Getting a Land Rover

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261218 Zech
Thu May 24, 2012 2:17 pm

I think there are still cheap ones in France.
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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261221 matowakan
Thu May 24, 2012 2:31 pm

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.
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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261228 clanpowell
Thu May 24, 2012 5:34 pm

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.

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261242 The Riff-Raff Element
Thu May 24, 2012 8:38 pm

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.

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261281 John Headstrong
Fri May 25, 2012 5:13 pm

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)

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261295 chicken feed
Sat May 26, 2012 5:43 am

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.

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261316 clanpowell
Sat May 26, 2012 12:35 pm

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

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261352 boboff
Sun May 27, 2012 8:20 am

Good news. Good decision, hope it all goes well.
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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #261354 oldjerry
Sun May 27, 2012 9:03 am

Good choice, which one, which year?

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #265358 clanpowell
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:39 pm

All pointless now as I have written it off in the rain in France. Damn the lack of ABS!!!

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #265360 John Headstrong
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:52 pm

:( I hope you and all the clan are OK ?

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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #265367 boboff
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:41 am

Safe though! Hope you are all ok.
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Re: Getting a Land Rover

Post: #265394 clanpowell
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:13 pm

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.


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