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Old 29 March 2012, 01:24   #21
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OK, that's the Freelander wiped off my list!
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Old 29 March 2012, 03:13   #22
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I've got a Jeep Wrangler at the moment and the price of parts is eyewatering. I assume the Cherokee would be the same, so not likely to be on my list.
John - we've also got a 4.0 Wrangler Sport, and whilst the price of somethings can be more expensive than say a LR (also have one of them!), reliability of the Wrangler has been excellent. We've had it for 7 years now, and it's as good as the day we bought it, apart from a new set of Tyres and general servicing parts, we've had no main issues apart from the immobiliser which is a right PITA!

Also if you shop around and speak to the Jeep Club theres options on how to get cheaper spares. I'm also lucky enough to have a friend that lives in the US and comes over, so if I'm in need, she brings it across for us!
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Old 29 March 2012, 04:38   #23
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I know you're looking for a smallish 4x4 but have you considered a Discovery?

It seams to me that they are a lot of car for the money and within budget too.

Here's a few that have sold recently:

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I don't know much about the Disco 2, but worth a look if it isn't too big
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Old 29 March 2012, 07:35   #24
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I can recommend a Landrover Defender, my own one being a pick up. Great for towing, 28 mpg, great visibility, easy to fix and much admired. Stay clear of hairdressers......
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Old 29 March 2012, 09:01   #25
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I can recommend a Landrover Defender......
I can't see Lanky fitting in one of them too well
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Old 29 March 2012, 14:03   #26
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I can't see Lanky fitting in one of them too well
No...I'm 6'3". I used to drive a Defender 110 at work and I could only drive it with the window wide open. I couldn't steer it otherwise.
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No...I'm 6'3". I used to drive a Defender 110 at work and I could only drive it with the window wide open. I couldn't steer it otherwise.
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Old 29 March 2012, 17:46   #28
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What about a 4x4 car?

Volvo XC70 - we've got a 2.4 Diesel (2005) and get 50mpg on a run. 35 round town. Not for 3k though, but an earlier one might be available for your budget.

Audi Allroad - possibly a bit expensive to run (repair)
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If you get a Defender without a bulkhead behind the seats (newish 90 station wagon, or a 110 station wagon) you can fit a set of Mud Rails to the seats and get as much leg and arm room as you'll ever need. I have them in my 110 and I can barely reach the pedals with the seat right back! Doesn't do much for rear seat legroom but I don't sit there, so I don't care. Still nowhere to put your elbows though.
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Old 29 March 2012, 20:41   #30
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If you get a Defender without a bulkhead behind the seats (newish 90 station wagon, or a 110 station wagon) you can fit a set of Mud Rails to the seats and get as much leg and arm room as you'll ever need. I have them in my 110 and I can barely reach the pedals with the seat right back! Doesn't do much for rear seat legroom but I don't sit there, so I don't care. Still nowhere to put your elbows though.
Suppose it would need to be a station wagon, to be able to see out the side.
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