i drive a forester at present,permanent 4x4,what is the navara like to drive in the wet in 2 wheel drive? and can 4x4 high, be used on tarmac without damage to the diff, (my last car a jeep cherokee could not)
my stepfather used to have a forrester - personally I hated it. But couldnt fault the grip...
This is a very different beastie - its more of a workhorse, less of a drop-the-kids-off-at-school look and feel.
The 4WD system in the nav' has a locked centre diff, making hard cornering very hard work in the dry (the wheels turn at different speeds in hard cornering (as in parking type manuvers) and the fixed front back ratio causes wheel hop / skip)
But - conversely, this makes for better off road grip.
The nav has much worse turning circle.
The nav can carry a LOT more.
The nav cruise control is a lot better.
you wont look like a school mum.
How hard do you drive in the wet? Do you slide it reguarly? or is it psychological that a 4wd is better in the wet? ABS and good tyres are a lot more important in an emergency than 2 or 4 wheel drive on the road... imho
driving in 4 wheel drive on any "grippy" surface will result in transmission wind -up and mega problems. the D22 will "step out" at the rear if you push round corners too hard, this is much better in the D40
I have BFG M/T on my D22, it does not step out as much in the wet as it used to with the original cheese tyres ......I have to really give it some in 2WD for it to step out now....I always thought mud tyres offered less grip in the wet :?
Can still do roundabouts sideways though
Makes the wife feel sick too