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Old 24 January 2006, 16:04   #11
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Thanks Codders - the 110 is also usefully cheaper which could tip it - though I am thinking of buying direct from the MOD so may not have much choice
Remember to check it over properly - squaddies not know for being gentle but they are well serviced.

If you can get one with power steering - a lot of the MOD ones didn't have it.

Check chassis in following areas - on TOPs of outriggers - especially front ones. Front bulkhead beneath the vents - rear x member.

That's about it - old 2.5d not very quick but good - turbo version of it unreliable - 200/300tdi the ones to go for - or the V8 if you can stand costs!!!

Get used to kids waving at you and army drivers.

Mate bought an older Series III and it was great - we took forms up the DVLA and they gave age related numberplate - simple!!!
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Old 24 January 2006, 16:05   #12
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Oh and try Firebond for insurance - pay £140 a year for my 110 V8 fully comp on classic insurance!!!
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Old 24 January 2006, 16:16   #13
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when i was on the inside we used landy lightweights and the long wheel base versions with petrol engines

in my honest opinion the lightweights were good fun but the long wheel base ones with 2&1/4 engines or something like that with no power steering were dogs, no turning circle and steering that would try to kill you in 4 wheel drive mode when turning tight on the rough. they had fuel tanks under the seats, you had to take the seat cushion off, slide out a metal cover and fill up from there. Probably find the mod got rid of that old stuff years ago.

a more modern one with 200/300 tdi engine would probably be good and power steering is a must i would say
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my 110 is the exact one that hugh has described and it's like driving a fkkn multigym. It's great for making you feel like you belong in a marlboro ad but it's tiring over a long distance.

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Remember to check it over properly - squaddies not know for being gentle but they are well serviced.

If you can get one with power steering - a lot of the MOD ones didn't have it.

Check chassis in following areas - on TOPs of outriggers - especially front ones. Front bulkhead beneath the vents - rear x member.

That's about it - old 2.5d not very quick but good - turbo version of it unreliable - 200/300tdi the ones to go for - or the V8 if you can stand costs!!!

Get used to kids waving at you and army drivers.

Mate bought an older Series III and it was great - we took forms up the DVLA and they gave age related numberplate - simple!!!
With regards buying ex Army Landrovers don't always assume they have been well serviced.

The MOD is always trying to save money.

Thats my own experience of Army landrovers. Those REME guys can some times work miracles but not always as Landrover intended.

Trust me I've seen it.
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my 110 is the exact one that hugh has described and it's like driving a fkkn multigym. It's great for making you feel like you belong in a marlboro ad but it's tiring over a long distance.

Parking not funny in town

Hugh was describing the Series LandRovers which they stopped making in 1983 - it had leaf springs - no power steering and selectable 4x4 - 4x4 mode on these MUST only be used on slippery surfaces like mud or snow as there is no central diff which is why you can't turn and you get transmission windup. Funnily enough Jap and Yank vehicles stuck with similar systems until very recently!!!

The 110 is a very different beast - not as tough as the old Series but FAR better ride on coil springs and constant 4x4 with lockable centre diff. Even though it is manual steering it is fine on the move - only parking as you say!!!
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like driving a mulitgym that is so funny but a good way of describing the experience from what i remember.

i was running the gate guard one time and this guy turned up in one of the lwb landy dogs, he had driven from scotland to pick up this guy, he had a cup of t and they drove all the way back!!! poor sod but was young and probably didnt know any different.

as for servicing i would in no way assume that anything that is military has been well serviced. some of the vehicles get some serious abuse and trying to break them is a passtime of many.
what you usually find is some are great and some are dogs in the extreme. best to drive the one you fancy and make up your own mind. It is amazing how different some of them drive depending on how they have been treated.
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[QUOTE=codprawn] Hugh was describing the Series LandRovers which they stopped making in 1983 - it had leaf springs - no power steering and selectable 4x4 - 4x4 mode on these MUST only be used on slippery surfaces like mud or snow as there is no central diff which is why you can't turn and you get transmission windup. Funnily enough Jap and Yank vehicles stuck with similar systems until very recently!!!

Strangely enough my 2002 Frontera has those characteristics. Great for real off road stuff but useless for a bit of frost on the road.
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If you are going for Series Landrover they may be a number coming out of reserve, these are the huge supply of vehicles in depots all over the place that for the replacement of destroyed vehicles in war. They have a 25-30 year shelf life as opposed to in service vehicles which I think have a 10 year service life.

As previously stated some do not get the "maintained regardless of cost" myth applied moreover "driven regardless of cost" may be more accurate. There are numerous suppliers of ex-mod clobber.

http://www.witham-sv.com/

http://www.ljacksonandco.com/homepage.htm
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