The vehicle to be used for the drive home is an SUV. Details below:
Model: Pajero ( aka Shogun / Montero )
Engine: 3.8L V6
Transmission: Automatic 5 speed
Wheel Base: 109 inches / 2,780mm
Length: 192.9 inches / 4,385 mm
Width: 73.8 inches / 1,875 mm
Height: 74.4 inches / 1,890 mm
The original plan was to use a Ford Expedition EL, which we had bought back in 2016, but at the time of writing ( Feb 2020) that had developed some serious mechanical issues , needing a full engine replacement. Also, I had decided that was rather too large to be driven on the streets of Europe and back home. Additionally, owning a car that isn’t available on the UK market may have made it tricky for future repairs / servicing. And we haven’t even touched upon fuel consumption yet.
The Pajero was bought in Feb 2020, with the specific requirement of the drive. Some of the reasons for this is that the vehicle is large enough, with enough engine power, and also it is a car that is available in the UK, so at least owning it back home should be a little easier in terms of maintenance and repairs. Pajero’s have a reputation for being tough and durable, so should hopefully see us make the journey without too many issues.