What a pity, I bought this car thinking it was a premium mark machine. The sale prices would indicate such an idea.
Regrettably, the reliability of this car is something that reminds me of cars from the 1970s. Absolutely dreadful! The Air suspension sytem has failed me four times in 10 weeks rendering the car unusable. In addition to this, the air con has stopped working as has the heated windscreen and the airbag has a fault as well.
The p38 is a lovely car and extremely comfortable, it's road presence is very impressive and, being a diesel, the fuel consumption isn't too horrific. That said, you won't be going anywhere fast, the car is very slow and although the top speed is rated just over 100mph, you would be unwise to attempt it. The laughable 'sports mode' appears to make no difference whatsoever.
The luggage capacity, whilst large, is limited by the fact that the rear seats don't fold flat or come out. There are numerous intrusions into the boot space from window sills and wheel arches.
The split tail gate is a mixed blessing. Great for sitting on but it means you have to stretch across it before you load anything into the car.
Overall, I would not recommend the car to anyone as, beautiful as it is, the reliability issues are simply not worth the stress.
what can be said? the rangerover has everything going for it:lots of space,great road holding,looks great-HOWEVER I have a 1996 rangie and in the last two years I have had:air-suspension removed due to constant problems, there have been constant problesm with the remote control keys and not being able to start the engine, the transmission has leaked, and latterly the head gasket on the BMW engine has blown twice! Sadly, due to all this, I have to get rid of the vehicle, as I run a business and if my business ran like this car, I would be broke! From looking at reviews on the latest Range Rover and Discovery 3 I think I'll be looking at a Mitsubishi from now on as I'm told the BMW engines have a tendancy to blown head gaskets and cracked heads.
I think the best way to sum up a P38A Range Rover would be to describe what mine did for me a couple of months ago. We had been camping and it was time to come home. I packed all the camping gear into the car with plenty of room left over, set it to full height, waded the car across a river deep enough that the water came up to its headlights, drove it 20km through muddy, slippery trails with 20º to 30º inclines until we reached B-roads. Down goes the car into highway ride height, into "Sport Mode" goes the gearbox and we blast down those B roads until we reach the motorways coming into Kuala Lumpur. On goes the cruise control and we're back in KL in time for dinner with every inch of the journey covered in complete comfort. A quick hosedown of the car and change of clothes later and it's off to some disgustingly posh hotel for dinner and the car was in its element on the foyer as it was in the jungle.
No other car in the world- with the possible exceptions of the new L322 and L320 Range Rovers- could have done that with the same degree of competence and comfort. The P38A Range Rover is not a 4x4 at all- it is something unique in that it is a true multirole vehicle which can do anything that can reasonably be done on 4 wheels that its owner asks it to.
My Dad Owns This Car So I Get Attached To It And Have An Idea Of It Feels Like To Drive.
On The Road It Has A Nice Tone But At Speed Wind Noise Is Quite or Very Noticeable. The Car Is Very High Off The Road But The Air Suspension Lowers The Car Making Access Easy.
Getting into the Back Is a Challenge When the Air Suspension Is High, The Wheel Arch and the Heavy Doors but with the Suspension down it’s less of a Challenge Just a Small Daily Task.
Running Costs: Running a Car like This Will Require A Few Bob in the Bank But Fuel Consumption Is Above Average for This Type of Car About 25-30 MPG on A Landfill Site (Tip) Run
In The Cabin: We Have Came Across A Few Problems • Air Con • Some Steering Wheel Controls Put The Radio Into Some Sort Of Mode Which Makes MUTE Show Up On The Display • Internal Sensors Don’t Work • EKA Is Needed If You Leave The Car On Its Own For a Short Period Of Time
Above Only 1 Out 4 Major Problems Have Been Fixed
This Car Has Quite A Few Years to Go
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