Originally Posted by LukasM
Check out Safariberg's post in the Australia and Racing forums as he and his team are the most knowledgeable group around on making the FE's last under rally/Safari conditions. Seems that once you get the filtering for the FI system sorted they can take a beating and hold up. Heard the same from a Portuguese rental business that has been running them for a few years now.
Of course the newer XC4's (530 etc) ain't bad either...
There is an ozzie company that makes filter socks to go over the pump pickup and an tank inlet filter to catch crap as you fillup. Multiple tiers of defense help.