Land Rover Owner, January 2023 issue

LRO January 2023 cover

by Land Rover Owner |


The wet and chilly season is definitely here, so we’ve crammed our latest issue with technical tips and driving knowledge to get you safely through the winter months.

Don’t miss our eight-page 'Be Winter-Wise' feature, a compilation of real-world stories about winter driving when things didn’t go to plan – so you can learn from our mistakes. Land Rovers may be built for this stuff, but unwise choices will put you in danger.

Also in the January 2023 issue of LRO magazine…

Featured Land Rovers

Not many Discovery 1s are being converted into adventure vehicles any more, so Nik Hammond’s pre-facelift V8 bucks that trend. It’s an inspirational result – a thorough conversion of a near-concours example that’s built for anything.

Reader Wesley O’Neill shares the 20-year ownership story of his 110 Double Cab, and we’ve tales and insights from our own fleet: John’s Td5 Defender receives a new injector loom, Martin begins a new Range Rover Classic restoration project, and Vicky gets behind the wheel of Pete Wilford’s restored trialler.


Sam Watson contributes an account of his recent overland journey by Land Rovers in Syria and Lebanon,a stunning high-altitude journey through ancient history and modern trouble spots.

Closer to home, we also visit greenlanes in the Derbyshire Dales for Part 21 of the LRO Adventure Trail – beautiful routes that you can drive too.

Classic LRO

Our section devoted to classic Land Rovers tells the ‘wrecks to riches’ story of a beautiful Series I 80in restoration by Jon Holmes. It may look magnificent, but it’s built to be used. Writer Maurice Wostenholm takes a nostalgic look at a fateful South African expedition he made with friends in a rather unhappy Series III.

And in Roverphile, James Taylor reveals the story behind a one-off articulated 80in Series I, built by Rover as a car transporter.

News and comment

We’ve updates on next year’s Bowler Defender Challenger, the skills shortage facing Land Rover workshops, a bulletproof Defender and more.

Plus our NEW Market News page explores values for unspoiled Defenders, and an absolute bargain Series IIA camper.

As always, you’ll find a list of upcoming Land Rover events and LRO Adventure Club outings. Readers’ letters include thoughts on the evolution of our project 90, and the value of L322s. Our columnists this month are Mike Gould, Sam Watson, Vicky Turner and Martin Domoney.


Need inspiration for your Christmas shopping? We’ve five whole pages of new products for your festive wishlists – from cool clothing and Defender cruise control to toys and tyres.

Our ‘Used and Abused’ product tests include a review of workshop tools, a pneumatic jack and a VNT turbo upgrade.


In this issue, learn how to upgrade a Series starter motor with a modern ‘high torque’ alternative, how to replace a leaky ACE bar in a Range Rover Sport L320, and how to service the differentials in a Freelander 2 (especially the rear one).

Don’t miss this month’s ‘Essentials’ guide, all about grease guns – types of gun, types of grease, and where you should use them this winter. And you’ll find 12 technical questions answered by our team of workshop gurus.

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