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Passenger Ride RR P38

I dropped off the Skoda at our transport HQ today and a colleage gave me a llift back to the office in her 2002 Range Rover P38. It is a limited edition 4.0 V8 Westminster model, which was, aparently, some sort of ultra top of the range model at the time. I have never sampled a P38 before, so was looking forward to it. The big bore stainless exhaust certainly added to the V8 goodness, but that was where the good stuff ended.

Is this really what the very top of the range Range Rover model was like back then? Creaking, shiny plastic, laughable plastic fake curly wood, sat nav and sound system looking like aftermarket add-ons and a ride quality which somehow managed to be crashy and wallowy at the same time. It was shockingly bad. Now I see why the L322 was hailed as such a breakthrough.
Frank Bullitt

Not sure I've been in a P38 but a friend had a TD5 Disco 2 for a few years and for the life of me I couldn't see the appeal other than the 'image'
Martin

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Not sure I've been in a P38 but a friend had a TD5 Disco 2 for a few years and for the life of me I couldn't see the appeal other than the 'image'


Same here and I'm not surprised. The ex in laws had a Discovey 2 when they were new and I drove it a few times. Hateful thing.
tali

2002 makes for the very last.Must admit P38s are growing on me as they were still proper old money.
But yes they are a  nasty drive.
Roadsterstu

A few years back I spent a shift in a RR of similar vintage and it was, V8 aside, a vast heap of shit. You are right, creaky plastic of poor quality, wobbly ride and this particular one had a constant "gearbox overheat" message. It was not very impressive.
Racing Teatray

I never thought much of the 4.6 HSE my father had. It was not a patch on the 4.2 LSE that preceded it in terms of charm and style, and was pretty horrible to drive. Not much oomph at all, very wallowy and fearfully unreliable.

And yes, car interiors have come a long way in the last decade.

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