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ive been looking for a reliable 4x4 vehicle for some time now, ive been looking for a 91+ landcruiser. but i can find one in the right shape for the right price.also looked at 4runner and what not. i recently ran into a 92 range rover. and i thought to my self why not one of them??? but before i go and get on of these rigs, i like to know for you guys that OWN em. what do you guys love and hate about em. which years are the ones to get? and which are not so good, i need something that i can take on camping trips, hunting, light off roading. not really daily drive. but just a fun adventure vehicle.
 

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A 92 Range Rover is not very comparable to a Toyota Land Cruiser or Four-Runner in reliability (non-mechanical). And cost of parts is significantly higher. Also, you must enjoy doing maintenance with a RR, or it will bite back. Off-road, the Classic wins hands down.
If that doesn't scare your wallet, then more power to you.
My choice, with reliability and cost in mind, at a roughly comparable purchase price, is the Land Cruiser. It will be the best "All-Around" package. They are bullet proof. But used prices are at a premium for them.
 

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What Ikoinu says is absolutely spot on. These vehicles need a fair bit of maintenance, and unless you can/are willing to handle a good deal of this yourself it can get quite expensive.

I'm not sure the parts for the Toyota will be any cheaper, but it's a more reliable vehicle. Of course buying at this age you still need to take care whatever vehicle you choose.

I'm not sure what model Land Cruisers you are looking at but the solid axle front and rear models are not that far behind a RR off road and even the IFS ones are quite capable enough for most situations you describe.

The RRC is an iconic vehicle and very rewarding to own for the right type of enthusiast. However more normal people :wink: can find them frustrating.

I would say the most relaible model year would be the one that has been best looked after. However around 89-91 seems to be a good bet with the later 3.9 EFi system, but before ABS and EAS started to feature. Having said that my 94 has been pretty good to me, which has both. This forum and a good parts/tech support cottage industry are a great help.
 

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I normally find it frustrating rufant.
There seems to be more sources for the Toyota parts around, including junkyards. And they don't seem to have such funny things as "air suspension" and "viscous couplings". That last one is like a $900 sneeze.
But honestly, even though the truck is ugly and needs some paint, I always find myself looking at it (not just in the "what the f*** is the problem now!") and being happy. It feels special. Matter of fact, so do I! :doh:
 

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What Ikoinu says is absolutely spot on. These vehicles need a fair bit of maintenance, and unless you can/are willing to handle a good deal of this yourself it can get quite expensive.

I'm not sure the parts for the Toyota will be any cheaper, but it's a more reliable vehicle. Of course buying at this age you still need to take care whatever vehicle you choose.

I'm not sure what model Land Cruisers you are looking at but the solid axle front and rear models are not that far behind a RR off road and even the IFS ones are quite capable enough for most situations you describe.

The RRC is an iconic vehicle and very rewarding to own for the right type of enthusiast. However more normal people :wink: can find them frustrating.

I would say the most relaible model year would be the one that has been best looked after. However around 89-91 seems to be a good bet with the later 3.9 EFi system, but before ABS and EAS started to feature. Having said that my 94 has been pretty good to me, which has both. This forum and a good parts/tech support cottage industry are a great help.
i defintly enjoy wrenching on my own vehicles, i found a 91 for 3k obo and a 92 for 2.9k obo, it seems like the 91 has been maintained alot better, also all the rover come with a solid front axle?? 89-91 is the same generation? how many diffrent motors do these things come with?(throughout the years?)which one is prefered?
 

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also all the rover come with a solid front axle?? 89-91 is the same generation? how many diffrent motors do these things come with?(throughout the years?)which one is prefered?
Everything from 1970 to 1994 is the same basic car. Trim levels got better and 4 doors, auto boxes and air suspension all came along at various times, but they all have basically the same body, axles and chassis. The V8 went from a 3.5 carb to fuel injection, then to 3.9 and then some 4.2s. I'd go with the 3.9 personally. In the UK we had a terrible VM Diesel engine, and eventually a handful of 200tdi and 300tdi cars.
 
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