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I have been looking at both a new truck or getting a used 4x4 and saving up a bigger down payment. This would give me a toy in the future when I get a new truck.

I found a 2002 Land Rover Discovery that looks good. The dealer was closed today so I haven't heard the engine or taken a test drive yet. I am curious about opinions especially from anyone who might have owned or does own a Land Rover. I am looking for good and bad opinions so anything goes.

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Land Rover = JUNK. Stay away!
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I've only heard bad things about the Discovery.. but a Defender, I'd buy..

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Sorry to rain on your thoughts of possibly buying this lux SUV, but they still are FORD, Fix or repair Daily. Unless you can afford the extended warranty from the Land Rover dealer and make sure it is a bumper to bumper, you will get nickeled and dimed to death as they have a high failure rate for so many things.

You can do better with a Escalade or Navigator, they both are far better SUV's than the Land Rover and yes I do realize that Mercury is part of Ford, but they still are more reliable and lower cost of ownership. If you feel you must have a European then look at the VW Tourage that is much better and find a diesel as they rock, you can also go to BMW or Mercedes as they are a bit better in the reliability department compared to Land Rover but they are very expensive to repair and to do the basic Maintenance on.

I strongly suggest American SUV if you want reliable, inexpensive to repair SUV. My Escalade, Hummer and Suburban Rock! :metal:

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You'll become good friends with your dealer's service department manager!

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Another key item of info in considering a Land Rover... find out how much the insurance will cost. I have known of a few people who found they could get a Land Rover (usually a Discovery) for about the same price as they could get a similar size Ford or Chevy run of the mill SUV, but when they priced the insurance, they had a heart attack. Add in other extra costs, and most people decide it's not worth it.

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I had a colleague w/ an Discovery II that he traded on an LR3 a few years back..the LR3 was decent, but the interior really didn't seem any more lux or nicer than an uplevel Explorer Limited circa 2006..don't know if the LR3 is considered more reliable than the Disco, would think so..

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I am a bit surprised but glad I asked. I wasn't looking for a luxury SUV but when I came across this one it looked good to me. I thought the Land Rovers were good but it seems reliability is the major issue here. Maybe it is best that I didn't get a test drive before having my question answered.

Thanks all.

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There's a reason people were clunking these things with 40K on them with Cash for clunkers.

Run, don't walk, from one of these.

Besides, that's more $ away from the GM truck you really want.

Chris

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There's a reason people were clunking these things with 40K on them with Cash for clunkers.

Run, don't walk, from one of these.

Besides, that's more $ away from the GM truck you really want.

Chris

Yes- I noticed that....wow.

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I didn't check the cash 4 clunker cars maybe I should have to see what not to get.

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FWIW, a '99-'00-ish Range Rover traded in when I was working at a Saturn retailer a couple years ago was by far the newest car I've seen with so much stuff not working where I thought it was a just a total lost cause.

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If you like it, buy two; you'll need one for parts.

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If you like it, buy two; you'll need one for parts.

:D

What if the same part on both of them fail?

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One of the attorneys at my office used to own a Land Rover. He basically told the dealer to keep it one day and went and got a Jeep.

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A Jeep might be a damn fine idea for Redtruck. A Wrangler might be a VERY nice compliment for a new GMC truck...hmmm...another sweet garage for the C and G guys...I like it.

A Grand Cherokee might not be bad.

However, avoid the Compass...

Chris

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If he went and got himself a Compass, I'll wager good money he'd tell it to get lost in a hurry.:)
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If he went and got himself a Compass, I'll wager good money he'd tell it to get lost in a hurry.:)

I wonder, does the Compass have a compass standard? That's one of the little features in my Jeep I miss when I'm in a rental car, esp. in places that don't have distinctive E/W/N/S landmarks.

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Oh man I was spoiled. My last two vehicles before the Cobalt (Colorado and Sierra) had a compass built into the rearview mirror. It was extremely handy. My next vehicle will have a built-in compass.
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Land Rover = expensive junk.

Except, perhaps, a Defender. In that case just expensive, hold the junk.

Edited by Camino LS6
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But why on earth would you put money into a Defender when you could have a nice fullsize Chev or GMC truck?

Even if it was seven years old, GM fullsize trucks run forever. This is farm country, and we still have lots of stuff from the seventies and eighties running around.

Chris

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But why on earth would you put money into a Defender when you could have a nice fullsize Chev or GMC truck?

Even if it was seven years old, GM fullsize trucks run forever. This is farm country, and we still have lots of stuff from the seventies and eighties running around.

Chris

Short answer: I wouldn't.

But I do have a little bit of respect for the Defender, but none for its siblings.

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But why on earth would you put money into a Defender when you could have a nice fullsize Chev or GMC truck?

Even if it was seven years old, GM fullsize trucks run forever. This is farm country, and we still have lots of stuff from the seventies and eighties running around.

Chris

I'd get a Defender because of their history and off road prowess...always liked the traditional Land Rovers. A full size truck is just a truck...too mainstream for me, and I prefer SUVs.

I want a serious off road rig eventually, more capable than my GC. The best choices, IMHO, are a Wrangler Rubicon or a Defender 90.... the Defender is more unique than a Jeep, don't see them very often.

Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar
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Probably not what red truck wants, but what would be really cool IMHO is a gently used one ton diesel with that Allison tranny.

THAT is a damned truck.

Chris

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Probably not what red truck wants, but what would be really cool IMHO is a gently used one ton diesel with that Allison tranny.

THAT is a damned truck.

Chris

You'll get no argument from me on that!

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