Re: [OM] Need car buying advice

Subject: Re: [OM] Need car buying advice
From: "Brian Swale" <bj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:07:14 +1300
A few years ago I was looking for a 4x4.

A good friend recommended to get a Nissan Terrano. Now, I'm sorry i didn't.

Then I also tried the 1997 (very good model with all the major bugs 
removed) Toyota turbo-diesel Surf, 3 litres of my then future father-in-law of 
my daughter. .It was a great performer, but i decided there and then that if I 
ever bought one I would replace the front seats with some from either a 
Range Rover or a Mitsubishi 4x4. They are incomparably more comfortable.

I ended up buying a 1996 Range Rover DSE 2.5L turbo diesel. Very 
economical, very comfortable, the best-looking 4x4 by a country mile, great 
to drive, but disastrously unreliable and very expensive to fix - especially 
air suspension and the diesel pump. I suspect the gearbox is going to cost 
me as well.
These machines are almost never seen in used car dealers yards. There's 
no way they could guarantee them.
In hindsight I wish I had asked around a bit; never suspected they could be 
as bad.

Brian Swale
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