Regular readers are no doubt getting a real sense of déjà vu when reading this post. If that’s you, then you’d be right in thinking that, because last year after coming back to run the site, I posted an identically-titled blog, in which I introduced our new and rather nice Land Rover Freelander.
Thanks to a change in circumstances and the fact that the rather nice (front-wheel drive) Freelander has been utterly reliable, I thought it was time to start living a little more dangerously. So, I’ve done something which no sane man of limited means should – and bought a Range Rover P38.
Now in my defence, it involves a deal with an unloved and disused Audi 90, and the car in question is coming via a work colleague who I know wouldn’t dream of doing me over. So I have reluctantly agreed to take on a great example of what is generally regarded to be the least reliable car ever to drive out of the Solihull factory. The good news for me is, of course, that Calum Brown – my amiable partner in crime – has serviced the car and promised that it’s ‘been sorted’, so what could possibly go wrong…
The car is quite interesting, though – and not just for its ability to catch fire or explode through merely crossing the road. It’s a fully-equipped HSE model, with air suspension, air conditioning, CD multi-changer and all the leather and wood you could possibly want in your luxury car. It’s also been retrimmed and remapped by legendary tuner Overfinch. All this means this 2.5 turbodiesel is now merely slow, as opposed to glacial – and that I’ll be enjoying the lap of luxury while I wait for the RAC man to come and bail me out.
In truth, I’m rather excited about owning a Range Rover again. Even if it’s the cheapest and least loved of the litter. Whatever you think about the P38, time has been kind to the styling, and once those orange indicators have been replaced, I think it’ll look rather timeless. Oh, and, like all Range Rovers, you get an imperious driving position, a uniquely relaxed driving experience and a feeling of serenity that few other cars come close to offering.
I’m sure it will be completely fine – and, although it’s not the Classic or L322 I’d always promised myself, there’s something very appealing about this underdog. I’m going to love it, I’m sure. Mind you, unlike Mike Humble’s new Rover 75 Connoisseur, which will no doubt be completely dependable, I’m sure we’re going to have lots of things (ie., failures) to write about.
No doubt I’ll keep you posted about how it goes.
Interestingly, in 2015, this was one of the cars I’d shown to illustrate my need for an
exciting new AROnlinemobile…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.