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Old 24 June 2004, 19:50   #131
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I notice you have a small boat.

Where do you normally sail from?
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Old 24 June 2004, 20:11   #132
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Well I've just started out into the world of RIBing and will on the best part be launching from Solent area's (local). One slip I have used is Haslar which would be pretty favarable as there's good free parking and seems pretty quite, but it is a steep slip!

The other reason is that I can't seem to get the right handling from my 405 estate, it's better than it was as I've taken nose weight off, but it's French and has that typical soft "stodgy" ride, so I'm looking for an upgrade.
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Old 24 June 2004, 21:52   #133
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Interesting to note that Land Rover ditched leaf springs in 1984 - seems the Japs and Yanks just love such modern technology................

I won't bother trying to argue against all the other crap I have read - just been too much of it - nice to see Brits bashing this country yet again - any wonder things are the way they are?

Of course back in the 70s and 80s we turned out some problem vehicles - but then so did the rest of the world!

Ever seen the way some of the older jap stuff rusted? Ever had the misfortune of owning an early VW polo?

Speaking from a hell of a lot of experience there are very few cars without problems - of any make including the so called German quality cars.

One word people just don't understand - FUN - I am sure a Nissan Micra is more reliable than an E type Jag or a Ferrari Daytona but I know which I would rather drive!

iF Land Rovers are such crap why do they hold their money so well and why do you still see them on the road after so many years?

I have just come back from the Pyrenees - never seen so many Land Rovers in all my life - being used the way they were intended - from old Series types to modern Defenders and Discoverys etc - hardly a Jap vehicle in site! When you see the amount of snow they get you will realise the need for something pretty good - the same in the Dolomites - Landies just as popular in Italy.
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Old 24 June 2004, 22:34   #134
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I have driven one for over 250,000 miles and owned one since 1988 so i think i am able to say with some conviction that they are great. My latest one can seat twelve people, i can sleep on top of it, tow up to 3.5 tonnes, it even has air con.... it has a full lenght roofrack that doubles as a grandstand. It will pull my boat up most slips in low ratio, with the diff lock on and traction control...on tickover...does over 25 mpg....Oh and they use OTHER cars as their crumple zones.
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Old 25 June 2004, 03:46   #135
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You should be able to pick up a 300tdi Defender 90 for under £3000.
Cheap to insure. Cheap to repair, there are several Landrover specialists in our area. Keep an eye on www.hbro.co.uk (Hants & Berks Rover Owners) and something will turn up.
If you go this route I would be quite happy to look over any that you might be interested in.
Stick to a 90 as a tug because a shorter vehicle is easier to tow with.
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Old 25 June 2004, 05:06   #136
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You should be able to pick up a 300tdi Defender 90 for under £3000.
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Stick to a 90 as a tug because a shorter vehicle is easier to tow with.
Bloomin' 'eck! A 300TDI 90 for £3K..prices sure are cheap your way..

and from my perspective, the 110 is superior towing vehicle to the 90, because the longer wheelbase is more "stable" at speed. The 90 wins on manouverability (sp?) though.. Horses for courses...
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Old 25 June 2004, 05:34   #137
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Oh dear children...
Wholeheartedly agree with your statements and comments.....not so keen on your condescension... I don't know you and you certainly don't know me. I reserve the right to only be insulted or ridiculed by those people who have the misfortune to have met me or call me friend...

...and yes, I am feeling a little tetchy this morning, before you ask Missus..
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Old 25 June 2004, 05:45   #138
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What you say is true. 110 for distance trailering, but Hitower was loking for a cheap tug mostly for local work (I think). Therefore the 90. And it has a much smaller roof for those warm summer days when you want to go top-less. Maximum pose value.
3k is a definate for a 300, it wont be pretty, but who cares, it's a Landrover and the are not ment to be shiny after the waranty runs out.

Hope your day gets better.
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Old 25 June 2004, 06:04   #139
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landrover landrover landrover we love them

they are the best and i will be trying to change my l200 to a defender 90
next year i only hope they are still making them
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Old 25 June 2004, 06:14   #140
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Wholeheartedly agree with your statements and comments.....not so keen on your condescension... I don't know you and you certainly don't know me. I reserve the right to only be insulted or ridiculed by those people who have the misfortune to have met me or call me friend...

...and yes, I am feeling a little tetchy this morning, before you ask Missus..
Jono,
Heartily apologise as it was not my intention to condescend to anyone whether I know them or not! Post was made later at night after half a bottle of red.
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