Land Rover Series 2 Reviews

1999 Land Rover Series 2 V8 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Series 2

Faults:

I just bought this car, and of course it had a problem. Found out it is the transfer case. Well I am a woman and can't do this in the shop, so it's going to cost 900 to 1500 at independent dealer.

Everything else is good so far. No lights on for warnings.

This things scares me to death. I am afraid it's going to eat me alive. Can someone give me a reason to keep this, and should I sell and how much for? 1999 Land Rover Discovery, beautiful condition, just leaks oil, no oil now we filled the transfer case up at the shop, cost 75 dollars just to add oil. Need sound advice here.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th September, 2009

1965 Land Rover Series 2 2.25 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1965
Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.25 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired26355 miles
Most recent distance27000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Series 2

Summary:

It will be handed down through generations!

Faults:

Alternator (fitted at factory) needs refurbishing. Fuel line blockages due to crud in secondary tank. Worn Universal Joint in left swivel housing.

No other issues really.

General Comments:

Ex-Australian Army Series IIA Ambulance.

Bought in 2008 with 26355 original miles as a restoration project, but it is too good in original condition to bother redoing. Starts first go every time, or first crank if using the handle. (!)

High marks for performance and comfort are relative considering what it is.

Very simple vehicles to won and work on, and parts are dirt cheap and widely available.

They have their quirks - they leak more oil than the Exxon Valdez and the electrics are... well rubbish. The windscreen smearers are exactly that and nothing more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2008

1966 Land Rover Series 2 Series IIa 2.0 Perkins turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1966
Year of manufacture1966
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Perkins turbo diesel Manual
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Best vehicle I've ever owned, but a full time hobby

Faults:

Not a lot, but I'm constantly looking to replace and improve, so far:

Perkins turbo diesel conversion with fairy overdrive.

Galvanised chassis.

New bulkhead.

Canvas soft top.

Off road MT tyres.

Free wheeling hubs.

General Comments:

Fantastic! The best vehicle ever made. Beats standard new Defenders off road!

Will never sell it whilst I have two kidneys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2007

1960 Land Rover Series 2 2.25 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1960
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 2.25 petrol Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carVolvo 440

Summary:

Very basic, and hard work to drive, but a fantastic old workhorse

Faults:

Oil leaked from every possible place - it used to leave six different patches on the road wherever I parked it.

Two different road springs broke on different occasions - but that was probably due to my heavy use of it!

The radiator expired in impressive style with lots of steam and scalding water.

The clutch release fork broke up, leaving me unable to disengage the clutch - but the gearbox put up with clutch-less gear-changes until I had time to repair it.

General Comments:

This vehicle was two years older than me - and most of the faults were just due to old age (again like me)!

I got used to putting gear oil in six separate places - and then scraping it up off my drive again later.

It's an amazing vehicle for a home mechanic - everything is very basic, very accessible, and you can even sit up underneath it when the wheels are on the road!

Once you get used to what this old and basic vehicle is - it's absolutely brilliant. No modern 4X4 can beat its off-road ability - (except by electronic devices which do all the driving for you), and there's always another gear to change down into if you're towing a trailer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2006

27th Jan 2007, 07:52

Heh! like the old British saying, "if it doesn't leak, its empty!"

1965 Land Rover Series 2 IIa 1/2 tonne Utility 2.25L 4 cylinder petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 2.25L 4 cylinder petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Great off road, but take the bus around town

Faults:

Coil lead burnt out.

Rear shock absorbers replaced.

Exhaust system replaced.

General Comments:

The vehicle is extremely capable off road.

The ride quality is appalling.

The vehicle is not really suited as a day to day drive, as its excessive turning circle, crash gearbox and high (military spec) suspension make city driving and car parks a chore.

I have not yet found a load too heavy to pull or a trailer too big to tow.

The vehicle is too slow for highway use.

The 4 cylinder petrol engine is unbreakable.

The vehicle is equipped with a true roller cam and cam followers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2004

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 10 reviews