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Old February 23rd, 2010, 11:07 PM
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The Wife needs a "new" rig

Ok , the lease is up on the wife's Q7 in the next few months, and she is looking at the new Chevy Suburbans. We now have 2 kids, (under 3 years old), 2 baby seats, two carriages and 3 business to haul crap around to. So she feels the the Q7 is no longer large enough, what is larger ?... a Suburban ... or a properly set up 5 door 110! (unless of course some one has created a 130 station wagon that would be the exact size of the Suburban) Has anyone in the US had positive experience with any UK company rebuilding 25 year old 110's on galvanized chassis with all the modern conveniences ? Most creature comforts nowadays can be added after market , like large touch screen Nav, blue tooth, heated seats (we live in VT, USA where it gets and stays cold for a long time) DVD's for the kids entertainment, rear view camera, and decent sound systems. I would like a 300tdi or a TD5 engine, mated to an autobox with a Salisbury rear end? Almost nothing but galvanization and properly protected aluminum last the winters here in VT, too much dam salt on the roads. Any good experiences would be greatly appreciated. I tried to convince her to save us some $ drive the 101 radio body again but she refuses .
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Old February 24th, 2010, 05:40 AM
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:11 AM
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Ok , the lease is up on the wife's Q7 in the next few months, and she is looking at
Are you looking to get a divorce?

Buy your wife the car/truck SHE wants, then enjoy your Rovers with marital bliss. Can't tell you how many times I've seen this "I want to get the wife a Rover" thing go horribly wrong, especially with a typical UK build. You are crazy. Buy her a LR3 or Range Rover if you want to keep it in the "family".

Just my .02 from seeing this go wrong dozens of times over the years.

Took my wife out of her D90 and into an Audi wagon years ago and since then I have never heard any:
"Hey, it is freezing rain outside the F'ing door button is stuck in and I can't close the door!"
"I had to get out and scrape the windshield 5 times on the way home from picking up the kids! Why doesn't that thing defrost!"
"Why won't the truck heat up?"
"The dog is roasting the back. Why doesn't the AC reach the back of the truck?"
"Its too tall, I can't clean the snow off it in my work clothes."

Don't get me wrong. My wife is up for most anything and I don't want to paint a picture of her being a bitch, and when we were younger we had trucks with no doors at all and only bikini tops and we loved them, but with kids and all and getting older that kinda takes a back seat.

I've built a lot of high end 110s with dual AC, touch screen Nav, rear cameras, etc etc etc etc... but honestly, as much as I love them, I wouldn't put my wife in one.
She has a BMW all wheel drive wagon now and with a set of Blizzaks it goes anywhere on any road in most any conditions. I hate it. She loves it, and that is all that matters.

You are gonna have one tough sell going from something like a Q7 to a UK built 110 Wagon.

As my buddy Komar used to say, "Good luck with that."
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:18 AM
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i couldnt agree more. just bought the wife a 2010 RR so I could keep buying defenders!! Worked like a charm!
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:23 AM
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Good advice Mike... Seriously buy the Suburban, Yukon Denali etc. A Suburban is going to be much easier to get kids and crap in and out of. Compare the rear door openings on a Suburban and a 110. As much as I miss my 110 getting kids in and out of car seats in that cramped second row wasnt a joy. Having said that Id buy another 110 for myself as a family wagon but would rather my wife was in RR or something a little easier to live with.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:50 AM
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She did drive my 101 for one winter (when she decided a Boxster would be a sensible summer cruiser) only bitched a little about snow blowing in the door tops, and of course the heat was never hot enough in the "toaster" (as she calls it) but that was before children.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:57 AM
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She did drive my 101 for one winter (when she decided a Boxster would be a sensible summer cruiser) only bitched a little about snow blowing in the door tops, and of course the heat was never hot enough in the "toaster" (as she calls it) but that was before children.
My wife was relegated to the ECR ramp truck for about a year in the early years of ECR. She drove a two wheel drive, 4 speed, Ford F450 with a 19 foot ramp body on the back as her daily driver, as it was our only car (ah, the joys of starting a small business). That was years ago and before kids as well... not sure that would fly these days.
Just say'n.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:59 AM
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"Hey, it is freezing rain outside the F'ing door button is stuck in and I can't close the door!"
You mean other wives say this, too? It's not just my own personal failure?
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Old February 24th, 2010, 09:03 AM
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You mean other wives say this, too? It's not just my own personal failure?
What is it that Red Green says.. "We're all in this together"
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Old February 24th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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Put her in a LR3 or LR4 put a set of General Grabber AT's on it and she is ready for nearly anything. I have a bunch of very happy customers with the SO driving this set up.

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Old February 24th, 2010, 09:48 AM
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She is looking for more cargo room than the Q7 are the LR3 or 4 larger ? Followed an LR4 yesterday , really dont like the back door , looks more mini van like than SUV or traditional LR
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Old February 24th, 2010, 10:20 AM
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I agree with what Mike @ ECR says - get a rig that will make her happy. And something that is easy as possible to get a couple of kids in and out. We have 3 kids, a dog and run a Yukon XL as our family rig. There is a ton of room and can fit the whole family and all our snow gear in there without the need of an exterior roof rack. The only problem with the XL is it's a big truck and can be hard to park at some places. MPG wise it's not far off many other vehicles. It averages 13 MPG and will do 16-17 on highway trips fully loaded. We got the Denali package but if I was to do it again - I'd go with a regular Yukon XL - kids snot up anything that gets in their way so it hurts more the nicer the car is.

If you guys are staying with just the 2 kids, I'd take a look at the LR4. My sis-in-law has one and I drove it for an afternoon recently. Tons of power and great visibility - it has that typical Rover seating position and like the Disco we had years ago the dash layout is just perfect IMO. With the 3rd row seats folded there is a fair bit of room. The only downside is she says it drinks fuel - averages 13 MPG.
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It has never worked for me also, years later I still hear about why I sold that car and why she loved it so...I have never been forgiving for my past good intentions..buy what she wants and still have your toys.
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My ex-wife liked land rovers but it got to the point where she was only happy with the new range rovers as opposed to discos or D90s or RRCs.

New girl is adopting the LWB as she needs a car (coming from NYC) and it is cheap and a safe beater.
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There is a lady a few blocks from me that drives NAS D110 #123/500. She must be in her 60s because she is about my mom's age. Funny thing is that I know she has been driving it for at least 10 years.
Buy her a G500! My wife loved hers.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 12:33 PM
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Buy her a G500! My wife loved hers.
I buddy I play hockey with just got the AMG G55. I drove it for a quick loop the other day after a skate. Side pipes, chrome pieces all around, quick as hell especiallyl for a tank, 20" wheels. Absolutely over the top but I loved it. Seating position reminded me a lot of my 90. A regular used G500 might be in the same price tag area as the Suburban or LR4 and would be worth a look.
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Infiniti QX56 with Technology Package or Yukon XL for sure if you need that large. Toyota Land Cruisers are a bit more expensive, but I believe Toyota is doing 60 month 0% financing across the board right now.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 01:33 PM
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Get her a LR4 they're great.
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Buy her a converted sprinter van from Mercedes, and a Mini or other womanish sporty ride for the non-winter weather.
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