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Old December 1st, 2013, 03:34 PM
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My wife is ready to get rid of her current vehicle. She is leaning towards an Acura SUV. I can't stand them. I think they are ugly as all hell. I'm trying to steer her in the direction of a 2011-12 Range Rover Sport. I've never owned one and never even driven one. Anybody have advice/criticism?

Also, she drives about 80 miles round trip to work everyday.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 03:36 PM
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what's she driving now?
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Old December 1st, 2013, 03:48 PM
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Old December 1st, 2013, 03:56 PM
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I've pushed Land Rover before on members of the opposite sex with little luck or long term benefit. they don't see them the way we do. you might have a better sell with a Range Rover Evoque it's less masculine.

The 2011-12 Sport is ok...I'm 6'2" so not a good fit! The HSE/Super is more my bag. I'm sure a couple of guys wives drive'em.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:01 PM
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Thinking your operating costs will go up 3-4x. Ready for that jump in expenses?
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:04 PM
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I know how expensive Range Rover maintenance is, but I have a Land Rover mechanic locally that can do the work at a fraction of the dealership cost. He's Land Rover certified.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:16 PM
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My wife has a Volvo XC90 that we've had a great experience with. I'd buy another without hesitation.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:23 PM
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You are looking at probably AT LEAST 20,000 miles of commuting each year, so put your foot down and stick her in a Honda Civic or a Prius. Tell her it is good for the earth or something, then dump all the money you save into a trail rig because your LE is WAAAY too nice to take off road!

Good luck and may the force be with you.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:36 PM
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My little-older sister has a 2013 MDX and she loves it. It's not perfect, but certainly a good vehicle, opinions on appearance aside. She doesn't like the backup camera. She says she cannot see anything out of it at night.

That said, I'd go for the RRS unless you care about resale value. Looks better. More power. Tows a defender.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:40 PM
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What about one of Audi's new diesels coming out over the next year?
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Old December 1st, 2013, 04:47 PM
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Go with the Acura -- get it serviced at the dealership. My wifes MDX she bought now has 215K miles on it, her mechanic said he would buy it off her, but we gave it to our daughter instead. They just go....

Stay away from a LR that you can not wrench on yourself
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The 2013 MDX is well sorted.

The 2014 is an all new design and having a few teething problems with the electronics. It also has Acura/Honda's VCM system which some Pilot owners don't like as it transitions between 3-4-6 cylinders. Most people have no issue with VCM.

My DD is a 05 Pilot has 170k of reliable miles on it. The Pilot has always shared alot with the MDX and frankly right now if I had to replace it, I'd pick up a young used MDX in the $23-28k range. Bit more comfort, quietness and better handling than a Pilot. And no VCM.
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A friend of mine runs a land rover / range rover specialty repair shop. Based on his experience, they are capable of stopping anywhere, anytime, at any cost.

I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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I just bought a 2011 Mercedes GL350 and love it. Never thought I would like it, but it has been great. Getting 23 mpg.
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Lexus RX whatever, I thought they designed the Range Rover sport for women
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LR3/4 is a very capable rig.

RR Sport just underwent a major redesign, so the 'old ones' are cheaper.

Evoque is nice, not a 'real' LR but very sophisticated/sexy.

My recommendation would be to let her drive all of the above. She'll let you know what she likes.
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Why not another RX? Keep in mind how often you'll need to replace brakes and rotors on the RRs.
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Old December 1st, 2013, 07:28 PM
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LR3/4 is a very capable rig.

RR Sport just underwent a major redesign, so the 'old ones' are cheaper.

Evoque is nice, not a 'real' LR but very sophisticated/sexy.

My recommendation would be to let her drive all of the above. She'll let you know what she likes.
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If not going the Land Rover route I would go for a Volvo. If you have any specific questions about newer Land Rovers I can probably answer them for you.
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Just bought my wife a LR4 back in the summer, she loves it. It rides great, the only downside is the mpg. She is getting about 17 mpg....
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Got my wife the 08 RRS. The newer ones will cost more, but she is more than happy with it.
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