Volkswagen Amarok 2011 tdi400 trendline (4x4)
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2011 Volkswagen Amarok TDI400 Trendline (4x4) review

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I don't normally feel compelled to write reviews, but I have been so bloody happy with this car that I felt I needed to let others know.

I bought my Mendoza brown Amarok (otherwise known as Mr Hanky) from new in March 2012. It has just clicked over to 280,000km and next week I am swapping it out for a V6.

It has been a company car at my family's farm and gets a hell of a workout by both me and the staff. It regularly has a tonne on the back and a few on the tow ball. It gets a flogging down dirt roads and does a lot of mild off-roading around our mountainous property.

Six years of this kind of treatment and I have only had two things go wrong:
1. A broken drive belt that runs the cooling system and the power steering early on. I was lucky I was right near the mechanic when this happened, and it ended up being a regular fault for most Amaroks of the time. A fairly easy fix, but newer versions wouldn't have this problem.
2. Broken front shock absorber more recently. This wasn't that big of a deal. I could still drive it and it wasn't an expensive fix.

Other than the lack of power and those two minor breakdowns, this car has been an absolute hero. Our business also has a 2014 BT-50 and a 2016 HiLux, and all the staff still prefer to drive my car as it just so bloody comfortable, and has a reassuring planted feel that makes the other utes feel comparatively unsafe.

Power is definitely an issue, but you only really notice it when lugging big loads uphill. It has just enough for all other circumstances, but admittedly that is the reason I have decided to get rid of it.

I had been putting off swapping out my car, as it felt ridiculous to pay a $40K turnaround to get the exact same car when the one you drive still feels great. A quick test drive of the V6 sold me, though. All I loved about my old car but with more power.