OK, so many of us love our Land-Rovers for their close association with the great outdoors. But, and its a BIG but, are the iconic lines of the Defender and what they 'say' about their owners sufficient compensation for our madness that is acceptance of a manufacturing process that, even in the 21st century, cannot address the basics of sustainability that is to ensure meaningful rust protection of both the chassis and key transmission components? Then there is the poor workmanship at production stage that has far more to do with water ingress problems than the generous door gaps that are required to permit flexing/articulation of vehicle when off road but lets not go there!
As British Red observed so succinctly why should you have to take a NEW Defender to a specialist under body treatment plant as your 1st stop after leaving the showroom??
For what its worth I've just written to Landrover UK about this very point and with a nice photograph that proves that my rear crossmember was painted after a nice base coat of rust had set in!!
We shall see.