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RRC LWB VS. P38, I can't decide which one is better.

Hey guys,

I'm having a hard time trying to decide which vehicle is better, a '90's (preferably 1995) RRC LWB, or a early 2000's P38. I would be using one of the vehicles in question mostly as a commuter to work and back which is around 46 miles combined with most of the driving being on highways and interstates at speeds arounds 45-70 MPH. Now I know that the P38 would be the superior vehicle in this mode, but the drawback is that I participate in local BSA camp outs where cargo space matters and from what I've read, the P38 has five less cubic feet of cargo space compared to the RRC, and the RRC's cargo area is already a little small. But as I just said, the P38 is probably better built, it's probably better to drive as a commuter, and when properly maintained, will probably be more reliable, but I still think the RRC looks better than the P38, and it might be more rugged for both nature and people.

So as you can see, I'm in a tough spot trying to make a hard decision. I will be posting this across different groups as well as forums so that this post will get more publicity as well as different opinions.

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The P38 will be superior for the commute.

Where the RRC takes first place is, ease of working on it, reliability and cheaper to repair.

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...But as I just said, the P38 is probably better built, it's probably better to drive as a commuter, and when properly maintained, will probably be more reliable...
Wrong, right, and wrong. The P38 is probably the worst Range Rover ever built. It has so many electrical gremlins. Mechanical parts are easy to fix. Electrical problems are a complete nightmare and can go untraced for years. Do yourself a favor and purchase the '95 LWB. I owned one and would buy another in a heartbeat.


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Wrong, right, and wrong. The P38 is probably the worst Range Rover ever built. It has so many electrical gremlins. Mechanical parts are easy to fix. Electrical problems are a complete nightmare and can go untraced for years. Do yourself a favor and purchase the '95 LWB. I owned one and would buy another in a heartbeat.


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There would never be a question as to picking the RRC over the P38
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out of curiousity are most of the e-gremlins on the p38's related to the suspension or are they also just car related? just wondering what proportion of problems you could eliminate by doing a coil swap?

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The bulk of the problems with the P38 are BECM, HVAC and general electrical gremlins. The air suspension doesn't even rate as a big deal to most.

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The poor old p38 Range Rover, even Land Rover didn't want to fix it.

After they sat down and worked out what it was going to take to right everything that was wrong in it's mid-life design cycle they decided it would be cheaper to develop an entirely new vehicle........enter the L322 Range Rover in 2003.

Land Rover was so confident in the success of the p38 when it was launched in 1994 as a 1995 model for two years they continued making the original Range Rover (now called the 'classic') along side it.

That should tell you all you need to know.

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