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      11-02-2010, 12:28 PM   #45
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Sounds like fun.
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Well it arrived at about midday today and we have (me, wife, 2 year old boy) instantly fallen in love with it!

Just took it out for a fairly straightforward jaunt to a few beaches and loved it.

Fantastic visibility, looks great, loads of space, pulls up hills surprisingly well and nicely specced with a few goodies.

Turning circle is so poor that we have to take our driveway (very hard left then 1 in 3 hill about 100 yards long) in a couple of "shuffles" and it's definitely a BIG vehicle but it's fantastic.

Got new Grabbers all round, mint condition and absolutely ideal for us. Will test it "properly" off road shortly!
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      11-06-2010, 02:57 PM   #47
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How did "bump" like it?!
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Nice one Matt. You posting some appropriate 'scenic' Landy pics?
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Beemer - will do shortly!
Carlos - not sure but little Stanley is in 7th heaven. He loves it!
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Congrats, great choice of motor.
Are you planning any mods to personalise it/upgrade it for your particular uses?
The inner child in me has always wanted a vehicle with a winch!
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Sheps - think I'll get the diff and steering assembly armour plated, get the whole thing waxoyled and have a think about other mods! Already treated all the leather and protected all possible corrosion vulnerable bits! Total opposite to the BM but lots of fun!
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Couple of very poor mobile phone pics! Will use our real camera soon.





Well it's been a fun weekend - the "truck" arrived on Saturday at 12ish, delivered from Surrey (Harwoods). First impressions - it's HUGE! Slightly scarily big! Second - the colour is fantastic - really like it. Thirds interior is brilliant. Still comically basic in parts but the XS goodies make it comfier than expected - heated seats, aircon, electric windows (!) and remote centrol locking. Seats are genuinely comfortable - half leather is a bit OTT but nice to have and should wear well. Rear seats are a big improvement over the td5s versions.

Bit tight getting the baby seat in (we have a two year old) but it sits securely in there and he absolutely loves the excellent all round visibilty and lofty seating position.

Fire it up and it's DEFINITELY an agricultural vehicle. Do a three point turn to get out of the driveway - hang on, is the steering broken? Nope - the turning circle is hilarious. It also won't get out of our driveway (extremely tight righthander at the bottom of a 1 in 3 hill that's very tight, even in our BM 3 series touring!)! Have to do a little shuffle. And getting back up is actually almost impossible so we now drive 30 yards further on and turn around(!) Slightly unexpected but not really a problem.

On the road the height is brilliant. But this is a BIG vehicle and definitely needs gentle driving. It's the polar opposite of the low down 335d! Brakes are fine and once rolling, it actually pulls quite well - long road hills are fine which is a pleasant surprise.

On tight country lanes EVERYONE gets out of your way! Feels like being Lord of the Manor!

Space inside is great but it lacks storage space - ours has the storage "bin" and two cup holders in the middle which is ideal.

A major surprise is the stereo - it's actually pretty darn good - a nice shock!

Only done light off roading so far but it simply laughs at the little it did. I imagine is near enough unstoppable.

Picking up our boat later (4.4, Salcombe Flyer little speed boat) that's had some engine work done so will check it's towing ability then - the boat only weighs about 400kg (trailer about 100) so I reckon it'll hardly notice the weight.

Anyway very pleased with it!
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      11-08-2010, 08:10 AM   #53
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Glad your pleased with it.
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...and I am glad that Carl is glad that you are glad

Looks in good nick Matt, bit high to get the 'boards on the roof tho'
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Boards fit nicely inside ;-)
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Sheps - think I'll get the diff and steering assembly armour plated, get the whole thing waxoyled and have a think about other mods! Already treated all the leather and protected all possible corrosion vulnerable bits! Total opposite to the BM but lots of fun!
I thought these were corrosion proof. Don't they have aluminium panels and a galvanised chassis?

I've always liked the "tonka toy" aspect to these and have been tempted before but the awful on-road experience makes it a difficult choice as a daily driver. Great fun though and for your usage / environment it's ideal.
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Very useful tool with great credentials, just a shame LR never gave them decent lights, considering some of the situations they get used in.
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Xenon - not sure TBH. Panels are definitely aluminium but not sure about the rest. Had a good look underneath and no signs of corrosion apart from on the odd bolt here and there (all covered in WD40 now!). I've heard issues of rot/rust but newer ones may be better protected.

Creepy - drove in the dark last night. Pretty average on low beam, not too bad on high. I like the way the manual gives you instructions on how to change/fix absolutely everything from bulb replacement to fairly major mechanical stuff - none of that in a BMW manual!

The fuse box under the seat is like something you'd get in an industrial building and the battery is enormous!
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I think the chassis is galvanised but obviously does no harm to waxoyl it especially if going to the beach. Enjoy it!
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Looks really nice, always wanted one of these 'toys', when I get bored of the Lotus I may get a mud churner!

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I like the way the manual gives you instructions on how to change/fix absolutely everything from bulb replacement to fairly major mechanical stuff - none of that in a BMW manual!
I bet it's got grease nipples. phwar Nipples
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I will do a nipple inspection later...

Boringly the end of every bike spoke is connected to the rim with a nipple...

Kade - how's the Elise?
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Damp, cold, shit scary in the wet, even scarer at night, but all in all when conditions allow absolutely fantastic! Thanks for asking
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Chassis aren't galvanised unless its an after market one ,which I doubt on a vehicle at this age. The standard chassis will last years as long as its cleaned often and any breaks in the underseal repaired. Getting it Waxoiled will add years to its life. My 68 SIIa was on the original chassis - it had a few plated welded here and there, but that's the beauty of Landys - simple to fix.

There's plenty of grease nipples on them, especially on the prop shaft.

Make sure you check the gearbox and transfer box fluid levels regularly - they have a habit of leaking (even new ones!). The diff fluid levels are another one to watch. Fairly simple and quick to do, but expensive if you don't and they fail!
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Jon -cheers. Will find out how to check them and keep an eye on them!
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Looking good Matt!

Echo Jons comments and yes plenty of nipples to play with lol.

You can get upgraded lights for them if you fancy, even bi-xenons! Have a nosey at Paddock Motors website as it's very comprehensive and they know A LOT about all Landies. They can be more expensive than some other places for certain things but easy enough to check out others once you know what you want.

Out of interest, will you be taking the Landy into deep water to launch the boat? If you are you may want to consider an axle extended breather kit which raises the axle breather vents above water level.

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