1979 Land Rover Series 3 LWB ex MOD 2.25 petrol from UK and Ireland
Hardcore tank- only for those with lots of time and money
God, where do I start. Carboretta was sucking in way too much fuel, so fitted new one. Starter motor failed, as did brake master cylinder as did clutch slave.
For all the cursing and hair-pulling this car has caused me, I remember it with the fondest of memories.
I bought it for £875 to take all my DJ equipment out to the French Alps in for 2004/5 ski season. And it just about got me the 700 miles there, albeit with my pockets much lighter due to the terrible MPG. Take note, a canvas roofed car with no heating is not ideal for minus 20 degree weather.
However, it was classic to see all the French motorists struggling to put on the chains on the first hint of snow, as my 25 year old landy ploughed past them and up steep inclines with ease. Even took it off-road on the pistes towards the end of the season.
Then took it 1000 miles round Italy and had no problems.
Also tested it on an off-road day in some serious mud and apart from grounding out a couple of times because it's the LWB model it completely kicked ass.
Was very sad to see it go as I was moving to NZ for a year. Will definately buy another one when I get home, probably a SWB though.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st April, 2006