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Old 26 January 2016, 18:00   #1
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Old 26 January 2016, 18:05   #2
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67 years and the wipers still don't work properly
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Old 26 January 2016, 18:25   #3
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...a Defender will roll off the production line]
Would it not start?
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Old 27 January 2016, 01:12   #4
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Don't listen to 'em Mick, they are non believers. The "willk" one used to be, but he lapsed.
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Old 27 January 2016, 02:58   #5
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The end of an era and a sad day.

The replacement offering sure has big boots to fill.
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Old 27 January 2016, 02:58   #6
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ive drivern a couple over the years the most uncomfortable thing ive ever sat on but i would have one tomorrow something about them.
secondhand price will go up you can bet.
i was told there are still 75% of them ever built still on the road.

its a shame.
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Old 27 January 2016, 07:56   #7
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They are something that you grow to love, mine leaks which is hardly a statement as they all leak, the wipers are a thing unto themselves, very slow, noisy, uncomfortable and cold but I love it like a well worn pair of boots.
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I've always fancied one but they seem to be just soooooo knickable.
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They are something that you grow to love, mine leaks which is hardly a statement as they all leak, the wipers are a thing unto themselves, very slow, noisy, uncomfortable and cold but I love it like a well worn pair of boots.
Boris, I had you down as someone with more refinement and comfort in your choices - next you'll be swapping the cobra for a SR5.4 with an old two-smoke.
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Don't listen to 'em Mick, they are non believers. The "willk" one used to be, but he lapsed.
In fairness, I was never a Zealot. I bought mine new in 1998 and was her keeper until August last. I put around 110k miles on her - drove her through bogs and rivers, over snow and hills. She went to Iceland three times and I made four traverses of the interior in her. I must have slept in it for two months all told. She hauled boats and sometimes cars up slipways. She recovered cars from ditches all over the place. In all that time she only failed to proceed once, and that was in a nearby town when she shed a UV joint - I think I'd have chanced it had we been in a more remote location. In all that time I put two UV joints, an alternator, a power steering pump and a hardy spicer coupling into her. OK, maybe a back door too. Indeed, in the end it was the iron worm that did for her but she still gave me a golden handshake on the way out the door. IMO their time had come - designed by people with WW2 ration cards in their wallets they simply couldn't deliver the driving experience and safety that we have come to expect. That said, they could be more fun than a barrel of monkeys and you always got noticed.
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Modern Driving experience ? : I am going to have a new van for work, I have driven all the different offerings in that size from all the manufacturers.

TBH they all drive pretty much the same !, no marked differences

IMHO killing off the defender altogether is a big mistake, time will tell.
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mine leaks which is hardly a statement as they all leak
No they don't, not unless you point a pressure washer at the door seals. The whole "it always dumps a ton of rain on my leg" legend is bollocks, only if the doors aren't adjusted properly or the seals are shot, or the roof seams are leaking. None of those things are hard to fix. I have owned four in the last 20 years or so, and none of them have leaked on my leg for longer than the first shower.
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Old 18 February 2016, 03:40   #13
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No they don't, not unless you point a pressure washer at the door seals. The whole "it always dumps a ton of rain on my leg" legend is bollocks, only if the doors aren't adjusted properly or the seals are shot, or the roof seams are leaking. None of those things are hard to fix. I have owned four in the last 20 years or so, and none of them have leaked on my leg for longer than the first shower.
well DEFENDED sir
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