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Music on vinyl records, mobile phones the size of house bricks and pornography printed on paper. What hideously out of date stuff do you still use?

Thanks to boozehound for the suggestion

(, Thu 4 Nov 2010, 12:44)
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How about my car?
Another excuse for me to drone on about how I circumnavigated Africa in nothing more than a Land Rover.

But not just any Land Rover – the Camel is a real Camel Trophy Disco from the Mongolian expedition of 1997

When we first met I was curious about why the back windows were electric while the front ones were old fashioned windies – and a pain to have to crank up and down. There were also a few other differences from the standard Land Rover – lots of the fancy electronics had been ripped out and replaced by components from older models. I couldn’t see why they did this.


About a third of the way down. By this time it had become clear that the constant vibration, heat and dust was slowly killing everything electronic that I hadn’t put away in a box. The electric windows started playing up in Mali, and died completely by Chad. The lovely hi Tech MP3 CD player did a little better – getting all the way to Sudan before packing up. My inverter blew up in Burkina Faso – the locals there can fix anything, but they shook their head over this one. In fact the only thing that didn’t crap out was my laptop (which I kept put away in a box) which despite taking an unscheduled flight when I rolled – er – the first land Rover, made it all the way around – they don’t make Toshiba’s like that any more. No really, they don’t.

What I find ironic is that my vehicle was kitted out by the Land Rover Special Works team – they must have known that despite the vehicles being sold as the ultimate off road vehicle, all that modern electronic shit just wasn’t going to last on a real expedition. So they ripped it out and gave me windey windows that would work.

I still have the Camel, and my other half has a nice new WV Polo. I rub my hands in anticipation every time she drives it for I know that with all it's electronics it’s designed to fail. It’s just a matter of time.

Length? 18 months and 70,000km
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 18:30, 5 replies)
All the toys are necessary
for the sort of people who buy the vehicle for the image in the UK, Euro and USA areas.
All crap as you've found and a right royal PITA for the later owners who have to repair that shit (My daily driver is one of the early 300Tdi Disco 1's )

At least in African climates you didn't need to repair all the frikkin' rust thats developed in mine

Length? 8 hours a side for the inner front wings and about 4 hours for the rear seatbelt mounting on the drivers side, The sills had already been done when I got it
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 19:06, closed)
I maintain that you could have done this in a Micra and also succeeded.
10,000 miles to Mongolia and the only thing to go wrong was the back bumper falling off.
(, Wed 10 Nov 2010, 21:28, closed)
driving across the Eurasian Steppe is a completely different challenge to crossing Africa
if your Micra had seen dust and sand like that Land Rover did, it would have killed the engine in about three seconds flat
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 8:32, closed)
but as me and MrsScars drove a Mk 1 Micra round Germany with no oil in it for a fortnight, they might last longer than you think.
(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 10:46, closed)
Are you related to Uncle Albert?

(, Thu 11 Nov 2010, 9:19, closed)

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