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Old 08-12-2010, 12:54 PM
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Already have a few sports cars, the Corvette I drive in basically warm weather. However, I'm looking for a car that I can use in the winter or on bad days for short trips. This car won't be used very much, maybe 4-5k miles a year. The car will also have to be 4WD or AWD.

I'm looking to spend around $15k, and my two top choices right now are an Jaguar X-Type or Land Rover Discovery. Both would be around the 2004 model year with about 50k miles.

Which would you choose and what would be the pros and cons of each in your opinion? Which would likely have better reliability?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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since you are looking at both ford era version they should be pretty decent I woild go for thr Range rover over the discovery the just look a bit better with a nicer roofline IMO
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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OMG, just give me the $15k and I'll carry you to work...it will be more reliable than either of those. Both of those were absolutely abismal in the reliability category. Consider it money completely thrown away. Even though you will only be driving them a small distance annually, I still wouldn't touch either with a ten foot pole.

If it were me I would be looking at Audi A4's or Subaru's. Even a VW Touareg, which is not exactly the most reliable vehicle on Earth, would be a better choice than either of those.

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Old 08-12-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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Land Rover consistently has had some of the worst quality control in the world for the past decade. The Jaguar X-type was a rare lemon from a great marque. Why not buy a Subaru? It may not be glamorous, but at least you know it will always start.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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I know this is a little off topic but a 06-08 jeep SRT-8 is AWD and pretty neat has way better reliability but can go good in the snow with proper tires and hold as much stuff as the land rover.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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I don't think I've heard a single good thing about the Disco, and their resale value is pathetic. The X-type doesn't do it for me either, but would be my choice if I had to pick one of the two.
As far as reliability goes.. don't they build Jags and Rovers at the same plant?

But honestly, neither would be on my list if I had 15K to burn on a "toy" car. I'd be looking for a AudiTT, BMW Z4 or Jeep Wrangler...but that's just me.

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Old 08-12-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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Neither has great reliability. We have had a few LRs and RRs in the family, and when they work, they are great trucks, but there are always nagging issues. If you can live with some imperfections, it can make the ownership experience easier.

I would not get an X-Type, and would never pay anywhere near $15k for one now. As an inexpensive beater, it's not a great proposition, either, because the parts are not inexpensive.

If you want a reliable winter vehicle that will start, and run, for that price range, I'd consider a 4Runner or a Pilot. While they are not as unique as the LR, they are not going to leave you stranded, or with needlessly large repair bills for an occasional use vehicle.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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I know this is a little off topic but a 06-08 jeep SRT-8 is AWD......
$15k?
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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While Ford made some quality improvements to Jaguar, they were a complete failure with Range Rover (BMW didn't do any better).

I agree that a Subaru is a better choice. Or look hard for a FJ. I don't know if you can find a Honda Ridgeline for $15K - but if you can you'd get solid AWD and a very reliable all purpose vehicle.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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$15k?
could find a nice 03-04 yukon denali in that range

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