1992 Land Rover Range Rover Classic V8 from North America
Lovely, quirky, dependable. British
Swivel ball seal, repaired before very expensive CV damage occurred.
Stuck brake caliper, replaced with a rebuilt unit.
Stereo head unit died, replaced with a rebuilt unit. I kept the stock stereo system because it sounded great and was more cost effective than replacing everything.
Exhaust leaked. Right side cylinder head to exhaust manifold gasket needed replaced. During repair, stud snapped in head and resulted in cylinder head removal/rebuild. This was major as it was my everyday means of transportation. Several weeks later the left side needed the same gasket.
While adding the first, of what should have been routine, drop of oil under rotor arm, distributor assembly came apart. Scary, but went back together quite well.
Heater fan motor and speed resistor failed. This repair required dash removal, but I got the A.C. bugs worked out while I was in there.
Various non-essential electrical and mechanical components.
Because this car is British I anticipated a breakdown every time I left the house. Not so, this was an exotic, surprisingly reliable, head turner. This is not the truck for someone who doesn't want to spend time and/or money on repairs. Parts can be very expensive.
Amazing to drive in deep snow. Start the car, turn on heated front and rear windows and drive while everyone else is digging pathways to their cars.
I was reluctant to do heavy off-roading with the Rover, I knew it could get me home; I just didn't want to break anything. Quality parts = many $ or £.
Exemplary build quality. Even the genuine replacement parts have a nice "feel". If something failed, I could usually repair/rebuild faulty part myself. Most other vehicle's components are disposable.
Was in an accident and totaled the Range Rover. I took out a a highway lamp post with the full force of the truck behind the driver side door. I, the driver, was unharmed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2007