This is my Amarok! Now you might be forgiven for thinking I'm whinging about my Amarok... perish the thought... but there was a couple of things that made me wish I'd bought a horse.
I could see better with a bee's wax candle than the headlights of the Amarok and it is the only vehicle in the world where the high beams are worse than the low beam. Anyway, shortly after buying the ute brand spanking new from the dealer I plunged into the pitch black darkness of some of the most remote Western Australian roads where it was blacker than the inside of a Black Angus cow on a dark moonless night and with 200 km of dirt road to go before the nearest sign of habitation I was... whinging... but I did have an EGR bulbar.
Anyway, while I was in WA I only drove around in the daytime or got a mate to walk in front of me with a torch if I needed to drive at night. When I got back to Adelaide I bought the... see-above... fantastic LED driving lights complete with ring of LED around the outside of them to pretend I'm driving a BMW. I also replaced the headlights with 130% better bulbs.
The other night I got to drive them in the real dark and the were random (random - new word meaning awesome apparently).
Now you might notice the little bracket attached to the top of the lights fixed onto the grill which was put on after the lights were fitted. Now to make a long story short these lights are heavy and the EGR Bull bar is light which is good and bad. But it was so light that the lights flexed back and forth with the bumps in the road and Adelaide roads are just a series of repairs on top of repairs that make the corrugations on the Tanami Track feel smoother than a billiard table. Anyway, anyway, I needed a solution. I rang the EGR people hoping their great customer service might provide me with one. They used two of the most common "Fob Off The Customer" techniques to the get rid of a whinging customer. One - "Blame the customer" ... "We don't recommend putting lights on our bull bars", I was told... which of course they don't until after you buy one and really... which planet are they from. Secondly when that didn't work they hand balled it... "Go to whoever fitted the Bull Bar and get them to fix it."... thanks for your help. Anyway the Electrician that I bought the lights from fitted the brackets and they are fine now.
Second whinge was the road tyres the came with the ute from new and they were gone after a short 40,000 km. So I fitted Dick Cepek - Trail Country's. I've never heard of Dick Cepek, he sounds like he's from the Starship Enterprise... but they come from the good ole USA where trails are big and therefore must be good. I was trying to explain the the Immigration Lady at Dallas Fort Worth Airport the other day that I had some mixed nuts and dried fruit in my baggage. Oh, she say's "You got Trail Mix". So these tyres are mainly for the highway and some off-road.. trail... which is fine because I only drive down the iron hard roads of the Pilbara, cross flooded creeks and over sand hills miles from anywhere and it's not the tread pattern on the tyres but the way you drive.
Don't start me on tyres... I explain to people only they don't listen that the first people to drive Outback Australia used overloaded two wheel drive vehicles with thin canvas tyres on unmade tracks over sand hills, gibber plains, muddy creeks and salt pans surrounded by a million flies and a dead camel and got through anyway...
Otherwise the Amarok is awesome... until VW-gate... and my one is on the recall... maybe they'll give me a new one LOL!!!