Re: Land Rover Defender Vs. Fj Cruiser
Hate to sound biased here... I've been working on Rovers for about three years now. Don't get me wrong, I love my FJ and would trade it for nothing. But the more I get into taking the FJ apart, build and reworking it, the more I realized this vehicle is not all it was hyped up to be. It's simple and goes back to the engineering of the entire vehicle. If you look at the vehicle completely, there has been almost nothing that has been build specifically for offroading. Engine and transmission are from 4runner/tacoma. Axles the same. The frame is designed like the prado (lots of offroad history) The body is weak and flimsy, (I have fender tears and bulges.)
The Land Rover is build for offroad driving. Every aspect of these vehicle is built around going off road. Land Rover developed hill decent control. Land Rover developed terrian response. People laugh at them becuase 99% of their owners choose to install 22'' Asani chrome wheels and drive their kids to school every day. I personally have had every Land Rover model (95 model year and up) offroad and have to say, with the exception of freelander and LR2, there is not a prodect they make than cannot go head to head with even our most modded FJ's. (Offroad tires included on Rover's side)
I would love to own a new defender.
I would warranty everything I could break on it myself. But that list would be very small...