Making it up at one of the steep hill climbs at Orleans Bay, Esperance.
There were deep ruds, loose sands and a sharp turn at the top of it. I managed
to go through with guide from my mate.
Most scary situation in the Toyota Prado:
There was once at Mundaring Powerline just for the fun, was attempting a
deep rud and my Prado nearly tipped over as I didn’t have enough articulation.
My mate was guiding me and told me no go. That time I was holding my breath as
it felt like a slight movement would cause dramas.
Then a few blokes drove pass
and said the same thing too.
They ended up snatched me out from the rear.
Charles's modification tips:
Research as much as you can before purchase
Also, it’s good fun to fit it yourself if you’re capable of doing so.
If things happen in the bush, you know where to look.
Top 3 tips with Prado 120 Grande:
1. Do not buy Bilstein’s
recommended 2inch Lift kit for Prado 120 which is A712/A713. They do not offer
2. Try to avoid Grande spec if you
intend to use it offroad and minimal towing. This is because it comes with
stock Rear Airbag (which replaced the rear springs) and it tends to burst/leak.
Reliability is way better with the springs.
3. If fuel is a concern for
you, buy a Diesel Prado. Having say that, I do enjoy driving my V6 and no
regret buying it.
Things to look out for if buying one:
ex-miners, used to have lots of them out there on this model when I bought
Best 3 mod/s you have done and why:
1.. Rear drawers, much more organised and offer more storing
2.. Cargo barrier, able to stack it up & no worries for
anything flying to the front J
3.. Underbody protection, less worry whilst tackling with tough
What made you decide to choose this vehicle?
a TOYOTA (reliable), a good size wagon for myself, 8 seaters (even though no
longer), suit my budget (could have gone with the Prado 150 if I have the
Best thing about the Prado:
comfortable family car, good size wagon, absolutely love the factory TRC
control & powerful engine
Worst thing about the Prado:
Stock Toyota Sovereign Bullbar
The Modified Video.
like to get this chance to say thank you to my 4x4 mates Shannon, Dave &
Simon for all the advice and help. Special thanks to Shannon as he helped me
a lot with almost all my mods. He lends me his tools, garage and time for helping
of course, big thanks for ALL the supports from my wife, Vivian. Thanks to my
brother, Nicholas for all the helps too. Much appreciated. J