>>verging on unsafe and certainly unreliable
Well , indeed , Sahara-Overland's book its a bit wrong when talking about the pajero/shogun/galloper suspension and specially when blaming its automatic freewheeling feature.
Its not true that only lock when going forward and they freewheel when reversing .
Once the automatic hubs are engaged by selecing 4wd and moving forward 1 metre.. they actuate the (front) wheel forwards AND backwards as with a manual hublock. To disengage them (on tarmac , for exsample) one must de-select 4wd AND THEN reverse the car.As long as 4wd is selected ,. that hub will be -for all practical purposes as locked as any other one- .Its kinda magical .. but it works.
Regarding suspension reliability.. well Its torsion bars.. love or hate them .They give a much more car-like ride and still sturdier than springs . The real problem comes when they break ! .
To be fair, I'd say that Shoguns/Pajeros/Gallopers/Monteros are almost as common and capable in Africa as LandCruisers.. -and of course much more reliable than anything land-rover based-.
PS. "Montero" is the name that Mitsubishi did for Pajeros sold in Spain, cos' in Spanish Pajero means something really nasty
[This message has been edited by javierCarrion (edited 07 July 2005).]