1989 Land Rover Range Rover Vogue 3.5 V8 from Australia and New Zealand


Good but bad


Head lining began to sag badly in the rear.

While driving on the motorway the passengers side wing mirror blew off due to cheap plastic.

Oil leak left a map of Fiji on the new concrete drive way at home.

Power steering main seal blew twice, ended up replacing the whole unit as main shaft had some how become bent.

Electric window switches in the rear gave up the ghost.

General Comments:

Great truck all round besides the faults listed.

However very heavy on the fuel, 220 miles to a tank!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2008

1989 Land Rover Range Rover Vogue 3.9 V8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Brilliant - but only on the one day of the week everything works


It would perhaps be simpler to list the items that *didn't* break.

In the year I had this car, the head gasket blew very expensively, the ABS failed twice, a headlight unit filled up with water, the (electric) rear windows stopped working, the rear window demister stopped working, and the car had three water leaks (not counting those caused by the head gasket).

General Comments:

You have to hand it to British Leyland, they designed the Mach 1 Range Rover, a phenomenal car and the first luxury SUV more or less out of their own parts bin (presumably money was short in the early seventies). For that reason, even by the time this 1989 one rolled off the production line, it had heating controls from an SD-1, door handles from a Morris Marina and (I'm sure) many other bits borrowed from cars long since pensioned off. Put it all together, however, and it made for a rather classy, if somewhat eccentrically styled, vehicle.

Ever such a long time had passed since the car was shiny and new, and me buying it, but I needed a 4x4 (at the time I was just starting out as a rural vet) and this one seemed to be in pretty good condition for not much more than a grand. And, when everything worked, it was a superb car on road and off. Supremely comfortable, virtually unstoppable, huge boot, lovely (albeit not original) stereo, more than decent performance. In short, I loved it.

So why, given that Leyland had designed this god of 4x4's did they then proceed to make it out of blu tac and rubber bands, using quality control that wouldn't have passed muster at Lada? Okay, any car have a head gasket failure especially at that mileage, but why (once this was fixed) did the water still pour out of every available hole? Why were the cabin electrics made from wire of a quality I wouldn't expect to see in an Alba hi-fi? Why, when the recipe was clearly a good one, were the ingredients so rubbish?

The final straw was the ABS. The pump had failed not long after I got the car, so I had it replaced, but then - some months later - it wouldn't shut off, not even when the car was shut off. I had to disconnect the battery to shut it down. Eventually I traced the fault to the relay bank by the passenger seat, and one relay in particular. The relay was replaced for less than fiver, but the damage was done and the second pump failed soon after. Why was there no cut out? Why was a £4 relay ever allowed to break a several hundred pound ABS system?

Shortly after that I cleared my student loans, and therefore found myself with the capability of trading my Range Rover in for a more modern example, so I went straight out and bought myself...

...a Toyota.

Sure, my Land Cruiser has less class and character, and it isn't quite as much fun to drive, but the Landcruiser starts first time every time, and that's what counts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th November, 2007

15th Dec 2007, 06:21

Just out of interest how old is the Landcruiser you bought? (

I know RR's are not the most reliable four wheel drives, but yours was 14 years old when you bought it.

18th Aug 2008, 18:10

The newer they are, the more problems they have mate. any land cruser will be better than the range rover all day long! just have to look at what they use in Africa ect and this will answer the question.

1989 Land Rover Range Rover Vogue 3.5 efi from Mongolia


A tough workhorse which can take a good beating!


Replaced radiator at 70000 miles.

Replaced all the bushes at about 120000 miles.

Replaced disks and wheel bearings at about 130000 miles.

Heater core started leaking at 125000 miles.

Axle oil leaks.

General Comments:

This car has been driven off road in Mongolia for the last 6 years in scorching deserts of +40 and harsh winters of -30. Amazing off road performance.

It has been rolled, used as a submarine and still goes on.

The engine has never failed to start even when kept outside in -30 for four consecutive winters.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2004

1989 Land Rover Range Rover Vogue SE V8 3.5 injection from UK and Ireland


Forget the running costs - buy one!


Exhaust rusted through, so was replaced by a stainless sports exhaust - lovely sound!

New starter motor at 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

The best 4x4 car on the planet - fast, super luxury, stable, and that gorgeous V8 burble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2002

1989 Land Rover Range Rover Vogue efi 3.5 petrol from UK and Ireland


Not so much as gone wrong but more like just worn out:

Alternator after 6 years.

Rear suspension after 5 years.

Water pump 4 years.

Some other minor bits and bobs.

General Comments:

Apart from the obvious cost of running a 3.5 litre petrol engine this car has cost no more than any other car I have owned and has been very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 1999