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Old January 25th, 2016, 11:45 PM
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LWB vs SWB?

I am interested in what folks think between 1995 LWB and SWB models. I have owned two SWB models and have really liked them and am now considering a LWB. Also, I have only owned epsom green but am thinking about an avalon blue LWB.

Is there a general thought that LWB or SWB are more preferred over the other? I think I know that epsom is the favorite color but is avalon blue considered desirable?
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Old January 25th, 2016, 11:53 PM
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They each have their pros and cons.

I like LWB. It may be my imagination but it feels more stable and seems to ride smoother. It has more room for backseat passengers.
SWB has a tighter turning radius.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 11:55 PM
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Thanks. I have always had the SWB and felt they looked more proportionally correct when I look at them. That being said, the back seats are rather tight compared to a LWB.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 02:06 AM
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As mentioned it really depends on what you plan to do with the Rover. We have 2 Labs that travel with us. The rear floor area is big enough 1 Lab lays there and the other one lays on the seat. It is also much easier for them to get it as they can jump onto the floor and then up onto the seat. We had a D1 which is close to a SWB for the rear leg room and we usually had to move the drivers seat forward to get them in. And then no place to lay down on longer trips.


The rear cargo area is identical in size so you don't gain anything there. Personally I think the lines of the LWB are better than the SWB as the doors are the same size frt and rear.


Off-road the extra length does influence manuverably, yet, not that bad. When in Moab the one year the hitch would hit as we came down rock steps, yet, nothing that ever stopped us due to the longer wheelbase.


We have a Brownchurch roof rack which we load up along with stuffing the rear cargo area with camping gear and the Rangie has taken us many places here in the French and Italian Alps on and off-road.


Avalon blue is a very cool color and one you don't see too often.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 05:40 AM
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either or, ive not riden in a vehicle that has more rear space than the LWB.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 07:53 AM
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I've got both.
Currently, I can use either as a daily driver.
Obviously if you are hauling more people, the LWB is a better choice.
The LWB has an advantage for kids/carseats, too.
The little tikes are not able to kick the back of your seat because of the vast rear legroom.


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Old January 26th, 2016, 08:10 AM
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LWB is life changing. Super easy to pack, hauls everything, and passengers still have room to stretch out. Plus you'll get the 4.2L V8

The worst part is that if you place something on the back floor, then make a turn... it's going to be well outside arm's reach.
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It's time for you to have an LWB... The 4.2 is great, as is the ride...
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Drive a LWB. I owned two. They felt huge. Drove a SWB and it was perfect! Bought it and loved it.
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either or, ive not riden in a vehicle that has more rear space than the LWB.
You should ride in the back of a megacab Dodge Ram. It's stupid almost. RRC LWB is my second choice for leg room though
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