Written on: 16/04/2012 by AngusGlen (1 review written)
Perhaps not for the image conscious, but a good workhorse and good all round vehicle.
Having had two Mavericks ,two Terranos and driven in excess of
300 000 miles I suppose I am a fan. They were all second hand with between 37 and 56 000 on the clock when purchased ,some with service history ,some not.
There are things to look out for, two of them had persistant water leaks
from the rear door ,check carpets and under the back seat for evidence.Leaks are a PAIN.
Mechanically the engines are bullet proof ....no more to say , gear box ,well, around the 100 000 mark I have had 5th gear bearing problems on one car ,steering pump hoses at 120 000 , Fuel lines along the chassis
corrode .... and a clutch plate which broke up without warning .
Servicing....gulp I take no pleasure in admitting they could have been better cared for ....and yet they keep on going... despite 500 mile trips delivering boats ... excellent in snow and ice and perfectly ok off road ,although not my usual use.
Performance ,well I have no complaints ,never intended to be a racing machine but give me a twisty road and a good set of Pirreli Scorpions
Towing, long distance motorway towing , drive smoothly and anticipate, hard to better and effortless. On normal roads a little more power might be useful All my vehicles have been short wheel base 3 door models ,probably the best as a tow vehicle...although I am thinking about a 5 door for improved access and a little more space
Economy, hmmm not bad if treated with respect around 30ish... however at the current 147p/litre gulp!
To sum up....go for it ...if it doesn't sound like a bag of nails on start up its probably ok!!