Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: What's the best year Range Rover Classic ???

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Tortola, B.V.I
    Posts
    4

    Default What's the best year Range Rover Classic ???

    Hello Rover's North Crew and forum community.

    Can any one point me too the best year for a classic range rover? Looking for any advice I can get. Thanks Garret

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Auburn, AL
    Posts
    134

    Default

    95... It's the last year they made the classic and the 4.2 in the LWB is awesome. Really though, other than the dash and some other small stuff they're all pretty similar depending on what you want. It depends on what you want it for.
    WAR EAGLE!

    65 IIa 88
    95 RRC 25th Anniversary
    98 Discovery LE7
    00 DII (Sold)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Tortola, B.V.I
    Posts
    4

    Default

    Thanks AU_88 for your thoughts. I am looking to purchase this rover to do an overland trip this spring across the lower 48 and then head north finishing off in Skagway Alaska for a sessional job. I currently have a 97 P38 4.0 that I use for weekend outings out on the trail and she does great. The rig has over 236,XXX miles on a rebuilt engine so I don't feel comfortable taking her on a overland trip. My ideal classic was a 95 lwb with coil conversion up to a few weeks ago when I start researching into model specifics. I am starting to rethink that from reading around on the this forum and others about the last year of the classic models, from comments made by rover enthusiasts saying that the 95's are just Dicso's in sheeps clothing, steal quality (rust) and build quality had diminished by that year, poor visibility in the wind screen because of the redesign to the dash board. My main criteria is that with proper maintenance and preparation I would be able to stay with in my set travel time frame to make my final destination with out the truck leaving me stuck with a giant repair bill. I would like to ideally me able to fix and mirror issues on the road with spare parts from Rover's North that I bring along as back up supplies. Have you every done any long distance trips in your 25th anniversary classic? Would you drive you Rover Overland and feel comfortable in is ability to bring you back to Alabama?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Auburn, AL
    Posts
    134

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by OldEBboy View Post
    Thanks AU_88 for your thoughts. I am looking to purchase this rover to do an overland trip this spring across the lower 48 and then head north finishing off in Skagway Alaska for a sessional job. I currently have a 97 P38 4.0 that I use for weekend outings out on the trail and she does great. The rig has over 236,XXX miles on a rebuilt engine so I don't feel comfortable taking her on a overland trip. My ideal classic was a 95 lwb with coil conversion up to a few weeks ago when I start researching into model specifics. I am starting to rethink that from reading around on the this forum and others about the last year of the classic models, from comments made by rover enthusiasts saying that the 95's are just Dicso's in sheeps clothing, steal quality (rust) and build quality had diminished by that year, poor visibility in the wind screen because of the redesign to the dash board. My main criteria is that with proper maintenance and preparation I would be able to stay with in my set travel time frame to make my final destination with out the truck leaving me stuck with a giant repair bill. I would like to ideally me able to fix and mirror issues on the road with spare parts from Rover's North that I bring along as back up supplies. Have you every done any long distance trips in your 25th anniversary classic? Would you drive you Rover Overland and feel comfortable in is ability to bring you back to Alabama?
    Well the interior in the 95 is basically a discovery interior, the only issue I have is being able to see red lights at stops, but that is an issue in all my rovers. As far as build quality and steel quality, they ALL rust and almost all rattle. The lift gates rust, along with the floors, door latch areas and anywhere else water could sit. As far as reliability, the 4.2 in my 95 is awesome. It is a smooth engine and runs like a champ. I just drove mine on a trip around a thousand miles without a hiccup and it was great and would not hesitate to drive it across the country and for the most part it lives in my garage and gets maybe 50 miles a month unless I feel like driving it somewhere. For your purposes I would suggest a clean 93-95 LWB with the 4.2. Depending on how fast you drive and how much gear etc you have, you can plan on seeing around 16-20 mpg out of a stock truck. The most important part in finding a reliable truck is finding one that hasn't been neglected and is well maintained.
    WAR EAGLE!

    65 IIa 88
    95 RRC 25th Anniversary
    98 Discovery LE7
    00 DII (Sold)

  5. #5

    Default

    Boy, I wish I could get 16-20 mpg out mine!
    Maybe because wifey is driving it.... hmmm!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    norwich, ct
    Posts
    585

    Default

    well i can can tell you whats go to be the wearst year
    1988
    was the bigest POS i ever owned.
    everything the could have gone wrong did
    electrical nightmare
    ended up taking the efi off and planting two strongbergs
    would finally run but couldnt get it through emissions
    if i ever got another one it would be an old 3 door from the 70's
    aaron
    Last edited by 73series88; 02-28-2011 at 08:09 AM.
    73 series III 88 2.5 na diesel daily driver
    67 series 2a 88 RHD sold
    88 RRC sold
    60 mga coupe

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
About us
Unparalleled product knowledge. Our mission is to support all original Land Rover models no longer supported by your local Land Rover franchise. We offer the entire range of Land Rover Genuine Parts direct from Land Rover UK, as well as publish North America's largest Land Rover publication, Rovers Magazine.
Join us