As long as I can remember I have been obsessed with Land Rovers, but it wasn't until two years ago that I was able to take the plunge and bought my D2 ‘Audrey’ (named after my wife’s quirky friend, also known affectionately as ‘Lady of the Manor’).
She seemed like a good deal at the time, but I have learned the hard and expensive way about all the maintenance issues a high mileage girl can have. Oil leaks, clutch, water pump, bearings, Watts linkage, tyres, practically all the bushes… they all needed replacing, and don't mention all the time spent keeping the chassis rust-free.
She’s on coils with no Active Cornering Enhancement, so new dampers, springs and anti-roll bars are on my list, as is a Torque Performance bumper for the front (for the traffic in Aberdeen!).
Since doing all the work she has run perfectly without any hitches and has never got stuck or broken down, whether carting logs around, on days out in the Cairngorms, taking the dog for a walk or collecting furniture for my daughter. She’s also my daily drive for work, taking me all over Aberdeenshire in any weather.
As a family, including the dog, we’ve just finished a trip to Orkney, then back down and around the north of Scotland, incorporating a visit to the salmon jumping at the Falls of Shin, across to Ullapool and down the amazing coastal road to the Isle of Skye, as well as Drumnadrochit for overnight camping.
Audrey took all this in her stride, even though she has just passed 205,000 miles. With her creature comforts and go-anywhere reliability, I am glad I chose a D2 for the family car.