Land Rover Series 2 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1965 Land Rover Series 2 2.25 petrol

Model year1965
Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.25 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired26355 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Series 2

Summary:

It will be handed down through generations!

Faults:

Alternator (fitted at factory) needs refurbishing. Fuel line blockages due to crud in secondary tank. Worn Universal Joint in left swivel housing.

No other issues really.

General Comments:

Ex-Australian Army Series IIA Ambulance.

Bought in 2008 with 26355 original miles as a restoration project, but it is too good in original condition to bother redoing. Starts first go every time, or first crank if using the handle. (!)

High marks for performance and comfort are relative considering what it is.

Very simple vehicles to won and work on, and parts are dirt cheap and widely available.

They have their quirks - they leak more oil than the Exxon Valdez and the electrics are... well rubbish. The windscreen smearers are exactly that and nothing more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2008

1965 Land Rover Series 2 IIa 1/2 tonne Utility 2.25L 4 cylinder petrol

Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 2.25L 4 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Great off road, but take the bus around town

Faults:

Coil lead burnt out.

Rear shock absorbers replaced.

Exhaust system replaced.

General Comments:

The vehicle is extremely capable off road.

The ride quality is appalling.

The vehicle is not really suited as a day to day drive, as its excessive turning circle, crash gearbox and high (military spec) suspension make city driving and car parks a chore.

I have not yet found a load too heavy to pull or a trailer too big to tow.

The vehicle is too slow for highway use.

The 4 cylinder petrol engine is unbreakable.

The vehicle is equipped with a true roller cam and cam followers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

1966 Land Rover Series 2 SWB 2.25 petrol

Year of manufacture1966
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.25 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance1094056 miles
Previous carLand Rover 88

Summary:

Outstanding value for money

Faults:

Battery failure, due to age of battery.

Water pump has been replaced 3 times.

Seats have a little wear on corners.

Some rust in bulkhead.

General Comments:

I would put these vehicles in front of any other for off road performance.

Fuel consumption is outstanding due to fitting a webber.

Overdrive also is a must for on road use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2004

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews