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Old 04 May 2005, 09:56   #11
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No, they did it because the American market doesn’t like external spare wheels Des

Well they do own the company!

As for the looks it, I did think it looked very boxy when I first saw it, but now I think it makes the old Disco look very dated! Changing the wheel, wheel I can not remember the last time I had to change a wheel & is this not what I pay the RAC to do?
I love it!
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Old 04 May 2005, 10:07   #12
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Also it is What car of the year! http://www.whatcar.com/RoadTest_Summ...DL=0&RT=210999
I have the auto & it is as slick as a slick thing on a very slick day!
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Old 04 May 2005, 11:14   #13
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Yes this is why - the Yanks were complaining about rear end shunts causing lot's of damage due to the spare wheel - they should look where they are going really!!!
No Codders it was nothing to do with that One of the criticisms levelled at the previous disco by the US market was that for an expensive car screwing the spare wheel on the rear door was a cheap option. LR considered a spare wheel carrier (ML style) but there was not the money in the program.
I think this vehicle stands the best chance of any Land Rover produced over the last few years of shedding the bad quality label and although it is a heavy beast it will do well in its target market..................the US
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Also loosing the spare wheel means you get a split tail gate which I do like!
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it will do well in its target market..................the US
Your right Des, in fact it already has, it won the SUV of the year 2005 against some tough opposition. In the states though its badged as 'LR3' in order to disassociate it from the Discovery image!
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Mebbe the US ones would look like this?
I like 'em anyhoo.
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hight ajustable suspension is great no winding jockey wheels
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I think this vehicle stands the best chance of any Land Rover produced over the last few years of shedding the bad quality label
Which is precisely what they said about the new Range Rover. Mine covered the first 12,000 miles entirely trouble free, since when it has had close on £3,000 worth of warranty work undertaken in 8,000 miles! An acquaintance of mine had his first one virtually rebuilt with 48 registered faults on it Indeed, HR Owen have only just delivered my RR back today after fitting four new tyres.....under warranty because, and I quote, 'the 4-wheel drive system has worn the outside edge of the tyres in such a way as to induce excessive road noise' Oh, and they had to replace the rear brake discs on the same visit which had warped, presumably because I'd braked too hard And all this after publicising the fact they'd spent £5 billion developing it!

So quite how the new Disco, which has had less time and money spent on its development, costs £25,000 less than a Range Rover, has controversial styling to say the least, and has had no design input from German engineers, is going to cure all Land Rover's problems, I fail to understand. And as for winning 'Car of the Year' awards, they're voted on by motoring hacks who drive them for a day and don't have to live with them on a day-to-day basis. If my memory serves me correctly, even the Skoda Octavia, admittedly no bad car, has won the 'What Car' award
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a slightly soor point then
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