Q: Aw I don't want to make you sad I'm just curious as to what happened. You don't have to answer if you don't want to. (:
How thoughtful, but it’s really okay. Basically, that car was very old. Not in the sense of years as it was only a 2003, but mileage. I lost it with 217,000 miles on it, so it had had a long life. Coming home one day, it was driving like normal when all of a sudden, my temperature gauge went WAY up and then white (what I initially thought was smoke) steam started billowing out of the hood in clouds so thick, I couldn’t see the car behind me. After pulling off, and popping the hood, I found that a hose that carried coolant had burst (hence the steam,) I lost all my coolant, engine overheated to a point where it ruined the water pump, and done significant damage to the head. After it had to be towed to the shop, they said it would cost more to fix it than it was worth. So they made us an offer. So that’s the story. That car was special to me in a way that even some people that have known me for years couldn’t even understand. It was my first car and I am already exceedingly passionate about Land Rover’s to begin with. Not to worry though, it may have been my first Rover, but definitely will not be my last.
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Q: How do feel about the new Range Rover? I am personally a little disappointed. It looks too much like a For Explorer. And it's doesn't have enough of that classic Range Rover look in my opinion. To be honest, I'm hoping it's like a joke or what they're showing us pictures of right now is a pre-production model and the actual thing will be different.
I’m so happy you brought this up because, as you all know, I love talking about cars. So be prepared for a rant.
First of all, people need to get off Land Rover’s back. This is the 21st century and the company needs to adapt to the world around them which has become very sleek, streamlined, and eco-friendly. Everything that classic SUV’s are not.
As for the design, I hate when people try to compare them to any other vehicle. The only reason this generation Range Rover looks at all like the new generation Explorer is, I think, because of the head and taillights. Big whoop. That being said, if we jump back to 2004 and look at the Discovery and the Explorer, you’ll see they share a design in the headlights too. But nobody cared because they were both such different vehicles otherwise. The Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Volkswagen CC have a similar design in their overall shape, but other then that, they are very different as well. Also, Ford owned Land Rover for a number of years (2003-2008 I believe) so naturally the companies are going to share some design similarities.
So many people base Land Rover on it’s “look.” The classic, rugged look. Which is true. I personally don’t think they can be mistaken for anything else. Especially the older ones. However, not only has the Range Rover kept the same basic shape for over 40 years, but so many people also seem to forget that Land Rovers key belief for almost 70 years in designing their models is to make a vehicle that can tackle the worst driving conditions in the world (not exaggerating) while doing so in comfortable interiors, filled to the brim with luxurious, state-of-the-art amenities. The Range Rover is and always has been like nothing else on the road. No one has been able to match the combination of refinement and capability found in the Range Rover.
Land Rover is a company that, like Jeep, has been struggling in the recession because they don’t design compact vehicles, so they are forced to step away from the boxy designs, which is prominent in the Range Rover Evoque. This isn’t the 90’s anymore, and people actually DO care about gas mileage and it will sway them greatly in buying a car. Before they jumped on the environmental bandwagon with the rest of the auto world, they struggled desperately from about 2006 to 2008, because their vehicles were still heavy, powerful beasts.
There is no way that this Range Rover is a “joke” because if it was a pre-production or concept vehicle, they would say so. They have already announced that it will be available in Europe by September and the US by Christmas.
I’m very pleased with how they redesigned it, and I can not wait to see the redesigned Defender in 2014 and redesigned LR5/Discovery 5 in 2016. I tip my hat to Land Rover because, one thing no one can deny, they’re trying.
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