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    I am/was also toying with the idea of getting something more comfy - especially after having driven Swambo's Prado to the Kruger and back in December. My first choice is/was a late model Cruiser VX 100 4.2 TD - but I just cannot do it! I found one, a nice late model one with relatively low mileage - all I had to do is advertise my Defender! I cannot take that step!! So, I am stuck and will have to keep it

    As for reliability - even with my previous TD5, I did about 70 000kms - only "broke down" once and that was due to a blocked diesel pump due to sludge in the tank. Sold it with about 230 000kms on - still purred like a cat!
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    sissy boys!!! Speak for yourself!!!

    My experience is the same as Regards....my Puma MY11 did lots of hard work on anti poaching patrols, holidays (only ever did bush camping in it), towing the Xplorer over who know what terrain where most said I would not make it, towing a race car around South Africa etc etc etc .......i really miss my defender (sold with about 70k kms on it I got it with 14kms on it) but loving the Disco.

    Only issues I can remember is an aircon switch when still new (less than 10k kms IIRC) a rattling rear door panel and a squeaky clutch pedal which drove me mad! I dont think there was anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    sissy boys!!! Speak for yourself!!!

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    At least my Disco is not called "Glitter ball"....
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    Hi Regard - as a matter of interest, what's the fuel consumption with the V8? I just want to compare to Swambo's Prado, which is the 4L V6 - that thing gives her 18L/100km driving around town dropping and fetching kids etc. Thirstier than me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Regard View Post
    At least my Disco is not called "Glitter ball"....
    hahaha you win.....(but in my defense i did not name it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVH View Post
    Hi Regard - as a matter of interest, what's the fuel consumption with the V8? I just want to compare to Swambo's Prado, which is the 4L V6 - that thing gives her 18L/100km driving around town dropping and fetching kids etc. Thirstier than me!
    In town (very short distances and stop/start all the way) I get 5.2-5.5km/l (that is excatly 18l/100km).

    Open road it improves a lot to 11.5-12l/100km.

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    You battle to get the Prado down to under 14 on the open road. those aren't bad figures for a v8 at all!
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    Hi

    I have a 2009 Puma fire edition 2.4tdci and when i bought it i took it straight to LMC (Land rover Mega Centre) they went though the car for me and i fixed and replaced everything that was faulty or going to be faulty in a few Kilos.

    Since then i have remapped my defender and straight piped it and bigger inter cooler and radiator and did a twin scroll turbo.

    I have done 18000 k's now and its being serviced tomorrow and i have had no issues with it.
    My defender has done 121 000 k's on the clock and i absolutely love it! and its my Daily.

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    Well, after 8 mostly trouble-free years, it's been a year of nothing but struggles with that weird drivetrain vibration.

    It's been at the indie for 3 weeks now, and they are also going bonkers trying to figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by defenderfire View Post

    Since then i have remapped my defender and straight piped it and bigger inter cooler and radiator and did a twin scroll turbo.

    where did you get the bigger radiator (how much bigger) also, the Puma has a twin scroll turbo, did you fit a bigger one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-tox View Post
    where did you get the bigger radiator (how much bigger) also, the Puma has a twin scroll turbo, did you fit a bigger one?

    Yes i have fitted a bigger one, i wanted to go Garrett 35 twin scroll turbo but that was just extreme.

    I have known the guys from LMC for years now and there is nothing or no one that i would trust more with my defender, no more transfer case leaks and the 2.4 head problem they sorted out for me.

    But give them a call and speak to Sarel or Jaco and they can give you advice on on the radiator and everything.

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    Surely the bigger turbo would have required a remap to use its full potential?
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