Originally Posted by paddlers
Driven most types of Landrover, Toyota, Mercedes, Izuzu etc off road , with the right tyres & given a reasonable driver they're all good. By the same standard they all get stuck, break down & can be an expensive repair !!
Currently running a Defender & a Merc ML. Both do what I want them to, they just do it differently. Would I want leather seats & cruise control in the Landy or Goodrich Muds on the Merc probably not.
Its all about horses for courses....or should i say "hamburgers for courses"
I have no particular problem with LR's, in fact i have always found Defenders quite capable off-road but then again and as i previously said, how many people buy LR's and actually use them off-road for what they were intended for? Probably only a very small percentage.
I need a 4x4 for the work i do off-road around our land and on-road for the trailers i pull. For that reason i prefer a Japanese 4x4. Sure, a Defender is probably better in the thick mud but how many hours do i spend driving through boggy countryside compared to more normal on and off-road conditions?
If i needed something to use in the mud for 90% of the time i would consider another LR but because i tow all around western France, i want something with a higher level of comfort and reliability.