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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
Remember when washing machines and refrigerators lasted a generation? And tyres used to last for years too? Things were made to last back then. Now it seems things are made to wear out. But one American tyre manufacturer is still making tyres that last. Since its beginnings in 1909, Mastercraft Tires has earned a reputation for building high mileage tyres and 100 years later continues to build tyres to today’s highest American quality standards. “American drivers travel long distances on highways and demand a tyre that gives high mileage. That’s why Mastercraft tyres are built with deeper, wider tread compared to many original tyres to give you more mileage,” says Steve Vickers of Exclusive Tyre Distributors, importer of Mastercraft Tires. “Mastercraft is new to BUILDING HIGH MILEAGE TIRES SINCE 1909 Are your car tyres guaranteed to last up to 80,000km? Australia and is sure to build on its reputation as Australian drivers recognise the value of its latest high mileage tyre - the Avenger LSR - that is the only car tyre in Australia with a mileage guarantee that ranges from 50,000 up to 80,000 km, depending on size.” More proof that Mastercraft tyres will give you more mileage is on the sidewall of the tyre. Treadwear is one of three UTQG ratings for *Mastercraft Tires’ mileage guarantee ranges from 50,000 to 80,000 kms depending on size (conditions and exceptions apply) and is only available from selected authorised Mastercraft Tires dealers, as country road surfaces vary too greatly from area to area. Mastercraft Tires credits any mileage shortfall. drivers to compare the quality of different tyres. The higher the treadwear rating, the more mileage you could get from the tyre. The treadwear ratings of original tyres fitted to Australia’s top selling cars were compared to Mastercraft’s LSR. For example, the original Guaranteed to last up to 80,000km - (Left) Since its beginnings in 1909, Mastercraft Tires built a reputation for high mileage tyres. (Right) Exclusive Tyre Distributors Steve Vickers with Mastercraft’s latest high mileage tyre, the Avenger LSR, that is guaranteed to last up to 80,000 kilometres. 80,000 KM GUARANTEED TO LAST UP TO 80,000 KM GUARANTEED TO LAST UP TO 80,000 KM GUARANTEED TO LAST UP TO tyre (195/60R15 Dunlop SP Sport 200e) fitted to a Toyota Corolla has a treadwear rating of 200, compared with 780 for Mastercraft’s LSR. This indicates the Mastercraft tyre, which is guaranteed to last 80,000km, could give you up to 3.9 times more mileage. For a FREE Info Pack about Mastercraft Tires, including UTQG Treadwear Ratings to compare your original tyres to Mastercraft’s LSR tyre, go to mastercrafttires.com.au or call 6274 1640. Mastercraft Tires are only available at authorised dealers. Advertisement RACT Journeys Mastercraft Guaranteed 290611.indd 1 29/06/2011 10:12:09 AM Life on the move Another blast from the past has hit the roads with the release of the new FJ Cr uiser. Styled to resemble the famous tough-as -nails FJ40 Land Cruiser of the sixties, seventies and eighties, it combines more than a touch of moder n technology and a couple of the brightest paint jobs in the business. Lurking under neath the sparkling paint and stylised sheet metal are fundamentally Prado mechanicals, but only in petrol form, which is somewhat of a surprise. But don’t worry – the 4.0L engine mated to the five-speed auto is a tried and tested drive Four-wheel drive in retro style Darren Moody drives Toyota’s new FJ Cruiser train, if not a bit thirsty. On the blacktop it offers plenty of power to effortlessly cr uise, with off-road capability more than adequate, but not quite as good as a diesel – but then again you don’t have to put up with the con stant clatter from the oil burner. The retro feel continues on the inside w ith oversized controls and even an attempt to convince you there is painted sheet metal on the dash and doors. Steering tends to be a bit vague and the suspension is a little soft for my liking, but the pay-back is a more comfortable ride on those 4W D tracks. On that subject, I did manage to get it off road and wet up to the knees – absolutely no issues here w ith the Prado 4x4 setup under neath engaged by a lever (staying in the retro moment). I never felt in danger of getting stuck. I do however have a few gr ipes, some more by circumstance than design. This is a two-door vehicle with small ‘suicide’ doors for the rear passengers. Our teenagers found access and closing their rear doors (before the front doors) difficult, particularly if the FJ was parked on any kind of incline. Rear-seat space and comfort was little if any better than a twin- cab ute and I found the driver’s seat very uncomfortable in the lumbar area, even after only short drives. There is no doubt Toyota will find a market for the FJ as it offers a level of individuality and off-road practicality – just make sure you only use the rear seats for very occasional passengers and not make it the family car. August / September 2011 33
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