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Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by globechamp: 12:28pm On Sep 25, 2012
I am considering buying a car soon SOLELY for FREQUENT and LONG DISTANCE journeys, both within and outside Nigeria.

My mind is open to any brand that fits, as I am of the opinion that if you take good care of any car, it will serve you for as long as it can. I know most people will advise Honda and Toyota but I am sure German cars always win when it comes to balance at top speed because they are mostly Rear Wheel Driven.

From your several experiences of owning different brand of cars, can you advise

Car brand:
Car make:
Car year:
Your experience and reason:


Thx
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Nobody: 12:35pm On Sep 25, 2012
German cars are mostly FWD or AWD. The only RWD model is the BMW. Audi and Volkswagen are either FWD or AWD.

When you say "balanced", what exactly do you mean? I keep seeing this term used, so I'm curious.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by globechamp: 12:46pm On Sep 25, 2012
I guess what Nigerian mostly mean by "balanced" is that the ride is firm, and not feeling like the vehicle will fly off the road as you accelerate to high speed(high speed here maybe from 140 above)
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by sultaan(m): 12:14am On Sep 26, 2012
Ford Taurus

Chevy Impala

American rental fleet tested
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Lexusgs430: 12:40am On Sep 26, 2012
Siena: German cars are mostly FWD or AWD. The only RWD model is the BMW. Audi and Volkswagen are either FWD or AWD.

When you say "balanced", what exactly do you mean? I keep seeing this term used, so I'm curious.


Probably does not want an unbalanced car, like the reliant robin!!
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Nobody: 5:33am On Sep 27, 2012
Siena: German cars are mostly FWD or AWD. The only RWD model is the BMW. Audi and Volkswagen are either FWD or AWD.

When you say "balanced", what exactly do you mean? I keep seeing this term used, so I'm curious.
Is Mercedes not RWD too?
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by yungboss(m): 5:46am On Sep 27, 2012
tpacalipse: Is Mercedes not RWD too?
yes merc is RWD...porsche too.
@Op, i think from 6cyl to 12cyl will do a satisfactory job for your highway travels, majority of cars ranging from lexus, acura, suvs, savs, mercs, vw, audi, bmw, honda etc will fulfill your needs. Sure you aren't going for a racing contest. RWD are good also, AWD for better traction on wet surfaces...
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Nobody: 7:59am On Sep 27, 2012
tpacalipse: Is Mercedes not RWD too?

It is, I missed it out.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Nobody: 8:01am On Sep 27, 2012
yungboss: yes merc is RWD...porsche too.

I purposely left Porsche out, as it's not a mainstream car. The Porsche is also not what I would class as rugged. It's fast, and highly-strung, but fragile.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by fm7070: 10:11am On Sep 27, 2012
Toyota Highlander 2002
V6
4WD
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by yungboss(m): 5:46am On Sep 28, 2012
Siena:

I purposely left Porsche out, as it's not a mainstream car. The Porsche is also not what I would class as rugged. It's fast, and highly-strung, but fragile.
ok boss...saw a 2011 or so panamera last nite in port harcourt (just past 11pm)...was kindof suprised cos its a car you almost do not see during the day
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Nobody: 7:04am On Sep 28, 2012
yungboss:
ok boss...saw a 2011 or so panamera last nite in port harcourt (just past 11pm)...was kindof suprised cos its a car you almost do not see during the day

The owner must be a brave man. I wouldn't drive an automobile like that at such a late hour.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by olumidazz: 6:39pm On Sep 30, 2012
Try the land rover discovery series 2 2005, u won't regret it, its the only car that suits what you want, a lot of people really haven't discovered the discovery.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Lexusgs430: 7:52am On Oct 02, 2012
olumidazz: Try the land rover discovery series 2 2005, u won't regret it, its the only car that suits what you want, a lot of people really haven't discovered the discovery.

Discovery 2 (2012) on a diesel engine, what an economical beauty!!!
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Nobody: 9:56am On Oct 02, 2012
Lexusgs430: Discovery 2 (2012) on a diesel engine, what an economical beauty!!!

A 2012 will be a LR3. The 3,0 TDi V6 is far from robust, timing belt issues, broken tensioners are pretty common. I have no experience with the V8 petrol version.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Lexusgs430: 10:29am On Oct 03, 2012
Siena:

A 2012 will be a LR3. The 3,0 TDi V6 is far from robust, timing belt issues, broken tensioners are pretty common. I have no experience with the V8 petrol version.

Haba Oga, all this issues not my problem nah. Nah company car, goes back for replacement in 18 months.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Nobody: 10:35am On Oct 03, 2012
Lexusgs430: Haba Oga, all this issues not my problem nah. Nah company car, goes back for replacement in 18 months.

You've got a company car. But the OP may not have that luxury. Once he buys a car, he / she's most likely to be in for the long haul, so reliability is a must.
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by senola1: 7:55am On Oct 04, 2012
Get a Peugeot 406 Prestige. Thats all!!!

Shikenan
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by johnwell(m): 5:13pm On Oct 07, 2012
Try Infiniti FX-50
Re: Am Considern A Car 4 Long Distance Travel,rugged,balanced @ Top Speed,advice PLS by Terseer(m): 1:31pm On Oct 08, 2012
Try Toyota camry 2001 V6 Engine

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