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My wife says that I NEED a new car, while I'm perfectly satisfied with my 14 y/o (1994) Grand Cherokee. Nonetheless bowing to pressure, in my driveway is a 2008 Land Rover LR3 for a couple of days test drive. Anyone have any experience with these critters and comments as to reliability, durability, etc. especially since the company is now owned by someone in India? If they (my wife and daughters) talk me into this, it'll likely be my last auto purchase. I keep 'em "til the wheels fall off. Sold my 74 Jeep Wagoneer a couple of years ago after 27 faithful dependable years. Anyway, the Land Rover is attractive, rides and handles well and by reputation can go anywhere a Jeep can go (maybe) and the price in the present economic situation is not too bad with deep discounts bringing the Suggested Retail Price down out of the stratosphere. Appreciate hearing from anyone with LR experience/notions/ideas/etc. Thanks. Oh, yes this is keeping with our BBS...it is a BC, just not Little!!
About the only thing I could add is since you keep them til the wheels fall off you may want to get an idea of service and parts prices. I'm sure Land Rover dealerships want a premium for repair and parts(not that you would have to take it there). How about their warranty? How long does that last?
On the other hand you only live once so if you really like it and the price is right then buy it and don't worry about it.. That's kind of been my philosophy.. how do you think I ended up with a TR6? :)
|HP Henry Patterson|
|Henry, thanks for responding. The Warranty is for 48 months AND complimentary service for 48 months which ain't a bad deal. I'm sure parts/labor will be like any premium vehicle and with the number of computers today, they're certainly beyond my ken so if there's reliability issues with these, I'd likely shy away. The deal is because of huge inventory, few sales, the economy and availability and price of gasoline. I get 12-14 MPG now with my 14 y/o Cherokee so 14-19 represents somewhat of an improvement however it only burns premium, minimum 91 octane so that's the offset.|
Ya go ahead and but it.
The Land Rover was/is rated THE best SUV bar none including good ol Jeep.
Gas prices are the only issue with this type of vehicle these days.
Nice choice of vehicle Doug.
As the ad says "Land Rover the best 4x4 by far".
|Thanks guys. I took it back to the dealer. Am awaiting a response to my counter offer. Discovered on Consumer Reports that the Reliability is really suspect. Overall the vehicle rated 61/100. Best in class was 86/100 and the worst; 27/100. Still hard to turn down a good deal. I'll let y'all know if I end up with a drivable LBC (Large British Car!!).|
The company I work for has Rover, Jaguar & Volvo in another building. I cornered their service manager this morning and asked about the LR3. He said they are a great buy right now, and feels the ratings are a bit heavy handed. He bought one for his wife to drive. Having said that, he did say to get the factory extended warranty....take that for what it's worth!
Thanks for the input. The deal is done. Discount was 27+% below invoice and a full 32% below retail! Hard to turn down. They just would not go for installing the winch though!! I appreciate the extended warranty suggestion. I initially turned it down, but will now reconsider. Check email. Need parts!!
Glad you went for it Doug. Someones got to keep this economy rolling:)
How about a picture?
|HP Henry Patterson|
Will do when I get it. The dealer is taking a couple of days to service it, install the tow package and a few other minor changes that we negotiated. I should have a real LBC that I can drive by week's end. I should get a photo of the two of them together, but the TR-6 is inaccessable in the back of the shop for the time being, 'til I finish the body work.
|Can I have the motor in it for the Wedge?|
|Which one Don...the 90 degree V-8? or one of the many others on the thing?|
|The 90 degree thing!!|
|Don, that'd be a lot of horses for a -6!!|
|Naw , it's for the Wedge|
What you really want was sitting in the showroom; the 2009 Portfolio Jaguar XJ8 (I think that's the model #)...425 BHP!! Suggested Retail was 6 figures!! Incrediably beautiful set of wheels.
Not to totally highjack Doug's thread, but what part of Washington are you in? I'm coming to the Portland area to pick up my "new" V8 Wedge this weekend.
|k v morton|
|15 miles north of Seattle. Was that photo taken at the Portland ABFM?|
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