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Date Registered: 12-2010
Location: Macquarie Fields SYDNEY
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T32 petrol CVT on sand.


Hi all.
I did a search of the forum for information about the T32 performance on sand. I couldn't find anything so may not have looked in the right place or asked the right search question.

Anyhow, by brother-in-law wants to go to Fraser Island in September with his wife in his T32 petrol CVT exy with no mods.
He wants me and my wife to go in my own T31 series 2 exy because I have already done the trip and had no real issues (you can read trip report October 2011). I went with a spring lift and under body protection and suitable recovery gear etc.

I have advised him that he should take his T32 to a beach and practice on both soft and firm sand well before his trip as well as stocking up on suitable recovery gear and tyre deflators and pump etc. I seem to get the impression that he thinks that because I have all that he doesn't need it.

Anyway, are there any T32 drivers out there who have had experiences with various beach sand driving conditions and what if any issues did you encounter.

cheers

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Date Registered: 12-2010
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Re: T32 petrol CVT on sand.


Feedback from the Bro-in-Law. (BIL)
 
His T32 CVT petrol came to "grief" between Eulong Beach Resort and Kingfisher Bay resort...on the inland track.

My brother and sister in laws had accommodation booked at Kingfisher Bay Resort on the west coast of the island but they drove to Fraser Island via the barge from Rainbow Beach. The tyre pressures were dropped to 15 psi and they had no trouble crossing to the barge at Rainbow Beach. My BIL stated that a Triton and a Prado had both become bogged in soft sand approaching the barge. We all know that those vehicles are very capable so perhaps driver error etc.

Anyway, absolutely no trouble driving up the beach to Eulong Beach Resort (on the east coast of the Island) where they stopped for refreshments. The T32 handled great I was told so it was off on to the inland track to get to Kingfisher Bay Resort on the western side of the island.

There had been no rain for quite a while and sand on the inland track was very dry and soft and there were deep wheel ruts. They had no bash plates or body lift but made it about two thirds of the way across when a larger vehicle was coming from the opposite direction with no room to pass.

On backing up to allow room for the other vehicle the front bumper of my BIL's T32 acted like a scoop and sand built up and tore the front bumper nearly off. They managed to tie it all back up and get to Kingfisher Bay. And there the car remained until the end of their stay. There is no where to explore by vehicle at Kingfisher Bay and they weren't driving it back on the inland track. They then arranged to take the ferry across to Hervey Bay at extra cost etc.

The car performed mechanically great and they drove back home to the NSW South Coast with a strapped up torn/ripped front bumper but no other problems.

So my BIL stated that they won't take the T32 back to Fraser but they will be going back again someday.
The T31 is renowned for the back bumper bar being ripped off in soft sand especially on dunes etc. My T31 bumper suffered that fate which prompted me to fit bash plates and have a spring lift. I have driven Fraser Island in my T31 no trouble.

I suggest T32 owners feel under their front bumper and note where sand could build up when reversing. If I owned a T32 I would definitely look for bash plates to eliminate the problem....and a spring lift as well.

Anyway have a great day and don't be deterred from exploring Fraser.

cheers

Last edited by dlpeek, 3/Nov/2017, 9:38 am


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2010 T31 ST-L (S2) CVT Precision Grey.
Tow Bar, bash plates, PEDDERS lift, YOKO GEO AT/S tyres.


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Date Registered: 10-2006
Location: Mona Vale, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
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Thanks for the valuable feedback Dave.
We all know how much more capable the T31 is with the bashplates and spring lift and now it seems the T32 has been designed by Nissan along the same lines.

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