My bogusity meter pegged out this morning

A re-run Texas caller asked whether it would be better to buy a Toyota (her choice) SUV or a Range Rover Discovery (her British husband’s choice). She was interested in cost of ownership and dependability. Either can be bought with AWD, which was a desired option. They are moving to New York.

The brothers said they’d go for the Range Rover because it was “more interesting”. OK, maybe, but here in the real world of middle America, the nearest Range Rover dealer is 200 miles (obviously more in some places) away. Parts and service are more expensive for the Range Rover, IF you can find them. I was at a local shop that will at least work on them when a customer was picking his up. He had recently purchased it. He was presented with a bill for over $900 for for routine maintenance that it needed. He remarked that he could afford to buy the thing, but was not sure he could afford to maintain it.

Another thing to consider is that the depreciation on the Rover is truly among the worst in the industry. It is the “poster child” in this linked article.

If the brothers are going to say stuff like they did this morning, I have to wonder why.

If you really think you need a LUXURY SUV in New York, you have more money than common sense. In that case the brothers are correct. Owning a Range Rover will definitely be more interesting; it will be more of a target for thieves, and need more attention. Never a dull week with a Range Rover.

Some years ago I was in Kuwait and visited a local Sheik who had a whole fleet of cars. He had a Corvette, Range Rover, Chevy Caprice, Chevy Suburban and his wife drove a Jaguar Vandenplas, long wheelbase. He took me around in the Range Rover but said neither it or the Jag were allowed to go out into the desert. Their workhorses were Caprices and Suburbans.

If the brothers had used common sense they would have recommended a Toyota Highlander if the couple reallly wanted an SUV. Our family doctor, who is also an avid outdoors type has a Highlander Hybrid. A very sensible vehicle.

In 1990 that may have been good advice, You ever wonder why there are so many old cars in the questions?

I doubt that it was good advice in 1990. Even if it were, the brothers should not have re-run that particular call. They had to know that the advice was bad, if not rotten to the core, by now.

My PBS station must have played a different show because that call was not on this morning here. was that the caller who mimicked a British accent and said “but pookie”, I loved that call, it was so entertaining. I wish it was played here.

It wasn’t on the podcast version either, show #1315. Guess I’ll “have to” listen to the broadcast, starting in a few minutes.

This podcast was a particularly funny show, one of the best. The new puzzler is not one I’d heard before. Does anyone remember that one? (Camel Trophy Off Road Race).

Even if it were, the brothers should not have re-run that particular call.

These are archived shows. No one should be turning to them for current information.

@keith Yes, it was the ‘Pookie’ episode. I have noticed that other stations around my region don’t all do their fund raising the same week. Since it was pledge drive time here, the brothers were in full “show me the money” mode on my local station. They may not have been on yours.

According to Consumer Reports data, Land Rovers are in a reliability class by themselves…nothing else is even close to being as unreliable as a “landie”. Stop by the local bookstore and look for yourself.

I think (hope?) C&C were joking…