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Opinions on Land Rovers?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by 98fourbangertaco, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Aug 16, 2010 at 7:51 PM
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    98fourbangertaco

    98fourbangertaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I know this is a tacoma site but i found this land rover on craigslist that looked really cool, my dad is looking for something to 4 wheel a little that would also be cool to drive around on the road, he says that he wants something fairly cheap and doesnt need a truck (been looking at a lot of jeeps), i have heard that they are very capable offroad vehicles but have a bad reputation for durability, check the url and let me know what ya think, 4 grand in extras!

    http://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/1866372911.html
     
  2. Aug 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM
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    08pretaco

    08pretaco Almost there

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    I personally love them. Here in scottsdale at a Rover dealer, they have a test track in the back and give you rides to show what they are "capable" of. I have to say I was very impressed and the track was way fun! They get you at a good 45 degree slope and take you under a waterfall that has some pretty steep departure angles!
     
  3. Aug 16, 2010 at 7:59 PM
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    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    a very good friend of mine and the guy i wheel with the most has a 2004 LR discovery. i help him work on it a lot (that's a sign lol). they are indeed very capable vehicles off road, but it's a different kind of off road. i would never try anything remotely fast in his rover, but it's cake in the taco....on the other hand...you can get a TON of flex out of those things. the solid front axel and coils all around are great. OME makes a great 4 inch lift for them. pair it with coil spring retainers and you'll have more flex than you can use on most trails.

    the cons, like you said are the durability. some minor things (mostly electronic) like the power seats not working or various lights going out when the bulbs are still good, and some major things, like the fact that his leaks everything. we've replaced about 6 different seals/gaskets on that thing. head gasket and exhaust being two of them.

    for refference, it has about 80,000 miles on it and the guy he bought it from didn't wheel.

    with all that said though, it looks like a good rig at a decent price. as on all CL adds though, make sure to talk him down as he's not expecting to get 6000 out of it, just hoping it won't be negotiated too far below that.

    good luck and have fun if you get it :)
     
  4. Aug 16, 2010 at 8:00 PM
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    magikbean562

    magikbean562 once flirted with danger, danger got clingy

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    ive heard they are not reliable. look t the top gear guys always bashing on them.
     
  5. Aug 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    TRDguyKC

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    have you looked at any 80 series land cruisers?
     
  6. Aug 16, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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  7. Aug 16, 2010 at 8:14 PM
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    and overly unreliable!!!
     
  8. Aug 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    My friend bought one for $700 bucks. He is donating it to the local junkyard then continuing to try and make repairs to it.
    On the other hand, I bought an 85 Toyota Pickup that doesn't run for $1000, and have people offering to buy it from me already, for more than I bought it! (still not running, still has a bunch of rust)
     
  9. Aug 17, 2010 at 9:42 AM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    My housemate's dad had a Land Rover Defender and swears that it's the best off road vehicle ever
     
  10. Aug 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    Thanks guys, idk if he will get it or not but I just thought It had a lot of money spent there for 6000, some kind of roof rack I don't remember, rovertym bumper with 9,000 lb warn winch, ome 3in lift, 285 bfgs, and a lot of factory options, if It would have decent service I told him I thought it would make a sweet rig that u could take 4 people in easy
     
  11. Aug 17, 2010 at 10:59 AM
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    I personally like them. The craigslist one doesn't look that bad. See if you guys can test drive it to see if there is anything major wrong with it. Also see if you can take it to a shop to get checked out.
     
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    If you can get a late 80's Range Rover you would be sitting real good. They had a great engine, straight axle's and are actually reliable.
     
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    I like them but as said earlier their electrical systems have a lot of problems.
     
  16. Aug 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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    great off-roaders...not dependable at all.

    My step-dad who has been in the car business for 35 years used to tell me stories of new ones leaking oil on the showroom floor.
     
  17. Aug 17, 2010 at 11:24 AM
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    Sterling Let the Madness Begin...

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    Very capable! But that guy is an IDIOT for having his hand out the window!!!

    One of my co-workers here has a Defender 2 that has proven to be very reliable and VERY capable off road. Good cars, but you HAVE to stay up on maintenance.
     
  18. Aug 17, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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    I have been around the car business as well, talking to a service rep at the local rover place one day and mentioned that I was a big fan or Rovers. He said unless you want to get on a first name basis with your service writer to not buy one.
     
  19. Aug 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM
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    They are shit. Just ask any good mechanic. I have a good friend that HAD to have one. She has spent more on it in the last 2 years than I thought possible. New fuel system, new compressor and tons of other problems. They make take you off road but they don't seem to find their way back under their own power.
     
  20. Aug 17, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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    you summed it up very well...

    quite capable 4x4...
    horrible reliability, electrical systems, etc.

    I would never depend upon one to bring me back from way out in the boonies... that's where reliability is key.
     
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