By christophersaul on May 30, 2009
We had a great drive to Wadi Madha yesterday - one of the few routes in the Dubai Offroad Explorer we've not already done.
Next time I'll take the Range Rover - a lot more comfy than the Wrangler, even if the Wrangler offers a more 'authentic' offroad experience. It also tends to be somewhat more reliable...
Even the Wrangler has to give up at some point...
A week or so ago we did the classic Wadi Assimha/Tayibba route and I was able to have a quick drive in Emmett's new Sahara.
You instantly feel the extra comfort - a much updated interior and huge wheels make for a much smoother drive than mine, both on and offroad. The car looks good too.
What I liked less was the reduced visibility - the new styling seems to mean much smaller windows and windscreen, restricting the driver's ability to see what's around him.
A colleague of mine recently sold his 1999 Wrangler and bought a new Sahara. He says he's been regretting it ever since - despite the extra comfort, it isn't quite so much fun to drive in the desert. Not underpowered exactly, just missing the extra oomph of the older version.
Even if I had the money, there's no reason for me to trade mine in for a newer model just now!