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HuwG BS: What car would you recommend? (UK) (83* d) RE: BS: What car would you recommend? (UK) 27 May 08

My 1990 Rover 420 just passed its MOT, with only minor faults recorded. There are 98460 miles on the clock. Another two years, and I won't really have to worry about depreciation any more ... <g> It is still a very sprightly machine, and remarkably economical, as it will just about do 30mph (the legal limit in built-up areas) on tickoever in third gear.

However, major spare parts for such machines will soon come from scrapyards only. It is rather heavy, so stop-go traffic jams ruin the previously boasted economy, as it takes a lot of petrol to heave itself into motion from a standing start, only to stop again ten yards later.

Above all, it is British, tainted with '70s industrial unrest, '80s management incompetence and '90s shameless profit-taking.


I recently visited my little brother, who does various architectural and building contract work. He proudly showed me a slightly foxed Toyota Land Cruiser. He told me he had to pick the vehicle carefully. He needs a 4x4 to go on site, but if he turned up in a wreck of a Land Rover, the clients would think he was a cowboy, whereas if he turned up in a "Chelsea Tractor", they would think he was ripping them off.

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