Na­tive Amer­i­can

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Dealer's Diary -

Last July 4, I at­tended the Man­heim sale in Wash­ing­ton CD (that’s County Durham). As it was In­de­pen­dence Day in the US, I de­cided to honour the oc­ca­sion by wear­ing my Make Amer­ica Great Again cap.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, de­spite it be­ing an FCA – Fiat Chrysler Auto – sale, Man­heim didn’t run with an Amer­i­can theme. There were no Elvis burg­ers on of­fer in the re­vamped can­teen, more’s the pity. The crowds, too, were less nu­mer­ous than those at Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion. Blame the World Cup.

De­spite the over­whelm­ing pres­ence of no fewer than 87 Fiat 500s, one car stood lit­er­ally head and shoul­ders above the sea of Fi­ats, Al­fas, Jeeps and Lan­cias (yes, they’re still out there). That was a metal­lic red 16-plate Grand Chero­kee with just 15,000 miles show­ing. This was a top-of-the-range Sum­mit with the VM 3.0 diesel en­gine cou­pled to a slush­box and sit­ting on air springs. It wanted for no kit or bling: full leather in­te­rior, power ev­ery­thing, rose gold dash in­serts, chrome al­loys. There was just one pre­vi­ous keeper, two keys and, re­fresh­ingly, a Jeep ser­vice stamp at 7000 miles. Con­di­tion wise, it was fault­less.

For me, this was the car the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery should have evolved into and I like them im­mensely. Nor was I the

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