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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!!!

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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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    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 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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    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?
    50ppm is recommended, euro 6 compliant and does have DPF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    50ppm is recommended, euro 6 compliant and does have DPF.
    Aih, okay. So that's stays within the ZA safe borders. Or you pack the diesel u need to venture outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byaru1 View Post
    Aih, okay. So that's stays within the ZA safe borders. Or you pack the diesel u need to venture outside.
    Same for LC 200 and many other's. But I will use the FJ for cross border adventures in any case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    Same for LC 200
    umm... The 200 has no dpf. I think it's euro3 or euro 2 despite Toyota's 50ppm or better recommendations.
    But I will use the FJ for cross border adventures in any case.
    oh yess. I hope Toyota can keep the FJ on and on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byaru1 View Post
    Aih, okay. So that's stays within the ZA safe borders. Or you pack the diesel u need to venture outside.
    Well done Bruce. I'm drooling...

    Zim is universally 50ppm at the commercial stations. Some bulk transport operators may bring in 500ppm for their own use.
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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?
    " Which cars are already Euro 6d-TEMP or Euro 6d?

    Basically every new model that has been type-approved since September 2017, plus existing models that have already made the switch ahead of the general introduction of Euro 6d-TEMP in September 2019. You can find a list of these vehicles here.
    Some manufacturers even succeed in complying with the future Euro 6d standard. Even though electrification is central in Daimler’s and JLR’s PR discourse, both OEMs have invested considerably in diesel and believe it has a place now that NOx emissions are under control."

    https://www.fleeteurope.com/fr/new-e...c-and-6d-temp?

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