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!
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.
it is british after all, so it leaks all
the time and it breaks down sometimes.
mostly the lucas electrical (lucas the
prince of darkness) just ask a brit car
mechanic what that means! but I love it
anyway! it is the best 4x4 made!
ps: the parts cost as much as porsche or
volvo to replace. ouch!
will drive over or through anything!
built like a tank!