2004 for sure.
Originally Posted by onewhippedpuppy
I agree with the idea of driving both but otherwise have the exact opposite take. I've had a few Rovers, including a built DII. They have a cool charm for sure, but they are problematic. To say otherwise is misleading. They are comfortable and look great, but my passion was trumped once I learned more about Toyotas.
The 80 is a bit larger, insanely capable, 96 & 97's have more modern design, and they are slightly more reliable than a hammer. Look at the two forums and see what people are talking about - mods and maintenance or repairs?
I sold my DII prior to driving back to America from alaska where I bought and built it. I did not trust it despite detailed base lining, repairs, and mods, plain and simple. On my return for a year, I bought it back from the fellow who bought it from me and it lost the motor the day I registered it. A buddy has a DII and hasn't gone camping this summer because the rig was always in the shop and ate up his fun money.
If you've never had a cool car, it's something you have to experience for yourself. If you love your cars, problems become more than a frustration, they are a heart ache. I used to pull a Fiat w/ a Range Rover Classic. After time taught me a few lessons, I'm now into Toyota's and Porsches.
Oh what a feeling! Accept no substitute.
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All cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well, which is the same thing. EH