Toyota Coaster a review from Afghanistan

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Toyota Coaster a review Afghanistan

A little background I’m an American Soldier to Kandahar Air Field (KAF) in I’ve wanted to write my whole deployment, which is over now, but I’ve been too tired at the end of the day or too lazy.

mid-December my company had two Toyota buses at our disposal. We used to get to and from work. I had the opportunity, or misfortune, to drive them out about a dozen times. Of all the on base it had to be these. If this sounds cynical and sarcastic, because it is. I’m also the basic Jalopnik format for review.

Just a minor note, a helicopter mechanic. Chinooks to be so if I mention anything that more at home on a helicopter or car terms with aircraft that’s why. Let’s say I’ve turned more on the helicopter than I have on


There isn’t to say about the exterior. A bus is a bus. three color options for the on KAF. There’s the maroon tan and white trim option or with either blue or trim options. Ours black steel wheels and an amount of dents and paint I think all the mirrors were on them.

These have a door and an outward sliding door, which if you’re will close the first you slam it. Oh! Our maintenance platoon’s bus had a awning over the number one Don’t know if it worked. All it did was against the side when we over bumps.


’90s American don’t come close to level of crap. If it can fall it does. Perhaps it’s not to complain about that these are in Afghanistan, but Ima do it anyway. The above the driver and passenger was long gone. It collapsed on our bus in November and was shoddily reinstalled deck screws. The passenger on one bus had become disconnected and would back under acceleration.

Having been sat upon by of soldiers and who knows who else in its life, the cloth seat sink down pretty which is nice until you over a bump. I imagine the were originally brown. I be sure; sun, sand, and faded them fairly There’s little leg room in At 5′ 10 my knees were an inch from touching the in front. Individual room per was moderate at best. When body armor (standard IOTVs) the ride was unbearable. that wasn’t often.

The were unreadable. Fuel was out of the and the speedometer was a case of I think going 40 kph?

This me to the driver’s seat. At the end of driving one of my right foot was aching the gas pedal. The angle it’s set at is


Well it’s an old automatic bus in the desert. The top speed on KAF is 40 kph, or about 26 mph. is a good thing since I think they could get 50 kph. Acceleration to 40 kph is good. I pass a person on a bicycle ease. Never did try to over another vehicle. Glad I I should mention this is the diesel I’ve driven, the being a Humvee. The tired Diesel in that had a lot more


They were at best. I’d have trying to stop in the rain. It was bad our road rides along the which is electric and goes an old Soviet minefield.

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It depended on where you If you were above a wheel spine was dust. I suppose it down to how hard you tried to over the gravel surfaces My inner wannabe rally came in when I did.

It’s a bus. It doesn’t. were you expecting? McLaren handling?

Actually I can provide input here. The steering was numb and you had to wiggle the wheel and forth to keep the vehicle straight.This can be very scary a big Mercedes bus or worse an MRAP is the same road with


As far as automatics go, it’s not bad. Of course having not the vehicle’s full potential I know how well it shifts fourth.


Shops bus had a fridge.

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