On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 13:06:28 GMT, "b.barwick" <email@example.com>
>> I must say I'm personally surprised as I get a similar mpg from my
>> higely inefficient 20 year old 110 with the aerodynamics of a brick.
>> Having said that the V6 is, by all accounts, a nice pokey engine.
>> And if I had to drive something car-like it'd be a tough choice
>> between a freelander and a saab, but I'd go for the freelander purely
>> because I like to know that no matter what nature throws at me I can
>> almost certainly get there. I've driven over and arround fallen trees,
>> through floods and heavy snow, over sheet-ice roads (literally
>> ice-rink for miles and miles, I couldn't stand-up so how could I keep
>> driving? no idea). so for that 'get there no matter what' it's the
>> green oval every time for me (or mebbe a black oval).
>> crikey, I may have overdone the coffee this morning......
>Yes, I must agree there, I have in the past bought sporty type cars usually
>with big engines, but, as I live in the sticks on a hill, I usually get
>stuck in the snow for at least 3 days each year, so, thought I'd try a 4
>wheel drive, and choose the Freelander.
>He had a bad bout of snow here a few weeks ago, so I decided to 'risk'
>getting home in the snow, no problems at all, the HDC worked a treat, in
>fact so much so, I decided to 'play' and drove round a bit in the
>I owned a 3 litre Toyota (225bhp) before, excellent car, bags of power, but
>lethal in snow and on ice, highy dangerous, but, having said that, on a run
>I was getting near to 30+mpg, compared to 22 ish with the V6 Freelander.
>I wondered if this was due to permanent 4 wheel drive? Anyway, the
>Freelander is lovely to drive, I always wanted an automatic (with leather
>heated seats!) now I have one.
>Looking in the used car book, these seem to hold their second hand price
>Brian (Golcar, Huddersfield)
My first car was when I left the army in '96 was an '84 hard top 110,
a bit of a slug, as I was doing alot of motorway milage I then went to
a MK3 granada cosworth (ooo yea). then I moved to cornwall and had a
few old diesel cars, finally made it back to a land rover (another '84
diesel, csw this time) and I'm hooked good and proper, hoping to
trade-up to a V8 disco this summer (auto, mebbe leather).
The wife drives a saab turbo and it's a fantastic car, very fast and a
pleasure to drive, but in less than ideal conditions I feel much
better in my land rover.
All land rovers seem to hold their value well, only the ones with a
bit of engine-trouble in their reputation struggle (such as P38 range
rovers). Land Rovers, like my wifes saab, have a 'last forever'
quality about them that's frighteningly lacking in most modern
vehicles, and I like to look at vehicles as a long-term acquisition.
4wd systems do increase fuel consumption but I doubt that it's
noticable, 'enthusiastic' driving is the main reason for increased
fuel consumption, also auto's are higher usually.
My sister is soon buying a freelander, she's always loved going for a
'bounce around' in my land rovers and she fancies a small car-like
example, probably a 1.8 petrol as she can't quite stretch to a TD4,
and prefers petrol.
1984 110 CSW 2.5(na)D
(3,000 rivets flying in close formation)
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