Originally Posted by Ribtec1
I had a 2002 vitara which I used as a runaround, farm vehicle and for towing the boat, however woodworm has got hold and I am now looking to replace it. I have no need for a big 4 x 4 and I am considering a newer 2006/2007 vitara. It has 20 hp more than the old jeep from a 1.9l engine and I like the idea of a high/low box which the old one had! What are the opinions of the newer vitara as it has a renault engine. Reviews are mixed but I have not seen too many complaints about the engine itself.
Why not a Vitara? How's the road tax on the 06/07 against a 2008? Maybe you're looking at Commercial? In any case that's plenty of HP for pulling that rig and a neat package for our wee roads. I've no personal experience of them but they seem to get good enough reviews where it counts - 4x4 ability. The Renault engine wouldn't faze me - IIRC it was cars they had issues building, not engines?
I'd avoid Land Rover products, IIWY, as they've thrown their car keys into waaaay to many fruit bowls over the past 15 years and the local dealer network deserve to be given a life sentence driving a Defender...