I work in Dubai most of the year, but home is Brisbane. We bought a second hand 2004 ST in Brissie back in March this year, and it lives there waiting for us to play with it on the holidays.
The United Arab Emirates is one giant sandpit with lots of 4wd fun to be had, although I'm not sure how an X-trail would handle the soft sand here with the limited ground clearance. Even this Rangie couldn't keep up with the rest of us in Landcruisers.
So far we have only had one chance to get the x-trail off road in Brisbane with a trip up Bribie Beach two weeks ago. It went very well, but the track to the beach was chopped up from all the rain and we bottomed out quite a bit. First mod will definitely be raised springs.
Jalal, compliments on a great site. Very informative. Hope we get a chance to join one of the Brisbane trips next time we are home.
Date Registered: 02-2004 Location: SUTHERLAND, SYDNEY TOTAL POSTS:29092
Re: Greetings from the Desert Hi Steve and "Salamu Alaikum" =welcome in English that is LOL
Great pics of the Dubai desert and I know exactly what you mean about the soft sand, as I have worked in Yemen before and we never went out to site except in Cruisers (seemed to be the most popular choice out there)
Don't think the exy can handle that sort of soft and HOT sand environment, but surprisingly the exy proved to be very popular in the Gulf.
Have you seen any of them on the streets over there? How different they're to our Aussie version?
Thanks for your compliments about the site and please enjoy your stay here.
There are Brisbane members here who would only love to have you join their group events in Brissie and you can check the "events" section of the forum for more details about future meets-ups.
Re: Greetings from the Desert There are quite a few X-trails on the road over here, predominantly driven by expat wives for heavy duty shopping!
(I think?) there are two models a basic and a luxury but they don't have model badges for some reason. Basic appears to be same as ST spec and luxury has everything including leather.
Some accesories such as the mirror covers with built in turn signals and the front/rear undercovers don't appear to be available in Oz, but you would know better than me. Also you can get them here in Cedar Green Metallic.