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Transport Blog
27 January 2007
"Quentin responded with extreme good grace given the bollocks he was forced to listen to and placed facts before the daft bint with whom he was supposed to be having the discussion."

Watching a piece on 4x4s Mark Ellott wonders why he bothers with the TV.

For what it's worth, I don't think 4x4s are a fad - they've been too popular for too long. But I suspect the reasons for their popularity are subtle. I am only guessing but could it be things like the driving position, the number of seats, ease with which you can get the toddlers in and out of their child seats, comfort over speed bumps etc?

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  1. My reference to them being a fad was more about four wheel drive in an urban environment rather than the other factors (although that may have been useful in some places this past week). The people carrier was popular a few years back for much the same reasons you describe.

    Posted by Longrider on  27 January 2007 at 02:09 pm

  2. Four wheel drive can improve stability in an pavement, particularly when the surface has reduced traction due to being wet, etc.  But the other items you mention, e.g. driving position, ... don’t require four wheel drive at all, and there are plenty of two wheel drive vehicles with a body type that provides these things.  Since 4WD is significantly more complex mechanically than 2WD, I’m not surprised that at equivalent levels of quality, a 4WD vehicle would be less reliable than a 2WD vehicle.

    Posted by Sam on  28 January 2007 at 06:34 pm

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