1971 Land Rover Series 3 Review

1971 Land Rover Series 3 2286cc Series III petrol hard- 2.3 petrol OHV from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1989
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol OHV Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance162000 miles
Previous carFord Escort


Way outclassed by the Lada Niva I owned later


Chassis rot requiring replacement of both dumb-irons, 3 outriggers and the rear cross member - all when the car was only 12 years old.

Severe wear of Zenith carburetter body, at the throttle spindle.

Layshaft bearing failure in 4F1R gearbox.

Aftermarket Fairey overdrive gearbox became very noisy.

Engine wouldn't hold tappet clearances between services.

Oil consumption only 150 miles per pint.

Rotten door and tailgate frames. Doortops required replacement when only 14 years old.

General Comments:

Over-estimated, and difficult to drive. Poor visibility due to low setting of the narrow front window, and stupid wiper pattern caused by the split in the screen at the middle.

Ineffective heater.

Very noisy, and the ride is inexcusably hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2002

21st Sep 2009, 16:11

Sounds like a Land Rover to me! What did you expect?

Average review marks: 2.0 / 10, based on 1 review