Best 4×4 off roading destinations in the UK

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We have recently asked all of our social friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ where they like to go off roading in the UK and Ireland, and we have put together a list of all the places our lovely fans sent us. The list is in no particular order. Locations can be seen on the map at the bottom of the page.


First up, we have Parkwood 4×4 (recommended by James-Gary Smith) Parkwood is a family run business, and was setup to provide events and training at the venue. If you are looking to go on a 4×4 training course or are simply wanting to go for a 4×4 play day, then we highly recommend you visit Parkwood 4×4.

You can find them here;

Parkwood 4×4
Home Farm,
Tong Village,
Bradford,
West Yorkshire BD4 0RR

Or visit their website here – https://www.parkwood4x4.co.uk/


Next, we have Cowm Leisure (recommended by Alex Johnson) Cowm Leisure offers multiple avenues of off roading, whether it be in a 4×4, mini bikes, trials and much more. More information can be found on the Cowm Leisure website – https://cowmleisure.com/ or call them on 07970 101879

Cowm Leisure can be found here;

Cowm Leisure
Back Cowm Quarry,
High Barn Lane,
Whitworth,
Lancashire OL12 8XG


Third on our list is Bala 4×4 (recommended by Steve Davies) Bala is rather special for off roading, thanks to it’s amazing views overlooking the Bala Lake and is surrounded by mountains. It’s one of the most popular places used by 4×4 magazines for photo shoots, and is also used for vehicle launching. Check out there website to view all of their 4×4 experience packages – https://bala4x4.co.uk/

Bala 4×4’s location is as follows;

Bala 4×4
Llannerch yr Eryr,
Llandderfel
Bala
Gwynedd
LL23 7DR


Fourth on our list is KORC (Kirton Off Road Centre, recommended by Gav Smith) Kirton is a pay and play centre in the UK that covers over 600 acres of a wide variety of terrains. This off road centre is suitable for novices and experts. They have a wide array of 4×4 driving experiences available, and it is advised to give them a call before you turn up, as it is a popular place. https://korc.co.uk/

K.O.R.C.
Gainsthorpe Road, Gainsthorpe
Kirton Lindsey
North Lincs
DN21 4JL


Fifth on our list is Club Mud Rutz (recommended by Hayden Gilbey) Mud Rutz is the one of the largest outdoor off roading experience locations in the UK. Based in Essex, they are an extreme 4×4 pay and play centre that have some fantastic reviews. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find out much information about Mud Rutz, but you can contact them via email – [email protected] or you can visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/mud.rutz


 

Sixth on our list is a place called 4×4 Driving. John Morgan 4×4 Driving is one of the best places you can go for off-roading driving events in the United Kingdom. The extremely popular and challenging 4×4 owner days are held on the second and fourth Sunday of every month from 10am – 4pm. Full details of when the events are taking place, and how much it costs can be seen on the 4×4 Driving website – https://www.4x4driving.co.uk/

Slindon Safari 4×4 Driving Centre
Arundel Road,
Walberton, Arundel,
BN18 0


Seventh on our list of places to go off roading is called Wild Tracks. They’re accredited trainers specialising in the provision of qualified 4×4 off road tuition for people with all levels of off roading experience. They boast a 60 acre site, with a wide variety of terrain and challenging environment such as deep water and ruts. Using their 4×4 course all day (9.00am – 4.00pm) for just £35. You can find out more about their 4×4 experiences on their website – https://www.wildtracksltd.co.uk/off-road-4×4

WildTracks Offroad,
Activity Park,
Chippenham Road,
Kennett, Newmarket,
Suffolk,
CB8 7QJ


Eighth on our list is True Grip Off Road. True Grip Off Road is a professional outlet providing very high quality 4×4 off road driving and quad biking courses in the picturesque Kent countryside. Set on Eastwell Park Estate which is considered the premium off road site in South East England, this team of highly experienced and friendly instructors deliver a variety of courses ranging from gift experiences to professional training. They specialise in sole use sessions so you will be getting an exclusive time here. This venue is suitable for everyone regardless of their experience, even junior off road courses are available! Bespoke group and corporate packages can also be arranged – for more information please visit www.truegrip-offroad.co.uk

True Grip Off Road Limited
Eastwell Court
Lenacre Street
Ashford
Kent
TN25 4JT


The next of this post is Whitecliff Off Road Centre. Whitecliff were established in 1997 and provide 4×4 driving training, gift experience days, corporate events, group 4×4 events and much more. The guys over at Whitecliff are very friendly and are sure to give you a 4×4 experience you will never forget. To find out more about Whitecliff, simply visit their website – https://www.whitecliff4x4.co.uk/

Whitecliff Off-Road Driving Centre
Whitecliff Quarry
Coleford
Gloucestershire
GL16 8NB


Next up on the list, we have Beyond 4×4. Unlike many of the other 4×4 destinations on this list, beyond 4×4 purely provide 4×4 training, and are not a pay and play recreational company.

Beyond 4×4 provide professional 4×4 courses and certification across the UK. As DVSA Approved Driving Instructors and Lantra-Awards Approved Trainers, they legally train 4×4 drivers how to handle their vehicles in the high-risk on-road environment, under normal, flood and winter conditions. They have some of the best qualified trainers in the industry, and are one the leading specialists in their field. They have sites all across the UK, so to find out more, please visit their website – https://www.beyond4x4.co.uk/


Up next we have Protrax Overland Adventures who provide a wide range of services, including trips to Europe and Morocco. The reason they feature here however is for their driving days, which they host throughout the year. Open to all, not just members, they invite you to bring along your own vehicle and take on their fantastic course having a great time! Trained personnel are also on hand for anyone who needs them, and you can drive all day for just £25 per vehicle. To find out more simply visit https://www.protraxoverlandadventures.co.uk/

Pro-Trax
Wood Cottage
24 Old North Rd
Water Newton
Peterborough
Camb’s
PE8 6LU


Next on the list we have Ash 4×4. Based in the delightful grounds of Hawkstone Park Follies in North Shropshire, you will enjoy a beautiful and relaxing environment learning new and exciting 4×4 driving skills.  Hawkstone park offers you a wide range of driving conditions; with sections suitable for beginners and others that will challenge the most experienced of drivers. Ash 4×4 offer the following services;

-Individual and Group Bookings, Weekend / Day 4×4 Club Events, Outdoor Team Building Experiences, Corporate Hostpitality and Vehicle Demonstrations

A unique opportunity to drive across Morecombe bay on Sunday 5th July at 9am has arisen, with Ash 4×4, to take part all vehicles must have recovery fitted prior to going on the sands! It will cost £30 per vehicle. To book your place please email ([email protected]) or call Billy on 07581 030331 . Places are limited and will be on a first come basis.

All vehicles must be road legal. Find out more here – https://www.ash4x4.com/


Next, we have OneLife Adventure. Offering vehicle based adventures for all 4×4 owners, OneLife Adventure prides itself on taking only small groups (a maximum of 6 vehicles/12 adults), allowing time to explore the cultures and landscapes we travel in. Our expeditions are lead by an experienced support team well equipped with satellite communications and medical back up. All our expeditions are family orientated 4×4 adventures – with plenty of time to explore the cultures and landscapes you travel in, and include all ferry crossings, guiding, support, all accommodation and our knowledge and attention at all times. Our UK Explorer weekends are suitable for standard vehicles, and are great fun and a perfect introduction to vehicle based adventure travel.

Our adventure expeditions cover a wide variety of terrains and landscapes, sand to ice, mountain to desert. Wherever you chose, UK or overseas, they offer family orientated adventures or demanding real adventure expeditions, you’ll face new challenges, camp in beautiful remote wild camp sites and learn new skills in some of the most exciting adventure 4×4 destinations on offer today. Check out our web site for the current program in Western Sahara, Morocco, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, UK, Greece, Turkey, Namibia and Botswana.

Visit their website to find out more – https://www.onelifeadventure.co.uk/

OneLife Adventure
1 Beaumont Street
Todmorden
Lancashire
OL14 5JZ


Next up we have Yorkshire 4×4 Specialists. Yorkshire 4×4 Specialists started out 4yrs ago providing “Green Laning” Tours in Yorkshire. Now they operate in the UK,Europe,North Africa providing bespoke Guided 4×4 Experiences, and also offer RoSPA Off­Road training at our centre near York.

They offer tours across the Yorkshire Wolds and Yorkshire Moors 1 day special offer £50 per vehicle, weekends from £100 per vehicle.

Visit their website and find out more here – https://www.yorkshire4x4specialists.com/


Our latest addition to our list is The Wright Event. The Wright Event is one of the most experienced off-road driving operators in the country and is an accredited member of the British Off-Road Driving Association (BORDA). Operating from their own venue, Ashtree Farm in the beautiful Kent countryside, you will find the best off-road driving centre in the South East, with over 200 acres of orchards, woodland and open fields. The Wright Event provide professional training to numerous commercial organisations and individuals wanting to experience 4×4 off-road driving as a leisure activity. With their qualified instructor beside you, they ensure that you fully enjoy your driving experience as you tackle slopes you wouldn’t believe were possible. Their off-road driving facility provides a challenge for both experienced 4×4 drivers and beginners.

The Wright Event
Ashtree Farm
Teston Road
West Malling
Kent
ME19 5RL
www.thewrightevent.co.uk


So there you have it, these are the top places to go off roading in the United Kingdom as suggested by our social friends. We’d love to hear about your experiences at these destinations, and as always if you need parts for your 4×4, please visit our main website here – https://www.milneroffroad.com/

10 Reasons Why 4×4 Drivers Are The Best

4×4 Drivers Are The Best!

Over the years, quite a few things have been said about 4×4 drivers. Unfair accusations from drivers of everything from small hatchbacks to sleek saloons, about one thing or another that is often simply not true.

Being in the position that we are here at Milner Off Road, we speak to and deal with 4×4 fanatics all day most days, and find that the majority are simply friendly people who love their vehicle and want to take it to the limit, and that deserves nothing but respect! So forget accusations of arrogance and entitlement, here at our 10 reasons why 4×4 drivers are the best.

  • Not Scared Of The Snow – We begin with an issue that crops up most years in
    the UK, around January/February time, when the cold snap kicks in and roads across the country get a dusting of the white stuff, which simultaneously causes panic across a large percentage of the nations car drivers. Some of them choose to employ the “low gear, high revs” method of driving around, whilst others abandon their vehicles and decide that walking to work wet, cold and with several bruises is the better option. On the other hand, most 4×4 drivers don’t bat an eyelid, we keep calm and carry on, fight back against nature, and get where we need to be. See a shot of our very own car park below for proof!

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  • They Can Rescue People – Following on somewhat from point one, the fact that many 4×4’s can take their drivers anywhere that they wish means that they’re perfectly placed to rescue those who are not so well equipped. Whether it be from snow, ice, mud or flood, rescuers always turn up to save the day in a 4×4.
  • They’re Well Prepared For The Apocalypse – Whether it’s soon, or in a million years time, there’s more than likely going to be a time when the human race and civilisation as we know it begins to crumble, and those equipped with a 4×4 will be best placed to ride it out. Take for example a horde of flesh-eating zombies, who’s going to survive? The man with the large 4×4 which can take on multiple terrains, fit extra supplies in the back, and plough through large crowds? Or the Citroen Saxo? I know where my money is going.
  • They See Beautiful Parts Of The Country – Many people love a day out in the countryside, but mud, long distance walks and the occasional cow pat is enough to put many people off. 4×4 drivers don’t have these problems though, they can enjoy long days out and take their vehicles with them, seeing beautiful scenery and keeping the countryside economy of cafes and pubs booming too.
  • The “Brotherhood/Sisterhood” Bond – We all have friends, those people we feel we can trust above all else, but nothing truly bonds people together like a day out off roading over tough terrain. The thrills and spills are shared with a smile, as everyone helps each other out, fixing bumps and sharing parts to ensure everyone returns from action alive, well, and covered in mud.
  • Amazing Innovation – You’re in the middle of the countryside, miles from the nearest roads and even further from a town, when all of a sudden you hear a crack, a snap or a pop, something has broken on your vehicle. Disaster? No chance. 4×4 drivers are experts at innovative, makeshift “repairs” to keep their vehicles going back to civilisation. Naturally, we don’t encourage these sort of things for safety reasons, but some of the stories we have heard of people holding things together until they’ve been able to get their hands on real tools and 4×4 parts are pretty amazing.
  • They’re The Safest Drivers On The Road – Say what you want, but a study has shown that 4×4 drivers are actually the safest drivers on the road when it comes to the number of crashes…in 2008 at least.
  • More Prepared For Family Life – Any car driver will know the stress of trying to load the family into the vehicle for a holiday, day out, or even just a trip to the supermarket. Trying to fit 2 booster seats, a pushchair, toys and all sorts of equipment into the back of a Vauxhall Corsa is like a game of Tetris, that also happens to scream and kick you whilst you’re playing it. All the extra space that a 4×4 provides make’s this a much simpler task though. Granted, when children are involved it’s never going to go 100%, but it’s so much easier and stress-free for everyone involved. The worlds future innovators, scientists and great minds are sat comfortably in the back of a Mitsubishi L200, not in a Ford Fiesta with a weeks shopping stacked on top of them.
  • They’re Efficient Now Too – For many years one of the biggest sticks that 4×4 detractors used to beat drivers with was the “Gas Guzzler” tag, claiming that they’re far too inefficient, bad for the environment and bad for the wallet too, but that is not the case. Many modern 4×4’s easily exceed 40mpg, putting them on a par, or even better than some everyday vehicles. Whoever thought they could say a Range Rover Evoque gets better mpg than a Ford Focus? It’s not a reality.
  • Have The Most Fun – Finally, and most importantly, 4×4 drivers simply have more fun. The car cruising scene has declined in recent years, whereas 4×4 drivers can get together, find their nearest pay and play or legal off roading site, and simply have a great day!

So, there you have it, 10 ironclad (sort of…) reasons that 4×4 drivers simply are the best out there today, so off roaders of the land, next time someone is jabbing at you for your choice of vehicle simply send them this way and watch them convert!

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If you have any more reasons why 4×4 drivers are the best around, then please do not hesitate to share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Most Exciting 4×4’s Coming In 2015

With the advance of in car technology, 4x4s are now seen as the perfect way to spend your money wisely, thanks to all the car you get for the price you pay. In this post we will show you some of the best 4x4s coming to market in 2015.

With more and more people deciding to trade in their hatchbacks or saloon cars for a 4×4 this time of the year, as roads get a little harder to navigate, mostly down to snow, ice, wet and slippery roads, not to mention the odd bad driver, put all this together and owning a 4×4 has never been more appealing. With that in mind, below are some of the best 4x4s we think are coming to the UK this year.

Ford Edge

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Price: £28,000 (est)

This vehicle is Fords answer to the highly popular Audi Q5 and comes with with a choice of two diesel engines. This vehicle is expected to be on sale in the UK later this year, and is expected to undercut the likes of the Q5, XC60 and the Touareg – meaning this vehicle will more than likely be on sale for around £28,000.

The Edge is loaded with technology, and so it should be with the hefty price tag, but the stand out tech being that this car will be able to park itself, by being able to carry out maneuvers such as parallel and perpendicular parking – meaning you won’t have to worry about you ending up on YouTube as one of the worst parkers in the world. It is worth noting however that this vehicle will only be launched in the UK as four-wheel drive. This may change in the future.

Mazda CX-3

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Price: £15,000 (est)

Say hello to the Mazda CX-3, a new SUV that has been designed to appeal to modern 4×4’s such as the Nissan Juke. This vehicle is expected to hit showrooms in April.

The CX-3 will be offered with a 2.0 petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The petrol engines should be producing around 118bhp and 163bhp and the diesel is expected to produce 104bhp. Depending on what you prefer, the CX-3 will be offered in the UK as a 2wd or 4wd, however the all wheel drive system features torque vectoring, the same traction control system that you get in the Mazda CX-5.

Volvo XC90

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Price: Starting at £45,785 (Est)

This new Volvo is expected to blow the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X5 in the the weeds, however it does come with the heavy price tag of £45,785. So, with that price tag, what does it come with and is it worth it?

The exterior of this vehicle boasts metal surrounds on the windows, front spoiler and grille, and some eye catching 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. The interior will feature sports seats that give the most delightful hugs, illuminated door sills and much more.

This vehicle will be offered to the public with several different powertrains, including a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid that will be capable of returning you an outstanding 100mpg, depending on how you drive of course. There is a range topping engine available, that produces 394bhp, just shy of the Audi RS4. Volvo are also going to offer the choice of two other diesel engines – both four-cylinder units that will be badged D4 and D5. The latter produces 222bhp and 347lb ft of torque, and is only available as a four-wheel drive, this engine should return you economy stats of around 47mpg. Entry-level cars will get the 187bhp D4 engine, with 295lb ft of torque, these are front wheel drive only and should achieve up to 56mpg. This vehicle is expected to be on sale around May time.

Mercedes GLE Coupe 2015

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Price: £60,000+ (est)

As you’ve probably already seen, this vehicles was showcased at the Detroit Motor Show, and is Mercedes’ answer to BMW’s X6. It is expected to launch in June.

This vehicle is the typical sporty SUV that will no doubt we a hit with the people of Cheshire, this is thanks to it’s sporty appeal on the outside and in. This vehicle has been given sportier suspension and even the gear ratios have been altered to give you more of a sporty feel. You have 5 different driving styles to choose from, including Individual, Comfort, slippery, Sport and Sport+. 4 wheel drive will be standard on this vehicle.

Now lets have a look at what engines are available. The GLE Coupe includes one diesel and two petrol models. The nine-speed – that’s right 9-speed – tronic automatic transmission, comes with with four-wheel drive. The top of the range model of this vehicle is the GLE 450 AMG, this one is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, that produces around 362bhp and 383lb ft of torque. The predicted best seller is the GLE 350d. This one as you’ve probably guessed is the diesel model, and comes with an astonishing 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, producing 254bhp and 457lb ft of torque. This will make it ideal for towing along your caravan in the summer.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi

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Price: £29,000 (est)

This is now the third generation of the Kia Sorento, and it just keeps on getting better and better. The new model will include freshened-up styling, steering tweaks and improvements to the chassis. This vehicle also comes with Kia’s superb 7 year warranty.

The Kia Sorento will now have a more appealing interior as well, offering comfortable leather seats, and a stylish dashboard. Why’s it stylish? I’m glad you asked, you get a 8.0 inch touch screen which is easy to navigate and all the other little gadgets this car has to offer are easy to find and use, such as the cabin heating controls.

The Sorento available in the United Kingdom will only come with a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing around 200bhp and 325lb ft of torque.

There you have it, these are 5 of the many 4×4’s, we are looking forward to seeing this year. Of course given the cost, these are by no means every man vehicles, so the much more affordable and tried and tested options such as the Hilux, L200 and Navara are where our love lies (especially as off roaders) but we do love seeing the latest developments in the industry! If we have missed any of the list, please make sure to leave your opinion on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Which one are you most looking forward to this year?

‘Rip-Off’ Range Rover To Sell For 14K!

The LandWind X7 has to be one of the most talked about vehicles to be revealed at the Guangzhou Motor Show, and we can only think back to that infamous Top Gear episode when Jeremy Clarkson and James May tested all of the cheap knock off’s of well known vehicles.

But, can you really complain when the LandWind will be on sale for just £14,000, much cheaper than the £40,000+ Range Rover Evoque. As you can see from the images below, the X7 strikes a remarkably strong resemblance to the superb Range Rover Evoque, which will surely make it a steal to all those that want an Evoque but simply can’t afford their price tag.

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The X7 has decent quality leather seats, and appears to have been made mostly out of plastic, not bad for saving weight I guess. However, despite the strong appearance, the LandWind scored a brilliantly poor zero when it took on the EURO NCAP safety rating test.

The engine in this 4×4 is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, delivering around 188bhp. This vehicle can either come with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

As you can imagine, Land Rover are not happy about their car being took for a ride, and Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive of Land Rover has said he will be complaining to Chinese officials over the X7.

We want your opinion on this, would you buy one over the Evoque? Have your say on our social profiles, which can be seen below.

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2015 Toyota Hilux Special Edition

So, offical specs have been released for the new Toyota Hilux that will arrive in 2015. There are 3 different models of the well renowned 4×4 and in this post we will go through some of the main specifications the new indestructible beast now boasts.

First up, the cheaper of the 3 options available, it’s called the Double Cab Edge and is the only natural two wheel drive version of the three available.

Engine Specs: The Edge is fitted with a Turbo-charged 3.0L, 4 cylinder, Double Overhead Cam (DOHC).

  • Power – 169bhp at 3600rpm
  • Torque – 343Nm between 1400 – 3400rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 76L

Transmission: This model is only available as a Manual.

  • 5-speed manual transmission.
  • Rear Limited Slip Differential (LSD).
  • Drive Type – Rear Wheel Drive (RWD).

Safety: This car hasn’t currently been through the European NCAP rating but did score 4 out of 5 stars in the Australian version of NCAP called ANCAP.

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The second version of the Hilux special editions is called the TRD Sportivo and boasts a 4 wheel drive system compared to the 2WD system of the Edge.

Engine Specs: The TRD Sportivo is equipped with a 3.0L, 4 cylinder, 16 valve DOHC with common rail injection.

  • Power – 169bhp at 3600rpm
  • Torque – Manual 343Nm at 1400-3400rpm, Auto 360 at 1400-3200rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 76L

Transmission: The TRD Sportivo is available as an Automatic and Manual.

Automatic –

  • 5-speed super electronically controlled Automatic Transmission (ECT) with Artificial Intelligence and lock-up torque converter.
  • Part-time 4WD.
  • Front Automatic Disconnecting Differential (ADD).
  • Rear Standard Differential.

Manual – 

  • 5-speed manual transmission.
  • Part-time 4WD.
  • Front Automatic Disconnecting Differential.
  • Rear Standard Differential.

Safety: The TRD Sportivo hasn’t currently been through the European NCAP rating but did score 5 out of 5 stars in the Australian version of NCAP called ANCAP.

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The third and final option of the 3 is called the TRD/SR5. This model comes with a 4WD system and a petrol engine.

Engine Specs: The SR5 is equipped with a 4.0L, 6 cylinder, 24 valve Quad cam.

  • Power – 169bhp at 3600rpm
  • Torque – Manual 343Nm at 1400-3400rpm, Auto 360 at 1400-3200rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 76L

Transmission: The TRD Sportivo is available as an Automatic and Manual.

Automatic –

  • 5-speed super electronically controlled Automatic Transmission (ECT) with Artificial Intelligence and lock-up torque converter.
  • Part-time 4WD.
  • Front Automatic Disconnecting Differential (ADD).
  • Rear Standard Differential.

Safety: Just like the previous 2 models, the TRD/SR5 is yet to be tested the European NCAP rating but did score 5 out of 5 stars in the Australian version of NCAP called ANCAP.

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Special Edition Colours

  • Hilux EDGE is only available in Glacier White, Charcoal Grey, Ink and Velocity Red.
  • TRD Hilux is available in Velocity Red, Glacier White and Ink.
  • Hilux TRD Sportivo is available in Glacier White and Eclipse.

An image with the available colours can be seen below;

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Price: The price has yet to be announced for the UK.

If you need any parts for your current Toyota Hilux, make sure you click here!

A Guide To Buying A 4×4

a-guide-to-buying-a-4x4So, you’re thinking of becoming a true 4×4 enthusiast like ourselves, and are wanting to take your vehicle to places you thought unimaginable on 4 wheels? In this post we will help you buy the right 4×4 for your needs, whether you are looking for a 4×4 to feel safer in the snow, on a school run or are truly looking to go off roading at every given chance. This post will help you!

4×4 Buying Guide

1) First things first, ensure you buy a 4×4 for your needs and if so, what are you looking to accomplish with it, are you looking for a 4×4 to feel safer on public roads or are you wanting to dominate the off road terrain in your local area and on foreign lands? Deciding between these two will narrow your choice down quite dramatically, not all 4×4’s are built for off roading. Deciding between these two will narrow your choice down quite dramatically, not all 4×4’s are built for off roading.

2) So, now you have narrowed down your choices, a good thing to do would be to check out forums and reviews dedicated to the vehicle, this way you will learn much more about the common faults and what to look for when going to buy the vehicle itself.

3) As with any vehicle manufacturer, prices for new parts vary quite considerably, if bought from the manufacturer. This is something you need to take into account when you buy your 4×4, would you be able to afford a new set of brake pads for a Porsche cayenne which can range from £200+, where as a set of new front brake pads and discs for a Toyota Hilux would cost a total of £50 from ourselves. That’s a huge difference! Therefore a simple research of how much parts will cost you, could save you thousands in the long run.

4) So, you have now found the vehicle you believe could be the one to buy, one thing to do before even stepping out of your house to view it, is to run a vehicle check, this will give you any details of previous crashes and so on, as long it had been declared to the insurance companies. Of course, if it is a CAT C or CAT D this shouldn’t put you off too much as long as the vehicle had been fully repaired by a professional, but it is something to be wary of. If, you’re buying a used 4×4 there is a good chance it’s picked up some knocks in its lifetime. If not, what were they doing with it in the first place?

5) If the vehicle checks out after you have ran a vehicle check, then ask the owner or the garage if it would be possible to take the car on a test drive on road and off road if possible. This way you will be able to see just how it handles on road and copes off of it. Many people have brought 4x4s in the past and have been fine on public roads, but the second they are shown some gravel, sand, mud and so on they seem to crumble and become just as useful as a 2WD hatchback. Being able to test a car off road may not always be possible, so if you know someone with the same car as what you are after, ask them how they get on in all terrains.

6) Now that you have taken the vehicle out for a quick spin, it’s time to dig deeper, if the car is used it would be a good idea to get under the car and look for any rust, botch jobs (amateur repairs) see how much of the car is original, check the mileage is the same as on the ad, check tyres and so on. Basically the ball is in your court, after all you have the cash.

7) If you don’t know what you are looking for, and you are trying to become an avid 4×4 enthusiast, there’s a good chance you will know a mechanic, if so take them with you to look at the vehicle and they will be able to inspect it for you, giving you a verdict on what they think and how much you should offer.

8) Now that your mechanic has told you what he thinks of the vehicle and if he recommends you buy it, its now time to try and knock down the price, your earlier inspection should also help you with this. This can also be applied if you are paying cash at a dealership, if they can make a quick sale and still make profit you will get the vehicle for cheaper than what it says on the forecourt.

9) By this stage you should have struck a deal with the person/company selling the vehicle and it is now time to take the vehicle out and about to get used to it, spruce it up or keep it how it is, that part is up to you, but remember if you ever need new parts, you know who to call.

Any vehicle purchase is a big step, it’s a financial commitment and also affects you in your everyday life, so you need to be sure you’re making the right decision, and we hope that these steps will help you along your way, and if you ever need any more help, head on over to our Facebook page which is always full of 4×4 lovers deep in discussion!

4×4 Brake Pads

When it comes to off roading, and all forms of motoring, being able to stop is one of the most important parts of the journey. If you can’t stop, because your current brake pads or discs on your 4×4 have been worn out, then you’re soon going to be in a terrible accident, potentially injuring yourself and others around you. Even if you don’t necessarily believe that your brakes are in a poor condition, they could be on their last legs, and at the very least they could fail you your MOT and at the worst cause unspeakable damage.

However you can prevent this from happening to yourself with the wide array of 4×4 brake pads and discs available at Milner Off Road. Our 4×4 brake pads will ensure you are getting the best stopping power available to your 4×4, giving you ultimate confidence in the corners when on the road and of course on the trails when you are out off roading with your buddies.

To see our wide array of 4×4 brake pads and discs, simply go on to the Milner Off Road website and select your make and model of your vehicle and click on the brakes category, to get yourself some of the best 4×4 stopping power available on the market today.

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4×4 Racing G+ Community

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Hi there Milner Fans! We have recently decided to start a community on Google+ for everything 4×4 and racing related. As you are all 4×4 fans coming to our website, we thought this we be a perfect platform for us all to engage with each other, and well have a good time really.

On this Google+ page you can share with us and other members photos of your 4×4’s, videos, racing news, your own 4×4 racing experiences, and pretty much anything 4×4 related! We hope this new page will allow you all to interact and anyone is welcome to join and post.

To wrap it up we all hope you have a great time in this community. The page can be found here – https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111174714921142712632

The Milner LRM-1

milner lrm-1Most of you have already probably seen the Milner LRM-1 or have probably at least heard of it. Well if not, here you go. The Milner LRM-1 is our very own off road race car, that features the looks of the Range Rover Evoque, but has something rather special under the hood, that makes this car, a kind of one off.

This vehicle is a true thoroughbred, using parts and technologies from some of the best known brands in Motorsport, allowing this machine to compete at the very highest level.

Under the hood of this vehicle is a muscular Land Rover 5.0 V8 supercharged engine, that produces around 550BHP and 680Nm of torque, and teamed with a transmission is a 6 speed sequential gear box, means this sure can shift on any terrain.

To find out more about our other off road racing vehicles please visit – https://www.milneroffroadracing.co.uk/

The Mighty Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6

Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6Well we were right, we did spot the big Mercedes on the trailer for the new Top Gear series and it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint. Richard Hammond had the opportunity to test this beast in whats considered petrol head heaven, Abu Dhabi.

With many head turning motors from Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s all the way to hyper car luxury of the Bugatti Veyron, there’s many cars that can turn heads, but as Richard showed there is nothing quite like the G63 6×6, this car is so striking he got pulled over by a police officer driving a Lamborghini I might add, just so he could have a further look at the big Mercedes.

Now this vehicle is so big, that it can wade through a metre of water, as was proven in what looked to be a water park, full of families having a good time. I bet the last thing they thought they would see that day was a vehicle driving through the pool, and with ease.

The 6×6 unsurprisingly was able to take on anything the desert threw at it, including what seemed to be a vertical drop down a sand dune. There is even over head buttons so you can re-inflate the tyres after a good drive on the sand.

We could go on and on about this vehicle, but if you didn’t get to watch the show last night, I highly recommend you watch it, as there was also a beautiful Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, that could make any one quiver with it’s fantastic exhaust note.