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Will treat you well if you treat it well
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By euroautophile
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1990 Land Rover Range Rover SUV County 4dr SUV AWD


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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Buyer Beware
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By RRK
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1990 Land Rover Range Rover SUV County 4dr SUV AWD


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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!


Best Features

interior, style, off-road capabilities (truely legendary), uniqueness


Worst Features

un-reliability (also truely legendary and well deserved), comical repair costs


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The best 4x4xfar
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By redrover
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1990 Land Rover Range Rover SUV 4dr SUV AWD


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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!


Best Features

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!


Worst Features

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!


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Great off road / often stranded on road
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By EasyDriver
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1990 Land Rover Range Rover SUV County 4dr SUV AWD


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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 hit sand. But beware of maintenance!


Best Features

Smooth 4x4 system, TANK-like truck build (with huge frame), great clearance, superb visibility -- and all with the creature comforts of a Jaguar.


Worst Features

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.


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Nothing looks like it, never will again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Craig Ross
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1990 Land Rover Range Rover SUV 4dr SUV AWD


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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!


Best Features

The outside style! Amazing visability. More traction than a abrams tank! The Best 4x4xfar!


Worst Features

Too late now, but bring back the classic style! Better electrical system. DON'T pressure wash the motor!! PLEASE use less relays.


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