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Articles by Mark Oastler

Mark Oastler

Mark Oastler

Contributing Journalist

Mark Oastler has been a prominent motoring journalist in print and electronic media for more than three decades.

Now based in Melbourne, his diverse roles have included more than a decade of motor sport TV commentary for both the Seven and Ten networks, editor of Street Machine magazine, founding editor of Australian Muscle Car magazine and freelance contributor to Wheels, Motor, Auto Action, Unique Cars, V8X, AMC, Suncorp and many more.

In addition to his regular LCV reviews and advice pieces for CarsGuide, he is also a feature writer and online TV host for the popular Shannons Club website.

Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Nissan Y62 Patrol Ti with...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Holden Colorado dual cab LTZ 4x4 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. The current model RG Holden Colorado , launched in 2012, shares its rugged ladder-frame chassis, body and interior architecture with the current Isuzu D-Max , as they were...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 Nissan Navara Dual Cab ST 4x4 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. Nissan ’s all new NP300 Navara represents a rationalisation of the company fleet. It has replaced both the D22 and D40 model Navaras and with the impending demise of the full-size GU...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the Isuzu D-Max SX Space Cab Chassis 4x4 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. The local 4x4 market is dominated by Ford's Ranger and Toyota's HiLux yet other players like Isuzu's D-Max , which sell far less units per month, have plenty to offer and worthy of...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the 2016 VW Transporter T6 TDI340...Read more
Mark Oastler road tests and reviews the Ford Ranger XLS 4x4 2.2L auto dual cab ute with specs, fuel consumption and verdict. Ford Ranger buyers are spoiled for choice, with double the number of models available than its Toyota HiLux arch rival. Where Toyota offers three basic variants (Workmate, SR...Read more
A sign of how competitive Australia’s LCV market has become is that Nissan (and a few rivals) continues to offer a petrol-powered ute like the DX Single Cab 4x2 in its current NP300 range. According to the latest ABS stats the number of LCVs sold with diesel engines in Australia since 2010 has...Read more

You might think that overloading your vehicle is only going to add some...Read more

A lot of urban 4x4 ute owners rarely venture further off the bitumen...Read more

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