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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:47 pm 
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I had a G reg V8 Discovery and loved it despite 12 mpg. The bulkhead was rusty at only 9 years old...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:21 pm 
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legrandefromage wrote:
I had a G reg V8 Discovery and loved it despite 12 mpg. The bulkhead was rusty at only 9 years old...


Yep mine too - wheelarches, boot floor, sills. I really mustn't get another but...................... :roll:

Always thought of Sub Forestors as a bit "pipe & slippers", then again if it has the souped motor under the bonnet - and they look relatively cheap :idea:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:34 pm 
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Mine. Can thoroughly recommend it. Had a legacy estate before it. Much more roady than this but good 4wdwith low ratio


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:07 pm 
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The issue with the Forester is ultimately ground clearance, nothing more.

I would venture to suggest an LPG converted Disco or even, ye gawds, Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Of course I love Pajeros too, so that goes without saying.

None of the Volvos have proper 4x4 so I would pass on them.

Winter is going to be tough this year, so a real over and under machine may be in order.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:42 pm 
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Thread hijack but have been offered a free xtrail diesel to replace Subaru. About the same age but had very gentle mileage with no off road at all, unlike forester which goes off every day. Inlaws are giving up driving at Xmas.

Worth the swap? Don't know anything about them. Had a few nissans and found them to be bland but very reliable.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:55 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
Thread hijack but have been offered a free xtrail diesel to replace Subaru. About the same age but had very gentle mileage with no off road at all, unlike forester which goes off every day. Inlaws are giving up driving at Xmas.

Worth the swap? Don't know anything about them. Had a few nissans and found them to be bland but very reliable.


If you're getting the Nissan for free, keep the Subaru too - it's the retrobike way!

You didn't get to where you are today by getting rid of bikes - I'm channelling the original Reggie Perrin (well strictly speaking, CJ).


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:28 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
Thread hijack but have been offered a free xtrail diesel to replace Subaru. About the same age but had very gentle mileage with no off road at all, unlike forester which goes off every day. Inlaws are giving up driving at Xmas.

Worth the swap? Don't know anything about them. Had a few nissans and found them to be bland but very reliable.



Guy I used to work with had a(n) Xtrail - nothing but hassle - would even prefer a Discovery!

Talking of which - there's a few decent ones on offer at the moment - and an nice mid 90s Hilux

HF - hear what you're saying about the Volvos and I just don't see myself in a Forestor for another 20 years or so.

Anyone know if the 2000 onwards Discos are any better on rust prevention, which was the real downfall for my '96 V8i?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:43 pm 
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disco IIIs are now stupid cheep...i've a pal runs a LR independent and the repair costs for turbo's are greater than the car's are worth.

I loved my D2 td5 though, it did everything in a personally chaotic 18 months and 50,000 miles - the only problem i ever had was an anti-lock light came on when a chunk of gravel wedged between caliper and disc.

I've had several volvo's (but not awd's) the d5 v70 was a great car (near on 50 to the gallon)

Run a 2.5tdi A4 Quattro which is now my economical disco (without the clearance obv) and 42mpg. If you don't need the ground clearance a late model A4 B7 Quattro Avant is a great all-weather GT.

Quattro or disco for 4wd for me. I appreciate landcruisers and hilux's abilities just wouldn't drive one (though i'd have a gt86 toyota!)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:32 am 
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Neil wrote:
The History Man wrote:
Thread hijack but have been offered a free xtrail diesel to replace Subaru. About the same age but had very gentle mileage with no off road at all, unlike forester which goes off every day. Inlaws are giving up driving at Xmas.

Worth the swap? Don't know anything about them. Had a few nissans and found them to be bland but very reliable.


If you're getting the Nissan for free, keep the Subaru too - it's the retrobike way!

You didn't get to where you are today by getting rid of bikes - I'm channelling the original Reggie Perrin (well strictly speaking, CJ).

Cant keep both for space and financial reasons. propbably going to swap. Unless I hear something horrendous.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:48 am 
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Forester and Snow - Perfect combination. Love mine.

Bear in mind that it's a Subaru so it is reliable.

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