Land Rover reliability
I'm not sure I'm really qualified to comment here, but I will anyway
1st Land Rover was a Series IIa 109" pick up with a canvas tilt. This was a company car in Lagos, Nigeria. Used around town to convey anything needed for an earth moving equipment company and by me for weekend trips into the real bush outside the city with friends.
I did have a puncture once.
2nd was also a Series IIa lent to me me to drive back to UK from Lagos, over the Sahara. The couple who had driven it South had decided to pack it all in at Lagos and fly home, shipping the LR. Since I was about to go back to UK on leave and wanted to cross the Sahara too, I offered to drive it back for them. Amazingly, they agreed ! The vehicle was suffering from a severe lack of power. It was quickly seen that the hose from the air cleaner to the manifold had collapsed, strangling the engine, so this was replaced, curing the problem. We did service it and drove it 7000 miles back to the UK to it's owner, who had to replace an injector pipe soon after.
3rd was a Series III, in Kano, Nigeria, also used for earth moving equipment maintence by the engineers in all kinds of remote bush places. The luxury of synchromesh on 1st and 2 nd gears was a bit of a revelation and made gear changes a lot slower, but actually useable for the inept. The new padded dash made us miss the old bottle opener dash, but we quickly learnt how to get around that
No problems at all that I can remember
4th was an ancient Series II 109' station wagon that I wanted for my next trans sahara trip, Lagos to London. This one I found up in Ibadan, a bush town on the Kano road and it was for sale at a very low price as a non runner. It was 14 years old and had been used from new as the main transport of a film company in the bush in Cameroon, filiming wildlife, then had spent the last few years as a hunting vehicle for the German Consul. I don't think it had seen a tarred road in it's 14 year life. We tow started it and drove it back 60 odd miles to Lagos, replaced the starter (which was the problem) and drove it around a bit. We then gave it a major service (wheel bearings, oil seals, etc included) didn't touch the engine or gearbox as they were fine and drove it to London in the UK right through the middle of the Sahara. We did have one problem, the radiator cowling fell off onto the fan and made a huge noise ! You've never seen anyone de-clutch and switch off as fast as I did ! Thinking a rod was through the block ! Anyway, we just removed the cowling and continued. This of course was in the remotest part of the Sahara, about 480km (300 miles) from the nearest town or village. We did have to clean out the carb, just North of In Salah, as it had blocked up with sand.
5th one is my current Defender V8, now done 215000km (165000 miles), 10 years old and just done a 3500km (2700 miles) bush trip into the remotest parts of Botswana and have many many magnificent wildlife pics. I did have to catch up on negligence on the part of the previous owner, including an overhaul of a transfer box which seemed to be lubricated by river water, but that's life. It did fail me on the road once, commuting ! The ignition switch failed and left me stranded at a client's premises and stuffed up my day's schedule
Still, that covers 35 years of Land Rovers briefly and 16 African countries so far.
I suspect it would be difficult to persuade me that Land Rovers are anything but reliable