I’m on my year out of university at the moment, living and working at our family dairy farm in between studying for a veterinary nursing degree at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. Around the farm I’m using my 90 for transporting new-born calves through the fields, ferrying the dogs about and moving things like electric fences. I prefer it to a tractor; it’s smaller, easier to use and faster.
My only mods have been to fit some mud-terrain tyres and to have the engine chipped. As it’s a farm vehicle, I’ve also added an air freshener… all your essentials!
Last year I joined my uni’s 4x4 club, which has social nights out, regular meetings to share ideas and weekend greenlaning trips. There’s also a brilliant on-campus off-road track, where I went off-roading for the first time.
After going around it slowly a couple of times I found my confidence, but then I thought I was good enough to wade through a pool – and ended-up having to be towed out. No harm done, except to my pride…
I’ve also been on a Land Rover Experience day, where I tried a Discovery 4 off-road. The tech was amazing, but I do prefer my quirky basic Defender; it’s cheaper to fix, and having to use the Discovery’s on-board camera felt a bit like like cheating. There was no off-road driving talent needed at all!
This owner review appeared in the January 2015 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.