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  1. Hardly surprising. Imagine trying to modify/remanufacture the independent system. I wonder what the weight of the tyre/wheel combo is. The rear frame/hinge/door-casting will probably break. And to change wheels you'd have to go the Gym for a year before trying it. Nice Tonka Toy though.
  2. Maybe the driver misread the wading depth and thought it was 3 metres. Someone will make a few quid out of parts.
  3. Sounds harsh and, as you say, a good excuse to make cash for someone with a hammer and some spray paint... I just had a quick look at NZ Transport Agency and they qualify the dent with a tiddly 40mm diameter to edge of crease. Not a lot, but I guess they have to generalise for every pressed tin vehicle which might fold up in a crash. We don't seem to have such strictness in UK MOT vehicle inspection. (But please don't tell them or else they'll change it). I just had a look at my Defender and the plastic-covered sill is quite high with some fat longitudinal structure a bit furthe
  4. The trouble is when a law (especially a new one) is open to interpretation. A copper/inspector in a bad mood is not the ideal person to make a judgement call. Maybe the actual wording is more specific? A little dent/scrape shouldn't be a problem, but 'stoved-in' could affect the structure of a monocoque, which applies to most vehicles. If the latter it could affect driving and/or safety. Similar applies with a rusted-out chassis. On private land (in UK) you can drive whatever clapped-out, dented, rusty vehicle you want. Driving it on the public highway is, of course, a dif
  5. My P300 SE (delivered November 2020) is badged.
  6. A bit better than the 2018 Wrangler. That wheelarch protector is awful. Aren't they Dealer-fitted? If so, the Saturday Boy has some work to do or the part is duff. Any Customer would be, how shall I say, unimpressed and the Workshop manager should be having words. This chap shows how to fit them: We Fit Our All New Land Rover Defender With Extended Wheel Arch Protection Kit VPLEP0379 - YouTube (He gets everywhere!)
  7. I've just tried mine on a badly maintained bumpy country lane at 30mph on normal and high setting. My soft & sensitive New-Defender-Posterior couldn't tell the difference. It retained it's near RRS-like ride quality and I didn't even spill my coffee. I think I would sensed a 'brutal' ride after a few seconds.
  8. Harry (of the Garage fame) did an interesting video on a PHEV RRS; 2019 I think. As alluded to above, there are no real mpg benefits if doing long trips. He discussed managing short trips and battery recharging. My place of work is 2 miles and for me a PHEV would give me a few days on electric. Then when a long journey crops up I'd be back to an ICE. And as Harry comments there is/was legislation regarding the overall emissions of the manufacturer's fleet to consider. I can't really imagine a 3tonne BEV RR/LR product. Maybe they'll go for H2 fuel cell if a fuelling infrastructure eve
  9. The 110 is a good size and practical. Plenty of space for rear passengers. Access good. The 90 looks cuter and , I believe, the pointless panel is an option. I've had my 110 long enough now that it really doesn't bother me. If it was just a fun weekend 2nd vehicle I'd get the 90. And, if you want air suspension then it's an (expensive) option on the 90. My local-ish Dealer says there are some 90s doing the rounds for viewing. The 90 also has a funny step in the back when the seats are folded down. The 110 is flat in the back. If you want plenty of traction when driving across yo
  10. "...might as well buy a Range Rover" - in many respects you're right. Defender is expensive and I hear the new RRS is coming out next year. After having driven 2018/2019 RRSs and Disco on/off road it is very apparent that all of them have good on-road behaviour ; although the much plusher made in UK RRS steering is faster which I prefer. The RRS and Disco are perfectly competent for the off-roading that 99.99% of the buyers will need. I have a new 110 and, if I had another car, I'd have ordered the 90 especially as the 2021 models are offered with the I6 diesel. Even the 2020 D200 4-pot
  11. I'm an avid Harry (farm and garage) watcher and saw it at the weekend. The wading through that pond amused me. He had the P400 6pot version which is mad money. Yes, they're overpriced but I seem to recall he said he was considering chopping in his old RR for one. Don't forget that Harry is rolling in dosh so using a £50k car as a mini-tractor isn't quite so significant to him (I'm envious). LR will never price compete with the excellent 4x4 pickups that are around. I think he said he was going to do a proper review soon. I'd like to see the difference in performance with standard ve
  12. If I were in the US I'd be considering the new Bronco as well. A friend of mine, this side of the pond, had a Wrangler (2013) and wasn't very happy with it. He traded it in for a Merc. But the new Defender is very comfortable, quiet and really nice to drive. A utility Range-Rover
  13. Yes, mine is meant to do SOTA but refuses. This is why it's going back to Dealer again. The only potential problem with AA or ACP is that there obviously needs to be a software/firmware/hardware interface in the car. And if all the software was outsourced the vehicle manufacturer may lose control of display format. The Android Auto in my Defender works perfectly, but visually is not a patch on the fancy stitched photo maps you get in the Pivi-Pro driver's display. This on the speedo display so you barely have to move your eyes. The display hardware is very good, the audio (sound
  14. I must admit I'm wobbling on the fence regarding the technical/electronic/display aspect. I'll put to one side the perpetual mines-bigger-than-yours showroom competition between manufacturers. KIS. In many cases it's flashiness over function and rush-to-market. I guess it's always been that way but flashy tech really shows it up. You could just fit an iPad on a stick ... oh, hang on, it would look like one of those electric cars. There are upsides to fancy integrated electronics and displays. But it's got to work reliably and it should be properly tested in manufacture, after
  15. 'yer tis. SE P300 on day 2 after a wash and polish. My first experience in LR ownership was a baby RRover in 2016. It was my first toe-in-the-water in the world of LR products purely due to the unreliability reputation. Before that I had driven a few Defenders of the 2010 to 2015 vintage on/of road. Great fun. I'd also driven Discos (ancient & modern) and been passengers in all sorts of 4x4s of all sorts of makes. I have to say that narrow Devon and Dorset country lanes are often more suited to a Jimny! I'm 90% A/B road driving with a few fields, muddy tracks and local (sometime
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