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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:56 PM
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What gives London

So have been in London for almost a week and only saw two defenders. What gives?

At least was able to get some cool stuff from gigglepin and others.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:58 PM
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The taxes to drive a non fuel efficient vehicle in the inner ring I believe is outlandish..
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Old October 8th, 2014, 04:00 PM
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They couldn't make an exception for one of their own
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Old October 8th, 2014, 04:29 PM
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Old October 8th, 2014, 04:33 PM
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Maybe driving a tractor is not cool in London....
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Old October 8th, 2014, 05:40 PM
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Maybe driving a tractor is not cool in London....
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Old October 8th, 2014, 05:59 PM
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Maybe driving a tractor is not cool in London....
I lived London and I can confirm all of my English friends thought I was crazy for having mine in central London. It was really cool to drive it around and have all of the other Defender owners wave at you.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 07:55 PM
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I saw this one in London last week:



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Old October 8th, 2014, 07:59 PM
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So have been in London for almost a week and only saw two defenders. What gives?

At least was able to get some cool stuff from gigglepin and others.
Most defenders are excluded from being driven in central London for emission regulations now. You'll only see late model ones ... and no-one really gets excited by them over there ...

You comment is the equivalent of dude ... WTH ... been in NYC for a week and only saw 2 wrangler jeeps ... what gives??
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Old October 8th, 2014, 08:45 PM
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Head out of town a ways. You'll soon start seeing them.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 09:09 PM
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So have been in London for almost a week and only saw two defenders. What gives?

At least was able to get some cool stuff from gigglepin and others.
Congestion charge issues in the center of London basically ban them. You see Evoques by the dozen.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 09:28 PM
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Congestion charge issues in the center of London basically ban them. You see Evoques by the dozen.
That isn't entirely true. The congestion charge applies equally to all passenger vehicles. However, London is a low emission zone and only Defenders that are intended for consumer use (e.g. CSW - Country Station Wagons) were made exempt. I had to look long and hard to find an older Defender that I could drive in the city.

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And the fine is 250 GBP per day if you violate the Low Emission Zone!
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Old October 8th, 2014, 09:39 PM
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actually in London it is all about parking...as soon as you get outside of the A4 ring you get off street parking and start seeing a few...then the M4 ring - a few more...they call them Chelsea Tractors for a reason!

Who wants to live inside the A4 anyway - if you do, you do not need to own a vehicle.
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In Cheltenham right now...tons of Defenders out here...
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Old October 9th, 2014, 02:22 AM
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Two within a block of my hotel...the second one out my window.



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Old October 9th, 2014, 04:08 AM
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Driving in London is awful!

Takes ages to get any where and parking is diabolical. I avoid London like the plague but unfortunately have to drive in London this weekend for a family occasion. Yes will be in one of the Defender 110 USW.

At least our Defenders are not affected by Boris low emission zone.

Average speed in London? 10 mph IF you are lucky in rush hour. Standard of driving? Diabolical.

Must admit am glad that when I HAVE TO drive in London I am driving a Defender. This weekend in London the front of the 110 is fitted with an ARB winch mounting system.


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Old October 9th, 2014, 04:29 AM
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I learned to drive in Brighton Sx where they are awful. Driving in London is a whole different ball game. It's truly an experience and the reason why public transport is best
Now I'm up on Boston. Reckon that's not much better.
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Now I'm up on Boston. Reckon that's not much better.

I've been all up and down the East Coast and Boston has the worst roads of any of the cities in my opinion.
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Old October 9th, 2014, 07:05 AM
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Try Bradford in West Yorkshire then.


Driving in Calcutta used to be 'fun' Police on the take, just like in Mexico!

If you want to see Defenders in the UK head to West Yorkshire. Vast majority of them are working Defenders and not Chelsea Tractors.


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