Land Rover 110 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1993 Land Rover 110 county 2.5 Tdi from UK and Ireland

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Tdi Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

Top motor if you like a bit of rough, character, versatile motoring and you're not in a race

Faults:

Water pump broke in the first week of ownership. This isn't unusual in a car that was not used for several months. Anyway, it's very easy to change and quite cheap (£50).

Ignition barrel corroded due to poorly fitted immobilizer that was fittd by previous owner. Cheap to fix again, but a pain to work out what the problem was.

General Comments:

Performance from a 110 Tdi will never set you alight, but it will sit at 65mph all day and give you 30mpg or more. However, if you drive at 75 / 80 mph expect the fuel economy to drop to 25 mpg. Getting to 65 mph is leisurely, but you won't have a que behind you, it's not that slow! Off road it will put a massive grin on your face, it way out performs my Nissan X-trail which seems to have turned into our second car since the landy has been bought.

A body constructed of aluminum and some bits of steel here and there isn't going to look great very long. But then again, if you like your car to look immaculate all the time, you may wish to buy something else. Very easy to work on if your that way inclined.

Comfort is better than you would expect. It is way more comfortable than my Mazda MX5, and I would say its just as comfortable as a Ford Mondeo I once owned. The very rear bench seats (12 seater) would be OK for most journeys, but probably not very good for really long tours. Then again, I'm in the driving seat so what do I care about the rear benches? The only negative for comfort would be the noise level, but if you fit some sound deadening it isn't so bad. Not as bad as a van for example.

Servicing is without doubt the easiest and cheapest of any car I have owned. I have owned over 20 cars. Its honestly even cheaper than my mini (old type, not BMW). If you keep on top of the servicing and take care of the car it will last for years. This isn't the type of car you could just use / abuse and ignore for years (like a Volvo for example) it needs caring for. So if you like to twiddle with your motors it may be the vehicle for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2005

1991 Land Rover 110 County 2.5 tdi from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.5 tdi Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired168000 miles
Most recent distance212000 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A great british 4X4

Faults:

Bulkhead needed replacing.

A really good work-horse.

General Comments:

A great off roader. The car is a practical home and workshop that would please any practical person.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2004

1984 Land Rover 110 3.5 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.5 V8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired178000 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover 88

Summary:

20 years old and still going strong!

Faults:

At 175,000 km when I bought the vehicle, the V8 showed all the well-known characteristics of a worn Rover V8 - in particular a lack of power and poor fuel economy characteristic of worn camshaft, lifters timing chain and gears. I replaced these for approximately 700 Australian Dollars (say 300 pounds). This markedly improved performance and fuel economy. Subsequently I replaced the mechanical distributor with an electronic ignition with some performance improvement.

Apart from these fairly major maintenance items the vehicle has performed flawlessly.

General Comments:

For a true Land Rover (ie not a Discovery or a Freelander) this vehicle is very comfortable to drive, especially on long trips and on genuine 4WD tracks. It is an excellent family tourer as it carries large loads easily and the visibility for the children in the rear seats is good.

Fuel consumption is poor, but is less bad than before the camshaft, lifters and timing chain were replaced. On a recent 1500km trip I averaged 6km/l (17 mpg) over a combination of highway cruising (100km/h) and easy bush tracks. Fuel consumption was very high (6mpg) over a 80 km stretch of very rough track (Low Range 1 and 2 country). I use this vehicle as a second car and only for camping trips in the bush. Even at Australian fuel prices (85c/L = 35p/L) I would not want to use this as my primary source of transport due to fuel costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2003

18th Jun 2004, 13:37

It's interesting how the author doesn't consider the Discovery as a true Land Rover. They were certainly good enough for the Camel Trophys and the D90 and the Disco share numerous parts so there aren't a lot of significant differences. I think if they were able to use the Discos for as many years as the the Camel Trophy was on, they're probably good enough to be considered "true" Land Rovers.

Aside from that comment, the rest of the review was fine.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 8 reviews