Originally Posted by Firemanshort
Depends on how you want to use it - don't let the fancy cool spring guys seduce you. For entry into mechanics - a Series Rover is as simple as it gets.
If you must have air con and a radio - well I guess you should buy a Discovery.
Hey David, thanks for your response. Nah, I don't need A/C or a radio, this would strictly be for learning how to wrench and for trail driving when that's available. I want something I can buy now and that runs now, because I'm as new as it gets - I couldn't do a resto now if my life depended on it. But I don't have the money for a NAS or anything super recent and/or fancy-restored - and I don't need something super fancy, I'm just after something I can enjoy and learn on, at (roughly) the same time!
Part of why I'm looking at Rovers at all is because of a reputation for being bulletproof. Not as in maintenance-free - I know that isn't the reputation - but solid and reliable if properly maintained. Something I can take on a trail and not worry that I won't make it to the end, or back home after the drive. Do you have any thoughts on what models or years would be good for what I'm looking for?
Thanks again for your response!