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Old 28th August 2007, 11:29 PM
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94 Rangies?

hi all
just was cruising the trading post and looking at 94 range rovers. Not really interested in buying, but just wondered what these things were like. Am i right in saying these cars preceded the p38? How did they compare to discos of the mid 90s? are they a good thing? Did they all have airbag suspension through the variant range?
And finally how are the variants graded, ie which is the top of the line and which is bottom?

sorry for all the questions, but I am curious about them

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Old 29th August 2007, 12:08 AM
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The Vogue SE soft-dash classic rangie's came out around mid '94. They were used as a trials platform for some of the p38 goodies - dual airbags, new 'soft-dash', traction control, air suspension, abs, etc.with the 3.9 donk and with perhaps less of the electrical head-aches of the p38. In my opinion, ride and finish is significantly better than a 90's disco (I've owned both), however there are more things to go wrong in the rangie. I love the self levelling suspension thou - especially the little dance it does when you stop at the lights after and extended period of running at 80km/hr (when it lowers itself) and then it restores normal hieght when u stop. PEople used to think air-suspension was a liability. Not any more - it's not as expensive to maintain as it once was.

A soft-dash LSE would be my pick, a bit heavier but much more passenger leg room. Perhaps some collector value also.

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Old 29th August 2007, 07:53 PM
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I have one and i think its great, its a vogue se, i believe 94, you could only get a Vogue SE or LSE, there wernt any other models. Mine has coils now, if i had the money i would get another mint cond one with the airbags. (there is a nice silver one for sale atm for $11k but it has high km totaly std) for a road car, for me atm springs are a good thing as it is used off road.
However, with more techonolgy than the models it superceeded comes more problems, for instance, my SRS airbag light likes to come on and stay on until reset by a dealer or specialist, it'll be right for a while but bump it the wrong way and it will come on. TC and ABS have a mind of its own, sometimes itll be fine, most of the time the lights will come on and it wont work, i suspect i will need to have the wabco unit ovehauled and the bands replaced, and checking the wheel bearings may help as it can throw the signal. BHSS rebuilds the wabco unti for approx. $400 My memory functions for the seats and mirrors need to be recalibrated, and the cruise doesnt work which i suspect is the rotatry coupling behing the driver airbag. i dont have remotes for the locks/alarm either which can be annoying sometimes but you get that. IN the not to distant future though ill be having all the problems rectified as im looking at spending a considerable about of $$$ on it for mods and other stuff soon.

So would i get another one - if only there wernt more of them, I'd like a completly std one with some nice mags and road tires for a nice cruiser and what i have for a 4by - but then again, there comes a cost to it all, but no more than a old cruiser of the same vintage and u ge alot more for your money.
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Old 29th August 2007, 08:35 PM
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Hey Ryan,

re cruise control not working - have you checked the vaccum hoses for leaks? It was a common problem and very easily fixed.
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I have one and i think its great, its a vogue se, i believe 94, you could only get a Vogue SE or LSE, there wernt any other models. Mine has coils now, if i had the money i would get another mint cond one with the airbags. (there is a nice silver one for sale atm for $11k but it has high km totaly std) for a road car, for me atm springs are a good thing as it is used off road.
However, with more techonolgy than the models it superceeded comes more problems, for instance, my SRS airbag light likes to come on and stay on until reset by a dealer or specialist, it'll be right for a while but bump it the wrong way and it will come on. TC and ABS have a mind of its own, sometimes itll be fine, most of the time the lights will come on and it wont work, i suspect i will need to have the wabco unit ovehauled and the bands replaced, and checking the wheel bearings may help as it can throw the signal. BHSS rebuilds the wabco unti for approx. $400 My memory functions for the seats and mirrors need to be recalibrated, and the cruise doesnt work which i suspect is the rotatry coupling behing the driver airbag. i dont have remotes for the locks/alarm either which can be annoying sometimes but you get that. IN the not to distant future though ill be having all the problems rectified as im looking at spending a considerable about of $$$ on it for mods and other stuff soon.

So would i get another one - if only there wernt more of them, I'd like a completly std one with some nice mags and road tires for a nice cruiser and what i have for a 4by - but then again, there comes a cost to it all, but no more than a old cruiser of the same vintage and u ge alot more for your money.
Sounds like a nice RR
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Old 29th August 2007, 11:45 PM
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i noted the nice dash layout. im assuming that the post 93 disco dashes were inspired by them?
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Old 29th August 2007, 11:57 PM
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Yes - the second series D1 shared the same center section of the dash (twin temp controlls etc) which I read some where was a honda decendent(?) The disco binnacle was not integrated like the Rangie, however they share the same instrument assembly and passenger air-bag arrangement.

BTW - I think these two vehicles, the Vogue SE and the Disco, were the first 4wd vehicles in the world to have factory airbags.

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Old 30th August 2007, 05:48 PM
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hi guys, might chuck my ore in here, ive had my 94 soft dash for about 18 months now. had a few dramas when i got it, new engine after two weeks, but i have just put it on lpg and put a set of extractors and a hi flow exhaust and what a car, i love it pure luxury around town and very capable off road, there are plenty of niggles with them but if your prepared to keep them maintained then there unreal, i dunno but range rovers seem to have a nicer ride to me, love discos but i saw a program on the queen the other night and she drives a rangey, so did her mam, phil was drivin a lovely hse d2. the ones ive seen lately for sale look great, if you dont mind travelling a bit to get the one you want then your getting a lovely car for very little dollars. just go and get one you know you want to
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Old 30th August 2007, 05:57 PM
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I'd really like a lwb version.

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Old 30th August 2007, 06:30 PM
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I have had a hankering for owning one for a loong time, but my beef with thm is that you can't fit a bullbar as they are equipped with SRS air bags. As a town and 'normal' off-road vehicle (not places where I go ) they're a superb unit.

I've Seen a couple for sale in Sydney about 12 months ago for about $8K (max I would pay for one IMO) with about low to mid 200K on the clock.

As with any vehicle with 200K plus you'll be in your pocket for repairs regardless of how much you pay. Unless the seller details what they have spent on the beast I would question the price tag past that.

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