Yes, manual was 2 piece rear driveshaft.
Fuel consumption can vary. Mine was manual and would return:
- In heavy traffic, over 15l/100km.
- Normal suburban, about 14l/100km,
- Freeway, down to 12.5l/100km (I sit on 119km/h true)
- Easy country driving, 90-100km/h - down to 10l/100km.
The (diesel) Pajero really isn't that much better and costs a bomb more in maintenance. Timing belt and plugs only need to be done every 100,000km in the V6 and that one is a bit expensive.
No real inherent problems with the V6 Triton. Only thing I'd suggest is to not go bigger than 265/70R16 for tyres. The gearing hit is a bit hard when there isn't all that much torque available.
What is it with farmers and Land Rovers? We have another member here who is the same. Must be landed gentry though because he puts the hay bales in the Range Rover.