1982 Land Rover Series 3 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1982 Land Rover Series 3 88 SWB 2.25 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.25 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance66666 miles

Summary:

Incredible Land Rover that proves itself again and again

Faults:

Slave cylinder needed replacing after it developed a leak. Cost - £70.

General Comments:

This is my first car, and I am chuffed to bits with it.

I really recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants a serious off-roader or just a sturdy work horse.

Expensive to run, but with an overdrive fitted and by keeping the revs down, it gets by. I've not really noticed the fuel consumption in all honesty - probably because of the huge tank!

Very noisy - the engine noise is amplified by the space in the back (I own a hard top) and the noise from the road rumbles straight through the metal floor. But all this is to be expected and I hardly notice it.

Apart from that, it is great fun to drive. The steering is as good as any Land Rover (read: poor) but that just adds to the experience. Who wants an easy to drive yet boring car anyway?

It also attracts a lot of attention when you drive it around. Probably more attention than boy racer cars that are fixed up with spoilers and neon lights anyway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2005

1982 Land Rover Series 3 not sure... 2.25 ltr petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.25 ltr petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance85100 miles

Summary:

The most fun wagon ever created!

Faults:

Alternator was faulty and not charging properly - new one installed.

Handbrake broke - new parts installed.

General Comments:

Seen as it's a LWB, theres no shortage of room for me mountain bikes.

I've also installed a small sound system, which took time and some cutting away of the metal below the front of the seats.

The ride is most definetley not luxurious, but I wouldn't swap it for anything in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2004

1982 Land Rover Series 3 109 FFR 2.25 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.25 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Big chunky Tonka toy

Faults:

Lift pump went wrong-£18 to fix.

Clutch cylinder failed-£50 to fix.

Water pump failed-£30 to fix.

Heater matrix leaks-£0 to fix.

General Comments:

It's a simple thing, you either want an ex army land rover or you don't.

The 24volt electrics can be a nightmare and are over complicated, but you can run a small town of them.

You can't really do too much damage to it, the things that have gone wrong are to be expected on a 20 year old car.

The only criticism is that the wipers are rubbish.

If possible get one with an arctic heater as it offers some comfort in the cold.

Difficult to drive on-road, take it off-road and start enjoying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2003

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