|My 2011 5.0 S/C Autobiography in Stornoway Grey|
Having only ever owned and driven Nineties/Defenders (and a Series 1 107") since taking my test, as I get married this year I thought it was time to be sensible and buy a car that fiancé would enjoy driving in more!
I've always loved the look and feel of the L322 Range Rovers, still wanted the high driving position, plenty of load area and need (occasionally) the 3.5t towing capacity, so decided a late model L322 would be ideal. Living in central London during the week, I was a bit put off by all the recent diesel fuss, and as I prefer to look after and keep my cars for a good few years, decided to look into the Supercharged variety, despite the obvious downside of petrol consumption…
I started looking seriously ~8-10 weeks ago, monitoring the usual sites and phoning vendors if I was particularly interested. I was a bit slow on the mark for a nice higher mileage Nara Bronze 5.0 S/C, next time was on a train to Lookers Battersea to look at a Buckingham Blue 4.2 S/C when they phoned to say the first viewer had bought it (turns out to be someone on here!). So didn't seem to be going too well, and at that point I hadn't advertised/sold my Defender either, so wasn't in a massive rush.
I then came across this 2011 5.0 S/C up in Luton, which had recently had it's price reduced. A trip up there one weekend for a test drive and it seemed in overall very good condition, drove perfectly, and everything (*) worked. Still hadn't sold the Defender (although it had now been advertised on AutoTrader for 1.5 weeks), but then Daniel at Prestige gave me a very tempting p/x offer against it, and so I decided to take him up on that on the Monday morning, two days after viewing/driving it. Two hours after I agreed to that deal, a guy emailed in response to my Defender advert, also in central London, a genuine enthusiast and previous Defender owner who was looking for a new car quick as his current Rav4 had just imploded. He came to view/test that Monday evening, loved it and verbally took the car, so I ended up agreeing a new deal on the Range Rover with Daniel. It all fell into place, the Defender was picked up Tuesday night, and then last Thursday we picked up our new Range Rover.
A wonderful feeling to drive in such luxury and comfort, with a purring (and powerful) engine and smooth auto gearbox. But it's an S/C, so clearly it needed petrol before we could drive it 68 miles home. In my excitement I left the petrol screw cap at the petrol station in Luton - I'm not used to having both a flap and a screw cap, so my poor overloaded brain clearly couldn't cope. Other than that, we got home successfully, with it also being fiancé's first solo motorway journey having only taken and passed her driving test the week before. I was pressing buttons much of the way home, failed to work out how to connect my phone via bluetooth, and struggled to enter a sat nav destination. I managed to work both of those out later at home. It was mainly motorways and a fast run in to London, so the dash told me I averaged 24mpg, which I was very happy with!
Many thanks also to everyone on here for all the help, advice and other information that helped me with this purchase.
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