Vehicle choice

Submitted: Monday, Apr 12, 2004 at 23:21
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My plan has always be to get a Landcruiser when I can afford it but now I'm having second thoughts about the Range Rover, which appears to be the "Rolls Royce" of the 4wd market. Are my second thoughts justified or should I just stick to a plain old Landcruiser as I had always planned? The Rangie looks great and is very very comfortable. I'm told also that it's the most capable vehicle in the off road area.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Apr 12, 2004 at 23:47

Monday, Apr 12, 2004 at 23:47
Aandy,
Good one, I was almost going to answer then read the question again and again. Almost got me.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 20:23

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 20:23
Wayne, Thanks for trying but I don't understand your response! Not smoking funny cigs are you?
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 07:56

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 07:56
Hi Aandy....
I cant tell if you are taking the mickey or if the question is valid....
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 08:03

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 08:03
Hi Andy
If you have been waiting to save up for a Toyota, then you will have time to consider your purchase further as you save for the Rangie, in between times you could own a Nissan and enjoy 4WD and travelling on the money you saved
Ray
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Follow Up By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 11:22

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 11:22
Right on Raymond ! Coun,t agree more .
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Follow Up By: Pesty - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 11:53

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 11:53
Yeh and drive it 50% of the time and fix it the other 50% of the time LOL

Cheers Steve
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 12:20

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 12:20
"I'm told also that it's the most capable vehicle in the off road area"

Is it April 1 again?
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Reply By: Andy - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 18:57

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 18:57
All I can say is that out about 20 4x4's doing a course here in NZ the only 2 that didn't finish were the 2 that had RR on the front.
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Reply By: NathanK - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 19:05

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 19:05
older range rovers are excellent off-road but limited in comfort. new range rovers are excellent with comfort, but limited off-road. maybe you got mixed up with land rovers, the discos are incredible off-road if set-up right (as are most decent 4x4's, the set-up is pretty important).

generally the newer range rovers (1995->) are designed as urban 4x4's that spend majority of time in the city and taking the kids to soccer. they need a fair amount of mods to get them ready for real 4x4 off-road work.

the discovery's are very handy off-road with their great centre difflock and my disco has proven itself to me many times over, way more than my previous landcruiser, my bro's hilux, my father's turbo prado and my mate's SWB Patrol.

yes, electrics are a hassle on British cars - i've had to rebuild the alternator twice now and the ciggie lighter is permantely got it's fuse taken out, but the motor is extremely reliable (3.9L V8) and the drivetrain has been faultless for me.

in the end i'd rather recommend you get a Landcruiser, maybe an 80 series GXL if comfort is what you prefer. if serious 4x4 is more your kettle of fish, forget the RR's altogether.

nate
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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 20:28

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 20:28
Thanks nate,
Yes I think I'll go Toyota after all. By the way the centre diff lock is nothing special on a disco. All four wheel drives have them - have done for as long as there's been four wheel drives. In fact it isn't a 4wd if the centre diff is not locked. However, some have a button to press and some engage with the transfer case lever. I think some people think that the disco is the only vehicle that has one because it engages with a button. Cheers!
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Follow Up By: NathanK - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 10:27

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 10:27
i know they all have them andy, i've had a number of 4x4's, but the land-rover's have always seemed more secure and better built than cruiser diff locks or patrols.

also, the disco's have a short gear stick for diff locking, like the cruiser. the old range rovers had the pull button.
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