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    I plan to do a journey from Cape Town op to Oranjemund, sticking as close to the coast as possible. I have looked at the maps, but these do not tell much about the nature and quality of the roads.

    I would like guidance from other XTrail owners about which roads the Xtrail can handle and which ones are best avoided. I assume that there are sand and dune areas that the Xtrail may struggle with. Your input and advice would be highly appreciated.

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    If you have the 4wd then you have noting to worry about.
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    I do not know the capabilities of the XTrail 4x4,
    but the section between Groenrivier and Kwassebaai might be a tough cookie.

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    I agree, verrry deep sand in places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    I do not know the capabilities of the XTrail 4x4,
    but the section between Groenrivier and Kwassebaai might be a tough cookie.
    I agree.
    I had an X-Trail before my current vehicle. I recently drove through Namaqua NP (Groen Rivier to Hondeklip - two hectic patches of sand. ) with my current low range 4x4. Take it from me, unless you are very lucky and there's been a bit of rain to harden the sand, etc., you will be doing a lot of digging if you try to go through there with your X Trail.

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    Or... be prepared to spend a night or two on the trail if stuck. Could be fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shfish View Post
    ..... you will be doing a lot of digging if you try to go through there with your X Trail.
    Agreed - I towed out two similar AWD vehicles there recently.
    If you make a noise or need music in the bush or on the beach, you’re missing the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRA View Post
    Agreed - I towed out two similar AWD vehicles there recently.
    The problem is not the vehicle's ability but driver ability. The Duster has exactly the same 4WD system and is very capable on sand. You only need to deflate as with any other 4x4 and deselect the TC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAnthony View Post
    I plan to do a journey from Cape Town op to Oranjemund, sticking as close to the coast as possible. I have looked at the maps, but these do not tell much about the nature and quality of the roads.

    I would like guidance from other XTrail owners about which roads the Xtrail can handle and which ones are best avoided. I assume that there are sand and dune areas that the Xtrail may struggle with. Your input and advice would be highly appreciated.

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    I suggest you get to a place somewhere close to home where you can determine the capabilities of you and your car before you go on the trip.
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    Go for a drive at Atlantis dunes, that will show you what you can expect from the etrail

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    Quote Originally Posted by shfish View Post
    I agree.
    I had an X-Trail before my current vehicle. I recently drove through Namaqua NP (Groen Rivier to Hondeklip - two hectic patches of sand. ) with my current low range 4x4. Take it from me, unless you are very lucky and there's been a bit of rain to harden the sand, etc., you will be doing a lot of digging if you try to go through there with your X Trail.
    agree...the challenge with these patches of sand is that it's full of cross axle twisters and holes which means you can't buildup and maintain momentum without causing potential damage to your car...vehicle ground clearance is also important.

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    [QUOTE=Paul Botha;4 vehicle ground clearance is also important.[/QUOTE]

    Absolutely. My clearance was about 220mm and I was trimming the middelmannetjie. The other problem is that this sand "sucks" your vehicle down. You have to have the torque of low range to grind through it unless you've got an AWD that puts out massive power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillaVal View Post
    Go for a drive at Atlantis dunes, that will show you what you can expect from the etrail
    Not the same sand.
    Atlantis sand is a lot coarser than the powdery sand of that specific stretch just past Groenrivier.

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    Looking back at the OP I realize we haven't really assisted DrAnthony with his route other than in Namaqua NP. Let me add, the section from Lutzville along the coast past Brand se Baai, etc. to Groenrivier will be a nice challenge for the X Trail and a beaut drive. At Groenrivier turn inland to bypass the coastal section of Namaqua.

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    Default Re: Journey up the West Coast with an XTrail

    I'll add my vote to it's totally possible with the 4x4 version. 12km North of Groenrivier is some sandy sections, but nothing too serious and more a matter of keeping momentum and deflating tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I'll add my vote to it's totally possible with the 4x4 version. 12km North of Groenrivier is some sandy sections, but nothing too serious and more a matter of keeping momentum and deflating tires.
    That's the problem.
    You sometimes have to stop on these sandy sections - a vehicle in front of you stops, people not using the correct lane etc.
    The problem comes in having to pull away after stopping.
    If you make a noise or need music in the bush or on the beach, you’re missing the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRA View Post
    That's the problem.
    You sometimes have to stop on these sandy sections - a vehicle in front of you stops, people not using the correct lane etc.
    The problem comes in having to pull away after stopping.
    But the rules are the same to all 4x4's so I fail to see what you are trying to get at. I got stuck in my 4x4 with low range in sand. The Duster sailed over the same places without so much as breaking a sweat.
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