For TV presenter Douglas Lwanga, driving a Toyota Prado gives him peace of mind since with its high ground clearance, one does not have to worry about getting stuck or being unable to drive on bumpy roads, writes David S. Mukooza
I drive a Toyota Prado TX Model 2001 but before I bought this car, I owned a Subaru Forester cross sport. I bought the Prado because I love big and raised cars and on a lighter note, the name Prado sounds good as well.
I love this car because of its high ground clearance. Since my nature of work calls for constant travelling, this car is ideal because it is easy to manoeuver on bumpy bad roads, especially since I travel a lot upcountry during the purple party events.
It is also comfortable, and a four wheel drive, which makes it an all-weather ride. I also love the sunroof, which allows fresh air into the car.
However, being a 3000cc, its fuel consumption is not that friendly. I spend about Shs20,000 to and from work daily.
Also, although it has been on the Ugandan market for a while, its spare parts are quite expensive compared to the Subaru Forester I had.
For service and maintenance, I spend Shs180,000 for half service which includes oil and oil filter changes. However, this will only last for about two months since a diesel engine requires regular service compared to a petrol engine.
I love big cars and the Prado is one of them. Although it is not my dream car, it is a good start.
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