Originally Posted by Piobaire
This may be. Let's say, they go both days, every weekend but drive to work 5 x weekly. You said folks buy them only for their 4x4 potential. I would submit that if you use something 5/7ths for another purpose you bought it mainly for that purpose. Of course, no one goes off-roading every weekend, both days. The main purpose is obviously general transportation and the off-road ability is merely a secondary attribute and more something of the lifestyle they wish to project they lead. If 4x4 were the main reason they would buy something inexpensive, like an FJ, and mod it for strictly off-road use and drive a different vehicle for general use.
Additionally, most Landcruiser owners (a group you specifically mentioned), rarely if ever off road in my experience. In fact, I know several LC owners and they have never gone off road...unless you count a Sbux parking lot as "off road."
I think you have the same problem, as I have from time to time, you read what you want it say and not what it's says.
Where in my single sentence did I say or imply all of that? What I wrote was "The only people who buy patrols are people, who want to use them for their 4*4 capabilities, the same pretty much goes for Landcruisers.", nowhere did it say that all Landcruiser and patrol owners only drive in the amazon etc.
(gets up to retrieve cardboard and stanley knife)
The only people who drive LWB Landcruiser around here (I don't think I have seen a LWB Patrol in years), are people who either
1. Live in the middle of nowhere on a farm or have a holiday home some where deserted and need the 4*4 to get around on their property and up their driveway.
2. A builder who needs to drag a 2 ton trailer on to a construction site and back out.
3. People who need to drag a horse, cow, donkey what ever animal out some where in the middle of a field, which most cars can't.
4. Someone needs go out in the middle of nowhere often for pleasure or work.
I think for every Landcruiser and Patrol I see, I see about 100-200 Q7, X5, ML, RR, RRS, Cayenne etc. each.
I even more rarely see SWB Patrol and Landcruisers and when I do it's with some idiot wearing ski goggles riding around in a 5 point harness and sparco seat with roll cage, chunky tires and lifted suspension, all covered in mud.