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    Default P38 Range Rover Discussion

    As many of you know, I am looking for a new vehicle. I am considering a few other options, but would like to focus this thread on the Range Rover. I really like the classic Rangies too, but they are pretty aged in 2007. So, I thought the experts could help me with a curiosity. The P38 Range Rover. This will principally be Stephanie's machine, with use as a light trail machine and customer transport. Of course, I will kit it out a bit too.



    Actually, this RockRover is what got me thinking about the P38 at all when it was on display at the LRNR in Moab.

    So this leads me to my questions:

    What are the major issues with the P38?
    I have not heard of significant reliability issues with the model, outside of the airbag system. Is this true?
    Can the viscous transfer case be swapped out for a unit with CDL?

    Any other thoughts? Particular years to avoid?
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    Scott,

    Are you looking to replace the Tacoma, or a second vehicle? Just curious. Sorry I can't offer anything on this particular model.
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    Good question Brian, and I should clarify.

    Tacoma: The Tacoma will be my primary adventure machine for the next 2.5 years, taking me all the way through the end of the South America trip.

    Jeep: For Sale, and will be replaced by a cool motorcycle (still not sure which one yet; trying to learn from the gurus). I am not real motivated to sell the Jeep quite yet as I haven't figured out the replacement, and its still a little chilly in Prescott

    Trooper: There is nothing wrong with the Trooper, but it is time to look for a replacement. For several reasons, but mostly for an interim project with wider appeal. I need a road trip, training, customer transport and Stephanie transport. She really like the Land Rovers, and I think they are fun machines too. So the Trooper is being replaced by the P38 or similar.

    I have not decided on the P38, just want to research if it is a viable solution. I actually prefer the Classic RR more, but they will be high mileage (last made in 1995). We have owned a 2001 Discovery II and would like to try something different.

    Once we determine if the P38 is a good fit, then I will start an new thread on comparing all of the models.
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    Scott, have you seen this page?:

    http://www.rangerovers.net/newrremedies.htm
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    Have you talked with "Pugsly" ... Jon ... memory fails me.

    He's had their 110 all over the place and has begun modifying their P38 as well.

    I'll go search for some links and report back.

    ed ... Aha, look at http://pugsly.bechange.com/range%20rover%20projects.htm for some info..
    Also, just thought of Jeff Corwin http://www.jcrover4x4.com/ he's modified the air springs with bits from Arnott and the height sensors as well.



    In general it seems that if you carry the LR testbook with you, you're just fine

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    thats allan bates p-38 isnt it? i nicer truck i have never seen.
    are u going to stay with the eas air bag stuff or ditch alll that and go coils? that's a major source of headache and expense. i too have been trying to convince myself i need a rangie and i waffle on whether it should be a rrc or p-38. i love the iconic style of the classic but i desire a newer vehicle with less rust. but there are so many more places and system to pour money into with a p-38. and the aftermarket is almost non-existant. but the stuff that is out there is pretty cool. and since its unlikely you need to go X-TREEEEEEME with it i would suspect you can source or build what ever it is you want for it. the prices are coming down on them almost to the point where i could afford one in a few years. one other good thing is you can get a 4.6 motor in these before it was available in the disco. not a really dificult swap from what i hear but if its availabble factory then u know it will work.

    have u seen these
    http://www.rangie.com/
    http://www.rangerovers.net/
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    This is Piece38 talk. The normal feel-good rules don't apply. There are no warm fuzzies, just creeping suspicions and nagging doubts.
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    My brother-in-law has one.

    In fact I helped him pick it out. It was previously owned by a Rover mechanic, and was in very good shape for what it was. Since then normal wear and tear has brought the mighty Rover down a notch in my book.

    Here is a list of issues he has encountered this past year that contribute my thoughts:
    • Seems way under powered (seems to have issues with hills)
    • All plastics cracked or will break due to AZ heat (front grill, A/C condensation hoses, interior knobs and switches, horn, ect..)
    • Door handles broke
    • aft lift gas struts broke
    • Fuel tank hose cracked and broke


    It has some great styling and load capabilities that may be hindered by the underpowered engine. With his rover being a street queen, I can not imagine the increase in failures if were used off-road.

    I am sad to say that I recommend this vehicle to my brother-in-law as "good vehicle." I am sure that with the right resources you would be able to find an expedition worthy P38 but inspect it with a fine tooth comb. Especially watch the plastics and the rubber.
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    Scott, as you know I approach Land Rovers as a highly interested third party except in the case of the Series III I own.

    I have to say that I recall reading and hearing more complaints about the P38 series Rangie than any other. Perhaps that should not dissuade you from buying, especially if sales prices reflect the perception, but it's certainly something to consider.

    Personally, I would rather spend the money on a really pristine southwestern Range Rover Classic.
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    Scott,

    Any ideas what you plan to replace the Tacoma with in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian894x4
    Scott,

    Any ideas what you plan to replace the Tacoma with in the future?
    Hmmmm, great question

    Something "bigger", but I am really not sure what that would be.
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