My wife and I have owned Land Rovers for the past 14 years, but it was after buying a Discovery 2 in 2012 that we joined the Land Rover Owners Club of Brisbane. It was with the club that we finally became serious about using the vehicle for what it was designed for.
In 2013 we purchased this 1996 Defender 300Tdi crew cab HCPU. It had some history, all the panels were very straight, and the interior was spotless. It also had a recently-fitted 2in suspension lift with new shocks, alloy bull bar, scrub bars and side steps, and a fantastic glassfibre canopy on the rear that provides a weather-proof and lockable storage area.
My wife sometimes uses it for her work as a merchandiser when she has display stands that are too big to fit in the Discovery. We also use it to tow our caravan on club weekends, and it carts equipment for my daughter’s brass band to their gigs.
In the bush the 130 can be a bit like driving a bus, but it still holds its own. The D2 is more pliable and the traction control is wonderful, allowing it to be driven more gently than the 130. Future mods to the 130 will be front and rear lockers and some softer springs in the rear.
Published in the November 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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