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    Hi all my name is Manny and Im from Brisbane. Just would like to share to you all about my good news that in few weeks time I am expecting a delivery of my new Pearl White Fortuner Crusade.
    I just hope I didn't make a mistake in choosing this car as I was suppossedly going to get Subaru Outback. After many many weeks of contemplating as well as the timing of the release of Fortuner, for just 1 day after test driving it, all my plans changed and decided to get this one. All I could say is, I cant wait to drive this car...

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    Originally posted by river View Post
    Hi all my name is Manny and Im from Brisbane. Just would like to share to you all about my good news that in few weeks time I am expecting a delivery of my new Pearl White Fortuner Crusade.
    I just hope I didn't make a mistake in choosing this car as I was suppossedly going to get Subaru Outback. After many many weeks of contemplating as well as the timing of the release of Fortuner, for just 1 day after test driving it, all my plans changed and decided to get this one. All I could say is, I cant wait to drive this car...
    Hi Manny, welcome to the forum!

    That is really good news and although the Subaru is a good vehicle, I think owning a Fortuner will open up travel to way more remote and interesting places. I am sure you will also enjoy all the great features that come with the Crusade.

    Well I hope we can help with any other info you need!

    Have fun when you get it and don't forget to post some pictures.

    Regards
    Shaun
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      Hi Shaun, Yeah you're right the fortuner will open new ideas in my driving both in experience and adventures. I never owed a proper 4WD before and this one will hopefully bring me to places that I wanted to see. I will probably be getting ideas from this forum in the future and yeah looking forward to it.
      Cheers!
      Manny

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      • #4
        Hello River,

        I have had a few 4wds, and most recently a Prado. I have had a subaru,and they are, unfortunately, not a real 4wd, nice car, but the Prado left it for dead when off road. The Subaru has less fuel capacity, less ground clearance, less towing capacity etc. The Fortuner shares features with the Hilux and Prado, and Toyota is a very popular make of car. The subaru will go places, but you have to watch it, and work hard in some situations. The Fortuner will make "off roading" easy in comparison. I doubt you have made a mistake. To really make your car off road and touring capable, in time, you could contemnplate a 40mm suspension lift, and also some better off road all terrain tyres. I commute daily on a highway, but I hjave also crossed teh simpson desert, and been to lots of places in outback Queensland, as well to Fraser Island etc many times, and the best modifications I did to my Prado was a 40mm suspension lift and fitted BF Goodrich A/T tyres (of light truck construction...I don't do these modifications to my 4wd from new, I get some use out of the genuine suspension and genuine tyres initially, but typically the original suspension will become quite soft after about 20-30,000km (depending on the loads you carry) and then it will be time to upgrade the springs and shocks to achieve a 40mm legal lift. That's my experience and thoughts anyway...but I have no doubt you will love the Fortuner.

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          Hi 4b4me, thanks for some tips for sure it will help me on my future driving. Now can I ask you, the fortuner has already got a 279mm ground clearance, is it still advisable to lift them on that sort of limits. I was like thinking that looking at few videos wherein they have tested the car in a real rough 4WD, the ground clearance of it present status is already quite good. Mind you Im talking about me not having real 4WD experience but for sure owning this car will gently change my perspective in driving.
          Cheers,
          Manny

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          • #6
            Hi Manny,

            To echo and add to 4b4me's comments, a lift will certainly help with the offroad handling and in a lot of cases, dependent on which kit you go with, can help with on road manners too. Heavier duty springs help with loading up the vehicle with your all important equipment such as fridges, camping gear and if a bullbar has been added etc. This also helps when towing the bigger loads so that you don't end up "dragging' the back end with a massive boat hooked up on the back.

            I think if you are starting out with a 4wd, the best thing you can do is go on a reputable 4wd course to get the basics, and it really is a fun day out. You can meet all kinds of like minded people who are there to enjoy the day and learn all the tips and tricks that go with being out on the tracks with the fourby. I say, start off with the basic vehicle and then assess what you need from there, like at 20-3000km consider the suspension upgrade like 4b4me suggested. You really can go all out with the mods and at the end of the day it comes down to what you want to do with it.

            Next set of items to get is a good quality compressor and a snatch strap kit. You can then build from there.

            If you are in Brissy, you could go out to Fraser island and do a weekend out there and really see what the Fortuner can do in the sand and then you can build up to the more technical stuff. I have been told QLD has a lot to see as well. I have yet to go to QLD and it is definitely on my bucket list (Cape york!) when finances allow.
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            • river
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              Hey Shaun,
              Great advise, I will certainly do this.
              Cheers!
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