1982 Land Rover Series 3 LWB 2.3 diesel from UK and Ireland
Nonsensical, but huge fun and very seducing
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!
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
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'!