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    4x4s, Astronomy, Electronics, Travelling/Hiking

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    Hilux LN109
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  1. alds

    DFSK 580

    @Hexun Read the thread from the beginning, you'll find plenty of facts for people being generally critical of DFSK and in this 580 vehicle. This is not a emotional support group to make everyone happy.
  2. alds

    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    This should be a magnetically coupled rear drivetrain. The front diff housing includes the magnetic clutches and the hypoid gears to couple the rear driveshaft to engage AWD. So yes, it is front biased.
  3. alds

    New Defender Design??

    "Parliament fools version" right next to "Pajero Palathsabha version" and "Jeep Manthri model" After all, politicians do serve some purpose supplying us with car names for local vocabulary 😃
  4. alds

    DFSK 580

    Too bad, We could've asked the car itself how impressive and glorious itself is......
  5. alds

    New Defender Design??

    What limits specifically? I'd like to know.
  6. alds

    New Defender Design??

    Yes, that is true. We won't see any more new vehicle models with old technology again. Current iteration will be phased out sooner or later. Even toyota is not updating the LC70 design to even out the track width difference in front and rear probably because they have no plans to continue it. I was in Australia in 2017 and did some tracks along Anne beadell highway and some in Kimberley, almost all the vehicles were 70 series dual cabs and troop carriers, hence my comment on the outback.
  7. alds

    New Defender Design??

    Couldn't disagree more with you mate, there is still a market for true rugged 4WD's out there albeit not here in SL. you don't want 85 ECU that are waiting to fail on a remote trail on Aussie outback or on an African game trail. Peoples lives depend on these vehicles. Sure it's not a huge market like the mall crawlers have in US or Europe and even SL, but people still use these quite often. Look at the little Jimny, not a massive offroading truck but its an honest 4WD which is quite nimble and capable. It's quite popular in the Scandinavia just because it's simple and practical in tricky conditions. As I see, the real reason they opted to soften the defender was LR has already lost the edge on ruggedness and reliability many ears ago. LR got wiped out from Africa and Australia by Toyota and Middle east was taken over by Nissan. As pretty as they are to the eye, reliability records say a different story. JLR is trying to sell another range rover disguised in defender clothing, only time will tell if they succeed.
  8. alds

    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    Watching the new defender launch and listening to Sir Ralf Speth talk about the latest software updates in the new defender, Life doesn't get better than this. 😎
  9. alds

    ## Post Whoring - Part 3 ##

    Not a coincidence at all, the ad algorithms are pretty darn good now. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/#780f55ae6668
  10. alds

    Toyota Land Cruiser Prado LJ 78

    If your's is a 2L-T, this is the shift pattern for the 4WD control. Depending on the gearbox, you may have to completely stop the vehicle to engage 4WD or low range. And remember to lock the front wheel hubs if you have to use the 4WD. A quick search on the internet will tell you how. If it's a button 4WD(button on the transfer case shifter, which I haven't seen on 2L-T 78's), pressing the button engages 4WD and hubs are automatically locked(vaccum ADD). Select low or high range using transfer case shifter.
  11. Some people just want to see the world burn my friend... 😃
  12. alds

    DFSK 580

    Exactly, You can't physically fit all that electronics features into that price point. Yet they claim a engine made in Belgium and a CVT from somewhere is included in the price. @Roshan321 I saw the video you linked before. That's more of an advertisement about Unit** Moto** than the actual vehicle. I couldn't help but feel sorry about the gentleman who knew nothing much about the vehicle being convinced to purchase by the salespeople there.
  13. alds

    DFSK 580

    Taking one for the team I see, for SCIENCE
  14. alds

    DFSK 580

    Exactly, They have the technology, but that does not mean they put all that technology into a budget vehicle. Or they are going to sell you that technology on a budget. That's what the Taiwanese did, but not the Chinese business model anymore. You get what you pay for. That's what I've seen so far in every Chinese product and I doubt future cars will be any different. Same as the mobile phone market or the consumer electronics market. Forget about the Safety, All the electronics gizmos included in the vehicle are built to fall within this budget scheme. Automotive electronics is an entirely different segment of electronics design. Even the components are rated for automotive applications from the silicon level manufacturer and they cost much more than your run of the mill electronics. Even from the Chinese manufacturers, Automotive stuff is expensive. Even for a mass manufactured vehicle, I can't see how they managed to fit everything into this vehicle for this budget with automotive grade quality. Yes, Toyotas have been recalled so many time, that's the good part, They recall their mistakes. No product is perfect, and people make mistakes all the time. But private companies run the risk of ruining their reputation if they try to cover up their mistakes(VW diesel anyone?). So they have to recall and fix and rebuild the customer loyalty. Now think about DFSK, they are majority owned by the government of People's Republic of China. Any problem in a vehicle? well that can't be true because the government of china does not make any mistakes. nobody wants to acknowledge that for the company(or the country). Technology is not just a economic sector for some countries, technology is the key in showing their political and socio-economic superiority to the world (The same reason they build that massive bridge). So admitting a mistake in their design and recalling is suicide in current economic war between china and the west.