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    87 Range Rover: What are your thoughts and opinions?

    I have a line on a really nice looking one. Want to know what others think of them?

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    I see lots of fuel pump and fuel system problems with the 87 model in an online search. It still has the Lucas Electric system. They went to Bosch in the 90's.
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    I like that older body style. I would find a Rover repair shop and ask them about that particular year model, issues, repair cost, etc.
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    Very Very high repair costs.
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    as a mechanic in a British specialty shop: beware.

    the good: it's pre-air suspension. it's after the switch to a ZF gearbox (the originals had a Chrysler). parts aren't as expensive as one might think. the body is aluminium, so it won't rust.

    the bad: performance will truly suck. it's got a wimpy 135-hp 3.5 liter V8 trying to haul around a 4500 pound full-time 4wd truck. fuel economy will also be terrible. the engines are prone to head gasket failures, overheating, and block porosity. labour rates at a specialist shop will be higher than for other vehicles. it's got a steel frame, which is already rusted.

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    Thanks much for the replies :-) I think this car (as cool as it looks) is a bad idea...I'll stick with my tried and true Subarus, or better yet buy more bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhota View Post
    as a mechanic in a British specialty shop: beware.

    the good: it's pre-air suspension. it's after the switch to a ZF gearbox (the originals had a Chrysler). parts aren't as expensive as one might think. the body is aluminium, so it won't rust.

    the bad: performance will truly suck. it's got a wimpy 135-hp 3.5 liter V8 trying to haul around a 4500 pound full-time 4wd truck. fuel economy will also be terrible. the engines are prone to head gasket failures, overheating, and block porosity. labour rates at a specialist shop will be higher than for other vehicles. it's got a steel frame, which is already rusted.
    When is repairing any English car not a expensive specialty?
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    It's a British car, that's all you need to know.

    If you want a car of that type, buy a Jeep.

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    Do you realize how much gas that V-8 uses? Can you afford 12 - 13 mpg at $3.50 -$4.00 per gallon? Off road the mpg goes to 6 or so. They are good off road wagons, just understand what you're buying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    Do you realize how much gas that V-8 uses? Can you afford 12 - 13 mpg at $3.50 -$4.00 per gallon? Off road the mpg goes to 6 or so. They are good off road wagons, just understand what you're buying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    When is repairing any English car not a expensive specialty?
    MGBs, MGAs, some Triumphs, classic Minis, some Jaguars, the M100 Lotus Elan, and many others are very economical to run. the Jaguar X350, X358 and X351 are very reliable and good on gas.

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    I hope you are really good at doing your own maintenance and like the looks of oil spots/lakes on your garage floor.

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    80's Range Rovers are supposed to be some of the worst built, least reliable cars ever. Do not buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    It's a British car, that's all you need to know.

    If you want a car of that type, buy a Jeep.
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    I sold 1987 Range Rovers when they were brand new. Phenomenal cars. Horrific reliability.

    Don't go there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    I sold 1987 Range Rovers when they were brand new. Phenomenal cars. Horrific reliability.

    Don't go there.
    If you were still in the trade you would sell this sucker the used car + a $200 interior protection package,$200 paint protection package and $300 Range Rover floor mats,"tail light" warranty before coffee break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    I sold 1987 Range Rovers when they were brand new. Phenomenal cars. Horrific reliability.

    Don't go there.
    I knew there was something slimy there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    If you were still in the trade you would sell this sucker the used car + a $200 interior protection package,$200 paint protection package and $300 Range Rover floor mats,"tail light" warranty before coffee break.
    Correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    I knew there was something slimy there.
    You have no idea.

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    Wow! Who woulda thought this thread would have had so much interest? As cool looking as this rig is, I'm not going to go anywhere near it! As I said earlier, I'm going to stick with Subarus, I even feel comfortable working on them ;-)

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    One a these days Imma buy me a series 3 109 wivva Safari roof, I is. Anna TdI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
    One a these days Imma buy me a series 3 109 wivva Safari roof, I is. Anna TdI.
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    Very capable, hard on your kidneys and you'll need a bull horn to talk to others in the car.
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    They will be deafened by the wash of testosterone and the encompassing report of the double *****s anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhota View Post
    MGBs, MGAs, some Triumphs, classic Minis, some Jaguars, the M100 Lotus Elan, and many others are very economical to run. the Jaguar X350, X358 and X351 are very reliable and good on gas.
    I don't remember people using the terms "economical" or "reliable" when discussing English car back in the late 70's/early 80's when I was driving sports cars, unless they owned one and were saying something like "my next car is going to be more reliable/economical".

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