Thanks Off-Roader that makes perfect sense, and thanks everyone else for the helpful input! I think for the journey originally described my Gen 1 would be just fine with some maintenance like mentioned to make sure it is up to par and functioning safely and reliably. Personally, I think I will always have a warm feeling for trucks like the Defender or Land Cruiser with solid axles, but the interesting point is that there are other similarly capable vehicles out there that also have strong points (like high speed dirt road travel vs slow rock crawling etc). I think it might come down to an expedition vehicle being a tool for the job. Since any good mechanic wouldn't use the same tool in every situation, so a good adventurer would use a different suspension setup depending on the journey.
Originally Posted by off-roader
1990 Montero LWB 5spd 165k Miles (Project)
2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II Auto 128k Miles (Wife's)
1998 BMW 328i (Daily Driver)
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