I sent Nick an email off-list regarding Land Rovers buying advice. I
am biased as I own 3 Land Rovers and its a bit of a passion in our
household, but Rob is quite right - there are a lot of good LR vehicles
out there and they can be as reliable as any other vehicle if properly
maintained - after all there isn't a right lot to go wrong with them as
the engineering is pretty basic stuff ! I think one of their main
advantages in a work situation is robustness - a few dents and
scratches add to the character and and body panels and other spares are
cheap to replace and readily available. There is a huge pattern-part
market so you don't need to go to a main dealer and the sheer quantity
of Land Rovers sold means a ready supply of second-hand parts from
private and trade suppliers.
Although they don't fall into the category of "small" 4x4, some of the
best buys at the moment are late 80s/early 90s Range Rovers and
Discoverys. You can pick up a 1990 Range Rover in moderate to good
condition at around 2K - tailgates might be a bit iffy but not too bad
to replace if need be. You get mod cons such as electric windows and
nice seats as well as excellent load space and off-road capability. Not
quite as robust as the Defender or Series models but excellent value
for money. You can also stick LPG tanks in the V8 petrol models without
losing much load space and have a engine that sounds performs really
well, sounds very sweet and is so much kinder to the environment than a
smelly, noisy diesel.....
All in all, whatever marque chosen, its a matter of finding the right
vehicle for the job you want to do, in the right condition and at the
right price....not always an easy task so its as well to keep an open
mind when looking.
Yorkshire Off Road Club)
On 13 Aug 2005, at 19:52, Robert Burns wrote:
> Old land rovers are as cheap as mud these days and not all as bad as
> you make out. A friend of mine in Sussex regularly buys old non
> rebuilt longbase Landrovers for next to nothing and no where near the
> costs that Nick as to spend
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "IAN DAINTITH"
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> Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2005 7:16 PM
> Subject: Re: Vehicle advice
> Hold on a minute guys, yes what John said would be true but, think of
> this. a 1970-75 land rover is 30-35 yrs old by now! Either its going
> to be as rotten as a pear and hammered to hell and back or, its been
> rebuilt in which case you won't buy one for £1500.
> My trade originally was as a motor mechanic so ask any questions you
> My own recomendation for a vehicle within your budget would have to be
> an oldish Daihatsu Fortrak or an Isuzu Trooper, as tough as old boots,
> still young enough to have some useful miles left and easy to repair,
> leave the petrol models alone as they are much too thirsty. Mitsubishi
> Shoguns are about at your price but they are more complex and
> expensive on spares.
> Another cheap 4x4 is the Vauxhall Frontera although there are
> reliability issues with higher mileage ones.
> Suzuki jeeps are cheap to buy and run although their carrying capacity
> is limited, also seldom see one get stuck as they are lightweight,
> (sj140) Vitara is not the same.
> As i said ask any questions you want, when you find a vehicle let me
> know and i'll do my best to tell you what they are like.