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I erred about getting a Defender but because of the long motorway miles we do, cross Europe is about 2,500km back to Hungary, we decided on the Disco. Best car I've owned and, with nothing but affection, she has been unanimously named The Battle Tank. Funnily, it's the first car we've had the girls didn't want to give a girly name to.
Same for me, best car I've ever owned despite it being 7 years old. Only downside so far is the price of some parts - £186 for a rear light (eek!). Good job we've only wrecked two so far in the 7 months I've had it - jack-knifed trailer both times .
Would love to do a full overlanding trip in a kitted out Defender some day, but it's always likely to be a dream rather than reality.
Tell me about it! We are running our services slightly ahead of the book as the fuel is low grade and the atmospheric pollutants high and the spares out here, wherever that is, are bloody expensive. Luckily the labour costs are low so a full service comes in at around £400. I do have a problem with some nasty chips on the windscreen, but so far they can't even get a new screen, let alone someone to fit it.