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    Talking Newbie seeks Landy Reassurance, info & good books!

    Hello All

    Happy to join the club and look forward to meeting other members!

    I work on anti-poaching in Malawi and Zambia national parks and have just - against everyone's advice - accidentally bought a landy instead of a land cruiser!

    This is makes me the 'odd man out' in national parks I work in as everyone (everyone) uses cruisers and makes jokes about land rovers. The only landys I ever see around the ranger stations in parks are on bricks; it's true. But I had a landy in the 90s and loved it like a friend and, with a little pampering, it kept me happy for many many years. Also, is it just me or are Land Cruisers just so BORING? Anyway, I'm originally a Brit and it's in the blood! So I kept my dirty little secret about landy-love to myself and planned to buy a cruiser when the time came for a vehicle upgrade.

    But then, I saw it: a beautiful 2012 low mileage landy for sale in PE with $20k of overland extras, ready to go! The LR dealership in PE told me the owner spent a year kitting it out intending to do a big trans Africa trip but then left suddenly for Greece. So she's ready to go, only done 80k km and comes with 2 year's warranty.

    So, with all their stories of insanely bad reliability issues, I'm preparing to face ridicule from my colleagues and their little cruiser club. And if they're right and I'm stranded in the park days from anywhere, they will be laughing so hard, I fully expect to be left there to die.

    Have I lost my senses? Has a momentary burst of nostalgia just triggered my inevitable public humiliation? Are modern (2012) Defenders really the ticking time bomb colleagues have warned me about? Where can I find others with similar aged landy success stories? Is there a list of dodgy standard LR parts to replace before heading off? What, beyond basic good maintenance, can I do to give my new steed the reliability prowess of a 70 series Land Cruiser? And what books, beyond the Haynes manual (which only seems to go up to 2007) should I be ordering to fill the landy's centre console with practical and inspirational reading?

    Thanka to all for any thoughts and I look forward to being a member!

    Mark
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    You have bought an awesome car and it looks great! Don't worry about the stories, you will get used to the all jokes.
    Enjoy it!
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    Welcome to the forum and welcome to the Land Rover family, you made the right choice, congrats, awesome vehicle. Enjoy!

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    Welcome. All the Land Rovers you have ever seen are on bricks - that is a good one.

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    Some of them retire and sit on bricks and become organ donors after 40 or 50 years of hard work😂😂😂

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    Congrats on your new landy! Only advice I would recommend is to get an Ultra Gauge to be able to clear trouble codes when in a remote locations.
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    My 2006 TD-5 shorty is certainly the best vehicle I've owned in terms of reliability - call me lucky I don't mind..

    OK maybe my Nissan V-6 patrol was as reliable but not as good in the deep sands of the Namib..
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    Nothing is ever what it seems.....:

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    Thanks for this! This device looks amazing! Can you buy them in RSA?

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    Its simple take care of it and it will treat you well....Ignore the Toyota guys, when your cruising through the black cotton soil and the Cruisers are flat on their bellies , just smile and wave
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    Congrats.

    For errors you can also use an iCarsoft
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    Default Re: Newbie seeks Landy Reassurance, info & good books!

    Quote Originally Posted by FCSteenkamp View Post
    Congrats on your new landy! Only advice I would recommend is to get an Ultra Gauge to be able to clear trouble codes when in a remote locations.
    Thanks for this. Great idea. Any idea where to find one in RSA?

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    Default Re: Newbie seeks Landy Reassurance, info & good books!

    That is one beautiful vehicle! Believe it or not, I have both a Defender TD5 and a Land Cruiser 76 . The Cruiser is much more refined, but NOTHING comes remotely close to the spirit amongst Landy owners.

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