Although I now live in the UK, I grew up in Eastern Europe and love returning there. And the great thing is that others share my enthusiasm, so I've taken to running tours over there with my company (4x4zone.co.uk). I used to have a 300Tdi Discovery 1, but now I run a Td5 Discovery.
I haven't modified the Discovery much - mainly a 2in suspension lift, 265/70 R16 mud-terrain tyres and raised air intake for ability - and I've also blacked-out the rear windows to keep my kit hidden. The raised air intake has proved its worth - I often ford rivers that are around 800mm deep and boulders in the riverbed mean it's difficult to keep a decent bow-wave going.
The Discovery carries quite a lot of kit. Some nights we stay in hotels and B&Bs, but other times we camp. Even if it's 25°C during the day, the temperature can drop to a chilly 2-5°C at night in the mountains and the mosquitos can be annoying. It's worth enduring for the fantastic view of the stars you get - you can see thousands more than you can in south-east England thanks to the lack of light pollution.
I like the tarmac roads in Romania, like the DN67C Transalpina crossing the mountains at the Urdele Pass at 2123m above sea level - and the narrow unmade tracks running along the side of the mountains. Some tracks only have 5° side slope, but when you're driving along a 45° mountain it feels a lot steeper!
The only real problems I've had are slight overheating issues when working the engine hard - speeding along the tarmac roads and climbing steep hills - but the engine has always performed well, even in the thinner mountain air; though you can hear a difference in engine tone.
The Discovery 2 has proved to be the perfect vehicle for Romanian trips - coping with the long drive along the autobahns and the mountain tracks as well as carrying all my kit. And it's comfortable too - what more can you ask for?
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