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Range Rover Classic buying guide (1970-1996)

Range Rover Classic 3-door Range Rover Classic 3-door Range Rover Classic 3-door Range Rover Classic 3-door When it comes to Range Rover Classic there is plenty of choice from the highly-prized early two-door coil-sprung models to the well-appointed and electronic fuel-injected air suspension variants.

Early vehicles had the 3.5-litre Rover V8 carburettor engine which was superseded in 1984 by electronic fuel injection and later enlarged to 3.9 and 4.2-litres in the LSE long wheelbase model.

Three diesel engines were fitted: the Italian 2.4-litre VM unit with its unusual individual cylinder head design, and the more practical and dependable 200Tdi and 300Tdi Land Rover units, though all diesels give good, if relatively slow, service.


Interior trim is important, so check for damage, including the headlining, which tends to sag. Check the chassis for rust, but the main rust issue is in the body structure: A-posts, B-posts and the door shuts, rear tailgate, rear load floor, sills, inner wings and underbody.

Be wary of LPG conversions, unless certified and serviced. V8 engines like oil changes, so look for a good service record and a quiet top end soon after start-up. A noisy top end may need a new camshaft and valve gear. Later models received more electrical gadgets which all need to be tested before buying. Noise from below needs new bushes and joints to cure, but check for transmission wear/noises, too.

Reasons to buy 

These early first-generation Range Rovers are now all recognised classics so, although many examples are still needing work, there is good reason to invest time and money in them. They are still a very practical family car and, as ever, a totally capable off-roader.

Reasons to avoid 

V8 engines are thirsty, and diesels feel a tad slow in the Range Rover, though 300Tdi is the best option. Body rot can be expensive to repair, and bodged air suspension systems likewise. Non-standard engine conversions now detract seriously from the price because they reduce the classic status of the vehicle.


Range Rover 1971-1983
Engine 3.5-litre V8
Power 125 bhp
Torque 185 lb-ft

Range Rover 1986-1989
Engine 3.5-litre EFi
Power 165 bhp
Torque 206 lb-ft

Range Rover 1989-1996
Engine 3.9-litre EFi V8
Power 185 bhp
Torque 235 lb-ft

Range Rover 4.2
Engine 4.2-litre EFI V8
Power 200 bhp

2.4 VM turbo diesel 1986-1992
Power 112 bhp
Torque 183 lb-ft

Words: Ed Evans (Land Rover Monthly's Technical Editor)
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  • Type: Used Year: 2012 Make: LAND ROVER Model: RANGE ROVER EVOQUE Trim: 2.2 SD4 Pure 5dr [Tech Pack] Body: SUV Trans: Manual Mileage: 41986 Engine Size: 2179 Ext Color: Blue

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  • Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Prestige with Lux Pack Registered June 2012, 6-speed Manual (4WD) Diesel Engine (190hp) finished in Fuji White with Tan/Ivory/Espresso Oxford Full Leather Interior, Ivory Headlining and Brushed Aluminium Trim, 20 Inch 5 Split Spoke Style 504 Alloy Wheels, Heated Electric Front Seats with Driver Memory, LUX PACK; Powered Tailgate, Fixed Panoramic Roof, HDD Premium Colour Satellite Navigation System, 825W Meridian Surround Sound Audio System with DAB Radio and DVD/CD/MP3 Player, HDD MP3 File Storage, Subwoofer and 16 speakers, 8 Inch High Resolution Dual-view Touchscreen, DAB TV Tuner, ''Say What You See'' (SWYS) intuitive Voice Control, USB, AUX IN, Bluetooth® Audio and Telephone Connectivity, Surround Camera System with Junction and Kerb View, Blind Spot Monitoring, Keyless Entry, Front and Rear Park Assist, Start/Stop, Automatic Dual Zone Climate Control with Air Filtration and Quality Sensing for Auto Recirculation, Drive Select, Push Button Start, Adaptive Dynamics with Dynamic Mode, Terrain Response®, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS, EPAS, Electronic Park Brake, Roof Spoiler, Side Tubes, Automatic Lights and Rain Sensing Wipers, Ele

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