November 4, 2005
Gas mileage down, Disco search halted
EGD stated that the BWB has a nasty odor coming from her. Coincidentally the gas mileage has dropped to 13.5 from the 14.5 and 15 mpg I was getting. I expect she is running rich and will need the oxygen sensors replaced, again!
Discovering a Discovery
My dear wife, oh how I love her so. After she watched me work on the BWB for 3 straight weekends, said we needed a new car. I told her I wanted to get another Rover. Her concerns were all valid. You recite them with me being as you are probably a Rover Owner too. Reliability, warranty, etc…
She did have a few guidelines.
- little or no maintenance: She doesn’t want me working on it “all the time”.
- So that eliminates an older Disco I and another Range Rover Classic
- she wanted 7 seats: Sweet! I’m thinking Series 109inch. Man how good would I look
driving around a 109 or an early Defender 110?!?! Damn good that’s how good.
- air conditioning: Okay so no Series, Discovery has a seven seat option.
What did that leave me. Discovery SE7. Our price range is mid 20s and lower. That would mean a $500 plus car payment and more insurance. But RovErica will be driving this time next year. And Drewster Rooster will be needing an auto in just under 4 years. He is happy to drive the Taurus and RovErica likes the novelty of the Rover as I do. So I’m thinking she can drive the BWB and I’ll have a Disco II.
All sound arguements. Except for these facts:
- I DON’T WANT ANOTHER CAR PAYMENT. We just got both cars paid off.
- SE7s just don’t grow on trees apparently. They are out there, but as of this
writing there are zero, zilch, nada, AKA none in Oklahoma. Not a single one.
I got cold feet not getting to look at the vehicle, in person, prior to purchase. Also some of these vehicles are quite a haul from our location in Central Oklahoma. One nice one was in Jonesboro, Arkansas, it had the built in DVD for somewhere around $23,500. There were a couple of nice ones in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area too. And at least 10 in Denver. But those are long drives for nothing if I don’t buy.
But alas, I digress.
So we said, let’s wait. So I’m guessing in Spring I’ll be looking for a 2003 or 2004 Discovery II SE7. Good news is those 2003’s and 04’s will be another year older and another year depriciated.