Capsule Review: Toyota HiLux Surf (United Nations Edition) | The Truth About Cars

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Capsule Review: Toyota Surf (United Nations

Diesel and Baby Blue to fear into the hearts of our

The durability of the original Toyota known in the United States as #8220;Truck,#8221; is the stuff of legend, if you enjoy Top Gear. It often that only rust can these simple but durable which means that in where rust does, in sleep, they are effectively My daily ride in Abu Dhabi is a the HiLux’s Asian cousin.

But isn’t my first foray Toyota reliability. My graduate work in this field from my time as a UN Unarmed Observer (UNMO) on a peacekeeping in Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2004. The vehicle dejuir was the Toyota Surf (aka the 4Runner).

But rather than the V-6, the UN issue at the time was a 4 cylinder diesel mated to a 5 speed

A never ending array of driving styles from the world ensured these were well worn before I got there. Some to landmines;

The occupants were fine

This particular one at the hands of a UNMO with no of flash floods or rapidly water.

#8220;What? The water even over the hood, be fine!#8221;

But the vast majority of them on. They weren’t as slow as expect, but the turbo lag on these was awful.

However, when finally spooled, you knew it. My navigator friend Vladimir and I the proper way to leave the compound. Rev it and the clutch in the soft sand to the tires, this would boost just in time for the to 2 nd and simultaneous left turn the compound.

  The engine would be in the sweet spot allowing you to the truck sideways up the road you touched the redline while a totally sweet sand tail.

Drifting comes to Ethiopia.

On this was a bit more challenging. The were willing, but the suspension did not very well with a slide. We usually stuck to

Once we mastered the gate we perfectly our slide abilities the main road to Manda. the command HQ for the Ethiopian Army.

and I became quite capable and the speed limit imposed by the tattletale system, and could make the run in just under 50 This was not a comfortable trip and the was only a road by the most definition. But it was fun channeling your Colin McRae.

Our skill became an asset on one The Ethiopian Regional HQ insisted our inspections could only place when one of their commanders was present. To inspect one of the troop camps within 15 of our site, we had to make the hour-long drive (with someone than us) to Manda, pick up the return to our village, approach the camp, be denied access, and return the commander to Manda.

So was usually a 30 minute denial of became an almost 5 hour The intent, as it is so often in that was to make us too flustered to complete our or even ask. All of this was for because the inspections were denied by local commander and we unarmed.

Our Bosnian team leader had increasingly frustrated. He decided Vlado and I should pick up the Before we left, we stuffed the seat belts deep the seat. The ride we gave Major back to our village of was something most gearheads pay money to experience.

I am certain we airborne at least twice. We back at the site with the in under 90 minutes. A new record!

Of course, our inspection was denied, but we a breakthrough. The Ethiopian Major with our Bosnian Team It was agreed that we could local inspections without from the Ethiopian Regional HQ

Then he politely requested someone else drive him

That will do little that will do.

W. Christian Ward has owned over 70 and destroyed most of them. He is a of Panoz Racing School, cartoons and once exceeded the of sound. As a result of his adventures in and Eritrea, he is currently seeking a for his new diet book; #8220;Food and  Intestinal Parasites, the Key to a You!#8221;

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