I have looked at the reviews, do you think they are real or written by Japs?
I thought I had researched them well, I went through all old threads on here and it seemed there were a lot of supporters. I have looked at the Mitsubishi, the Sport came in at £15,500 or so, but it is a bit dated now (Yes I know the Defender is as well but bear with me) and the Shogun SWB was £22,000 ish. I am not bothered about it being posh as I have a selection of 'posh cars', this is only to use 3 or 4 times a year to tow the boat, perhaps a bit more if I get used to it. My Frontera which I am selling has only done 3k miles a year at most, I just need a bit more grunt which the diesel will give compared to the 2.2 16v petrol.
Boat and trailer is about 2,300kg, Frontera max is 2,600, Defender is 3,500 so a bit spare there. I drove military land rovers all over the world, mainly in the Arctic with studded tyres, so no concerns about what I am buying, also well aware of the lack of right arm space. I notice the military use the wolf engine and not the TD5, seems the electrics can give problems on the TD5.
The main reason for focusing on the Defender 90 was the resale value, I don't know what the hell people see in them but they do hold their value and are the best 4x4 by far
or were until I read those reviews
. Anyway I read the magazines and the vehicle is now ordered so I will have to wait and see. I cannot believe the price, the car is coming in from Italy, apparently Land Rover sell to countries at different prices depending on their tax, Italy is high in vehicle tax so the importer buys them there tax free, they have been sold to the Italians cheeper so he gets them cheaper, he imports 40 a month so gets a good discount.
I have saved £5,800 all in all that is not to be sniffed at, plus I get 3yrs Land Rover warranty and Europe assistance, I also get a certificate of conformaty. I spoke to my insurance company and the price to insure it is the same price as the Frontera, as it has the conformaty certificate they don't care where it has come from. I have checked the chassis number and it was built in March, then despatched to Italy a few weeks ago, now on it's journey back, daft I know and i wonder how much money is made by the ferry companies and hauliers playing this daft game?
So all in all it will be an occassional tow car and ued for the odd booze cruise
Thanks to all for the help, and even those that have well and truly opened my eyes although after I had made the order, sort of a little concerned now but will take it on the chin for rushing
Last thing, I am being told that the bates are the best tow bars and that is what is being fitted, I am VERY concerned about the problem I read on another post here, could I please have the definitive answer to if they 'could' be OK if well looked after, if not what are the other options. The wife caught me with my three land Rover porn mags and my list of extras and gadgets I am choosing to decorate the 'tree'
Winch, under floor metal protectors, side bars, light rail, chequered plates, roof rack e.t.c e.t.c.
Only jokng, but do people really put 10% of the crap in those adverts on their cars?
Most of the adverts were all the same in the three mags, well lesson learnt stick to Land Rover international
So, be straight, is the saving I got pretty good? No UK dealer can come with £3k of it.