1982 Land Rover Series 3 Reviews

1982 Land Rover Series 3 LWB 2.3 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

Nonsensical, but huge fun and very seducing

Faults:

Heater plugs failed as soon as I bought it.

Complete brake failure on 3 wheels.

Profuse oil leak.

Profuse radiator leak.

Gearbox worn - often slipped out of first on descents.

Complete electrics failure.

Ineffective dampers - bounced like a pogo stick!

General Comments:

I bought my beloved 'sue' while in the Falklands. It had to be bump started and after a very noisy, very bouncy, very slow and very scary 30 miles home, I fell in love.

Only the drivers side front brake was functioning and had two settings: not applied and wheel lock.

2286cc diesel was loud and bumpy in power delivery, but pulled like a train at slow speeds - happily pulled a laden 110 and 6 people up steep inclines... you just can't rush her!

Can be fixed with a length of no. 8 fencing wire and a brick.

Superb off road ability. There was always a real sense that she wanted to get you there - it went everywhere 90s and range rovers went, just slower and less comfortably!

Very handy on recessed farm tracks where you can put her into low range, lift the clutch, hop out on to the bonnet and let her drive you home.

Would struggle to top 55mph and got very thirsty towards its top end.

The faults with these vehicles are integral to their charm and I defy anyone to have more fun in, and more emotion for, any other car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2008

20th Jan 2009, 21:41

I agree, Land Rovers (proper ones' not Disco and Freelander etc) have a character than few cars' can match. I drove them in the British army and saw them do things you wouldn't believe - we got attached to them! I also had about 5 in civilian life and they've all been great. Noisy, heavy, not comfortable, rubbish fuel consumption, they leak in the rain, turning circle of a barge but apart from this they are fab'!

1982 Land Rover Series 3 109" Station Wagon 2.25li petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.25li petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired253000 kilometres
Most recent distance395000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Landcruiser

Summary:

Does precisely what is was designed to do spectacularly well

Faults:

Have had absolutely NOTHING to do, other than to maintain a regular service schedule.

Quite a remarkable vehicle.

General Comments:

This thing is almost beyond belief. It will go anywhere, literally anywhere and is so torquey.

I previously owned a 2000 model Landcruiser, and in terms of reliability and off-road ability, it is not even close to this old Land Rover. Sure, on-road the Toyota was a more comfortable option, but so it should have been, as it was 18 years and 60 thousand dollars more expensive.

I bought the Land Rover as a recommend from a mate who has always owned them, and prior to owning one I thought he was quite mad, however, my opinion is now substantially revised as these old Landies truly are remarkable vehicles. Would recommend anyone serious about getting places without fuss or difficulty - pick up an old Landy - AWESOME!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2007

1982 Land Rover Series 3 SWB 88 2.5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Previous carDaewoo Nexia

Summary:

Brilliant Fun, Definitely a Looker, if you can afford the diesel!

Faults:

Piston Rings will probably need replacing in a few months - not a land rover specific problem just old cars in general!

Oil seals will need re doing to soon - not a big job.

General Comments:

Awesome off road ability - I regularly take this car up my local woods and have no problems whatsoever wet or dry. 4wd and low gear box handles all the tricky situations.

Not particularly fast - cruises at 50mph comfortably - but show me a series 3 that is!

Seats are pretty comfy, no head rest.

Plenty of cubby holes inside for all your junk.

Steering is fair, can be quite shaky at speed.

Drinks Oil and smokes like a trooper on startup and when idling, but as mentioned earlier this us probably just piston rings.

Fuel economy is pretty abysmal - around 20mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2005

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 6 reviews