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  1. Paddler Ed

    Who ordered a New Defender ?

    Interesting that they're only single layered, unless they were only running a small number on the truck, that'll push the delivery cost up. In terms of road tests, keep an eye out on the reputable magazines (not some of the YouTube car review channels) as they will get the first dibs on a road...
  2. Paddler Ed

    Power Wagon In Europe?

    I've just had a look at the dimension of the PW compared to a Ford Transit van... it's between the length of the LWB and XLWB. I've driven an older XLWB van over the years in both the North and South of France, and that was a challenge. 1) Parking: Most parking spaces are about 5m long maximum...
  3. Paddler Ed

    Power Wagon In Europe?

    The other elephant in the room is parts and servicing. I'm not sure if the PW is sold in Italy (I doubt it), so you may not find anyone with the diagnostic tools to fix it, or even to get service parts if it doesnt use common filters (oil filters are increasingly model specific) parts. Probably...
  4. Paddler Ed

    Power Wagon In Europe?

    What are the length, width, height and weights like on the PW? Check to see what it will fit in, can it be driven under car rules (GVM < 3500kg) or will it become a truck (>3501kg)? If a truck, be prepared to travel everywhere at a maximum of 100kph (62mph) as that's the speed limit for trucks...
  5. Paddler Ed

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Interesting piece from Autocar on the challenges that Land Rover and all it's owners over the years faced on developing a replacement. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/reinvented-land-rover-defender-never-was Some interesting alternatives over the years in the article. 1991...
  6. Paddler Ed

    Anybody else want a small USEABLE 4X4?

    Mate has a Holden Colorado (RC) that has that - 2 seats in the front, extra cab body and a 6' tray on the back. Vinyl floors, no back seats (but enough room to store chainsaws etc securely) and to get the seat back to a comfortable position. Coming back to the single cab discussion, every ute...
  7. Paddler Ed

    Anybody else want a small USEABLE 4X4?

    https://isuzu.com.au/truck-range/n-series/ One the NxS range would do the trick: 4 cylinder diesel, 5 SPD gearbox and 4x4, vinyl floors as well. 4500kg to 7500kg max weight, can tow 3500kg
  8. Paddler Ed

    Medical gear

    DRS ABC(D) Danger Response Shout for help Airways Breathing Circulation - get it happening with CPR if needed (Defibrillator) That Shout could be any of those options above - that is the important part that most people forget, and instead spent 15minutes getting someone bandaged up etc, when...
  9. Paddler Ed

    Where to go on a short trip from the UK in October?

    Go the other way and do the North Coast 500? I'd agree that the Alps is a push for a day run, ever with a Chunnel crossing. A day would comfortably put you into the Vosge, Ardennes or Alsace regions, or into the German Black Forest, and that has some interesting bits to explore.
  10. Paddler Ed

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Land Rover have always specialised in bitsa models - the last 3 new models that have had their own (not shared chassis) have been the original Range Rover and the Land Rover 90/110/127, and the most recent 2x Range Rovers, that's it. Everything else has had some degree of platform sharing within...
  11. Paddler Ed

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Interesting interview with Gerry McGovern from Autocar: https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-frankfurt-motor-show/defender-designer-gerry-mcgovern-reviving-icon Two quotes to take home: 1) 2) So from those two it is fair to say that the old niche market was not profitable, and...
  12. Paddler Ed

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    That'll be to prevent over-riding in a collision with a smaller vehicle, otherwise the impact will be at the glasshouse in a side impact, the windscreen in a frontal impact, or the backseat in a rear impact.
  13. Paddler Ed

    Should I make the switch?

    I've just changed from a 1992 VZN130 4Runner to an 1994 FZJ80 as the wagon tourer in the household; it also does daily driver duties. Observations after a few weeks of owning it: -About 15% more fuel used than the 3.slo in the 4Runner, but that could be a duff Oxygen sensor (new one on order...
  14. Paddler Ed

    WTB: Diesel Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol in Brisbane Region

    I know you're using "gas" to refer to petrol, but my personal preference is to avoid anything that is on gas (LPG) as it can cause problems because of how dry it burns etc - just something to be aware of. Also, if looking at 80s, it might be worth joining this group as there's always a few for...
  15. Paddler Ed

    WTB: Diesel Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol in Brisbane Region

    Here's an example of what a HDJ80 goes for: AU$16k
  16. Paddler Ed

    ExPo 80 Series Registry

    Year, model, color, etc: 1994 FZJ80, GXL (Aussie spec), inland suntan'd Red Name of owner/screen name: Paddler Ed How long have you owned your 80 series? Is this your first? Coming up to a week, first 80, third Land Cruiser (1986 FJ73 in 2011-12, 1978 HJ45 ute since November 2016) Mileage at...
  17. Paddler Ed

    WTB: Diesel Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol in Brisbane Region

    The petrol will use more, but for the speed benefit (most of the full size Land Cruisers will be NA diesels at $10k, or have gone to the moon a few times...) they'll be worth looking at. In terms of access to fuel - we didn't have problems when we travelled with our van back in 2010-12, but we...
  18. Paddler Ed

    WTB: Diesel Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol in Brisbane Region

    I've just got a 1994 petrol Land Cruiser for $3100, which buys you a lot of diesel... but if you're set on diesel, here's some options on Facebook MarketPlace 1993 Land Cruiser KZJ78 Possibly not the best option as it is a grey import from Japan, but pretty cool...
  19. Paddler Ed

    2020 Defender Spy Shots....

    Are you referring to the JD Power results from Blackrangie (the UK JD Power results)? If so, Toyota have ranked better than BMW (134 problems per 100 vehicles compared to 181) The Japanese manufacturers have never managed to get the sales traction in the UK that they have in the USA, at least...
  20. Paddler Ed

    Group Buy for Toyota Australia Ute Bed Tray for 2nd and 3rd Gen Tacomas

    If they come with all the brackets, they are fairly universal - I've got one from an early 1990's Hilux Space cab on a HJ45 Land Cruiser... They come pre-drilled with holes for the mounting brackets and the mudflap/wheel arch brackets, so are quite easy to move things around - I didn't need...
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