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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 2:17 pm
by Zech
I think there are still cheap ones in France.

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 2:31 pm
by matowakan
We bought a secondhand Landy 2 years ago and it was the first time I had driven one, now I wouldnt be without it!! I love it and find it v easy to drive and manouver about.It is also big enough to fit plenty in the back and if the rear seats are put down the "boot" size is ample for what we throw at it. We have taken it off road and it performs well.
Hope that helps

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 5:34 pm
by clanpowell
On consultation with a friend "in the know" looks like a discovery might be a good bet. I love the 2CV idea but we need one to actually get there first!! Might look into when we're there as a fall back.

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 8:38 pm
by The Riff-Raff Element
clanpowell wrote:Problem is that we're going to the corezze which is usually under snow 2-3 months of the year. The 4x4 is kind of a must. I'll look into the susuki, how easy is it to maintain yourself?


Take a look at what your neighbours are driving and you'll get an idea of what is approipriate to the area. Investing in a set of snow chains might make rather more sense than a 4x4. Importing cars (RHD) from the UK is entirely possible but not without quite a lot of fun with paperwork, particularly once the vehicle is of an age that requires an MOT. Check with the manufacturer that the model you are interested in can be issued with a Certificate of Conformity in France: certainly where older models are concerned, these may never have been marketed in France and were therefore never put through the process of certification.

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 5:13 pm
by John Headstrong
I like the Citreon Berlingo /Peugeot Partner Combi idea (they are the same thing just different badges).

A mate of mine has one, while it is not a 4x4 it does his whole 2.5 mile rutted dirt track thing very well, it is about suspension and ride height for him, not traction or torque, he does have larger tyres than standard but nothing outrageous.
They can be picked up quite cheap and use Peugeot 306 running gear so parts are no problem whatsoever, to be honest I am thinking of getting one myself when my current Peugeot 406lx diesel estate dies (which is is refusing to do!, I like Peugeots)

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 5:43 am
by chicken feed
over the years we have had a good selection of 4 x 4 's the last few being

suzuki grand vitara
grand jeep cherokee
defender (03 plate from new)
land rover freelander
isuzu rodeo denver
defender

last week we decided we did not need to run 2 4 x 4's so the decission of which to keep came down to our 07 plate isuzu with less than 60k on the clock or the old r reg defender the defender won hands down more practical for our uses with trailers rough tracks to get to the cattle and were not too worried about messing it up as its easy to scrub out. as for maintanance its reliable and easy to work on with cheap parts unlike some of the 4 x 4's on the market. they are not the most comfortable on a long run but the practical side far out weighs that they are what they are a go anywhere work horse.

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Sat May 26, 2012 12:35 pm
by clanpowell
We went for a discovery in the end. Haynes manual bought. Tool kit shopping next. I love buying tools and Mrs Powell has given me the go ahead as well. Great success!! I'm actually looking forward to doing the maintaing my self as I'm not a car person at all but it's one of those things that might always be useful

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 8:20 am
by boboff
Good news. Good decision, hope it all goes well.

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 9:03 am
by oldjerry
Good choice, which one, which year?

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:39 pm
by clanpowell
All pointless now as I have written it off in the rain in France. Damn the lack of ABS!!!

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:52 pm
by John Headstrong
:( I hope you and all the clan are OK ?

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:41 am
by boboff
Safe though! Hope you are all ok.

Re: Getting a Land Rover

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:13 pm
by clanpowell
Fortunately just me in the car at the time. Thanks for your concern guys. No injuries to me other guys broke a finger and a rib between them but other than that all fine.