My Wife's Terios is a real capable little bugger





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    Default My Wife's Terios is a real capable little bugger

    Hi,

    More or less a year ago I bought a 2009 Terios 4x4 Offroad for my wife. In December I decided to drive the Terios instead of the Audi down to Mosselbay for our annual holiday.

    Fuel consumption was ok with a 9.77km/L avg which was made up by highway driving, sand driving, lots of dirt roads and passes.

    Attached is a few foto's. The highlight was driving the Vleesbay 4x4 trail. I must say I'm very impressed with the Terios. I never though it was so capable especially in the sand. I only did not mange to make the last obstacle (The Lang Duin). But that did not bother me as there was a few "Real" 4x4's who did not made it either. Some of the other drivers that was part of the group could not believe how the Terios performed in the dunes.

    Even without low range the Terios is very capable if you don't mind slipping the clutch a few times on steep inclines. The centre diff lock and LSD works really well.

    So for those of you who are looking for something smaller with good 4x4 capabilities I will definitely recommend the Terios. The lack of low range and power can be a problem is some situations but as an all rounder the Terios 4x4 Offroad makes a lot of sense.

    I would like to hear from the other proud Terios owners.

    Cheers,
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    Anmos van Pretoria
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    Thanks for the information!

    How does the Terios Offroad fare as a day-to-day transport eg. work and back?

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    Hi dieOrg,

    I must say really well. The Terios Offroad is nippy in town. The suspension is a little bit harder than normal but I must say it puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.

    It parks really easy and because you sit a little bit higher you have a good view around you.

    Cheers.

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    285x70x17 BF Muds with 30mm Wheel Spacers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anmos View Post
    Hi dieOrg,

    I must say really well. The Terios Offroad is nippy in town. The suspension is a little bit harder than normal but I must say it puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.

    It parks really easy and because you sit a little bit higher you have a good view around you.

    Cheers.

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    It is a Toyota afterall.

    VERY capable vehicles !!

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    When I was car shopping last year, it ended up a toss-up between Terios and Jimny.
    I don't know what swung me the Suzuki way and I don't regret my choice, but every time I drive past a Terios I still look at it longingly.

    edit: ...but every time I engage low range, I celebrate not buying the Terios.
    Last edited by superduper; 2011/02/05 at 08:39 AM.

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    hi Anmos, I'm also the proud owner of a 2007 manual 4x4 5 seater. We just returned from a glorious west cost holiday and this included doing some sandy stretches. We travelled solo so I didn't wanted to take a chance on thick sand. Can you maybe confirm how the difference in 50mm ground clearance is made up between the normal and the off road model. This was really the only limiting factor on the standard model as for the rest it performed really well.
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    Hey all, I also am the proud owner of a 2007 Terios 4x4. Just published in "Driveout". I have turned many heads and proven to many people that it is actualy a great little 4x4 at many events as wellas my wife. Don't worry about deep water, mud or sand. It does almost anything but requires the low range. I fitted the off-road version coils to give it that extra 50mm, cost around R1400 at the stealers. Just a little advice, NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE TERIOS.

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