So, to put you out of whatever misery, and because I haven’t given you nearly enough clues, you might like to know that I’ve bought a 2002 Mitsubishi Shogun.
Yes it is a direct replacement for the rather less-than-reliable Disco we used to run. It’s got up to seven seats, which is all the Mitsubishi has in common with the Land Rover in my opinion. But the most different thing about the Shogun, apart from the fact it won’t break down, is that it is petrol.
Yes it’s got a great big 3.5-litre V6 engine, which is fantastic. The Disco diesel sounded like a cement mixer and largely drove like one, too. It has been a revelation to have an engine that you can’t actually hear from tickover to 70 something mph on the motorway. The tyres are wonderful balloons, not a low-profile rim anywhere, so it soaks up all those nasty pot holes.