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RE: Who....are we?
Got a text from a friend today.
He just bought a new Defender 90...
I let him drive my 110 a few times and apparently he absolutely loved it to the point that when he was in the market for a new vehicle, he decided to get the 90.
Hi, I'm @Bloody-the-resident-shitposting-saffer and I apparently influence people to make bad choices. heh.
I'm definitely going to be taking many pics of our trucks together.
I bought a thing this weekend Oppo
2021 Land Rover Defender. Yeah, it's pretty fucking awesome. !
What it came with:
Heated 1st, 2nd and 3rd row seats; heated Windshield and mirrors; Headlight washers
Tow hitch, tow camera, advanced (programable) off road traction control.
Off Road Package:
32 inch Goodyear Wrangler A/T's
Rear electronic limited slip differential.
110v AC outlet in the back.
I should probably read up what you can and can't run on that outlet, don't want my hairdryer to short out the truck lol.
I'll have more thoughts about what I like and what I don't like further down the line. I've only had the car for 72 hours heh.
Further confirming to my neigbours suspicions that I'm a total nut case.
Installed a fold down table on my Defenders back door.
Promptly setup my jetboil and made coffee.
Even went so far as to level out my truck using the rear "adjust suspension height" button. Air suspension is neat.
1500ish mile review of my 2021 Land Rover Defender 110.
Right, well I know a few people have been wanting an update and I've finally gotten some time to sit down a write one (also it is dark and I have no where to drive tonight or at least no good excuse to drive tonight). So here goes.
On January 23rd I took delivery of my 2021 Land Rover and man was I psyched. Seeing as I've never bought a car new in my life this has some additional special meaning to me.
Let's list the Specs:
P300 110 S
Ingenium 2.0 liter 4 cylinder Twin Turbo
- Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 7.7 secs
- Maximum speed: 119mph
- 296 HP @ 4000rpm
- 295 lb-ft of torque
Ebony Grained leather & Robust Woven Textile seat facings w/ Ebony interior
Three-zone Climate Control with Rear Cooling Assist
Digital Gauge Cluster
Air Quality Sensor
Cabin Air Ionisation
3D Surround Camera
All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC)
Auto-Dimming, Power Fold, Heated Door Mirrors with Approach Lights
3D Surround Camera
18" Full Size Spare Wheel
Tasman Blue body colour
White Contrast Roof
18" Style 5094, 5 spoke, Satin Dark Grey
Manual Third Row Seats - HEATED
60:40 load thru rear seats, manual slide & recline w/centre armrest, 7 seat configuration - HEATED
12-way heated semi-powered front seats
Front Fog Lights
- Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking
- Domestic Plug Socket
- Off-Road tyres - 255/70/18 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure
- Advanced Tow Assist
- Tow Hitch Receiver NAS
- Terrain Response 2
- Configurable Terrain Response
COLD CLIMATE PACK
- Heated Steering Wheel
- Heated Windscreen
- Heated Washer Jets
- Headlight Power Wash
- Leather gearshift
Base Price $ 53,350.00
Options Price $ 9,475.00
Destination $ 1,350.00
Total Price $ 64,175.00
There are the specs, I spent some time in September looking at what was on the lot but (unsurprisingly) there wasn't a single P300 with a rear eLSD option so decided the best route would be for me to just custom order what I wanted. It's not TFL's (first) Land Rover but I think this is a pretty no nonsense build.
My previous ownership experiences with Land Rover have had their ups and downs:
Aaannndd the downs:
aaand the really bad downs:
So you're probably thinking to yourself, "Why the hell is he buying another Land Rover, is he an idiot?"
Probably, but then again I wouldn't be on Oppo if there wasn't something wrong with me.
Anywho, back to the Land Rover.
If I said that the whole saga TFL has gone through with their 3 attempts at owning a Land Rover have not been in the back of my mind nagging me, I'd be lying. I feel like I've been hyper sensitive to everything but so far the Landie has treated me well. Only issues I've encountered was the remote start on the app failing to work one morning and the two side view cameras not turning on (corrected by turning the car off and on again, it hasn't reoccured) one day I was backing out of my driveway. So far so good?
On to the size of the vehicle:
It's way bigger in person, and I'm starting to realize that the reason everyone thinks it so small is that 90% of stationary photos of the Land Rover is when it's in access mode (set by default). If you're wondering what access mode is, the Land Rover suspension can be set to three different modes (shown by a neat info graphic accessed via the PRIVI Pro system):
Access mode (for easy getting in and out of):
And Off Road Height (extended mode also allows the truck to go higher if it senses that it's high centered)
For reference here is my truck (in access mode) sitting next to a Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.
Not exactly a tiny vehicle as a lot of people assume.
Now, you're also probably wondering why there are gratuitous videos and photos of me sinking this thing in mud holes and there are a few reasons for that;
1.) Covid, cuz yeah not comfortable with group gatherings just yet.
2.) Break in period... SIGH (also given everything I saw the what happened to TFL's first Land Rover, I'm being rather safe than sorry). So wheeling will have to wait but it won't be long at the rate I'm driving this.
3.) In order for me to get my beach buggy tags, I need a valid registration and temp tags don't count. I my registration just came in so I've sent in my beach buggy tag application and am waiting for them to send me my tags. So, soon.gif.
Given the setback regarding the off roading, I feel like mother nature decided to do me a solid and dumped more snow on us in the last month than what we've had in the previous 3 years combined and it was glorious. This trucks traction control system is second to none, I doubt there is any other manufacture that has a system that is comparable at the moment. While the Goodyears are better than most A/T's, I'm regretting not just paying the difference for a set of KO2's. Couple of drives were done on fresh powder on top of frozen snow and while I did feel a bit of sliding here and there I never felt like I was going to slide off the road. The TC kept the power on the wheels that had traction and it was pretty cool watching the centre and rear diffs on the 4x4i screen lock and unlock as needed. Also fun thing to note is that this screen can also be pulled up on the digital gauge cluster so all the info is right in front of you.
I'm very glad that I went for the Traction Control II system because I can manually lock center and rear without having to rely on the system to automatically do it in addition to letting me dictate how the system reacts with wheel spine, steering wheel and throttle response:
The system itself is actually super easy once you know what to do (a 5 minute "here, here and here" from the LR tech when I picked up the vehicle was all I needed)
Below you'll see all you need to do is press one button and then press the screen to select the mode you want.
More pictures of a Land Rover in the snow:
I certainly did not use the snow blower to build a pile of snow so that I could park on top of it, I most certainly did not do that... maybe. (This is the Land Rover in off road height)
Pictures of me driving
One of my neigbours out for a ride on her old school 4x4, must have been chilly.
Now for the glamour shots:
I have found that a lot of the reviewers are missing a subtle design cue on the new Land Rover that hint of the heritage of the vehicle. The dash:
When I first sat in the Land Rover and looked at the dash, I immediately thought of the Series IIa dash:
That was deliberate.
Another neat thing I found about the dash is that when you leave your sunglasses in the car over night and it's super cold, you can put them on the dash in front of the vent and warm them up so they don't immediately fog up. Probably not intended but I've found a use for it non the less.
Let's swing around the back for a bit:
Cargo area is functional although due to the Land Rovers short overhang doesn't have as much room as it's sibling Discovery so you're not going to fit as much in the back, but all the seat backs are a hard durable plastic that won't scratch when you load your 5 or 6 sheep in the back (cuz apparently that's important to people who like to romanticize about the old Land Rover). However, unlike the old Land Rover this new Land Rovers air suspension allows you to press a button in the back and the vehicle will squat for you so you're not having to lift things (or sheep in this instance) as high to load them. Neat.
Also I have a 180W AC outlet in the back that will be the future home of a Jackery or similar so I'm able to run a fridge and/or compressor ect...
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, time for the hottest of takes. You'll notice that through out my post I have not mentioned the word "Defender" other than the title. That is intentional, and here is why:
When the Series 1 first debuted for the Rover company in 1948 Land Rover as a company didn't exist. It was a "Land Rover" the same way that the Jeep Wrangler is a "Wrangler", it is the name of the model so you had the
Land Rover Series 1
Land Rover Series II
Land Rover Series IIa
Land Rover Series II
Land Rover Stage One V8
Land Rover 110/90
Land Rover Defender 110/90
and in my humble opinion this vehicle is worthy of it's name and before the "oh well I can't fix this in the field with duct tape while scratching my balls with a screw driver" crowd lays into me, if that is how you feel then the Defender died in 1998 when the first ECU controlled TD5 rolled off the assembly line. At least now I just need to plug in a diagnostic computer and the vehicle will literally tell me what is wrong, you just need to update your tool box and learn a few new things (that happen to be way fucking easier than tuning/rebuilding a carb).
Regarding price? Yes it's more expensive than the old one, but only if you spec it that way and even then not as much as you realize. Example, one facebook commentator stated that he bought his new 1985 110 for 22000 Pula (Botswana), doing some rough math brings that to $54,420 in todays money (Pula was around 1:1 to the US dollar in 1985)
There you have it, my initial thoughts on this vehicle. Is it better than the old Defender? Stock and from the factory? Absolutely. Vs a modified Defender? Things start evening out but you'll still be dealing with a cramped driving position that SUCKs for long drives in the old Defender, I'll happily drive across the US in the new Defender. Not a stuff would I do it in the old one, I've spent more than enough time behind the wheel of Series and Defenders to know that my knees wouldn't last the journey.
Once I get my beach tags and get through the break in period I'll start posting more content of my adventures. Stay tuned! Or not, I'm not your supervisor.
Heh, "puddle light"
It was a good weekend Oppo
Finally hit the magical 2000 mile mark and got my beach tags.
Truck did great, never felt I needed low range even in the deep sand. Passed an F250, Ram 3500 and Grand Cherokee that were sunk down to their diffs. Offered to help the Jeep guy out but he said he was good, the pick ups were both being pulled out by park tow services so that's a expensive day for them ($1500 for the pleasure of the parks bobcat tow tucks to pull you out).
This summer is going to be awesome.
Car Related Weekend Activities.
Celebrated my wife's sister in laws birthday on Sunday with a day on the beach. BIL and I loaded up our trucks (my BIL has a Gladiator) with stuff and the family and headed to Island Beach State Park for some fishing and a braai. And now for some gratuitous pictures of my Defender.
I found this to be a great opportunity to start my list of what I need for camping/overlanding. What works and what doesn't.
I'm really happy with how my little table is working out, it was great for rigging my lures (I didn't catch anything, oh well still better than any day in the office)
Also made a friend! Seems there is another owner who is using their Defender as nature intended.
We shot the shit a little bit but then I had to get back to making the fire for the braai.
New Jersey sunsets are pretty neat.
I definitely need some sort of cargo organization system. Instead of being able to put stuff back when we were done with it I had to find places to put stuff that wasn't in the sand once they'd been brushed off. Always wanted to build a draw system for the Discovery but never got around to it and Sunday showed that life would be easier with one.
Parts of the beach has been eroded pretty badly by the spring storms so the park rangers were inspecting vehicles for required recovery gear. Thankfully I had all that stuff easily accessible in a bag so I just pulled it out and showed the Ranger and didn't need to pull it out again. To be safe though I went down to 15psi instead of my normal 18psi because all kinds of vehicles were getting stuck (Rangers were even advising you to stay in established tracks and not leave them) but Landie did what it was supposed to do so the trip was uneventful.
OMG Henry, Henry look, that weird neigbour is sitting in his truck drinking a beer again.
And he keeps picking it up and putting it down on that damn table of his. Henry he is so weird.
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RE: Full Recap (video and pics) - Camaro vs. Dirt Road
@carsoffortlangley best Philly cheese steaks are not found in Philly.
RE: Is the JASDF ocean camo the best livery?
@skyfire77 The design seems to lend it's self well to allowing the gunner to have full sight incase they need to take over flying the helicopter.
Fun fact, the Rooivalk is operated by the SAAF and not SA Army as the SA Army does not have it's own air wing.
SAAF also flew Sabers and Mustangs in the Korean war:
RE: Classic car as a first car
@huzer I'm in a similar boat regarding motocycles and my wife. She's totally fine with me driving a 60 year old 4x4 but a bike is too dangerous. I think it is the same misconception a lot of people have when it comes to SUV's, there is a lot of metal surrounding you so that is safe. Never mind the fact that said metal will most likely direct almost all the kinetic energy of an accident into your body.
Also, I REALLY want a cafe racer. It would make me so happy.
RE: Bought a thing
In the GX I can plug in the AC charger to the GX's 120 watt AC outlet
This is huge, I've been looking for ways to use my 120 watt AC outlet in the back of the Defender. When I emailed Jackery they said that their 500 would not run on a 120 watt outlet. I was starting to contemplate replacing the factory inverter with something bigger but then had to abandon that idea due to the risk of voiding warranties (an owner on FB who did electrical modifications in the back of their Defender is taking shit from the dealership about it).