Range Rover SDV8!
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Kernow, near England
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It's interesting looking back on this thread after all this time!
I owned my R53 Cooper S, as a second car, alongside a V70 for less than 3 years. I loved that car, but the family simply outgrew it. By the time it was sold it had around 48,000 miles on the clock.
I owned the RS from 2010 to 2014. For the first year, I owned it alongside the V70, while for the last three I drove it alongside a Land Rover Freelander 2. I only did 15,000 in the RS during the whole time I had it, despite being so much more practical. When I changed jobs and opted out of the company car scheme (as the only option was a new 3 Series 320d Touring), I tried using the RS for work for one week - it was hopeless! I traded it for another Land Rover straight away!!
So, what went wrong?
On the plus side, it was faster and better braked than the MINI. It was much more spacious. The RS caused a stir, while the MINI blended in. It was also the slowest depreciating car that I've ever owned (despite it being a Ford).
But, it always felt like a Ford Focus to drive. A Ford Focus that happened to have a lot of power and traction, but just a Focus none the less. I just never truly bonded with the car and once the Land Rover arrived, I usually took the LR out by choice and left the RS in the garage!! Ultimately, the LR had character and charm that the RS, amazingly, lacked.
I still look and smile as one drives by (which I get a good view of from the height of my current Disco 4 - my 5th LR since the RS) and even stopped and had a friendly chat with someone in a Focus RS Mk3 recently. Owning an RS is one I can tick off my bucket list but, if I had my 7 car dream garage of my previous favourites, it'd be my old R53 Cooper S parked up in there instead.
5/04-2/07 R50, 2/07-5/10 R53, all outgrown!
And now, after a Mk2 Focus RS, 3 x Freelander 2's, 2 x Discovery 4's, its....
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