4×4 Vehicles in Pakistan

M38 Willys Jeeps

The M38 is better known as the “Willys Jeep” in Pakistan. The Pakistan Army had a large number of these vehicles, which they have been slowly removing from service and selling over the years. There are now a large number available, but because of their age, almost all are in bad shape. A Willys Jeep in original condition has been a collector’s item in the West for the last 30 years, and now in Pakistan it is slowly becoming one. There are mechanics and workshops that restore Willys and a large number have been taken abroad by foreigners.



Ford GPW and Willys MA/MB

The only major differences between the two are the grill, and the front chassis cross-member. The Willys chassis front cross-member is tubular, whereas the Ford cross-member is an inverted U section. All parts are interchangeable. There seems to be quite a number of both these Jeeps in Pakistan.






CJ-7 & CJ-5

The CJ-7 was produced 1976-1986. The CJ-7 was the successor to the CJ-5. It was made larger for better stability and speed to suit the American highway, and is the last true Jeep. In the Northern areas, CJ-5’s and CJ-7’s are extended and used as public transport.






Better known as the ambulance Jeep, it is based on the tried and tested M38-A1. The M170 (MDA) is basically a stretched M38A1. The Pakistan Army had a total of 200 M170’s which are gradually being phased out and replaced with Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rover Defender 110’s.






Best known as the “Mutt” in US jeeping circles, but better known locally as the Jeep Commando, this jeep has independent suspension with coil spings at all 4 corners, giving it a very comfortable ride. There do not seem to be a large number of these in Pakistan.





Land Cruiser BJ-40

Toyota had a working prototype of the BJ-40 by the late 50s, and offered it to the public in the early 60s, preceding Jeep’s CJ-7 by at least a decade. There are a large number of these vehicles in Pakistan, both in the military and in private ownership.





Toyota Land Cruiser (60, 80 and 100 Series)

From its humble beginnings in 1950 as a development project based on the design of the Willys Jeep, the Land Cruiser has taken its rightful place as Toyota’s flagship four-wheel drive vehicle. Toyota Land Cruisers have long wheelbase coupled with the wide track and broad tires make them very easy to drive on and off-road. There are a large number of these vehicles in Pakistan.




Nissan Patrol

Although the Patrol is in the same class as the Land Cruiser, it is not as expensive. You may testify to the excellent off-road composure and handling of this awesome vehicle over the roughest terrain. Literally feet of suspension travel allow it to soak up bumps and obstacles that would stop other vehicles dead in their tracks. While excellent suspension helps the Patrol put every ounce of power to the ground, its naturally aspirated diesel engine just doesn’t have the kind of power that the Land Cruiser makes.




Toyota Hilux and Surf

The leaf spring suspension on earlier models makes for a terrible ride unloaded, but otherwise the Hilux and Surf are very capable off-road. As with all modern SUVs, the newer models are designed more for on road than off-road use. The late eighties and early 90’s Hiluxes are Toyota’s toughest and most reliable 4×4.




Mitsubishi Pajero

There are a large number of Pajeros in Pakistan, mostly on the road, which is where they belong. Pajero is a capable 4×4 vehicle. Deewan motors in Pakistan has started importing the new Pajero, which according to Mitsubishi is based on the “lessons learned” from the multi-million dollar machine which consistently wins the Paris-Dakkar rally, and others.





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