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Hi all, I've got a budget of about $2,000 after selling my previous car which I'd like to use to start looking at preventative maintenance on my new '95 LWB. I've heard that shortcomings of the 4.2 can be ignition and cam, please let me know of any obvious upgrades that are worth doing while I've got the cash.

As far as I know, the vehicle is 100% stock on a 4.2 that was rebuilt about 20k ago. Only mod is swap from air suspension to coils.

What can I do to make this vehicle more reliable?

Thanks!


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that could get a lot done, depends on what your hoping for once you are finished? any primary and secondary objectives? i see your asking about preventitive maintince but then performance upgrades? which is the top of the list? probably suspension bushings should be looked at and swivel pin housings and wheel bearings. my interior need some stuff. i went with a new cam - which may not have been worth it; and a new pertronix ignition which was great for performance and reliability.
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Was the radiator swapped with the rebuild? They can get sketchy and develop pinholes that can weep coolant. A tranny fluid change would be in order as well, but that may have been done as well.

+1 on the suspension component inspection. Panhard bushes should be checked as well as checking all the ball joints. Also check the pre-tension on your swivel pins.

Other likely future problems will be electric locking issues, funky door handle issues, heater control glitches and rust. :D
 

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Thanks for the replies guys.

My priorities are, in order:
1) make the vehicle as reliable as I can afford to, right now
2) make it a bit more reliable, and then, maybe
3) get rid of the loose steering feel
4) make it handle a little better on-road without sacrificing a lot of off-road ability
5) clean her up real good

I'm new to Range Rovers but been wanting one for years. Previously I've worked on Hondas, Subarus, Mitsubishis and Audis. I'm not a master mechanic by any stretch, but I'm usually just happy to try new things, get my hands dirty and learn. I definitely prefer to do all work myself except where I don't have expensive tools, like a motor crane etc

So far I've just been addressing a couple easy things: cleaning the leather, testing everything to see whats working and what's not, fitting running boards (last night), cleaning her up a bit. I've ordered several parts to fit:

1) OEM "Little Passengers" 3rd row seat
2) replacement sun visors (mine are saggy)
3) rear ashtray (missing)
4) Parrot RKi4800 stereo (got a great deal, just want good Bluetooth)
5) Truck-Lite 7" LED headlights
6) OEM cup holder set (hate that stupid cup holder tray)
7) rear tailgate handle trim (missing)

Things I'm thinking about doing or need to do:
1) get windows re tinted
2) fix/replace windshield crack
3) thinking about getting some wheel adapters to upgrade to newer, slightly larger RR wheels
4) bring it into my mechanic to do a once-over of the engine, tranny & suspension


I'll keep updating as I go. I know fitting the new stereo is going to be an adventure, and the 3rd row seat will require some heavy lifting and drilling. Will get some pics going. Need to be better at that.


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