It probably depends alot on the way you use the truck, and the climate you live in. Land Rover spent the money to include it, so the engineers must have seen value in it, otherwise they wouldn't have added cost to the production to include it.
That being said, if you use the truck strictly as a pavement pounder, particularly in a temperate climate, I doubt there would be much benefit, or harm to simply eliminating it. But if you tow frequently, particularly in hilly terrain, or hot climates I would think it would add benefit, as it would for a heavily loaded expedition vehicle moving at slow speeds, over rough terrain (particularly, again, in a hot climate).
Of course I've always wondered about going one better and adding an independent oil cooler, removed from the radiator, and using a thermostatically controlled sandwich plate, but I can't seem to help trying to think of ways of making things better when you replace them, instead of just replacing them..
My two cents, for whatever they are worth...
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