego aside... many of them end up with bent chassis when driven hard... Or end up upside down!
  13. rust proofing will be fine, depending on your car, you might want to re-grease the wheel bearings and differential oil if applicable, usually differential breather should be high enough, but worths checking.. usually this info and what to check after water crossing is mentioned in the car booklet/manual, at least for 4x4s
  14. It is always good to have a discussion with different people across the globe.. We are not talking about extensive mods, we are talking about "protection" ones.. a bolt on bumper & similar rear protection, which every truck in the desert need, including Jeep Wrangler.. But each of course to different degree.. Take a look at my truck in the profile pic, it is completely stock except for the bumper & the LED lights, which didn't invalidate my warranty even with the pain in the a*% Local Nissan dealers.. although I would LOVE to change the stock suspension, but better to keep my warranty as long as it lasts! i agree with the Gaurav experience and comments, but it is nearly the same negatives for all other brands.. All car brands will destroy an engine once the truck is old & you push it, it happened around me with nissans, toyotas & mitsubishis.. Toyotas tend to last a bit longer, but all the same fate eventually.. I never saw any popular SUV in the desert that doesn't need some kind of extra protection.. Xterra? Dangerously exposed radiator & flemsi skid plate, a proper skid plate is a must, I went for full bumper for more aggressive offroad driving style than usual.. FJ? Same, front bumper sides always gets a dang when things goes beyond smooth cruising, & the front skid plate is too thin & too low that it gets bent in a few drives nissan Patrol y61? Plastic bumpers front and back gets a hit easily.. But protection is not a functional must pajero has a very exposed rear bumper lip, I always take it off for anyone joining my drive, a few screws.. Front bumper needs some "decoration" work to remove the lower lip.. But nothing more than cosmetics here 😁 .. Still a negative for sure
  15. again, I do respect your trans-africa experience, I know I can learn A LOT from your experience in that regard. but for sand, I can help more