OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy



Wednesday, November 22, 2006 :::
 

The Return of Disco

A month after it went into the shop, the Disco (that's Land Rover's Discovery II to the uninitiated) has been returned...new transmission and all.

Praise be the warranty.

The dealership's loaner, a red, 2006 LR3, was a fine car. I won't call it a truck because even though it's based on a tough truck frame, it's body design makes it ride like a passenger car (quiet, smooth, luxurious...what's this? A built-in cooler? Moisture sensitive windshield wipers? A doo-hickey that raises and lowers the body? An mp3 hook-up? Four drink holders? Oh my.).

By comparison, the Disco is smaller, lighter (by half a ton), louder and bouncier. There's not enough leg room for passengers in the back seat. The controls look and feel like they were designed by a crazed monk with a cheap plastic fetish. And it eats premium gas like nobody's business.

God, I missed it so.



::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/22/2006 0 comments





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