I've now owned a Sportrak for just over a week and I have to say that I'm thoroughly unimpressed by the whole thing!
For many years I've run series 3 Landrovers. Not the modern tin shopping-trolley rubbish, but proper Landrovers. But when the engine went on my current daily-driver on the way to work a couple of weeks ago I was forced to buy something in a hurry to keep me mobile.
The something I bought was a Sportrak. I thought it might be faster than the Landy, thought it might be more fuel efficient (as it's 20 years younger!) and thought a newer vehicle was less likely to go wrong.
First, it is a bit faster. That's the one thing I have to admit. But it uses no less fuel. It's also much more expensive to insure and comes into the same Road Tax band as the Landy, despite the engine being 3/4 of a litre smaller!
But the worst thing is that horrible plastic dash! One of the flasher repeaters on the dash has stopped working and I've just spent an hour in the pouring rain/snow trying to get access to the bulb!
Can anyone tell me how the hell you're supposed to get access to the rear of the dashboard? On a Landrover it would be a two minute job to replace a similar dashboard bulb by undoing two screws and then just removing the front of the dash.
After an hour I was still getting nowhere, so I've given up and come to see if any of you guys can shed any light on the subject?
Finally, as soon as the landrover is back on the road I have decided the Sportrak will be for sale. It's a 1995 M-reg with a hard top. Ã‚Â£2,500 to anyone who's interested.