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hughesy

Land Rover vs Mazda

Having been a confirmed Land Rover owner and driver for at least the last ten years I've gone and bought a Mazda pick up. An old one, just like all the landies I've had were. I wanted another Disco or maybe a cheap Defender but they've got to ridiculous prices these days, especially when you consider that nearly all of them are rotten as a pear and not really very good at all. So I've got a Mazda double cab pick up. It's old but it's not rotten and it drives lovely so we'll see how we get on.
sod

We are like you and now have older Mitzy 4wd double cab utes petrol and diesel love them. we never had Land Rover double cab ute type here saddely Al the best with your Maxda.
Border

I used to drive LR's, but about 18 years ago went Jap, and have never gone back.

I've had toyota's, Mitzi's Nissan's 4x4's and never had a bad one.

I drive a L2OO at the moment and am very pleased with it, its just rounded 250,000 clicks without any major problems.
hughesy

Well having driven about in it for a few hours I'm pretty happy so far. I'm not bothered about cosmetics, no point as my vehicles all eventually get caked in mud inside and out! All it needs to do is plod on, relentlessly, day in, day out. Fingers crossed it will.
hughesy

Well nearly two weeks into Mazda ownership and things are going well. I can't help thinking that Land Rover could have built vehicles like this if they'd tried. It's quiet, there are no drafts because all the doors and windows still fit in the holes like they're supposed to. Everything still works especially the heater which is fantastic. It's not super comfy but then it is a pick up truck, not a car, but it's a hell of a lot nicer place to be than in a series Landy or a Defender. Most surprising is it's ability in the mud. It has an amazing amount of traction despite it's fairly primitive 4x4 system, basic suspension and road tyres. We've done a couple of 100 ish mile round trips in it and so far so good.
sod



202 Holden powered
sod



2 of our Mitzy utes 1 on road mainly other more of the off road, both petrol 2.6
hughesy

Well a few months into Mazda ownership and the honeymoon's over. The missus has spun it in the rain and hit a kerb damaging one of the rear hub/brake drums. It's become apparent that finding parts for a grey import is no easy task and if you can find them you need a bdooly mortgage to buy them. Couple this with it's complete inability to haul a trailer of any weight at all and you guessed it...........I'm going back to a Land Rover. Picking up a 200tdi 110 Defender tomorrow.
sod

So very sorry to hear that, we don't have lone imports because of that feel better with older either made here or brand agent imports Mitzy   Both the1990 petrol ones in photo have pulled 2.5 tonne on tandem trailers well but love the off road LR   best
rhino

That's what I found, we work everything to the limit, out of necessity so it needs to be cheap and easy to mend. My 110 is the only thing I havent broken beyond redemption.
hughesy

Well I've done a 360 mile round trip to pick up my "new" defender today. I always expect the worst so I'm not dissapointed when things don't live up to expectation. Needn't have worried I think I've got lucky this time. Apart from a bit of bubbling on the top corners of the bulkhead I can't find anything wrong with it! Even the heater works! I'll give it a proper once over tomorrow then I might even post a piccie on here.
sod

rhino wrote:
That's what I found, we work everything to the limit, out of necessity so it needs to be cheap and easy to mend. My 110 is the only thing I havent broken beyond redemption.


Is that not the only way to go. In NZ because of where we are in the world when I was young  everything still had to be fixed where it was some how. So came the "Fix anything with No.8 wire" thinking, still same in our family  
hughesy

I have very much the same attitude really. I don't like modern vehicles with everything controlled by electronics. I like things that can be fixed by hitting them with a hammer or sticking some gaffer tape round them!
brummie nick

hughesy wrote:
I have very much the same attitude really. I don't like modern vehicles with everything controlled by electronics. I like things that can be fixed by hitting them with a hammer or sticking some gaffer tape round them!


Don't forget the 'squirt' of WD40.  
sod

brummie nick wrote:
hughesy wrote:
I have very much the same attitude really. I don't like modern vehicles with everything controlled by electronics. I like things that can be fixed by hitting them with a hammer or sticking some gaffer tape round them!


Don't forget the 'squirt' of WD40.  


And here (NZ) a bit of No. 8 wire or baling twine  
hughesy

Emergency toolbox(or somewhere in the dash or on the floor) consists of a roll of gaffer tape, a half inch spanner, mole grips, a bit of string and a tin of wd40. I've never failed to get home in a Land Rover yet whereas the wife's more modern cars have been on a recovery truck a few times.

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