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Old 05-07-2008, 09:32 PM
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The Agony and the Ecsasty Cars of love

I recently acquired a 2001 Land Rover Discovery that has a hard life to keep it short, I got it mega cheap so if it goes to the scrap yard it no love lost. It runs perfect, new tires and will be a good point a to point b car but I know that mechanically I will have issues down the road. I discussed this with another forum member and agreed that I don't want to spent my weekend chasing a coolant leak or figuring something out with the beast.

But after cruising in it and doing a little off road I'm getting that feeling of love like I did with my 300TE, if it needs some attention I don't mind getting dirty and taking care of the problem unlike my other cars where I have no affection for the car and don't care who works on it or what is done. I am prepared for the truck to be a cash hog but it has such a nice cruiser appeal that I may keep it and endure the repair jobs out of love.

OTOH, I may shine it up and get a Volvo or MB wagon.

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Ford's Land Rovers suck. But, if you don't mind taking care of it, enjoy.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:27 PM
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Maybe it's anything British with wheels . . . love/hate relationships galore. Take any MGB, Spitfire, TR6, small or large Healy . . . top down, wind and sun on the face, exhaust note at full song . . . there just isn't enough money in the world to part with it.

Same cars, stuck on the side of the road with some Lucas electrical gremlin, failed lever shock or bleeding Castrol on the roadway . . . then the idea of just tossing the keys on the seat and walking away seems more than rationale.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:37 PM
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Unless the repair costs become totally unreasonable, just keep it for a while. Or use it as a beater and buy this E63 wagon.
12k miles, $69.9k
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:01 PM
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Unless the repair costs become totally unreasonable, just keep it for a while. Or use it as a beater and buy this E63 wagon.
12k miles, $69.9k
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Lol, I don't see another rig like that in the next couple years.
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I know the feeling. I just bought a 250 gasser just to take advantage of some deeply discounted gas I have access to and then sell it for a possible profit. Unfortunately, even though I've only driven it about six miles so far, I'm starting to like it.

As for why only six miles, read about it here:

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Old 05-07-2008, 11:55 PM
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I love the way those and the older Range Rovers look, and if gas wasn't a so much I'd get one.

I know of a shop down and Fairfield that does nothing but these, the owner is a good guy who loves to talk. He also seems to know just about everything about them. I think I could dig up his contact info if you ever have a question.

I made the mistake of test driving a new super charged Range Rover Sport last summer, OMFG it was a blast! It was like driving a big XJR!
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:57 PM
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Maybe it's anything British with wheels . . . love/hate relationships galore. Take any MGB, Spitfire, TR6, small or large Healy . . . top down, wind and sun on the face, exhaust note at full song . . . there just isn't enough money in the world to part with it.

Same cars, stuck on the side of the road with some Lucas electrical gremlin, failed lever shock or bleeding Castrol on the roadway . . . then the idea of just tossing the keys on the seat and walking away seems more than rationale.
Those are cars with character and there really aren't anything like them on the roads today, except maybe for Mazda Miatas, and even Miatas are heavy compared to those featherweights. Hard to compare those with a 01 SUV.
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I can certianly understand the love hate relationship with British cars. I have never driven/ridden in a British car I didn't love. Jag, Rover, Royce, and MG all were absolutly fantastic! But I know they break like crazy and puke up expensive parts left and right.

I can get my Grandmothers 98 XJ8 for almost free and while my heart wants it my head knows its a money pit. Its a fantastic car to drive though, British cars just suck you in!

I think its because they still have some character and imperfections, in todays designed to the hilt world thats nice. For some reason it doesn't bother me that the door handles on Jag's break like a cheap Chevy, or that the head liners falls down. The little crap that breaks isn't so annoying for some reason.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:24 AM
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All true, I'm thinking that if I'm going to tinker I am going to quickly flip the Disco of trade it for a W124 wagon. I don't know why but I friggin love station wagons. If it were hunting season or winter I would keep the Disco.
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I'll bet you won't get stranded on a drive to your moms for Thanksgiving driving it. Enjoy Howie.
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All true, I'm thinking that if I'm going to tinker I am going to quickly flip the Disco of trade it for a W124 wagon. I don't know why but I friggin love station wagons. If it were hunting season or winter I would keep the Disco.
I found you a wagon......

Hopefully since the advice I gave you on the Disco turned out to be bad, the advice you gave me on building those houses will be too
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Hatty, I think somewhere in the 80's they gave up on Lucas electrics and went Bosch. That XJ8 might be a decent car.
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:16 AM
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I found you a wagon......

Hopefully since the advice I gave you on the Disco turned out to be bad, the advice you gave me on building those houses will be too
My arm was twisted. I am taking for your advice but I'm in take the money and run mode I still have a chance of trading it for another Volvo Xc.
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:28 AM
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Hatty, I think somewhere in the 80's they gave up on Lucas electrics and went Bosch. That XJ8 might be a decent car.
No its a Jag, it needs an engine.

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