OK, here's the score. My wife is about to come into a little money. Not a lot, but she is giving me around 7 to 8 k to get a car with. I'm currently driving around in her company car, a CR-V and I want to get a used 4x4. My choices are slightly limited due to the fact that Mrs I is a bit of a snob and doesn't want to be seen in a chav mobile, so that cuts out most of the Jap stuff (Anything Mitubishi/Nissan/Jeep), so I've narrowed it down to a final 3. 1. Land Rover Discovery 2. Mercedes ML 3. Lexus RX300 (although not diesel, see below for logic) First things first, It needs to be something of this sort of size. I've had Land Rovers in the past, including disco's and I'm well aware of their well deserved reputation. I think that I can get around a 2002 for each of them or there abouts for that money. Got to be Auto, Got to be diesel. So my questions to the floor are, 1. Does anyone have any of these and what are they like? 2. I'm aware that both the Disco and the ML have a reputation for faults, so would I be better going for the RX? My thinking is that although the RX is a 3.0 V6 and has low MPG, would I save more in the long run as I wouldn't be paying out for repairs every five minutes? 3. Both the LR and the Merc have any number of independent garages that specialise in the marques. The Lexus not so (at least not that I have found so far - I'm in the Bath/Bristol area). I'm quite fond of getting someone who knows about the cars to look after them, but not so fond of main dealer prices. Anyone know much about Lexus servicing? 4. Any other marques/models that I should consider? Off road ability is not the prime concern, I do tracks/greenlanes with my shooting but not hard core stuff, so really ground clearance is all that matters and all three meet that requirement.