When you hit the gas, the engine started to growl and eight cylinders (each the size of half a bottle of wine) pulled 2.000 kg of car-weight forwards. It was no sweat for this car.
You were respected on the road when driving this car. As we also at the same time owned a Mini (model 1988), we noticed the difference in fellow driver's behaviour when driving a small and a really big car. You just get more respect when you're big.
We took our car for lots of holidays. And occasionally we gave it a mud bath. Nothing too fancy though as the hard core off roading was too much for us. The rest of the time we just loved looking at it, when it was parked in front of our house.
But all that is good comes to an end. We sold our Disco (as we called it) in 2004. There is a small down side in driving a Land Rover. Especially a 4 liter V8. It takes you only 5 kilometer on every liter of gas. And in the end with rising gasoline prices that was no fun anymore. The other thing is that maintenance costs are extremely high. You get to drink a lot of coffee in the Land Rover repair centers!
However. I deeply regret selling this car. A couple of months ago my good old Disco was sold on E-Bay. I was this close to buying it. Reason took over so I didn't. But it is nice to keep dreaming and sharing this story with you guys. My therapist will be proud :)
Oh and, size does matter!