If you buy one of these make sure you have a second vehicle, cause it will be in the shop as much as you drive it and getting parts for it take a while.
Land Rover - Keeping Mechanics in business since 1955!89% of all Land Rovers ever produced since 1955 are still on the road today according to statistics...you just HAVE to be motivated to turn a wrench on them yourself every now & then!
Yes, technically it is...the term "Truck" is based on the frame style and weight in the US, not the body style... the Discovery I-II and LR3-4 and RR-sports are built on truck frames and designated by the DOT as "Truck", this also gives extra TAX breaks for companies using these as well as use for insurance designation. Trust me on this, I make most of money off-road in a Rover and the IRS excepts this as a "Truck". The RR (big one) is not designated as a "Truck" because of frame style and you do not get extra TAX breaks......Thanks to our Government, the more gas my "Company Truck" uses and the heavier it is, the more Tax breaks I get.....:clap::clap:no, it's not a "truck", please don't call it one
The IRS maintains a list of qualifying vehicles with GVW in excess of 6,000 lbs. That is the requirement for the Section 179 deduction. If you want to argue with them over qualifying a vehicle that isn't on the list, have fun with that. It is much easier to just buy one on the list. Also sucks now that the qualifying max is $25,000 for the accelerated depreciation. Make sure you speak with your tax adviser regarding filing requirements for the five years after purchase. IIRC, you only need 50%+ business use for years 2-5, but you have to track and submit for it, or you face recapture.The weight of a new one is 5,800 lbs..... Mine is 6,948lbs (gear unloaded but with extra skid plates, bumpers, winch, roof racks, etc.) - 7,456lbs (loaded with camping, fishing, hunted gear and other "work" stuff). You can go to a certified truck scale and get a weight card to turn in to the IRS for extra $$$$$$.........."check your state's regs, don't go over the 7,500lb mark or you may need to pay extra state fees".....:wink:
Ha,Ha, that's why we never go to the dealer...:lol::lol:
You can order parts online cheaper than Dodge parts and have them the next day. Take it to a Independent repair shop and you can get them to fix it right the first time.....Dealers hire technicians with no prior experience and train them as they go, then they just do enough to get you out of their hair...they are required to only do what LR says they can...they have no incentive to really help you out....and they never tell you the truth:.....
a Chevy oil filter is the exact same and can be purchased at autozone for $3. Dealer wants $30
Shocks are only $50-$100 aftermarket...Yes Ford shocks are the exact same, even the air suspension shocks. My dealership wanted $1100 for one and told me it was a 3 week order. You can order online for $50, install it yourself in less then 1 hour. Or go to the Ford dealer and they have it instock for $100, or even go to a Midas shop and when they say "I can't get Land Rover shocks", then ask for a Ford one, they'll have it fixed the same day.
Air Compressors for the suspension, cost $800 at the dealership and take weeks to be ordered, these are "instock" and only $125 at the Ford dealer, even same part number.
For the Air Suspension leaking problems that the dealerships try and fix and keep Failing. pull the crappy rubber O-rings off and go to SCUBA shop and replace with silicone O-Rings, you'll never have a leak again..
The dealership wanted $125 to replace my wiper blades, I got mine at Target "on-sale" for $9 and replaced in the parking lot in 5 minutes....
Use aftermarket parts and once it is fixed, it will stay fixed...stay away from LR parts and especially stay away from the Dealership repair techs. Mine kept blowing out batteries, dealer replaced a few of them under warranty then I replaced the factory one with a $60 PepBoys SALE special and have had no problems for the last few years.:wink:
So far, I have not seen any maintenance or repair that can't be done for the same price as any other vehicle as long as you stay a way from the dealership.
Remember in the UK, these are "work" trucks, everybody has one and their are 1,000s of aftermarket parts. Dirt ass cheap.....hwell:
Seriously, its just a freaking V8 motor, those $30 ea. Land Rover spark plugs are no different then spark plugs for a Chevy, why would you pay that??????