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Old April 4th, 2010, 01:12 AM
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RRC - Best year and model?

I am looking into buying a Range Rover Classic (let me know if you are selling ) I have read people like the 95 Range Rovers the best because of the "updated" interior. I looked at one and I wasn't sure I liked the interior better. I would like the dual air control, but that is about it.

Me personally, I think I like the LWB. After sitting in one the other day, I am craving that rear leg room! The bigger engine looks good too, and some report better mpg. So what is your favorite Range Rover classic year and model, and why?
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95 lwb. Serpentine belt, no distrtibutor. GEMS engine managent.
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Old April 4th, 2010, 01:54 AM
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95 lwb. Serpentine belt, no distrtibutor. GEMS engine managent.
I don't know what any of that stuff is (except the no distributor). Is this only on the LWB, or all 95 models?
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Old April 4th, 2010, 09:34 AM
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http://www.rangerovers.net/modelspecs/index.html

Check out the link...my preference is the '95 SWB, bought one last year as I son's first car (1 year to find). It really depends if you are using mostly offroad and planning to modify = (older RRC SWB) or mainly as a daily driver = (either). Buy a '95 = rare; Air bags and improved impact zones etc.; better climate control/comfort; very hard to find one in good condition. Watch for rust in the bulkhead; rear door jambs. Rear hatch is always rusted...can replace but $$$ new. Be aware that if you buy one to use as a daily driver, you had better plan on being happy about fixing/maintaining it...not bad if working on a car feels more like a hobby than work. If you use a garage/mechanic, you will likely spend 1/2 of what you paid to purchase it every year in service. I have previouly owned an '91, '95 SWB, both driven past 180K, never regretted either one, both had extended Service Contracts to 100K miles...well used!

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95 lwb. Serpentine belt, no distrtibutor. GEMS engine managent.
You are right that 95's had serpentine belts, but no RRC had GEMs and therefore all had distributors.
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Sam- I have a '93 LWB for sale, though not advertised yet, 94k miles, 2 owners -both in NC, converted to coils, everything works, no lights on, green w/ dark brown leather. I too prefer the lwb with the extra room, and the 4.2. The '95s are nice- had a lwb, but can be difficult for some parts as it is the only year with the D-I dash. On the other side, the other parts that are interchangable is a great advantage. Reportedly, only 125 '95 SWBs imported, don't know how many lwbs. Good luck with the search- can ship for around $1k, and may be worth it for a good truck.
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95 lwb. Serpentine belt, no distrtibutor. GEMS engine managent.
They still had a distributor. They didn't put GEMS on the 95's, or any RRC.

And I agree about the 95 being the preferred year.

------ Follow up post added April 4th, 2010 07:30 PM ------

Whoops. Didn't see Matt had corrected that already.
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95's are ok if you like the disco dash but that has a tendancy to peel/curl up around the edges. The SRS lights are also frequently on in the 95's I have seen so the airbag isn't going to deploy. I personally love the lwb's with the 4.2. having had a bunch of classics and having a thing for long wheel bases.....
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advantage. Reportedly, only 125 '95 SWBs imported, .
uh no that's not right, if so I had about ten percent of them myself
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I had a 95... Loved it! Earlier NASish Models are sort of a mish mash of years and versions, while they are all similar in parts there a loads of variations. For a parts guy like me they're a pita unless you know your truck. 94/95 they got it square and then F.ed it up with the P38...
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They still had a distributor. They didn't put GEMS on the 95's, or any RRC.

And I agree about the 95 being the preferred year.

------ Follow up post added April 4th, 2010 07:30 PM ------

Whoops. Didn't see Matt had corrected that already.
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I have a customer selling his '95 lwb. Lowish miles. Always waxoyled. Fully functional including recently refurbished air suspension. 60k miles since factory style (fully "correct" including ac and cruise control) 300tdi conversion. Pretty sweet rig owned from new by certified Rover enthusiast. Current price is about 15k.

I'd actually hate to see it go as I store it most of the year (the owner is only in NE for a month in summer) and drive it on Saturdays, or whenever I feel like being fancy, as part of the storage agreement.......except in winter as it has never seen snow and seldom seen rain. Will be advertising for real shortly.
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new expansion complete. Not only are we the only Rover shop in Eliot Maine...now we're also the biggest.

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The poor bastard child built with left over parts? You know they called it the Hunter because that's what they had to do to find the bits to build it.
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new expansion complete. Not only are we the only Rover shop in Eliot Maine...now we're also the biggest.

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The poor bastard child built with left over parts? You know they called it the Hunter because that's what they had to do to find the bits to build it.
come on now Matt, that's like telling Phillip that not only is his kid fat and ugly but dumb too.
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My vote is for the 1995 TWR model. Duh.
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Yes. Last week you wanted a Series, this week you want a RRC. Just buy one of Art's trucks...he has both! And great looking examples I might add.
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Yes. Last week you wanted a Series, this week you want a RRC. Just buy one of Art's trucks...he has both! And great looking examples I might add.

I love it now Josh is bullying people to pull the trigger. The world has changed! oh and by the way you change that Avatar now.
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I love it now Josh is bullying people to pull the trigger. The world has changed! oh and by the way you change that Avatar now.
Shut your mouth, John! keep that avatar, it's "classic" horseyboy!
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I am split. If it's gonna be a mostly on road grocery getter then it would have to be a 93 or 94 LWB. It must have everything working since these came from the factory with every convenience known to man at the time. Except for a nav system they still hold their own today as far as luxurious appointments go. Air suspension is awesome. Loobs can fit 5 adults comfortably along with all their stuff. Leather seats, mohair carpet, wood trim...sensuous.
If it's going to be a trail rig, then i would have a hard time deciding between a two door with a Tdi conversion and an 89 with a diesel conversion. Decked out with Toyota axles, 110 r380 and lt230, a bunch of Equipe shiz and raised suspension it would keep up with pretty much anything.
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