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Old 28 July 2004, 05:14   #21
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You really need one of these:

http://www.lynchhummer.com/Custom.html

Might be a tad thirsty tho and will certainly fill the slipways!!
Never mind about the thirst you could probably by a house for the same money
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Old 28 July 2004, 05:40   #22
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Ok.. that brings us full circle..time for some trivia.. who drives a Hummer... was born by the Steyr-Daimler-Puch factory... and can never, despite his marriage, become president?......
That'll be the Terminator, then
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Old 28 July 2004, 05:52   #23
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the engine blew up when it got to 3 1/2 years old and 95,000 miles. Warranty was up and I took the bill on the chin.
So did mine at 85,000 after the oil pump failed. It cost my company (fortunately!) 5k to replace it. Don't get me started on Disco's
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Old 28 July 2004, 05:58   #24
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Are you up in Anglesey during the next couple of weeks, Dave? How's the cottage refurbishment going?
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Old 28 July 2004, 06:20   #25
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Apart from the problems I had with mine I also know two folk that lost Disco engines through overheating causing blown head gaskets then "bang". ouch!
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Old 28 July 2004, 06:21   #26
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Yep, going up on Saturday for 9/10 days so I hope the weather improves. The cottage is all but finished now. Time to enjoy it!
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Old 28 July 2004, 06:37   #27
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.... it seems that I need to buy a large 4 x 4 .
......narrowed my search down to a Jeep Grand Cherokee (Overland).
Chris we bought one of these last December. It is a smashing car. As you say, it has mid band power that you wouldn't expect and, on the road, it will overhaul most everything. It is nice to own a quick car again. I also have a Range Rover, it is simply week in comparison.

I've driven autos for the past 25 years and the auto box on this is super. Smooth, quiet and always in the right gear for the occasion. It learns your style of driving too.

It is primarily a rear wheel drive and it progressively applies drive to the front axle dependent on the amount of slip it senses at the front wheels. The model you are looking at also has limited slip diffs in the axles.

The fit and finish is about the best I've seen and you'll laugh when you sit in a Disco. The soft leather seats you can simply luxuriate in too.

On the down side, the Merc engine is a 5 cylinder and, to me, it sounds grumpy. If you like listening to your car engine, it sounds burbly. The ride is a bit joggly but nice and soft and the wind noise at 70 is louder that I would have liked; mainly from the door mirror. It's not hugely spacious in the boot area but it is equal to my Rangey.

Buy it.
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Old 28 July 2004, 07:15   #28
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Land Rover bashing time again - no wonder the British motor industry is in such a state.

Mercedes launched a car with seriously dangerous handling faults(A class) and did it hurt them? No way! If that had been a British car maker it would have been the end of them!

As to Jeep being so wonderfull their resale says it all.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/.../30/ixmot.html

The build quality on a NEW Disco 2003/2004 model is streets ahead of what it used to be - I was very impressed with the quality after the Audi A4 and VW Passat I had been driving before.

Yes the Jeep IS a very good 4x4 - slightly better on road but worse off than a Discovery BUT it will be in a totally different league when the NEW Discovery comes out - remember the Discovery is based on a design that came out in 1969 - they have taken beam axles about as far as they can go - remember the Discovery also has a steering damper to absorb serious shocks off road - no wonder it lacks some feel on road!

To buy a 4x4 now without waiting for the NEW Discovery is nuts! Unless you speciffically want beam axles - which I DO which is why I am about to buy a new Defender 110 - I want a vehicle to tow a RIB one minute - offroad the next - and then take to Morrocco on an expidition with a roof tent fitted!

I wonder how many Jeep Grand Cherokees will stil be around in 30 yrs time? I guarantee there will still be loads of Land Rovers!
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Old 28 July 2004, 07:23   #29
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I'll concede there is one advantage to buying a Defender, you will have free plant life growing in the window drain channels in 6 months.

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Old 28 July 2004, 07:30   #30
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we only bash landrover as we love them. why can,t they make something
that lasts over time early landrover up to 1985 were very good and would run on forever most car makers get better over time not landrover the cars look better but full to bits over time.
sort it out landrover for good
reports on the new rangerover are getting worst now

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