1972 Land Rover Series 3 Reviews

1972 Land Rover Series 3 109 safari 2.6 straight six from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.6 straight six Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired47000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Big, bad and the most fun to drive EVER!!!

Faults:

Hole in drivers due to brick.

Rear side window broke, due to same person and another brick.

Hydraulic clutch hose split. Previous keeper changed and routed it wrongly.

Centre exhaust piece failed.

New sidelights. Didn't fail cosmetic reasons.

Headlight conversion to Halogen.

General Comments:

Classic off-roader. The best 4 x 4 by far.

Yeah it's old and uncomfortable on long trips. It's a Classic.

The 2.6 is very thirsty. It sounds very intimidating when driven behind you.

Good ones are great.

Bad ones may be a cheap way to own, but not unless you are mechanically knowledgible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2004

1972 Land Rover Series 3 SWB Diesel 2.2 diesel from Singapore

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.2 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired453 kilometres
Most recent distance453 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190E 1.8A

Summary:

Cool to drive, but too unreliable

Faults:

Engine - seized - needed rebuild $2000.

Gearbox - seized needed rebuild $1500.

Starter - stopped - $300.

Radiator - bashed a new Mercedes $500.

Injection - black smoke - needed cleaning.

Emmissions - failed every time.

Seats - needed recovering.

General Comments:

Cool car - no windows. Had to sit in middle of the bench seat when it rains.

Good for scaring off new cars - particularly Mercedes.

Rides like a dog, sounds like a dog, belches fumes, very lovable.

Great for the financial district of Singapore.

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

Review Date: 26th January, 2001

23rd Jan 2005, 07:24

It's a shame you where lumbered with a bad one generally they are tough as bricks!

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews