After previously owning A swb 1959 SII 2.1/4 petrol and then a 1988 LR90 2.5TD, which where great offroading, the SII was very attention seeking.
I then got a Pajero/Shogun import 2.5tdi lwb exceed, Which I don't think would handle serious off road, without mod's, mainly due to poor rear ramp angles and chassis articullation. because there chassis are solid, must be 3-4mm with hardly any flex. where as LR chasis are, or at least where 2mm giving exellent flexability for offroading, with the down side of quick to rot out if not properly protected,
I've had my pajy for 9 years and only had to replace a few heater pkugs and brakes and hasn't required much attention, passing every mot without fail. after replacing a few fog lamps. oh and a sticky back door lock.
something I'm amazed with are the BFG A/T tyres I had fitted eight years ago, they've still got loads of wear in them with no perishing. easy 3/4" depth left.
I've also had a 2005 L200 Warrior with the same tyres which I wrote off in black ice earlier this year, so replaced with an 07 Shogun elegance which Is in the missiz name and I'm almost band from using it, because I'll only break it she says.
I'm still gonna get a tow bar for it though