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    I took delivery of this vehicle last week Wednesday. D240HSE with a few options. I was dead keen on the D300 but due to a LR order botch up I decided to go for the more proven and tested engine than wait until Oct for an untested D300. It was a difficcult task to find the right spec in my colour and ended up with black roof and side panels as the options did not really want and manual towbar instead of electric but this may be a blessing in disguise.

    The Defender comes close to a D4 in onroad drive and comfort. The seats being a bit smaller and the AT tyres giving a slightly harder ride. The rest is D4 like. I won't reference a D5 although have driven one for a few days I really did not like it and felt it was a let down in interior especially the front and middle row seats.

    The D240 pulls like a small steam train and compared to my ex LC 200 is quieter and more refined and does not wallow or give rear seat passengers car sickness. It handles very well and feels solid. It has a stunning interior. The features are too many to mention but easy to get used to and the pivipro interface and active display are fantastic. The matrix headlights for night driving are also great and no need to add spots.

    The only issue so far is my iphone 12 does not like the smart charger, older iphones no problem and seems to be an apple issue.

    I really like the rubber flooring, rubber mats with deep sides. The way the door seals around the edges also prevents dust ingress and hopefully water. The white looking trim on the steering while etc. is a light grey and looks better in real life.

    Towing is especially good and I can only imagine how the D300 with extra power would perform. I had to add airbags to the 200 to adjust for towball weight and always felt a bit sway like. The Defender like the D4 adapts the height and feels very stable.

    Longer term lets see how she does. Doing a trip to Transkei in 2 weeks time and will put her through her paces.
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    Beautiful, congratulations!
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    Awesome!!! Congratulations. Looking forward to your thoughts after a few weeks of ownership.

    Really looking hard at one of these if I have to replace the Touareg.
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    Congrats. Hope you have many trouble free kilos in her.

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    Congratulations Bruce.

    Beautifull vehicle and I wish you many happy travels.

    For how long did you own and drive the LC 200?

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    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Wish you many happy miles
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    Congratulations. Hope you have many happy miles and trips in her. Awesome vehicle



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    Beaut!

    Wishing you many years & kms of fun with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moxy dunn View Post
    Congratulations Bruce.

    Beautifull vehicle and I wish you many happy travels.

    For how long did you own and drive the LC 200?
    Thank you. I had the cruiser for 4 years.
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    Fantastic Bruce, absolutely fantastic....!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    I took delivery of this vehicle last week Wednesday. D240HSE with a few options. I was dead keen on the D300 but due to a LR order botch up I decided to go for the more proven and tested engine than wait until Oct for an untested D300. It was a difficcult task to find the right spec in my colour and ended up with black roof and side panels as the options did not really want and manual towbar instead of electric but this may be a blessing in disguise.

    The Defender comes close to a D4 in onroad drive and comfort. The seats being a bit smaller and the AT tyres giving a slightly harder ride. The rest is D4 like. I won't reference a D5 although have driven one for a few days I really did not like it and felt it was a let down in interior especially the front and middle row seats.

    The D240 pulls like a small steam train and compared to my ex LC 200 is quieter and more refined and does not wallow or give rear seat passengers car sickness. It handles very well and feels solid. It has a stunning interior. The features are too many to mention but easy to get used to and the pivipro interface and active display are fantastic. The matrix headlights for night driving are also great and no need to add spots.

    The only issue so far is my iphone 12 does not like the smart charger, older iphones no problem and seems to be an apple issue.

    I really like the rubber flooring, rubber mats with deep sides. The way the door seals around the edges also prevents dust ingress and hopefully water. The white looking trim on the steering while etc. is a light grey and looks better in real life.

    Towing is especially good and I can only imagine how the D300 with extra power would perform. I had to add airbags to the 200 to adjust for towball weight and always felt a bit sway like. The Defender like the D4 adapts the height and feels very stable.

    Longer term lets see how she does. Doing a trip to Transkei in 2 weeks time and will put her through her paces.
    Congrats! Fantastic color combinations.

    For the occasional venturing into far and beyond SA, do you know if the diesel motor can tolerate some 500ppm diesel?Does it have dpf, scr etc.. Euro 3, 4, 5 or 6.. rated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by byaru1 View Post
    Congrats! Fantastic color combinations.

    For the occasional venturing into far and beyond SA, do you know if the diesel motor can tolerate some 500ppm diesel?Does it have dpf, scr etc.. Euro 3, 4, 5 or 6.. rated?
    Thank you. I have no idea. The manual says zip!!!
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    Some updates:

    Service interval is 2years or 34000km's But i will do an oil change every year which will be 10 000km's.

    Boot is not that big but for two people perfect. Middle row seats fold flat.

    Incontrol app allows car to be remotely started...doors stay locked so you can pre-heat or cool the vehicle. You can also lock,unlock,close or open windows and track trips etc.
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    congrats. That looks awesome.

    Do you miss the bigger engine you had in the LC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0lt3n View Post
    congrats. That looks awesome.

    Do you miss the bigger engine you had in the LC?
    Thanks. No I don't because it was a big thirsty beast and evenprefer the FJ over it but the Defender is smooth and quiet with superb power delivery. Similar fuel consumption between the 200 and FJ open road and even town.
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    BruceHun

    From memory only - you changed from the D4 to the LC because of the superior LC launching of your boat on beach sand ?

    Or have I missed the boat completely

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJ View Post
    BruceHun

    From memory only - you changed from the D4 to the LC because of the superior LC launching of your boat on beach sand ?

    Or have I missed the boat completely
    Punny! Yes I did as the 200 sand driving is way better than theD4. With the D4 I had to use Rock crawl to slow the pull off down, whereas the 200 would pull off slowly in sand preventing digging in. It really is a great off-roader. I then bought an FJ to launch and leave in Plett for when we fly down. My wife did not like the drive and feel of the 200 especially on longer trips with friends where she sat in the back and felt car sick, so I bought another FJ but I found it not ideal for towing my BL. Next option was a new Prado but for me it lacks power even with the new engine and lacks soul. It is a boring vehicle in my opinion and I doubt that I would ever turn and look back at it and think wow. The Defender does it for me.
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    I'm jealous.

    I really enjoyed that 240 motor in the Velar so I know it will be good if 'n the defender.

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    I'm jealous.

    I really enjoyed that 240 motor in the Velar so I know it will be good if 'n the defender.

    Enjoy!
    You have no idea: a few months ago I was driving from CT to De Hoop in my RRS, and this new Defender was keeping up with me, and I wasn't exactly driving like Ms Daisy.

    I thought it was the P300, but when we both stopped at the gates, I saw it was a D240.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orxy View Post
    You have no idea: a few months ago I was driving from CT to De Hoop in my RRS, and this new Defender was keeping up with me, and I wasn't exactly driving like Ms Daisy.

    I thought it was the P300, but when we both stopped at the gates, I saw it was a D240.
    Is your RRS perhaps the 2.0 ingenium motor

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