I'm new to this forum, and am thinking about buying a 2004 Land Rover Defender 110 TD5 - I'll be drving it in the French Alps (using it as a skibus).
I've seen a few posts on how to use the low / high ratio gearbox, but am still a little confused about it, and have the following questions:
- Does the car have permanent 4wd? Even if it's in high range without the diffs locked?
- Is the best setting for snow / ice, high ratio & diffs locked?
- Would I ever need to use low ratio for driving in snow and ice?
- Can you change to high ratio & diffs not locked without stopping? I ask this because some of the smaller roads I'll be driving on will be very snowy and icy, and then I'll get onto a main road which will be relatively clear (having been snow-ploughed and gritted).
I'd also like to know whether anyone has any opinions about Cooper snow tyres.... The garage I'll buy the Land Rover from is proposing to fit them for me.
Thanks very much for your help, and apologies for the dumb questions....!