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  1. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    Funny how they literally call the Defender a "softer, less rugged vehicle to attain greater general appeal among buyers" https://www.motor1.com/news/424754/jeep-wrangler-land-rover-defender/
  2. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    The rounded corners don't help but are not the sole issue - I think there would be a way to re-do the front without a redesign of actual bodywork and make it work better. Sort of how the 2014+ LR4 looks better than the 2010-2013 (in my opinion). It does not always take much - the cartoon face...
  3. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    Slightly off-topic, but speaking of the Heritage Land Cruiser - Toyota has a stange way of making special editions - all their TRD PRO models have blacked out "Heritage" TOYOTA grills rather than the modern Toyota symbol, but the actual "Heritage Edition" of their flagship model wears modern...
  4. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    This is 100% true - something about age has a way of adding some refinement to things. She is all about the old Defenders and especially the DI and DII, which is what she pleads me to buy and fix up all the time, I just do not have the time right now to be in the shop 3-6 times per year or I...
  5. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    The new Defender is like Ouzo or Grappa. It sounds great, even exotic, and it will certainly serve its intended purpose, but it is just going to be a very aquired taste. The design is not going to be universally appreciated, as is indicated by this thread. I think that was LR's goal - to...
  6. catmann

    New Defender News

    Oh boy, let the fun begin! The first few months of a new launch are always a fun time as people discover little quirks, annoyances, fun Easter Eggs, etc.
  7. catmann

    New Defender News

    I see they are now offering a 5yr unlimited mileage warranty in Australia - I wonder if they will do that anywhere else? https://www.caradvice.com.au/841251/jaguar-land-rover-go-to-five-year-warranty-for-a-limited-time/
  8. catmann

    LR3 dog stuff

    North American Custom covers is an offshoot of UK Custom Covers. So if they will not sell you direct, perhaps the UK site will. Plus the UK site has even more options if you browse the site. https://www.ukcustomcovers.com/custom-boot-liners/land-rover/discovery-4-20092016
  9. catmann

    LR3 dog stuff

    X2 on the North American Covers. I have had 2 of them and they work well. They come from Canada and they send industrial velcro rated for 180°F, so it holds up well. The piece that covers the tailgate area the OP circled stays very flat and has held up well to our dogs. They are a little...
  10. catmann

    New Defender News

    Why was their window open? Is that protocol, or just a way to have fun getting muddy?
  11. catmann

    New Defender News

    Interesting, they claim "unprecedented demand" following a successful 110 launch, yet not one Defender has been sold yet that I am aware of...I know there are orders on the books, but highlighing how many online configuration have been made makes me think they are trying to paint a rosy picture...
  12. catmann

    New Defender News

    Well, that is good news. I watched the release unfold daily, so it probably seemed worse in the moment than in hindsight with the volumes produced showing fewer issues per unit. That is the hazard of a forum - it tends to make you worry more because all you see are problems!
  13. catmann

    New Defender News

    Oh my, the list is too long for me repeat here. Trim pieces misaligned, software glitches, engine issues (several people towed within less than 500 miles on the D5), etc. LR was working round the clock for months to find fixes, some software fixes took well over a year. The main list is here...
  14. catmann

    New Defender News

    I am thinking that after the rather disasterous Discovery launch in 2017, LR has decided to unleash hundreds of final build vehicles (marked as 'prototype") into the wild to ensure that any real-world use defects can be addressed prior to the real launch to the public. Having the number of...
  15. catmann

    New Defender News

    That says Prototype Vehicle - they have supposedly been building them since October - has anyone anywhere actually purchased one yet?
  16. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    That's why people in the US don't use the term "wanker"
  17. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    The Ineos Grenadier is getting ready in Wales, might just be what people are looking for: A video below and bit more about the company here: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/first-glimpse-land-rover-defender-17505073
  18. catmann

    Buying a used Discovery in 2020

    I had to give up my D2 in favor of an LR3 due to its chronic need to small fixes and my lack of time to do them (and my Indy shop is 35 min away and takes a week to do anything). I like the D2 better because of the way if felt driving it, but honestly, the LR3 is a better vehicle mechanically...
  19. catmann

    New Defender Rage/Hate Thread

    All of these circular arguments reminds me of something...
  20. catmann

    Lr3 rear hatch leak??

    I have not tried anthing on mine yet, but perhaps a small piece of paint protection film (Suntek, etc) would do the trick, at least for 5 years or so?
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