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Old 7th-July-2010, 09:49
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Default Rangerover P38 wanted

Im after a P38 rangey but not sure which one to go for ie Diesel or Petrol with LPG. Can people give me advice please on what they think is the best all rounder and what to watch out for???? Just got to get rid of my sports car then i can go out and buy


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Old 7th-July-2010, 10:23
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Without doubt a good diesel. All the P38 range has it's problems if not maintained correctly. But the diesel has far fewer than the petrol version.
Others may disagree though. Waiting for the onslaught.
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Old 7th-July-2010, 10:38
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Without doubt a good diesel. All the P38 range has it's problems if not maintained correctly. But the diesel has far fewer than the petrol version.
Others may disagree though. Waiting for the onslaught.
Thank you Ill go for a diesel then, is auto or manual beta? Also went to see one yesterday and noticed 2 buttons up by the ride height control, 1 was a picture of a wheel with 2 arrows in them and the second was on the left hand side with a "L" in a shape. What do these do?

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Old 7th-July-2010, 10:44
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I agree with WAMMERS,i've had my DSE for over 2 years now and have had no problems as far as the engine goes(its a 1997 model and still runs sweet as),i get 25 mph on average so quite reasonable for a car of that stature,and with lpg you've got a tank in the boot which restricts loading space
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Old 7th-July-2010, 11:20
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Thank you Ill go for a diesel then, is auto or manual beta? Also went to see one yesterday and noticed 2 buttons up by the ride height control, 1 was a picture of a wheel with 2 arrows in them and the second was on the left hand side with a "L" in a shape. What do these do?

Danny
That would be a manual then. One is EAS lock button other with the L on a manual is low gear selector. Manuals may use a bit less fuel. Autos a lot better drive.
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Old 7th-July-2010, 12:16
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Hi,

I'd recommend a diesel auto. I've had mine for a few months now and love it. Try and get the best spec possible. If it's diesel you go for, get a DHSE as it'll have all the gadgets.

Always haggle the price. I got mine 1000 less than the dealer wanted just by having a good look and drive of it and making a list of things that needed fixing. Some of them were tiny things that i'll probably never bother to sort, but I made them sound worse in order to get more money knocked off.

Good luck
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Old 7th-July-2010, 12:22
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Hi I have just purchased a 1999 DT automatic last week. I looked at quite a few before buying. Mine has done 130K but is in better condition than many at 80 or 90K. There is a lot of crap for sale at the moment I know I have seen it. Even after asking the vendor on the phone specific condition questions they will say anything to get you to view. One I looked at last week said two key fobs and no paint work done at all. Travelled 96 miles to view! It was awful. It had 1 key fob and the remains of the second, aircon did not work and half the car so badly resprayed I could see it a mile off. I left after 10 mins. This was decribed as immaculate with a 6000 price tag. The vendor said it was cheap! Check everything before you buy. Be careful of tarted up crap!!!!!!
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Old 7th-July-2010, 14:44
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I agree, there are so many range rovers out there that have not been looked after or have been poorly repaired. people that try to save money and do it themselves but are not competant enough to handle the job.
I would recomend getting a good mechanic to go with you to check it out. i didn't and paid the price i even bought it from a dealer that didn't do warranty but could sell me a third party one that didn't cover shit! thanks TAW park 4X4!!
When i got it back home i spent around a year getting it right. none of the air bags had been changed, all had signs of being perished and not knowing about range rovers i thought it was ok for the suspension to drop over night. and the fact it did meant the compressor was working over time to pump it back up. the person or the dealer?? had put foam in the compressor housing to muffle the sound of the worn compressor and the radiator i found was clogged at the bottom which although didn't overheat while driving around did when i pick up my new horse box and drove it up a hill!!!
i've now had My 2.5dt 1997 just over 5 years and the money spent correcting the monkeys bodge jobs in the first year and what i have spent on it since has meant that the yearly cost of MOT and maintenance/repairs and has worked out at just over 500 a year. Not Bad for the size of car i don't think!

I wouldn't part with Him for the world, He tows, He will cruise and also get muddy with the best just don't expect it to be a formula 1 race car. when it's a nice range rover you're driving you don't want to fly past people at 100 MPH you need them to take a good look
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Old 7th-July-2010, 18:42
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Without doubt a good diesel. All the P38 range has it's problems if not maintained correctly. But the diesel has far fewer than the petrol version.
Others may disagree though. Waiting for the onslaught.
Indeed. Rubbish!! My Rangie is a 4.6 Vogue and has always been impeccable - its a great performer and a million times better than any stinkin' diesel and has been extremely reliable in the 6 years I've owned it!!!

Seriously, the petrol versions are much better performers. However, most P38s for sale now have been bodged at some point to save money on maintenance - this goes for petrol and diesel variants. I never went down the LPG route - arguably that killed many a petrol engine - and my own experience has been a good one as far as P38s go, well maintained, decent workmanship and very regular oil changes and the performance is excellent 6 years into ownership and at 136K miles. My Rangie really should have been sold months ago but because she's part of the family, I'm loathe to part with her.....I'm sure there are very few in as good condition as mine out there, but if you're really really careful and take someone who really knows the P38 to take a good look, you should be ok.

The diesel engined ones for me are lumpy and slow and the 4.6 choice was a no-contest as I think the diesel is dreadful. My 4.6 will outperform a diesel P38 anytime, any place and is a much nicer drive. But its horses for courses and a chipped diesel may well be ok if you like diesels.

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Old 7th-July-2010, 18:55
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I've had my 4.6 hse with lpg for over a year and I love it. A tank in the spare wheel well means you only lose boot space if you carry a spare which a lot of people don't bother with. I do but there's still plenty of boot space.

No engine problems at all (touch wood) but there is an awful lot of overpriced rubbish out there. I wonder if people only sell their P38s because there's something wrong with it!

Check out the common faults section on rangerovers.net for a comprehensive list of what to look out for.

There must be some good ones out there so choose wisely!

Guy

Ps People lie so don't just take the sellers word for anything! Ask me how I know!

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