Archive | January 2012

Ultimate Off Road vechicle

The ultamate off road vechicle is the Mercedes-Benz Unimog (UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät) (Gerät is German for machine.) U300, U400, U500, and U5000! All Unimogs have interchangeable transmissions FWD RWD and 4Matic (Mercedes-Benz for AWD). Also they can all climb 40% incline. Mercedes-Benz Unimogs can also haul at least 70 tons. The really cool part is they can waid in five feet of water. The Unimogs are virtualy unstoppable. The reason I said this is because only one wheel needs traction for it to move. They can still reach 55 mph on the road. The Unimogs are rough tough lean mean machines.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog U300

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Mercedes-Benz Unimogs U500 (left) and U5000 (right)

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400

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Mercedes-Benz Unimog interior

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Dodge Grand Caravan, and VolksWagon Routan

During the summer of 2011 I rode to Orlando, Florida from the DC area in a Dodge Grand Caravan. Then, in November I test rode a Volkswagon Routan. The reason why I decided to put these two cars in the same review is because they are both made with Chrysler parts. The only difference between the two cars is the Routan has a tight German ride. I’d say the Routan is the Grand Caravan’s mini me. Let’s start with the interior. There are two rows of bucket seats and on the third are some regular bench seats. Behind the right bucket seat in the rear there is an A.C. plug and below it is a D.C. plug.  As far as the ride is concerned the Grand Caravan rides and handles like a sedan. The car also sips fuel. On the way to Orlando, Florida we stopped for gas twice. On the way back we filled the tank three times. Although, the cars are built pretty much the same the Routan has a tighter ride.

Now I would like to know which one you like best based on this review. Please leave your opinion in the form of a comment.