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    Default New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    Hello to everyone!

    I have read quite a lot on this site for the last 4 months and have taken the plunge! Proud owner of a "driven to church and back" Freelander 2. The girl has 130k on the clock with a full service history. She is old, 11 years to be exact, but she is immaculate. Family loves her.

    Experienced first hand the safety of having a "higher car". On our way to Nelspruit we were stuck behind a Mozambique person with a trailer filled to the sky. The girlfriend was driving and without warning, a pram fell off of this towering load. Before we knew it, we went over the pram.

    I advised her to pull over to check if there was any damage to the underside. Coming from a polo my first thought was "bumper, radiator, fog light, maybe a hole in the sump..."

    But what I saw when we stopped to inspect the damage blew my mind. A thick plate like something that would fit in a scene of Madmax. I was so impressed! I know this is standard kit, but I was very impressed! I feel so much safer.

    Anyway, we dubbed the car "Bos Padda" as I think she fits in the Bush.

    Hope to make friends and learn more about this amazing vehicle!

    Thanks to everyone on here for making it easy to get out of my comfort zone. Without this site I would have NEVER bought a Land Rover.
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    Default Re: New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    Quote Originally Posted by LR2O View Post
    Hello to everyone!

    I have read quite a lot on this site for the last 4 months and have taken the plunge! Proud owner of a "driven to church and back" Freelander 2. The girl has 130k on the clock with a full service history. She is old, 11 years to be exact, but she is immaculate. Family loves her.

    Experienced first hand the safety of having a "higher car". On our way to Nelspruit we were stuck behind a Mozambique person with a trailer filled to the sky. The girlfriend was driving and without warning, a pram fell off of this towering load. Before we knew it, we went over the pram.

    I advised her to pull over to check if there was any damage to the underside. Coming from a polo my first thought was "bumper, radiator, fog light, maybe a hole in the sump..."

    But what I saw when we stopped to inspect the damage blew my mind. A thick plate like something that would fit in a scene of Madmax. I was so impressed! I know this is standard kit, but I was very impressed! I feel so much safer.

    Anyway, we dubbed the car "Bos Padda" as I think she fits in the Bush.

    Hope to make friends and learn more about this amazing vehicle!

    Thanks to everyone on here for making it easy to get out of my comfort zone. Without this site I would have NEVER bought a Land Rover.
    Welcome.
    Good looking car. May you have many miles of happy motoring.
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    Default Re: New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    Quote Originally Posted by LR2O View Post
    Hello to everyone!

    I have read quite a lot on this site for the last 4 months and have taken the plunge! Proud owner of a "driven to church and back" Freelander 2. The girl has 130k on the clock with a full service history. She is old, 11 years to be exact, but she is immaculate. Family loves her.

    Experienced first hand the safety of having a "higher car". On our way to Nelspruit we were stuck behind a Mozambique person with a trailer filled to the sky. The girlfriend was driving and without warning, a pram fell off of this towering load. Before we knew it, we went over the pram.

    I advised her to pull over to check if there was any damage to the underside. Coming from a polo my first thought was "bumper, radiator, fog light, maybe a hole in the sump..."

    But what I saw when we stopped to inspect the damage blew my mind. A thick plate like something that would fit in a scene of Madmax. I was so impressed! I know this is standard kit, but I was very impressed! I feel so much safer.

    Anyway, we dubbed the car "Bos Padda" as I think she fits in the Bush.

    Hope to make friends and learn more about this amazing vehicle!

    Thanks to everyone on here for making it easy to get out of my comfort zone. Without this site I would have NEVER bought a Land Rover.
    There are many 4x4 community members in Gauteng area that go and do trails. Maybe hook up with them and they can teach you a thing or two about 4x4ing safely so you can tackle that off road trip one day. Welcome.
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    Default Re: New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    They are great cars. I'm also amazed at the safety of the car. Below are pictures of a Corolla, which was pushed by a truck into the back of Swambo's FL2 while stationary, waiting our turn to enter a traffic circle.

    On the FL2, the backing plate of the bumper was bent, and that was replaced. The bumper was polished and re-sprayed.

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    Default Re: New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    They are great cars. I'm also amazed at the safety of the car. Below are pictures of a Corolla, which was pushed by a truck into the back of Swambo's FL2 while stationary, waiting our turn to enter a traffic circle.

    On the FL2, the backing plate of the bumper was bent, and that was replaced. The bumper was polished and re-sprayed.

    FL2.jpgFL3.jpgFL1.jpg

    Bliksem . And the PDC? Surely they got damaged? But in comparison, I know which car I would have wanted to be in.

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    Default Re: New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    Quote Originally Posted by LR2O View Post
    Bliksem . And the PDC? Surely they got damaged? But in comparison, I know which car I would have wanted to be in.
    Nope. The only other damage was the exhaust tail pipe, which has a slight dent in it.


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    Welcome LR2 nice looking wheels
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    2 x Toyota Celica Gen. 5 ( Sold ) not missed as much as the above.

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    Default Re: New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    There are many 4x4 community members in Gauteng area that go and do trails. Maybe hook up with them and they can teach you a thing or two about 4x4ing safely so you can tackle that off road trip one day. Welcome.
    I too just got me a KJ, 4x4, and am keen to understand the capabilities of this machine.

    Welcome to the forum buddy!

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    Default Re: New to diesel, 4x4 and Land Rover

    Quote Originally Posted by meh View Post
    Welcome LR2 nice looking wheels
    Not so nice if you have to pay for new tyres Got a quote just for curiosity. Oh my F*&%! Expensive!

    I think that will be the first "mod", smaller mags with tyres. Thinking something like 16 inch or so with nice off road tyres. Will definitely start filtering this forum to see what the guys have done.

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