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May 17, 2013 12:07PM

msn needs to cover something the average joe (or jodi) can relate to!


we need something that can handle mud and dust on a daily basis without losing air conditioning everytime a little mud builds up around the compressor. also, nock sensors need to be higher up on the block to prevent mud from destroying them and accessory drive belts need more protection.


the list goes on, too many to cover here....but all the manufacturers are making off road vehicles for folks who seldom, if ever, take on conditions trucks around here are put in everyday. the product goes to the money, which means super comfy interiors, attractive outward appearance for showing off up and down the four-lane.


20 years ago, we could buy the kind of trucks we needed that lasted for more than a few years. my old '89 chevy k1500 was tough as nails and gave me no problems until it had about 200k miles on it. the engine had never been gone into and it began to show excessive smoke about 205-210k miles. you couldn't beat the 5.7 v8 for dependability and ease to repair, when needed.


my son-in-law is finishing repairing the same engine in a '98 k1500 that i'm giving him for repairing. it sat up for 4 years or so with leaking head gaskets. when he put a freesh battery in it, it turned over immediately. i had been afraid the motor would have locked up by now, but it had not. it has about 180k miles on it and this is the first time the heads have ben off. he's got about $600.00 in his repairs, including new fuel pump, battery, gaskets and 2 new used tires, including labor from a friend that was helping him with the head gaskets. he's using it every day in his lawn service business....his only complaint is the fuel mileage.


my '02 k1500 is next on the list, but i won't get out as cheaply. flimsy front end components, air conditioner compressor on the bottom of the block got ate up by mud, alloy parts in the pinion seal housings don't hold up, etc, etc. i wish i had never bought that one....constantly something wrong with it!

May 17, 2013 12:12PM
You forgot to list the Paramount Group Marauder, a military APC re-fitted for civilian use.  15 tons of blast-proof armored hull that can take up to 30 lbs of TNT and the ability to climb a 70 degree incline makes it pretty good company in this list.
May 18, 2013 1:27PM
Mercedes Unimog.....and to think I drove a few very old ones (fm WWII, belonging to the Bolivian Navy) while working in Bolivia.....and now is back in vogue.....jejejeje

Those are all some seriously sick rides!  Yes, even the American made vehicles deserve some  major props too!   Great article MSN!


However, MSN needs to work on their browser script because some picture links are broken unless your refreshed the page each time.

Aug 14, 2013 12:23PM
Not all that impressive. People build rock crawlers every day home in their garage that are more capable, and far less expensive than any of those high dollar mall crawlers.
May 25, 2013 10:29PM
what about the marauder? Most BA SUV ever. made in South Africa. was on Top Gear as well.
Jun 27, 2014 2:44PM
More like 8 most hideous-ugly SUVs ever
Aug 14, 2013 12:29PM
Sorry, but the Unimog isn't an SUV.  It is essentially a tractor.  The Unimog was initially designed to help farmers rebuild after WWII.  Then they became implementation carriers for many industrial and military applications.
May 26, 2013 8:05PM
Wow!  Does anyone remember the disastrous "Daimler-Chrysler"  fiasco/merger?  If so  you'll possibly remember the Dodge T-rex 6 wheeled concept truck from 1998-1999. It made the rounds at the auto shows in a garish lemon yellow with bumblebee stripes on its hind quarters.  Obviously Daimler/mercedes made off with the blueprints and put the thing into production with their ugly boxy styling.
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