Originally Posted by Hardyreels
I liked driving them (had these for company use 1999 - 2002) they were the Discovery models loaded with all the options. Never had a glitch but didn't pay for the upkeep so I was OK with them. If you really want to go off road and get stuck now and then I would not buy such an expensive vehicle to do that with. An old CJ or any of the newer stripped down Jeeps is a pretty good trail ride. I would love to pick up an old jeep for use in the Interior here. Don't get me wrong the Land Rovers had an enormous Zoot factor but I would be sick if I scraped one up on a stump or large rock.
There will come a time in my life when I will have a dedicated fishing ride and an older CJ would be on that short list no doubt, as well as older Toyota Landcruiser FJ-40s. I don't need such a ride now for where I fish, where I spend a number of hours in the car traveling long distances, then when I get to my destination I have only but a couple of miles on moderate trails. One key issues is those moderate trails turn to **** in a hurry when the weather turns to significant rain or snow and ice and they rut up really well.
Originally Posted by stuie675
Ford sold them, they used to own them. I forget who bought them, but Ford no longer owns any other company than themselves and Lincoln.
They're actually owned by the same ownership that owns Jaguar now.
I owned trucks for a significant part of my life. However, I sold my last 4x4 for a sedan in 2004 and have been driving a sedan ever since - I live in downtown Chicago and have for the past 11 years. I've never been a big fan of SUVs and a truck is no longer an option for me at this point in my life. Most of the SUV's now are even going away from the "truck type" platform to more of a car/cross over platform - look at the Ford Explorer I saw driving down the road the other day. Big AWD wagon. Pass.
There are two rides that I've considered, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. When I price this out I'm over $50K. The other is the Land Rover LR4, which I price out to $60K.
Or I can get a used ride for $15K and sell my wifes ride and give her my new sedan... That gives me my sedan for business and my wife a wonderful car. It also gets me back into a 4x4 for fishing, smoking cigars and not really giving a damn. But this ride has to sell to my bride who would have to drive it on occassion. The only 4x4 I'm going to be able to convince her to ride is a Rover and I've been working on it for a while. I've got a great mechanic who specializes in German and Brittish autos. I'm just wondering if I go the used Rover route, how often am I gonna have to visit him? I like Richard, but not that much.
I'll probably drive the sedan for a couple more years, wait for Rover to make some changes I would like them to make on that LR4, and see what comes of it...