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    Advice on Oodnadatta track

    Hi all,
    I’m looking to go to the centre (Olga’s Uluru etc) in May next year. The question I have is we (SWMBO) wants to take the Hyundai Tucson and go down the track from Oodnadatta to Marree, Yes it is a “AWD” model. The last time I did it in the defender the road was so good it could have been done in any normal car no problems at all.
    What is the opinion of the brains trust here? Should I take the defender and risk the wroth of the wife or is the condition of the road good enough that it is OK to travel with such a “soft roader” and do it in comfort (and peace)

    Thanks

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    My advice about the Oodnadatta Track is to take any advice you receive about the condition of the track with a grain of salt.

    The condition changes so much during the year. Like you, I did the trip in the Series III when the road had been recently graded and it was mostly very smooth.

    A few years later I did it in The Defender and it was pretty rough.

    The Series III trip was in late April and the Defender trip was in September.

    I don't know if the grader does its job at the same time every year.

    1973 Series III LWB 1983 - 2006
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    I would suggest checking the road conditions a lot closer to your trip as it can change dramatically over a few months depending on grading, traffic, weather etc etc
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    Check closer to date, although these days I would think two wheel drives would be fine all year round

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    It'd depend on what the actual route is, and what are the points of interest.
    No idea how well a Tuscon does in deep sand, but if Lk Eyre North is a point of interest than I'd be hesitant to take an AWD type vehicle there.

    About 98-ish when we did a long trip up the centre, up to Alice Sp via the Oodnadatta, Finke, etc(Chambers Pillar is a great spot to not miss out on) .. anyhow on that trip there was a chap in a Magna sedan.
    track conditions were relatively smooth, just very loose large gibbers. Where I'd be at say 40k/h .. he would have been at walking pace.
    Passed him twice, one time heading into Dalhousie Springs, then next day up to Mt Dare.
    At the pace he had to drive to conserve his tyres(basically walking pace) ... well, plan for a long trip in a softroader(or take a couple extra tyres).
    Memory recalls I'd have slowed to about 20k/h to pass him.

    So yeah, it's more about what do you want to see on the way?
    Lk Eyre South .. easy as. North lake .. I'd say too soft for a loaded AWD no matter how low you go on tyres.

    The actual Oodnadatta track surface itself probably wont' be a problem .. just how slow you may need to drive so you don't destroy it's tyres.
    Cheers,
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    I wouldn't do it myself in a Tucson.
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    should have added my dad has done it twice first time in a HQ towing a camper trailer and the second in a ford Falcon station wagon towing a small van.

    Both time I’ve done it I cruise 80-90 km/hr and was overtaken a few times by locals in there commodores or falcon...

    Rain would be the main factor

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    Thanks to everyone who replied your feedback is very valuable!!
    One of the reasons I am contemplating it is I found out that Hyundai does a lot of “on road” testing around marblebar.
    I rang the pink roadhouse and a girl there does Marla to the roadhouse in 3 to 4 hours in a standard holden cruze, so I think the Tucson will do it so long as I’m careful with the speed and tyre pressure and don’t go doing stupid things!

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    Have you seen the advice the Pink Roadhouse has published about tyre pressures?

    1973 Series III LWB 1983 - 2006
    1998 300 Tdi Defender Trayback 2006 -
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