As far as I know Land-Rovers have a good reputation here, they’ve been around for even longer than Toyota’s have I think. One thing I remember some saying many years ago was they were down a bit on engine power but that wouldn’t be something that would have gone on for long and it’s certainly not the case now, someone else said that Land-Rovers could be known to break an axle now and then but again that was many years ago.
These vehicles get a tough life by some owners, who knows how badly they have been treated over many years and then get sold and the new owner breaks something and blames the vehicle, I think you have to treat a lot of those tales with a grain of salt myself. I have spoken to mechanics and panel beaters for maybe thirty years about various makes and if anyone knows what’s going on those guys do, they are up with new vehicles mostly and what goes wrong with them, that’s the proper info to have.
Yep I saw a show with a red Hilux they tried to destroy, those guys get a bit too enthusiastic at times I think, but it’s entertaining and that’s the reason why we watch…isn’t it?
There was another earlier episode in the Andes and it was as usual quite entertaining, they managed to break the rear drive on a Toyota too. I think I know how that happened, they fitted very large wheels and then I think it was left in four wheel drive while driving along the bitumen road near the end of the trip, that will do it.
The different rolling diameter between front and back due to the weight of the engine will bind up the driveline until something eventually breaks (there is a warning on the glove box against doing just that). There isn’t any proportional drive between front and back on those old design direct drive 4x4’s (mine as well) like there is on the Land-Rover wagon they had so I guess they had to show us how to break one, it isn’t a problem in sand or gravel or mud because that kind of surface allows the wheels to equalize continuously.
Anyway whatever, I remember being fascinated with them and the vehicles getting starved of oxygen at 17000ft and they were in jeopardy of getting hypoxia themselves, I thought it was getting dangerous at one point with most of them acting even sillier than usual trying to figure out how to jump-start a stalled vehicle and in general sort of losing the plot.
Then the huge slope at the end was mindboggling, the biggest sand dune in the world for sure, I forget how big it was but it looked like thousands of feet high.
It certainly looked like they had an adventure on that one.