I like my '99. There was only one trim level that year, so there is no "stripped down" version. The cold weather package was an option (heated seats and windshield) and it was available in 5-seat and 7-seat versions. The t-case has CDL. That said, I understand the appeal of a later model without the sunroofs (SD?)
I'm fairly happy with my '04. It's easy to work on (comparatively) and purrs like a kitten. Sure, it drinks like a sailor and is somewhat unmotivated, but it's still fun and gets the occasional thumbs-up. Even with the big, stupid and useless pipe roof bars. It just barely fits under my garage door, so no lift in my future!
WooHoo! Let's start a conspiracy theory! My one is that he heard Land Rovers are valuable and decided to steal one. He didn't know that only Defenders were valuable, and decided to find one online. Once he knows where one is, he decides to steal it.