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Land Rover Range Rover Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 225 hp @ 4750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 11/15 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Land Rover Range Rover

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Off-road ability, rugged styling, luxurious interior

  • Cons

    Fuel economy, price

  • What's New for 1997

    The 4.0 SE gets three new exterior colors (Oxford Blue, Rioja Red and White Gold, all matched to Saddle leather interior), a HomeLink transmitter and jeweled wheel center caps. The 4.6 HSE gets three new exterior colors (British Racing Green, Monza Red and AA Yellow), one new interior color (Lightstone with contrasting piping) and a leather shift handle.

Full 1997 Land Rover Range Rover Review

What's New for 1997

The 4.0 SE gets three new exterior colors (Oxford Blue, Rioja Red and White Gold, all matched to Saddle leather interior), a HomeLink transmitter and jeweled wheel center caps. The 4.6 HSE gets three new exterior colors (British Racing Green, Monza Red and AA Yellow), one new interior color (Lightstone with contrasting piping) and a leather shift handle.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Must be "hands on" owner!

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Vehicle: 1996 Land Rover Range Rover

Now that I've had mine for about 10 months I will say, this is a fantastic vehicle. To get all the comfort with the rugged of road capability is a true blessing. The value of these cars "used" is immeasurable. There is one big caveat to ownership however, that is, you must be a hands on owner. Must be able to do much of the maintenance and repair work yourself. also be able to source parts yourself. If you can do this the vehicle is an incredible value. If you cant, and must take it to a "qualified" shop when something goes wrong, then your wallet will be drained faster than your gas tank on this bad boy. Get your own hands greasy and be happy!



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

After 16 years of ownership.

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Vehicle: 1996 Land Rover Range Rover

I have this car (1996 RR 4.0SE P38a) for the past 16 years and it has been one of my favorite car that provides most fun when driving it. I love the driving position that gives me the control of the road like no other SUV. There are many problems with the car, but the main thing is that it's a truly reliable vehicle when you take good care of it. I've also experienced things like EAS(changed to fixed suspension), disfunctional A/C (Auto failed), plastic parts on the door frames are falling apart, interior panels crack apart, check engine light on all the time (didn't have any clue) and it just keeps on going and going... I've done most of my maints on a local shop, didn't spend much $.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Awkward, expensive, and unreliable!

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Vehicle: 1996 Land Rover Range Rover

Nothing, I mean nothing, in this car works properly! The headliner is falling, the sunroof just stopped one day, the alarm doesn't work, the EAS is broken, the ignition is temperamental, all the trim pieces are falling apart/off, the power mirror memory has amnesia, the climate control does not function in "Auto" mode, the ABS system failed, the starer is slow to work, there is a mystery oil leak, the courtesy lamps in the back do not work properly, the tailgate jams, the nuts for the wheels are warped and EXPEN$IVE to replace (like everything else in this vehicle). The handling is that of a barge, but it can go anywhere. Provided nothing vital breaks and leaves you stranded!




Solid and majestic

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Vehicle: 1996 Land Rover Range Rover

Having owned my rover for some time now. I can say its been a great vehicle. Rovers in general are high maintenance but their cores are incredibly strong. Btw, the last poster said it's a Ford which isn't true. They weren't bought out by ford till 2001. And how does paint "fail"? I'm not going to lie, mine leaks, it creaks, and has plenty of quirks. But I love it. I have 164k miles on it and it shifts smooth, the engine purrs, and it's amazing off road. It does ride a bit harsh, but that is solid axles for you. Its incredibly easy to work on and a great DIY vehicle. Everyone in the family loves the rig and it has lots of room and its AMAZING in the snow.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great vehicle, nothing else like

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Vehicle: 1996 Land Rover Range Rover

It's been a decent truck. Got it a little over a year ago and was a little concerned about the decision, but went ahead and did it. NO REGRETS! Very well built, feels like you are commanding a luxurious cruise ship down the road in your captain's chair! Visibility is terrific! It leaks, get used to it... Recently drove a 2002 blazer. They don't even compare. Drives like a truck and is a bit of a slug, but is smooth as silk and gives you a feeling while driving it, that I cannot explain, and that cannot be replicated in any other car. Rovers are for enthusiasts and require more maintenance than usual, do it smart (don't take it to the dealership) and cost of ownership is fairly low.




A great vehicle

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Vehicle: 1996 Land Rover Range Rover

I got it when gas was expensive as a second car. I have to say, I am very impressed with it. It is definitely not an average car and cannot be treated like one either. It is a conversation starter and still turns heads. However, this trucks is not for everyone. It does require a bit more maintenance and is not a vehicle you can skimp on. If you give it the very best, it will give you itís very best. if you want something unique and donít mind the extra maintenance get a rover. It won't disappoint you.



Talk About The 1997 Range Rover

1997 Land Rover Range Rover Discussions See all Started By

tincup47
tincup47
07-27-2004
Certainly the styling is subjective, so any discussion on that is pointless. Most people like the styling, but as Abe Lincoln once said, "You can't please all of the people all of the time"....


xkss
xkss
06-01-2005
Well, the 2006 Land Rover Range Rover will have a standard 4.4 liter V-8. The new 4.4 liter V-8 comes from the new Land Rover LR3. That engine comes from a Jaguar 4.2 liter V-8, but the LR3's engine h...


lrover1
lrover1
01-12-2004
receiving some info on the new so-called baby Range Rover, which has yet to be named yet. From the meetings we have had with our regional managers recently, it seems like the next couple of years wi...



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