1982 Land Rover 88 Station Wagon 2.25 NAD from UK and Ireland
A real workhorse- indestructible and unbeatable off the road
Engine and gearbox needed re-building when I got the car. I knew this before I bought it - I wanted something to tinker with.
Replaced rear springs- easy job.
Glow Plugs needed replacing.
One rear half-shaft snapped off-road.
Wipers sometimes work, sometimes they don't.
Although this car was built in 1982, it is pretty much identical to the Land Rovers being built in the 1950s. This means it drives like no other car on the road and takes some getting used to.
The ride quality depends on the condition of the springs. It as very harsh and bumpy when I got the car, but after I replaced two strings, it is now much better.
Top speed is about 60 mph, with a comfortable cruising speed of 50.
The seats are the Deluxe ones, which I find very comfy.
Off-road, this car is (like all Land Rovers) the best in the world. It has gone through mud, sand, water, and up and down hills you would be scared to walk up. It has never been stuck.
Mine will carry 7 people (bit cramped, but not too bad). If you want to do this, a roof rack is a must as there's no space left inside.
Fuel economy is about 25-28 mpg. I have managed 31 mpg when I actually tried.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2005