MogLite Posted January 29, 2008 Share Posted January 29, 2008 Okay how about a sensible debate My next vehicle will be an expedition style vehicle. I'm currently tooling around in 92 Isuzu, and I thought that would be good for the job, but I've fallen out of love with it after the engine blew, and the replacement was a PITA. I was planning to get a nice late 300TDI Defender 110CSW, one of the definitive expedition vehicles, and to kit it out, something like this TD5 from Frogs Island, but with a full external cage However, the Defender is a bit short on creature comforts for my taste, and needs a lot of time and modifications to seating, soundproofing, central-locking etc etc. By the time I've got it what I want, I've spent a whole heap of money, and I'm still going to be banging my elbow on the door every two minutes, and my central locking is going to be a kit from Maplins No other vehicle in the LR range is big enough, as I'll be travelling with my two kids, and I'm not very good at travelling light. So I was thinking about the other definitive expedition vehicle - the Toyota Landcruiser. I know there are some Landcruiser owners here, so hopefully they can enlighten me. This is what I'm thinking of, again from Frogs Island I'd be looking at a pre-95 as I want the simpler 12 valve engine, but I prefer auto given the choice. I'll buy the vehicle on condition rather than price, I've been amazed at the condition of my grey import Isuzu, so that seems like a better option than a UK car. I reckon the UK cars will have diff locks, but are likely to have higher mileages and be rustier. Although I plan on kitting it out to full blown expedition spec. Thats largely me being a poser, it probably wont get out of Europe. But if I decidde to go to Norway in winter, then it wont be the vehicle holding me back. So whats a 'Cruiser like to live with ? This will be my daily driver too. I know there are some scary prices for spares in Toyota Land, but Landies seem to need so many parts, it'll be even in the long run. I could go for a newer one, but I want to keep it DIY, and the later ones have IFS which I'm not keen on. Any comments appreciated. Andy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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