Originally Posted by tonto
So if defenders are so rubbish why do they hold their resale value so much?
There is a very high demand for 110 Station wagons, and command a very good second hand price.
The market doesnt lie!
As for how to get out of the situation in the OP I would suggest a decent winch and hopefully a stong point such as a decent tree, or if you are really "sad" a ground anchor! If you go playing in placesthat you can get into trouble, make sure you have the right toys to get you out of the s..t!
No different than going out in a Rib really.
I think looking at the pic it was probably towed out by the tractor at next low tide, and straight to the scrapyard.
Surely Defenders are not produced in the same quantity as other "mass produced" vehicles therefore the initial cost to build the vehicle is naturally going to be higher (even though this higher price may not necessarily reflect better value for money). This high initial investment gets carried down over the years resulting in a higher second hand cost.
To help the second hand values, LR have a very clever marketing department too that, over the years they have made the Defender fashionable even though in reality it is nothing more than a agricultural work vehicle. Sure Defenders are good off road but so is my neighbour's Claas Ares tractor.....but i wouldn't want to spend every day driving 10miles back and forward to work in a tractor!
Like quite a few others on here i have owned several LR's over the years including a couple of D90's, a classic RR (which i used to take on trialling competitions), a Landmark Discovery and, a long time ago, a series 2A.......do i constantly defend (forgive the pun) Defenders?...no. They have their qualities but after also owning a 3.0 Toyota Surf and for the last 9 years now a 2.8 Pajero...i would never go back. (and that's comming from someone who lives on a farm.)
Still, Defender owners provide great entertainment on the forums....much akin to the seagulls sequence in the film 'Finding Nemo'.....as soon as one see's a picture of any kind of 4x4 then they all start with the "mine, mine, mine, mine..."...etc....as they relentlessly bombard the server with pictures of their own vehicles...
It's almost like an online support group where owners seek consolation from fellow owners and try to reassure themselves that they havent wasted their money paying over the odds for a vehicle which they dont actually need.
The OP had nothing to do with Land Rovers but here we are once again........