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I've finally joined the 4x4 brigade...rah rah rah!

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Well almost....2 x 4 to be precise.

I've not been on here for a few weeks spending hours trying to source one and finally bought this old girl. I've named her Gertrude (Dirty Gerty)

She's 30 years old, 2286cc diesel, makes a flat out 55mph if the ambient temerature is right. She was bolted on to a new galvanised chassis at some point a few years ago. Bench seats / belts in the back.

i bought her 3 weeks ago and I've already spent many hours under her - changed all gearbox, transfer box and diff oils, flushed radiator & heater matrix, replaced seal on a rear hub and now she's ready for winter - ready to drag some BMW's out of ditches when the snow comes :grin:

Where possible I will do all the maintenance, repairs & servicing myself.

It's great to have a vehicle you actually 'drive' rather than 'operate'. She's extremely involving! I've never had so much fun doing 40mph before. (sorry if you get stuck behind me!)

Bad points are: big clutch judder (but doesn't slip) and of course she can't keep water out. For a Series 3 Landy she's good at keeping oil in - only drops a couple of drips every few days.

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Liking that a lot. Like an old friend

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Proper tackle! +++

Remember, it's not properly broken in until you've bent that girder of a front bumber on a boulder. :P

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Proper tackle! +++

Remember, it's not properly broken in until you've bent that girder of a front bumber on a boulder. :P

That would need to be a fairly large boulder!

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Proper tackle! +++

Remember, it's not properly broken in until you've bent that girder of a front bumber on a boulder. :P

Bumper, it's a fecking bumper. My pet hate!

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I remember driving one of these as 'company' transport to go from 1 end of site to the other at BAe Stevenage. The steering had a 90 deg angle loss as you turned it.........

ie - nothing happened until you were 90 deg from where you started! It was fab!

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nice car, make sure you put some form of immobiliser on it as my neighbour had a lovely red one untill last new years eve when it went missing overnight never saw it again

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I love them - I brought a car back from york to Milton keynes on a trailor towed by one of those - longest trip of my life I'm sure it was....+++

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That's fantastic. I love Landies!

And yes, as soon as the white stuff arrives, every BMW owner will want to be your friend :roflmao:

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I think you'll be able to make a mint if the white stuff arrives.

TT's snow recovery services. Ditches are my friends - only £40 to remove your car from my friend! Cash in advance.

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Shut it Garcon - not me :P

Proper toy. Really, really like that +++

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I think you'll be able to make a mint if the white stuff arrives.

TT's snow recovery services. Ditches are my friends - only £40 to remove your car from my friend! Cash in advance.

I remember as a small kid pestering my mum & dad for a pair of sunglasses the first day of our holiday. They found me some to shut me up....the sun never came out all holiday. Got a Landy just in time for winter...I reckon this will now be the mildest winter on record!

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Just don't leave it parked outside if it's raining, or it'll look like this when you get back -

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Or this -

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Rubbish. Mine is just fine out in the rain. What's more, a good rainstorm recharges the driver's side courtesy interior shower for you.

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Body is made from aluminiums, so won't rust away.

It's the wheels and the chassis you need to worry about as its made from 'soft rusty iron' (factory fit).

Other than that, it's a top motor!

Apart from window and sunroof seals, which are made from sherbert fountains and blotting paper. Oh, and if you have a desert specification oil cooler, take it out...

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Love it+++.....I`v got one of the newer 2.5tdi Defender Station Wagons....Sounds like a tractor and drives like a bus....but absolutely nothing will stop it.....I had loads of fun both on and off road in last years snow...However the only downside was that it took 30 minutes for the interior to heat up....The older Landies look so cool....but I love mine because the ride/drive is so basic and crude......I`am seriously considering buying a new Defender before Land Rover replace it with that hideous concept car

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I knew some of you pedants would say exactly that, hence I prepared the following response in advance.

Ok, my mistake, so you'll come out to find this on your drive if you leave it out in the rain-

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I actually quite like the newer models, they are quite cool, but I just can't like the older ones I'm afraid, and they have a reputation for reliability they don't deserve in my experience!

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Absolutely love Landies and would nab one in a heartbeat if I had more use for it than one month's worth of tax IF it snows. Maybe I need to move even more into the sticks :grin:

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