About the clutch: in the original Roks like mine you can feel the engine vibration through the clutch. On the first ones the clutch action is also a little more sudden/direct than in many other cars, but most drivers will adapt to this in 10 minutes. I hear both these 'issues' can be solved by a free mod on the older ones and the newer ones don't have the 'issues'. Neither the vibration nor the sudden action bothers me enough to have even asked about the free mod.
About clutches burning out in sand or other of road driving...well...I have my suspicions of the cause if ever that has happened: Drivers not having a clue about off-road driving. My Bi-turbo has done 61 000 km, including 4 trips to Mozambique (serious sand driving), some off-road playing, and 4x4-ing in the mountains. It has recovered multiple other 4x4 vehicles from being stuck in sand (let's not mention brands) and no clutch issues at all.
BTW, I had 2 Colt Clubcab 4x4's prior to the Amarok. I was very happy with both of them. The Rok however is in different class on pretty much every level. Most notably:
1. Relaxed highway cruising
2. Gravel handling
3. Fuel consumption (+- 17% better than the 2.8 Colts)
4. Reliability to date. My vehicles work very hard. (both Colts had had quite a few niggles and issues by this time/km, the Rok NONE)
5. Sand driving
My experience and opinion. I have not driven the Ford, but it sure looks like a good bakkie. Good luck with your choice.
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