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“1980 Land Rover Series III 88" Station Wagon (2.25 Petrol)”

Written on: 11/04/2014 by C.W. (1 review written)

It has been some years since I bought this Land Rover, indeed I had it for my 15th birthday, but I can safely say that after several years of ownership there is no other vehicle around that fulfills my requirements and carries out so many roles, so brilliantly, day-in, day-out. It is not without its flaws, however. Firstly, the engine. My vehicle is about as mechanically standard as they get and therefore probably most representative of what you will get. In short, it is under powered. My… Read Full Review

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“It's a brilliant car. mines got a 2.5 litre diesel...”

Written on: 23/05/2011

It's a brilliant car. mines got a 2.5 litre diesel from an old defender, parabolics all around, spotlights and go faster beige county stripes. The rides surprisingly comfy with parabolics and vinyl seats, well mine is. It has an overdrive so can go at 60 and faster with 109" wheels on it.

Only major problems are heavy steering and noise so Im saving for a power steering kit and soundproofing. If you get a waxoiled chassis it will last a long time and be cheaper than a galvanised one… Read Full Review

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“I got me a 3 series 88 landie, with the 2.25petrol,...”

Written on: 02/08/2010

I got me a 3 series 88 landie, with the 2.25petrol, purrs like a pussycat on a cold morning, she was an ex navy one brought from England from last owner, shre has loads of off road exp, and still wants more. Hated teh blue and whit so turned her to camoflage and might say she looks better in her new suit. changed bearings, brake cylinders and wax oiled her all simple and on you tube for beginners.
Checked her chassi before buying, and got the owner to drive it to me sowas sure she was in good… Read Full Review

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“very well product for ground ”

Written on: 25/02/2010

very well product for ground… Read Full Review

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“brilliant vehicle, easy to work on, always works,...”

Written on: 05/01/2010

brilliant vehicle, easy to work on, always works, fitted with overdrive and 2.5 turbo diesel from a 90. will do 75mph, and gives 27 mpg. goes everywhere and always gets back home.

bad points, few and far between, drum brakes all round, higher maintenance than disc, noisey inside, would like to fit roof linning but exspensive.

love it… Read Full Review

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“There is nothing, absolutely nothing quite so much fun...”

Written on: 22/11/2009

There is nothing, absolutely nothing quite so much fun as messing about in a Series 3 Landrover… Read Full Review

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“I would recomend any one owning a Series 3, Mine is a...”

Written on: 15/11/2009

I would recomend any one owning a Series 3, Mine is a 88inch model on a galvenised chassise fitted with a 2 1/4 petrol unit. I have had parabolic springs fitted, and pro comp shocks to soften the ride. other than that shes totaly original. Shes never let me down and never failed to start. And like all the other revies on here people just smile as i drive past. But i recomend taking your time when buying one, and if poss take some one who has land rover experience with you… Read Full Review

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“Many people would very justifiable comment on how...”

Written on: 04/05/2009 by cammywhammy (1 review written)

Many people would very justifiable comment on how slow, noisy and rough the Series III is. However, if you look at it from a Land Rover owner's perspective, it could very easily be the best fun for £1200, if you get a good one.

The model to get really is a genuine Station Wagon, especially with the venerable 2.25 litre petrol engine. It is easy to work on (providing you have a good selection of metric and imperial tools. Station Wagon trim is rare, and has to be in good condition, unlike… Read Full Review

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Adepen's Response to cammywhammy's Review

Written on: 01/08/2013

Well, I am an Aston and Porsche owner. I love Porsche. I have three, including a 911 Turbo. And guess what ? I have a Series 3 Station Wagon, and I love it to bits. I would never be without it. Slow, noisy, and handles like like a boat. A drunken boat. But its brilliant.

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“ Absolutley love my Land Rover Series 3 88 to bits,...”

Written on: 16/04/2009 by LandieMan (1 review written)

Absolutley love my Land Rover Series 3 88 to bits, she will get 60mph no problems, shes easy to fix, looks great, sounds great and is the car I have always wanted… Read Full Review

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“The Land Rover Series 3 88 is absolutely brilliant...”

Written on: 23/03/2009

The Land Rover Series 3 88 is absolutely brilliant wouldn't trade it for the world. The most awesome off road machine ever made. Dirt cheap and anybody can fix it. Will last forever. Bad points are painfully slow and drinks fuel… Read Full Review

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“My Land Rover Series 3 is nice to drive as its...”

Written on: 18/04/2008 by boott (1 review written)

My Land Rover Series 3 is nice to drive as its benifited from parabolic springs and an overdrive. It will also show other 4wd's a thing or two and its thirty years older. I ve owned a disco as well and the series is a far better vehicle in my eyes… Read Full Review

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“Really love the Landrover, better then a jeep. I have...”

Written on: 07/08/2007 by francesca18 (1 review written)

Really love the Landrover, better then a jeep. I have had two but very surprised how slow they are what sort of top speed are other owners getting I am looking at 45-50mph from a diesel… Read Full Review

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Landieman's Response to 303156_francesca18's Review

Written on: 16/04/2009

I don't know where you got 45 from! Mine will do 60-62mph no sweat, 2.25 Diesel no overdrive, 4 speed

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“This Land Rover Series 3 88 4x4 takes you back to a...”

Written on: 15/03/2005 by MSWShadow (1 review written)

This Land Rover Series 3 88 4x4 takes you back to a time when getting there was all the fun. There is no cushiness to this ride, but you can't get it stuck and people love to stare. It drives and looks like a toaster, but it is most enjoyable. To say that classic Land Rover ownership is a cult thing is an understatement,(especially in the states) but I feel that anyone who enjoys classic autos and off roading would love one of these little beauties. The best 4x4xfar!… Read Full Review

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“I own an 88 Series 3 Land Rover petrol with overdrive....”

Written on: 25/06/2004 by JDX 902N (1 review written)

I own an 88 Series 3 Land Rover petrol with overdrive. On the motorway, she returns an amazing 35mpg. But, in the towns, she will only reach about 20. I have done a lot of offroading, and I often take the mouldy green coloured canvas roof off so I can brave the Welsh weather.
I hope that everyone thinks the same as me, that the Land Rover is the best 4x4 out.
My motto is "I would rather push a Land Rover than drive a Jeep"… Read Full Review

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“Land Rover Series 3 88: ”

Written on: 06/03/2004 by virtualdom (1 review written)

Land Rover Series 3 88:
The best child's fantasy made real! A 30 year old Tonka toy that with limited mechanical know how and a bit (lot?) of perceverance you can can have great fun both off road, on road and on driveway!
O.k. ... its a pig to drive, goes slower on road than you can run, is uncomfortable, and forget it if you think your wife will love it as much as you do, but for the money you can not beat it for style that turns heads (even those in porche 911's will look with a tinge of… Read Full Review

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“The Land Rover Series 3 88 inch is a fantastic vehicle...”

Written on: 24/02/2004 by greenoval4x4 (1 review written)

The Land Rover Series 3 88 inch is a fantastic vehicle to take off road. It handles just about all situations with great effect, and mine is used as an every day vehicle by myself (I think it's better than my wifes V6 Mondeo!)The engines seem to last for ever, mine having done more than 126,000 and has just passed a "Health Check" with near flying colours. Can't really fault the old Landy 88 inch!… Read Full Review

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“The Land Rover series 3 88" is the longest-lasting,...”

Written on: 26/04/2003 by Stu. (1 review written)

The Land Rover series 3 88" is the longest-lasting, toughest Land-Rover ever made. They are very practical, especially as a second vehicle, but daily use is possible (if you're deaf).Ride is shaky and bumpy, but suspension is firm and doesn't wallow in corners.
Brilliant off-road, with good ground clearance and power and torque delivery. The 2286cc petrol is more powerful and more torquey than the 2286 diesel (these engines are called "two and a quarter", by the way). The only problem with the… Read Full Review

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Award's Response to 92507_Stu.'s Review

Written on: 13/12/2006

I haven't got an 88" - preferring the extra cavernous space of the 109". After chopping out the original 2 1/4 petrol and replacing with a 200 tdi from a Discovery, my vehicle was converted from a barely mobile sculpture into a vehicle! The trouble with these early LRs is their excessive functionality. Primitive they are, but that surely is why they absorb so much abuse and limp on, when others would turn up their toes. If I were to crudely summarise my S3 I would say that anything below the gearbox is incredible, that which sits above the axles, generally is a pain in the neck and really irritating.
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<br/>The original engine continuously detuned after 1000 miles, knocking or "pinking" in virtually all gears (it had only done 53k miles since 1973) and it's best not to mention the mpg. Doors don&#039;t even remotely fit, when they are refitted, like the engine they require refitting every month before they close. The electrics.....well I had a 24volt military unit which turned itself into a torch, but we cannot blame LR for that! But maintenance; if you have the inclination - so much can be achieved with a hammer and screwdriver. The bolt-on "Meccano" construction of panels etc. is a godsend for maintenance (not so good for aerodynamics, comfort, insulation......) and damn it all...these things have character! With skinny little cross-ply deep cut tyres it handles dreadfully, even dangerously on wet roads, but take it on a marsh and you can&#039;t stop it.
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<br/>I hate and love it in equal measure, but given the choice to pop down to the local for a pint in the Volvo V70 or the LR, I forget it all & take the Rover.

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Award's Response to 92507_Stu.'s Review

Written on: 17/04/2009

And that is really going to keep me awake at nights!

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Landieman's Response to 92507_Stu.'s Review

Written on: 17/04/2009

After chopping out the original 2 1/4 petrol and replacing with a 200 tdi from a Discovery..........
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<br/>As a purist, I have just lost all respect for you....

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