Wednesday, April 1, 2015

5k: Grocery Getter: 1999 Land Rover Range Rover

The Vespa is great for heading off to your nearest coffee shop or meeting friends to get some eyebrow threading done, but sometimes you need something to haul a load of organic vegetables home from Whole (In Your Wallet) Foods. For that you need this 1999 Range Rover offered for $2,000 in SF Valley, CA via craigslist.


The seller is nice enough to include a very thorough description of the car because his (her?) camera phone must have broken after the first picture.   Entire contents of the ad as follows:
coilovers ladder bars 454 big block (4 bolt main) rebuilt about 35 miles ago port&polish heads Demon 850 carb aluminum dual plane intake manifold mild cam electric fuel pump electric fan aluminum radiator brand new sparco seats zenon headlights, painless wiring harness CPP upper and lower control arms headers 3 inch exhaust aluminum fuel cell Pro built ford 9 inch rear
Looks like a winner to me, but is this a good car for a poor college student?

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25 comments:

  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamApril 1, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    As someone who owned multiples of these (I'm a masochist), let my good deed of the day be telling anyone considering this, "don't do it".

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  5. The Rover at $2K as pictured, fine. Love that. What kind of transmission do you make live behind an LSA in a P38 Rangie?

    Now, the 4/1 Hot Rod Magazine text is another story.

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  6. What's been the most reliable Land Rover, ever?

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    1. Unsurprisingly, my Defender 90 was the most reliable LR I owned (beating out 1985, 1995, 2001, and 2003 Range Rovers, and a 1997 Discovery) simply because it had the least number of things to break.

      What do you call a Land Rover that doesn't leak oil? Empty.

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    2. Ha! That's a good one.

      When I was writing the question I was saying to myself, "Self, I bet the answer is Defender". Good to know that's a correct answer! What about the 2, 3 and 4? Do they get progressively more reliable as they got released (is the 4 the best)? Or are they as problematic as all of the other Landys?

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    3. Let's see here...do I count five?

      No need to debate it. Clinically insane.

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    4. Fleetwood T. BroughamApril 2, 2015 at 12:13 PM

      mrkwong....I wish I could argue with you, but alas, I'm pretty much eaten up with Land Rover's version of Stockholm syndrome. I've been away from the brand for over 3 years now, and it's like I've forgiven or forgotten their past sins, as I find myself scouring Craigslist these days for another Range Rover Classic.

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    5. K2---the 1985 RR would be next, as it was a grey market import from Austria with the 3.5 V8 (and a Holley 850 carb!) and very, very few frills to break. Flip a coin on the Disco and the 1995 soft dash classic. The 2003 was better as it utilized more BMW parts, but much like the early 2002-03 745i's, it was besieged with CAN-BUS electrical gremlins. The P38 (2001) was horrible....just horrible.

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    6. Very interesting, thanks FTB! I had an opportunity to buy an RR once. Don't remember the year and don't remember why I didn't. I think I got my 164 instead, which I loved.

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  7. I seen one of these yesterday it was pounding across the rutted intersection in front of me on its bump stops. The fog lights where hanging out and one tail light guard was hanging on one screw resting on the bumper... winter must have been killer.

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  8. I seen one of these yesterday it was pounding across the rutted intersection in front of me on its bump stops. The fog lights where hanging out and one tail light guard was hanging on one screw resting on the bumper... winter must have been killer.

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  9. I seen one of these yesterday it was pounding across the rutted intersection in front of me on its bump stops. The fog lights where hanging out and one tail light guard was hanging on one screw resting on the bumper... winter must have been killer.

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  10. Looks like a fake ad to me.

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    1. I think you are right. Fake ad. It is listed in the L.A. CL but the map shows a location outside Sacramento and the phone number is listed as a landline in Virginia.

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  11. I will always remember being at a shady used car dealer who sold all the most unreliable vehicles you can imagine (I was buying an Audi A8L at the time). Someone came in trying to sell or trade to the dealer one of these Range Rovers and the dealer told the guy he wouldn't buy it for any price.

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    1. What happened with your A8L? Do you still have it?

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    2. It took all my money and ran. Made owning a boat seem not so expensive
      I owned it about 2 years, spent about $8k fixing it in that time, and I did a lot of the work myself! Never any engine issues other than a shrunken hose that caused a vacuum leak ($0 fix- just reroute it!)
      Such a nice car. Such smooth linear power delivery, such a nice ride, the AWD loved to power up hills in the snow, but it always had something expensive wrong with it.
      I would buy another, but my wife would murder me in my sleep

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    3. Ha! If she suddenly increases your life insurance, it might be time to be concerned about that.

      Bummer. My quest for an Audi owner that never suffered a single problem with their car continues. I've heard tales that there's somebody, somewhere but those were clearly tall tales.

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    4. K2MC - if you're looking for an Audi driver who has never had a single problem with their car... you should probably look at leased vehicles vs. owned. First 3 years of my A4? Perfect. Next 3? Nightmare. Thus proving once again that you LEASE a modern German car, never buy. Once that warranty is over, I hope you're a doctor (or married to one) because you basically need to be in order to pay for repairs. On top of finance payments, I was putting an additional $2k/yr into repairs.

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    5. All true, RyanM. But I don't consider owners who lease cars as even human, so they're not even part of my ongoing database of cardom...

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/tpHe4b7.jpg?1[/img]

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    6. Man, that's a sweet tinfoil bodysuit. Sure beats my tinfoil hat... I'd like to see those black helicopters steal my thoughts while wearing that!

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    7. Heh heh. But seriously, have you ever actually tried to make one of those tin foil hats? I know it won't come as a surprise, but I have. They're tricky!

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/2aAf2ye.jpg?1[/img]

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