I’ve taken the plunge and after 13 years and 9 Land Rovers I have bought a 79 Series V6 which I’ve named Bo .
Why Bo ?
Well it’s my 10th offroad vehicle which reminded me of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078721/ which I remember was a hit when I was a kid. Dunno why my brain went there , didn’t like the movie or her , but once I had the name it seemed to fit.
Why a Toyota ?
IMHO Land Rover has lost the plot . Even the most agricultural defender these days (the pickup) has a measly 2.2 l highly stressed turbo diesel engine . To add insult to injury , you must run the vehicle on 50 ppm diesel , or else you are liable for servicing at your own expense every 5000 km , as per this link here
Also the toyota is streets ahead with in cab comfort and std accessories like :
Front and rear lockers
Dual fuel tanks
Much better aircon and instrumentation
Land Rover may have made some cosmetic changes to the defender , but the bottom line is that the seating arrangement is cramped and the damn handbrake lever is still in the same place …. pressing up against your left leg
Why a pickup
My plan is to turn Bo into some sort of overland camper , and this seems the easiest and most cost effective route to go