This 1990 County is my second RR. The first was a P38 that, while a pleasure to drive, was absurdly prone to failures. The Classic, on the other hand, is more straightforward and a more fundamentally sound vehicle. Sure there are niggles here and there, mostly electrical, the Lucas trademark. The RR Classic has, like many of its owners, an eccentric character; fitted with a factory CD changer but no cup holders or glove box, to give an example. The styling is iconic and is either immediately recognized or elicits intrigue. These vehicles often get a bad rap, but with proper care the reliability is relatively high and the driving experience rewarding.
Aesthetics, rarity (at least in my neck of the woods), visibility out the wonderfully large windshield, driving position, the versatility to be just at once appropriate for a romp through the mud and the Chateau Marmont valet, cult following and consequently great resources for parts and advice, roughly a tenth of the MSRP these days--lot of machine for the money.
Temperamental Lucas electrics is the most obvious.
The overkill security system on the pedestrian tape deck that at present is a joke as far as object of theft.
Dealer service is often abysmal; finding a solid indy shop is essential.
I love the RR classic, when it works. Interior design is in a class of it's own compared to contemporaries. Expect to pay huge annual repair bills regardless of where you get it fixed. Some dealers actually suggest repairs be done elsewhere (refuse to work on them). If you really want one, buy a slightly newer one (93-95) that is a LWB. The more powerful engine is definately worth it!
Its an eye turner go anywhere truck. I can park a mile away from civilization at target and when I come back a town has formed. Sure the tank is a bit old so she has her share of problems but when it runs, it runs better than any other vehicle out there. The toughest part is the constant urge to make that left turn into some park just to go off-roading. My friends call mine "A screaming metal death-trap" but they usually see it when the lucas electrics call uncle. Drop 60$, do the work yourself, and the truck is back in an hour. BTW a radiator cost 500$ brand-new and its an hour job to put it in yourself. BEST 4X4XFAR!
The ability to smack parts with a big hammer to get them working again. I love the ability for field repairs where if you break something, you take it off, bend it back to shape, and put it on backwards, upside-down or anything of the sorts and its working to finish the trail and get you home!
raise it a couple of inches, get a front and rear winch, brownchurch roofrack and tent system, a lot of 8inch off-road lights, upgrade the radio, throw a set of lockers on the axles, etc. Just don't buy the 2009, 2010 models because their made in INDIA!
Love solid-truck experience of Range
Rovers built in the 90's. Those built
later are too car like with
plastic-covered bumpers and low-profile
tires. No one would take them seriously
off road; but the 90's vehicles have all
the creature comforts inside the cabin
of luxury sedan, yet they're 100% truck
on the outside.
The four-wheel drive system is better
than any I've used. None of the binding
you get with some 4x4s when you turn
hard. None of the wheel spin that you
get with many positraction systems
before the posi kicks in. I've scaled
steep rocks with sloped sandy spots, and
the wheels didn't spin an inch when one
But beware of maintenance!
Smooth 4x4 system, TANK-like truck build
(with huge frame), great clearance,
superb visibility -- and all with the
creature comforts of a Jaguar.
High cost of parts ($1100 radiator).
Entire drivetrain has held up well with
no repairs needed (143k miles), but
radiator, alternator, ABS brakes, have
been a bear. Not as reliable as it
should be. No undercoating, so it's a
complete rust bucket underneath. Poor
gas mileage, yet underpowered.
I loved this thing. Period. I sold it
on my wife's order to get her a "Real"
car. I should have gotten a better
wife. That thing was not only a
headturner but a wheel turner! I would
drive right off the higway into mud,
snow, rocks, what have you.. I have
never been in a truck that handled like
a 911!! Yes, it had problems, but it
was worth it!
The outside style! Amazing visability.
More traction than a abrams tank! The
Too late now, but bring back the
classic style! Better electrical
system. DON'T pressure wash the motor!!
PLEASE use less relays.