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Old 22 November 2001, 09:45   #31
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jewellery, design DNA, 'floating' roof, castellations (?), interplay between the horizontal and vertical, metal-look vents . . .

Looks to me like your former colleagues have been at the cooking sherry!

In order to make the new Range Rover more spacious inside, the new vehicle is bigger externally than its predecessor

No shit! They don't need to be rocket scientists at Lode Lane to make that connection.

Ground clearance, one of the most significant dimensions for an off-road vehicle

Not totally relevant to the new Range Rover though . . .

Oh dear

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Actually............

the new Rangie will be better offroad than the old one. (And the old one was pretty capable.) Of course less than 1% of the owners will ever go offroad but it has the capability thats the thing. Or in marketing speak. "Brand DNA"!
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Old 22 November 2001, 09:58   #33
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Actually I'm not doubting its capability. I just can't imagine many people taking a £50k (ish?) car anywhere it might get muddy, let alone pick up a dent or a scrape!

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£50k? oh no..........

Nearer £75k me old mucker!

No I can't imagine taking a £75k car offroad either. I used to get nervous about damaging my £1500 series 3 swb!! Didn't stop me from bending sills, bumpers, wings etc but I didn't feel good about it.

The new RR does have a nice interior though with wood trim nicked from a 1980's G plan sideboard.

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IMPRESIVEBIT OF KIT

Mi mate up in Birmingham is working on the development of the new Range Rover. He says itís unbelievable. Every thing, and I mean everything is electric and adjustable, even the wheel is heated, its bigger than the old one, in every respect and has every gadget and gismo available stashed away onboard. Over 100k for some models. Thatís a fleet of 10 x 5m family RIBs, 3 x 7.5m diesel inboard RIBs or 400,000 litres of diesel!


Silly money! Maybe this time next year when Iím a millionaire!!!

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in my limited experience, 2wd cars can do 95% of the job. for the 5% they cannot (eg soft sand, slippy slipways) a low-cost alternative to buying jeeps is a rope and wheelstops.
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Whilst on the subject of Land/Range Rovers, I take my dog for a walk in the park next to the factory.

......okay, I know it's not very interesting but it's all I have to add to the debate!

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Actually Keith, I am sooooo..... interested in this topic now that I would like to see a picture of your dog. Can you oblige?
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Hi Brian

Just for you here is a picture of my dog 'Scarlett', named after Scarlet O'Hara in 'Gone With The Wind'.

I take her out on the boat with me as an auxilliary power source. If the engine fails I can tie a rope to her collar and throw her in. She always swims towards the shore and I am sure if I shouted enough encouragement at her she could tow us in!

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