Nissan Patrol
The GU Patrol replaced the popular GQ in 1997. Coming after the GQ, a rough and tough four-wheel drive wagon that had a big following, the GU had some big tyre tracks to follow. The Patrol follows common practice in this class of off-roader with a wagon body perched atop a separate chassis, which is considered the best way of tackling the toughest of conditions a vehicle of this type might encounter. That not only makes it tough, it also makes heavy. The heaviest model the in the range, the 4.2-litre turbo diesel, weighs in at a fraction over 2.4 tonnes, which has an affect on performance, fuel consumption, handling and braking. A separate chassis also has the affect of raising the cabin quite high off the ground, which makes it a bit of a climb to get in to. It also cuts down on the interior space, and the Patrol is surprisingly tight inside given its overall size. Nissan offered a choice of one petrol and three diesel engines. The petrol engine was a 4.5-litre single overhead camshaft fuel-injected six-cylinder unit that had a chain driven camshaft and put out 145 kW. Performance with the petrol engine was good considering the massive hulk it was trying to move, and the fuel consumption was acceptable for the same reasons. The diesel choices were a 2.8-litre single overhead camshaft turbo diesel six-cylinder engine producing 95 kW, a 4.2-litre overhead valve delivering 91 kW, and a 4.2-litre overhead valve turbo diesel pumping out 114 kW. The 2.8-litre turbo diesel was replaced by a 116 kW 3.0-litre in 2000 in the GU II update, and with that came plenty of trouble. Performance of the diesels wasn’t as punchy, but the low down grunt they delivered was welcome along with the fuel consumption savings. There was also a choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed auto trans.
Toyota Coaster
Review Ratings: 4/1
With its spacious, comfortable cabin, the Coaster feels like a family sedan. And its pleasant interior is just one of many welcome features. The Coaster delivers precise handling, with extra reserves of power and comprehensive safety amenities. Toyota engineering ensures rugged strength for years to come and overall economy. And Coaster is a pleasure to behold, with fresh curves and eye-catching angles. Form follows function in every detail of design. The balanced combination of economy, luxury and performance makes the Coaster an attractive solution to many of today's traffic and environmental problems. It puts more enjoyment and efficiency into small bus operation, because Toyota puts people first.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Land Cruiser, which was introduced late in the model year, added a number of safety features, including dual airbags and standard antilock braking. The front end was also redesigned. The 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser came in one trim level and had a 4.5-liter, 212 horsepower six cylinder. A four-speed automatic was the only available transmission. The 1995 Land Cruiser had a permanently engaged four-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy was about 12/14 mpg. The Land Cruiser is popular among outdoorsmen and soccer moms alike. Drivers love the 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser for its rugged off road abilities, and unending reliability. Owners love to take their 1995 Land Cruisers into the woods, but also praise its abilities for getting to the market in a storm. Drivers do complain that the SUV gets terrible gas mileage, and it can be difficult to get in and out of.
Isuzu Bus
Isuzu products are very versatile, allowing for customization that your bus operation may require. With due emphasis on passenger safety and comfort and fuel efficiency, Isuzu buses are the true kings of the road.