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Living with evo’s long-term test cars The Range Rover has turned into a low rider, the Elantra has gone back, the CR-V is the new workhorse and the garage is overflowing with Duke 390s

Range Rover

Our lofty Rangie has turned into a low rider

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One of the joys of driving a Range Rover is that king of the world feeling, perched high over the road, towering over your subjects, isolated from everything the world has to throw at you. One of the most frustrating bits about owning a Range Rover is the amount of time spent in the workshop getting her to run properly. A couple of weeks back, our Range Rover decided to start acting up again. The suspension would go flat after about two kilometres of driving and the suspension warning light would come on,

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with a message warning you not to exceed 50kmph. With something as good as the Range Rover it isn’t easy to find fault, but when something does go wrong it usually means a big hole in the pocket. A few months back both the turbos packed up and now the shocks have gone bust. Did I mention that this was not the first time this has happened? The last time, we were forced to drive back to Pune from Mumbai at 50kmph, in the night, at risk of damaging the car (there’s hardly any ground clearance when the shocks go AWOL). Luckily, this time it happened on the way home from the office and we could send it to the workshop to have the problem sorted. Meanwhile, as you can see from

the pictures, we’ve shod the Rangie with a set of Vredestein tyres and while they’ve improved the Rangie dynamically (and by a big margin) they also look superb. We did a quick

Driver’s log Date acquired Total mileage Mileage this month Costs this month kmpl this month

Sep 2007 1,15,820km 400km Big figure due 6.5

trip from Pune to Kolhapur and she felt more stable, less floaty and more resistant to understeer while not compromising on ride quality - that one aspect that makes the Rangie utterly unflappable at whatever speed and whatever the road. Now we wait for the new front damper parts to arrive (which is only going cost us as much as a second hand Swift) and get the SUV back on the road. While he’s at it, Byram is also putting some carbon fibre trim on the SUV which has got me far more excited than I should be. It’s also giving me time to ponder over how much we must love this car that we spend more on her than most men would spend on their families through their lifetime... L Rohan Pawar (@rohanpawar)

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