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Im lookin to purchase a Range but never worked on them, gettin mixed reviews about them and was wonderin if they are unreliable? I work on audi/VW and pretty proficient w/ electrical issues. I know cars have issues but was wonderin if its really worth it. I have always wanted a Range and now im lookin to get one and maintain it. Insight would be greatly appreciated!
 

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If you're mechanically inclined,and it sounds like you are, I think they're the best buy on the market. But if you have to take them in to fix little things like suspension parts and a/c components, then you'll be in for a world of hurt.
 

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As a proud owner of an Audi B5 S4, which I do all my own mods and work on, I can say hands down that this truck is probably 50% easier to work on. You'll be fine.
 

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I was in the same boat. I was looking at Discos first and then realized how inexpensive the Range Rover P38s are right now. I much prefer the RR... classic style, heritage, and interior is better. It is not without its quirks as I am beginning to understand. But there are countless others who have fought the battles and blessed us with their knowledge and sharing of the hard work. Most of the 'big' problems that used to cost $1000's have been figured out and most can be done if you are a competent mechanic. If you have to take it to the dealer every time, don't even think about it. So far, I love mine and it is a joy yo drive each day. but I have only owned it a few months...
 

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Vr6 said:
Im lookin to purchase a Range but never worked on them, gettin mixed reviews about them and was wonderin if they are unreliable? I work on audi/VW and pretty proficient w/ electrical issues. I know cars have issues but was wonderin if its really worth it. I have always wanted a Range and now im lookin to get one and maintain it. Insight would be greatly appreciated!
Hi and wellcome, please remember that the P38 was the second gen Range Rover and a lot was expected of it when it was launched. It was VERY EXPENSIVE when new and any issues in the way of brake downs was quickly picked up and reported in the press here in England, ( we are so good at knocking our own).

So began the urban mith that the P38 was an expensive peice of junk. Fact is it is still a true Land Rover, simple mecanics, just nice and chunky, so easy to work on as long as you have some big tools.

Bottom line is that it was one of the first UK cars to have such complex eletrics,( some thing that all cars today have), and as a result there were a lot of bugs and quallity isuess in the system.

As said above, most issues have been resolved on this site, and the P38 is the bargin to be had by guys that look thrugh the negitive hype.

Go for it and have some fun :D :D :D

Sid.
 

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SID said:
Bottom line is that it was one of the first UK cars to have such complex eletrics,( some thing that all cars today have), and as a result there were a lot of bugs and quallity isuess in the system.

As said above, most issues have been resolved on this site, and the P38 is the bargin to be had by guys that look thrugh the negitive hype.

Go for it and have some fun :D :D :D

Sid.
Without being to picky, at the time LR was owned by .....British Aerospace, if you open up the Becm and look at the processing board you'll see that a higher degree of quality was instigated.

I have a 96 4,6 HSE now with 250700 km's still all original everything bar the the obvious EAS valve block and compressor
Even the ABS pump is original
Big issue here with the Range Rovers is a lack of understanding of the vehicle on all levels, from owner to garage
Sadly Im one of those guys that repairs them with to much emphasis on quality rather than quantity and they're great
Grab one but see if you can find someone who knows the P38 to carry out a few tests
 

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In spite of what Keith thinks about our Cdn. $ I agree with his opinion on this matter 100% There seems to be a 1 in 1000 chance that you would end up with complete misery so with a bit of looking and a newer model you will do well.
 

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If you're mechanically inclined,and it sounds like you are, I think they're the best buy on the market. But if you have to take them in to fix little things like suspension parts and a/c components, then you'll be in for a world of hurt.
At least someone is telling the truth. I think everyone is also forgetting one other major aspect. Every single part costs 5 times more than for any other car. It really takes someone special to buy one of these and stick with it.
 

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I think everyone is also forgetting one other major aspect. Every single part costs 5 times more than for any other car. It really takes someone special to buy one of these and stick with it.
ughhh! I know!!

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my rangie. I have to look past it's short comings a lot though. They are great trucks and do actually last a long time in regards to the power train. However, its the little stuff that will drive you mad. They are very easy to work on though. If you stick with it and have that special personality and give your range the TLC it needs, your going love it and its going to perform in ways you didn't think were possible.
 
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