Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Kelowna, BC, Canada
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Re: Another useless SUV. Toyota Highlander..
the G500 was 're' introduced to the US market for 2001/2002. they look sort of liek teh last generation Land Cruiser, or maybe an oversize dodge raider. the new ones now available in the US have the '500' series Mercedes 5 liter OHC V8 in tehm...elsewhere, ( and int eh US through private importers) they were available with the 24valve 6 cylinder 300 Diesel and turbodiesel. Mechanically, they're full time 4x4, dual live axles, w 3 diff locks ( front,center, rear) 4 wheel coils, 4 wheel disk brakes, 5 speed auto or 5 speed stick. Not sure about gears - I 'think' the axles were between 4.08, and 5.24, and the t-case is a BW piece w/ around a 2.5:1 low. fun toys, but a hefty price tag in the US (I seem to recall MB saying they were 'starting at' $70,000 US for the new G500 models)
if you've got any magazines with articles on the transylvania trophy, or other european runs, they usually make up about 1/2 the field.