Toyota beats them all when it comes to reliability in the 4X4 category

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Car troubles, importing vehicle, a vehicle clearing a imported used cars dealers.

I work and live in the rural so I deal with a lot of rough especially during the wet season.

recommend a good 4WD with a engine (diesel or petrol) and has clearance. Other than what other makes you recommend?


The moment you say VVTi, you yourself to Toyotas. But, any fully-fledged 4WD SUV will do the job.

I’m you do not want a full-size SUV (Landcruiser 100 or the “VX” or a Nissan Patrol), so you can a Nissan Terrano, a Mitsubishi (a good choice, actually, in of comfort and ability), maybe a Rover Defender if you do not mind the of an Eastern European … a Land Rover Discovery if pockets go deeper than Isuzu Trooper. the list is

I would, however, advise you to to Toyotas, especially if you can get your on one made in the mid to late 1990s.

I now that you operate from the reliability and ease of repair be top on your list after the obvious off-road capability.

If you say, a Discovery, what you do when the air-suspension goes and you are a million miles from

Try the J70 Toyota.

It might be a bit too geometrical in and carrying milk in it might see you your business to sales of and ghee, but, as cars go, it is and will go anywhere.

The J90 Prado is an option, with a bit more added to the equation, but anything than that and you will be with expensive repair

Choose wisely.

Hello Baraza,

My car smells of after going six kilometres. could be the problem? I service the car


Hi Lorine,

Maybe you a petrol can inside the car with What happens beyond six

Anyway, it could be one of many leaking fuel lines, a air cleaner connection, a loose filter, plugs that are not properly. I need more for a more definite answer.

No, I do not containers in the car. Three ago, it stalled. I thought the was down so we ‘jacked’ the car.

It for about two metres then showing the battery, engine and ABS on the dashboard.

The mechanic seems not to what the problem is. The petrol are now so strong that you can smell from outside.

The car is a Toyota with a D4 engine, which have been telling me is

Please elaborate on the engine and its


You jacked the car? Do you that you have just me that you stole the car? Did you you jacked it up, or jump-started it?

Displaying all notifications on the dashborad is normal. starting a car, the moment the key the “ON” position, all the dashboard come on.

They then go off the key reaches “START” and stay off the engine is running (unless the car has all those problems).

When a car all those lights come on the key is in the “ON” position but the engine is

I think I can now presume what problem is. One of your fuel is leaking badly, as I had approximated

The only marriage between a petrol smell and a stalling car is a fuel system: you are fuelling the but the fossil fuels seem to go to the ground rather than their way into your

I cannot say for sure that problem is connected to the D4 characteristic, but I do D4s have problems.

Tell mechanics to check the connections the fuel lines feeding the filter, the ones from the to the throttle body and at the throttle itself.

If they don’t what a throttle body is, it is the of metal at the top of the engine into air is fed from the air cleaner, and the origin of the

All the best.

Hello Baraza,

I own a FunCargo, 2003 model and relatively new. Every I drive on a highway and do above it starts vibrating, literally the entire car.

I have not advice from a mechanic I wanted to consult a specialist

Please advise.


M Kihara.

Hello Edwin,

FunCargo could be suffering one of these: the wheels need or one of them is loose and needs Check the alignment also, but I if this is it.

Hi Baraza,

I have imported a Toyota Wish, in 2004, and just want to if there is anything in particular to out for with this model.

mine does not come a CD-DVD player/TV (as is usual the more recent models), and like to know if you can suggest a and honest person who can install for me at a pocket-friendly price.

I am also on the for a good and honest mechanic in Nairobi. Female car owners out know what I’m talking

We are charged double or triple the for some of the services provided to us by and unprofessional mechanics.


Hello Pamela,

About Wish lacking CD/DVD, the very first owner one who bought it in 2004) did not specify on his/her vehicle.

But in case did, these things get at the port in Mombasa. A while it was almost impossible to get a second-hand with the stereo/TV intact.

aftermarket tuners/modifiers install entertainment kits. The most are of course the ones who do matatus, but might charge you matatu and you might have to join a

One way of ensuring honesty might be a bit buy the kit yourself and then ask what the labour cost is. Theft and typically occur at the point of of the kits you seek.

As for the mechanics, are no guarantees unless you enter into a crash course in vehicle basics.

For now, a trustworthy male friend who one or two things about cars and him accompany you to the garage, or better let him take the car to the mechanics. Several of my friends do this with me, and I it works.

All the best.


I a Toyota Mark II Regalia, old (KAY XXX). I took it for an wash and it appears some sensors got in contact with because it is now too slow to accelerate.

My is: are there known dangers with engine washes? If how can they be avoided? Thanks a lot for the column.



To be honest, I think this is becoming a of epidemic proportions, because complaints are coming thick and from other readers.

water might have got the electronics. And yes, it is rectifiable lizard-style or hairdresser-style.

The lizard involves parking your car in the sun the bonnet open for some (not 100 per cent effective, bad for paint job and the car will be uncomfortable when you finally pick it

The hairdresser style involves a blow drier and applying it to the you suspect the water might got into (logistically tricky: blow dries have cords, and it is also embarrassing for a man to be using a typically female device on his car).

Do this: the engine wash yourself, it seems like most car outfits out there are putting into difficulties.

Engine is not the same as body wash copious volumes of water and are needed to acquire a gleam.

A wet meticulously used, should your engine and spare car future hiccups.


I drive a Nissan Sunny 2001 model, that I three years ago. My started when the original shocks got worn out.

All shocks I have fitted last three months. We replaced the front coil with “tougher” ones but has made little difference in the lifespan. The bushes are alright.

The car is driven by me, covers a distance of six daily (Ngara to Parklands) and trips upcountry.

It covers on 600 kilometres a month and is carefully The rest of the systems are okay electrical, steering, braking, etc).

Is this a common problem this model? What you recommend?


One common people make is replacing the and shocks but forgetting to change the too.

This tends to be it is like washing one sleeve of a shirt, or replacing one worn out in a pair.

The suspension problem be typical of B15, but I do not see how a drive Ngara to Parklands and back warrant a suspension change. the mechanics are short-changing you; I know.

My advice towards this problem will harsh and generate heat some circles: maybe time we started paying attention to locally franchised even when buying

They have the advantage of dealer support and in some you might even get a car with an warranty, which will be a to you, your bank and your dependants.

When I tropicalisation, I was disparaged as a minion for the outlets, but now it seems a good of readers are facing complications “new” imports.

Maybe the have come home to

Hello Mr Baraza,

My Nissan N16 does not engage the reverse after travelling for a distance.

It has no problem in the morning or after for more than two hours. could be the problem?


Hello Sir,

Is it manual or Either way, it looks you will have to face the and have the gearbox dropped to the for further investigation. Take it me, it is not an experience you will enjoy.

them check the linkage (on transmission type) first disassembling the gearbox.

If the linkage is for the automatic have the electrical also checked (with the just go straight to disassembly). If the are fine, well, take the by the horns.

Just so you know, you might to buy a new gearbox. or learn how to make right turns in order to go

Hello Baraza,

I have a Duet (YOM 2000) was a perfect car until some last year when it on the road.

When the car was fixed by the it started vibrating. He told me the needed to be changed, which I and the work was carried out.

months later, despite visits to the mechanic, the vibrations not stopped.

This problem is pronounced when in traffic and the car is in gear. I have now changed all the and I’m wondering what is next.

I the car and its fuel efficiency. It normally not give me any other problems as I it for service regularly when it is due 5,000 km).


I strongly suspect you changed the for nothing. I think the first messed up the idling settings on car, so have the idle (at the throttle body), before you yourself to more expensive

Let me know how this goes and we take it up from there.

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