Bye bye, Rangie

Mrs Saul’s Range Rover has been sold to a certain Mr Ayman (for a bit less than I wanted to get, but what to do yanni!).

She has a new Pathfinder to replace it. AED154,000, full options, 5 years’ unlimited mileage warranty, two free services, free rear sensors, free insurance. Only one moment in the showroom where I had to get cross to try and persuade someone to sell us a car.

The Range Rover was lovely, but as lots of fascinating blog posts here have discussed, ridiculously unreliable and costly to maintain. Shamefully so, to be honest, though it doesn’t’ seem to hurt their sales.

The new Nissan should be comfy, reliable and safe. I won’t be taking it into the desert (feels like it wouldn’t be much fun in the sand anyway) but it can easily handle wadis, beach, kerb, etc. It’s a shame they don’t do the V8 version here, but the V6 version is pretty smooth and (relatively!) economical. Mrs Saul preferred it to the Prado. Plus the Toyota salesmen made even less effort to sell us something than the Nissan people initially did.


In a parallel manoeuvre, Mrs Saul decided to get her driving licence updated with her married name. I enjoyed seeing this poster in the RTA office we visited –


The UK equivalent would have kids hooning around in a Vauxhall Nova. The UAE version has lads out and about in $100,000 Range Rover Sports. Accurate, at least!

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