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the range rover is assigned as my wife's car.... (it's an '06 hse). so ultimately hers is the last word. she let me put the big wheels on it :dance: but i can't seem to get her to change her opinion on my next anticipated move: supercharged vents and grille she's seen them in person, and she's seen plenty of pics, but she still insists that they are "so freakin' ugly". she feels that the simplicity of the hse vents and grille work better with the understated elegance of the car. she feels that the s/c mesh "looks cheap" and "makes it look like a sport". in my opinion, i thinkthe opposite. i think that the mesh looks fresher, as this is the way lr seems to be moving with their '10 lineup. additionally i associate the mesh with being upscale and performance oriented as we all know, these are the vents on the highest line models of both land rover and jag. but then i wondered to myself, am i being completely objective or am i favoring the mesh b/c of what i associate it with? my wife knows that the mesh is used on all the top stuff and she is label concious to a certain extent. but she thinks that it's so ugly and so innapropriate for the car that's simply "not willing to go there". was wondering if any of you shared her opinion? i already know that there are plenty of mesh lovers... how about louvre lovers!?
 

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Ed.

Have you asked your mistress yet ? I saw "Tiger's" missus thought pretty ugly of his EsCarlard - but his girlfriends were alright !

I prefer to stick to a genuine article, 'Keep'n it Real' I think was what Ali G said instead of dressing up mutton to look like lamb.

Cheerio,


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I have S/c Mesh Grille & Vents on my 07 TDV8 simply because they look much better and more modern in my opinion. I have not tried to make the car look like a Supercharged and it has the standard 07 Vogue Tail Lights, Green Rear Badge, Rear Vogue Badge & TDV8 Badge. I also think Chrome Half Mirror Covers just add a slight upmarket touch. Not to much Shiny but the Vents & Mirrors just upgrade the look to WHERE I want it. And when I add my new 19" 2010 Style8 Wheels the look will be very similar to a late 2009 car.

 

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yes... but the point of this thread isn't about trying to make my hse look like a s/c, it's about plain and simple aesthetics removed from the material value we associate with these looks. with NO PRECONCEPTIONS about cost and power involved. Think about it like this.... if you can, try to imagine landing on this planet from Jupiter and you saw two RR's side by side... same everything (wheels, tires, color, etc) EXCEPT the grill and vents. would you prefer the one with mesh the one with louvres?
 

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yes... but the point of this thread isn't about trying to make my hse look like a s/c, it's about plain and simple aesthetics removed from the material value we associate with these looks. with NO PRECONCEPTIONS about cost and power involved. Think about it like this.... if you can, try to imagine landing on this planet from Jupiter and you saw two RR's side by side... same everything (wheels, tires, color, etc) EXCEPT the grill and vents. would you prefer the one with mesh the one with louvres?
You did not read my post - I specifically said I AM NOT trying to make my car look like a Supercharged and that I like being a Vogue TDV8 with Mesh Grille & Vents. Not sure why you made that comment as your point in my point I just like the look of the Mesh Grilles better.
 

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My car came with the supercharged grille and vents. I always thought that the previous owner added them at some time, but recently I had a front crash and when the dealer pulled out the parts using the VIN, he noticed that the car was ordered like that from the start. I think the look is cooler this way and so does Land Rover it seems, as the 2010 model has the mesh design for all the versions.
 

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I think the look is cooler this way and so does Land Rover it seems, as the 2010 model has the mesh design for all the versions.
Yes I think you can order it with chrome wheels from the factory too. From 2012 it will come with 3 kg of cocaine sewn into the headlining too. Unfortunately LR is just bowing to market demand.
 

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Obviously the mesh theme is newer and therefore we probably all think of it as "fresher". But IMHO it looks tacky, especially the chunky mesh on the front grille. My old '02 has had various bits changed just as personal styling choices (eg 3 vane instead of two vane side vents, clear rear lenses, colour coded window/mirror frames, etc). All of this stuff is entirely personal and pointless - but I like it. If you like that mesh stuff, do it. Who cares about any vote??
 

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The HSE vents are stylish and tasteful whereas the supercharged mesh tries to make the Rover look like a glitzy Bentley. And the big wheels. It's like saying "my car is too tasteful, I need to add some ghetto so the neighbors will not think I am rich".
 

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thanks guys i like all the feedback. the reason for the vote is just curiousity. i can't believe that my wife hates the mesh but i figure maybe she's not alone.... so i want to hear both sides of the story and am curious what people don't like about the mesh. ghetto, glitz... ok i get it. my wife just says "ugly" which doesn't really help me out :lol: .
 

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It's not that I hate the mesh, on some cars it would look just fine but whether you off road the Rover or not, the Rover is the ultimate luxury off road vehicle and the mesh is just too much bling. The Rover is a Jekyll and Hyde vehicle but with mesh it's bordering on becoming too much Jekyll and not enough Hyde.
 

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But it is Wifelet's car, so why do you even get a say in what it looks like? Surely she should have it looking exactly how she wants it to look?
I'd suggest the only solution to this problem would be to buy your own car and ruin, I mean personalise it to your own tastes.
 

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well, it's the wife's car but i drive it every day, pay the bills, and maintain it. yep. i also supercharged the rims and put bigger meat on it. she likes the wheel and tire combo but not the mesh. too much bling i think is what she is thinking as well.... i was close to just not telling her and doing it. but i think i'd probably get into some trouble :lol:
 

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I'm not a fan of the mesh grill because it looks too "bling blingish" but what is more important is that your wife doesn't want so let it be.
 

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my sickness as a car enthusiast is that it's very hard to just "let it be" without good reason. :crybaby2: but the fact that several of you guys have agreed with my wife's assertation makes it more doable for me. i know that you are all also enthusiasts as well so i respect your opinions. of course i respect my wife's as well (see Bobbit reference earlier :lol: ) but it helps that some of you also feel the same way. i do like the louvres but personally i prefer the mesh. i don't like bling. i think that chrome of any type is cheesy/blingy. but i think that the charcoal mesh is sporty and tastefull. that's just me! but i'm glad to hear *the rest of the story*!
 
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