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Old 01 August 2010, 13:27   #31
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I managed to get over badge snobbery when trading down (badges) meant more pennies for the bigger boat.
That 'cheap' argument never holds water IMV. As an example, 6k might buy you a 5yo Korean/Maylaysian 4x4 or an 8yo DiscoII or slightly newer Jap. The Disco/Jap will depreciate relatively slowly from there on the Kia will carry on dropping like a stone. LR bits are cheap and readily available from breakers. LR specailists are everwhere.

I know where my 6k would go.
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That 'cheap' argument never holds water IMV. As an example, 6k might buy you a 5yo Korean/Maylaysian 4x4 or an 8yo DiscoII or slightly newer Jap. The Disco/Jap will depreciate relatively slowly from there on the Kia will carry on dropping like a stone. LR bits are cheap and readily available from breakers. LR specailists are everwhere.

I know where my 6k would go.
Depends on how long you want to keep your 4x4 for. If you intend to run it into the ground and keep it a long time then the newer and more reliable Korean or Japanese 4x4's seem like incredible value for money. It all depends on what your needs are.

You're obviously a snob Mollers
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You're obviously a snob Mollers
More a pragmatist, I prefer to think.

The 'ground' will take some driving to in an LR or a a Jap. My L200 is 9yo with 90k on the clock and not showing any signs of decline.
And, still worth a few quid I notice.

BTW 'Jap' and Korean are not to be confused. Japanese 4x4s have 40yrs of development. Korean, 10yrs of looky likey trying .
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More a pragmatist, I prefer to think.

The 'ground' will take some driving to in an LR or a a Jap. My L200 is 9yo with 90k on the clock and not showing any signs of decline.
And, still worth a few quid I notice.
Is that a crew cab L200 you've got? If so, what's the rear legroom like?
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Is that a crew cab L200 you've got? If so, what's the rear legroom like?
Yeah, great in the front, limited in the back. Enough to get the kids back from beach/school.
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Yeah, great in the front, limited in the back. Enough to get the kids back from beach/school.
So it's not a practical everyday car for running the family around and going on trips then?
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So it's not a practical everyday car for running the family around and going on trips then?
They're not the most comfortable ride for use as an everyday car. Quite harsh rear suspension and they like a drop of Derv too.

The new shape ones, (2006 on?) have a bit more room inside for back seat passengers, but the load area is consequently a bit smaller.
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they like a drop of Derv too.
Yeah, it's a 4x4.

A Navara is a better "everyday" car.
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I use a Land Rover Defender TD5 and am very happy with the towing capacity, towing a 7.5M Cobra with twin axel trailer, have had no problems as it has plenty of grunt and the back is great for chucking kit in. I do however appreciate the problems our better halves have with driving some vehicles, my other half would be scared to death and driving the land rover.
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Volvo XC70

We've got a Volvo XC 70 diesel Automatic. Tows our 6.5m just fine. 1800kg limit I think.

I specifically went for an automatic for getting up the slip as with no low ratio box there would be lots of clutch slipping otherwise.

It's my o/h's daily car and apart from being a bit big to park she loves it.

Plenty around for your budget if you want a "Car" rather than a "truck"

Can also get V70 AWD - like an XC70 but with normal road wheels and suspension.

Audi Quattros in A4 or A6 varieties?

Have a mate who has a BMW 525 diesel estate that he tows his 6.5m with. No problems.

Plenty of choice.
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