In 2001, my family went to the Tampa new car show, and knobs had already fallen off the stereo of a Land Rover. I decided that day I would never own a Land Rover.
I hardly ever encountered them where I worked, but when I did, they needed a fortune in repairs. Repairing a Benz seems cheap when compared to repairing a Land Rover.
Yeah..I remember seeing the same in a first year Disco in the showroom
Nevertheless, I wanted one as a DD for years (should have bought that Defender in '94, but that is a different story), but just couldn't do until I felt comfortable that they had worked out most of the stupid things that plagued the earlier models. Finally bought a RR Sport in '12 after a horrible experience w/ a Grand Cherokee, figured it couldn't be any worse, and it wasn't..after a few minor teething problems (heated steering wheel wasn't powered, water pump weep), it was great for the next 5 years. I traded it for a new Range Rover HSE w/ the turbodiesel and it has been great so far. Will LR ever be Honda/Toyota quality...no, one look at volume and R&D spend answers that, but they are fine now.
Actually, pretty much all cars are at least good now... We've come a long way.