1974 Land Rover Range Rover Classic 3.5 V8 from Netherlands


Still a gentleman's 4WD


It never lets me down, but every time it is serviced, a lot of small repairs need to be done, which is not surprising considering the age of the car.

Oil consumption is quite considerable, both in burning and through leakage. The oil leakage only happens during driving through a gasket which has had its time. Replacing of this gasket however requires the removal of the engine, so this will have to wait until an engine revision.

General Comments:

Comfortable car with a relatively silent engine. However this is offset by the noise produced by the transmission.

Acceleration is not very impressive, but it does easily maintain a 90 mph cruising speed.

Incredibly powerful in pulling and carrying heavy loads. Excellent off-road performance.

Unfortunately a monster on fuel consumption, I am already happy if I make 10 miles to the gallon...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2001

3rd Nov 2002, 15:48

The acceleration may be anything between poor and abysmal especially on mine as compared to my 90 V8 station wagon, but have you ever driven a 2-door RR sideways? that has got to be one of the funniest things ever. (apart from having to tow a brand spanking new shogun after it getting stuck on a sand dune!)

1974 Land Rover Range Rover 2.5i turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Water in fuel system needing new injectors and fuel pump; constantly leaking rear diff seal; dodgy fuses - washers refuse to work, wipers won't self park. Heater matrix leaked; master and slave clutch cylinders failed; clutch failed (app 70,000 miles); major welding of the chassis needed.

General Comments:

The TDi engine is a retro fit on a 24 year old Range Rover. It delivers a decent 29 miles to the gallon. The main problems are due to the age of the vehicle esp the electrics which are a nightmare, but what other vehicles are in otherwise excellent condition after 24 years. The Range Rover's off road capability is astonishing and for its age and price retains true style and credibility many new cars don't have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 1997