Wounded Knee Moderator
Who should or shouldn't be buying a used Land Rover? This is an extension of a previous discussion http://www.landroversonly.com/forums/738034-post21.html
I think you're missing my point.
If someone wants to come to this or any other forum where I participate and ask questions, I'm more than happy to help- and regularly do. What I hope to prevent is someone that's got $4k in his pocket and is looking at a Rover instead of a Toyota or Explorer to get him to his job and can't afford to make a mistake. I'm all for someone taking on a Rover or any other enthusiast project. I'll help any way I can. But I think the best help you can give to someone unprepared or incapable is to look elsewhere.
This is a unique niche. You don't see many guys buying an older 911 (or Defender) for basic transportation. If a guy make a $5k or $10K mistake on one of these, oh well. But a kid that needs to get to his community college classes after his shift at Taco Bell should probably be dissuaded. A guy that needs it to get to work every day should be as well. If someone is shopping for a $5,000 SUV, that pretty much says they are looking in the wrong place.
The best service you can be to someone is to tell them the facts. These are vehicles with engineering and manufacturing shortcomings. Are there others out there? Sure. But most of the others have dirt cheap parts available from a multitude of sources and an infrastructure of shops that are willing, but much more importantly, capable of servicing them. If a person doesn't have a moderately strong mechanical background, a fairly complete assortment of tools, a place to work, another vehicle to drive and the willingness to work on these things, I think they should know that finding someone to repair their truck is going to be difficult and expensive.
A Land Rover is a hobby neatly disguised as transportation. If you are interested as a hobbyist and grasp what you're taking on, then welcome to the club. If you need to depend on it for your daily life, please excuse me while I try to convince you to buy a 4Runner. (or whatever)