birding-aus Beating that 2wd dead horse

Subject: birding-aus Beating that 2wd dead horse
From: "Paul McDonald" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 21:19:31 +1000
Hi All, 

I don't normally like to beat a dead horse (no hate mail please, just 
an expression!), but as a person that regurlarly travels outback 
alone that has upgraded from a 2wd to a 4wd, the biggest 
advantage by far in having the latter is clearance, which is essential 
for many tracks. The 4wd drive bit is just a bonus in slippery 
conditions and an extra bit of insurance. It is in no way an excuse 
to not carry sufficient supplies etc.

I used to drive a Camry, and I can tell you from personal 
experience that the 2wd drive cars of today are not anywhere near 
as tough as those reliables commented on already. The camry was 
fine though for most areas and saw a lot of places I bet the 
designers didn't intend it too, but the next to no clearance lead to 
many dents in the fuel tank, engine guard etc. Luckily the 
salesman didn't notice the red dust or dents in the bottom when I 
traded it in....

Happy birding and keep an eye on those Werribee BF's!

Paul McDonald
Division of Botany and Zoology
School of Life Sciences
Australian National University
Canberra, A.C.T.
Australia       0200

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