Just got hold of a manual for the Fourtrak and had a bit of a browse through the engine section. Interesting to see it's an overhead valve but the camshaft is driven by a belt rather than gears or chain. Don't understand why they did this but I guess the inscrutable little devils had some good reason. Should be a doddle to maintain and work on, don't need to disturb cambelt to lift the head, easy valve clearance adjustment, I think I'm in love :D. Maybe they were intended for use in third world countries and designed for ease of maintenance ?. Anyone changed a clutch ?, was it hard work ?. Should be easier than in a lot of modern transverse engined cars.
Not so sure how easy the running gear will be to work on as it's my first 4X4 but I guess it's just a matter of getting in there down and dirty.
Do the engines seem to be generally reliable ?, it's a low revving lump (talking diesel here) and doesn't make massive BHP so I guess relatively unstressed, particularly as it's not short of cubes. Do the turbo's tend to hold together ?, they are water cooled so it could help a bit.
Mine has done 127,000 miles but it still starts up a treat with no smoke from the exhaust, do any of you have experience of really high mileage cars ?. This one has not done much off road work by the looks of it, the body is immaculate apart from a couple of small rust bubbles around the rear window.