Pretty accurate statement there. But it's just not here, you find it in a lot of places these days, people feeling they need the "best of the best of the best" and those who don't, being mocked. I'm sure many would laugh at my $25 tractor floods for off-roading, but my feeling is that when off-road I'm generally traveling at tractor speeds plus things tend to get broken, and I'd rather replace a $25 light than a $200 light. I don't ever expect to see them in an "Off-road Lighting Shootout" article.
Originally Posted by Nonimouse
That said, I think the suggestion of selling the Freelander and getting a Discovery stems not from people thinking you need to spend a lot of money to do overland travel, but from other reasons.
First, my assumption is that the Freelander is in decent shape and he wants to stay with Land Rovers.
Yes, the Freelander will surely do fine for "mild expeditionary travel" as the OP said, but once the bug bites, the person will likely move beyond mild and the Freelander's shortcomings will begin to show. At that point, the market value of his Freelander will have dropped because of the add-on kit (Freelander owners are more likely to be around town drivers and don't want the kit) and off-road abuse. Not to mention possible mechanical issues from that abuse. So the person wants to sell it and move to a more capable vehicle, but will get less money for it.
Amazingly, here in the US the market for used Freelanders is pretty good, if Autotrader is anything to go by, while the market for used Discovery's is not that great.
Based on that, the person could sell the Freelander and buy a D1 and have money left over for kitting out the Discovery (while being able to choose from a much broader range of kit, not to mention finding perfectly servicable used kit).
But even without a lot of kit, with a decent set of tires the stock Discovery will fare better than the kitted out Freelander, so the person could do a lot of "mild expeditionary travel" while deciding what kit he wants for his Discovery. If the bug really bites and he wants to get better mileage, putting a diesel in his Discovery would be an easy conversion.
Maybe he is totally in love with his Freelander and won't sell it for anything, so no amount of rational argument is worth anything. However, if that's not the case, before he starts spending $$ on kit for it I strongly suggest at least doing some looking at what he'd get selling his Freelander vs. what he could buy a D1 in good shape for.
Four wheel drive allows you to get stuck
in places even more inaccessible.
62 88 reg
67 NADA x2
74 Air Portable - The Antichrist (tag 6A666)
95 D1 5-speed
95 D90 5-speed
97 D1 Automatic