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dhallworth



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Should I do it?

When I was a kid my Dad had a E registered 3.5 Classic which he then traded in and bought a L registered 3.9 Soft Dash Classic.

For years I've messed around with P38's as they don't tend to rot but the lure of a Classic is getting stronger. I nearly bought one a few years back but a quick change in circumstances stopped me, I'm now looking at them again.

I know where there's a 1994 Soft Dash LSE but it does need welding on the wheel arches and the rear floors.

I've been told that they're awful to drive but I'm not convinced that'll bother me as it's not being bought as a race car. I've had P38's and L322's and still have them, adding a Classic to the line up seems like a bit of fun.

What's everyone elses thoughts? Got a feeling I'll be perfecting my welding rather then just mechanical skills with one of these though.

David. 1997 4.6 HSE - Oxford Blue with Ash Grey Leather
1999 2.5 DSE - Oxford Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Oslo Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Alveston Red with Lightstone Leather
2006 Range Rover Supercharged in Zermatt Silver with Jet Leather - Gone - Looking for a 5.0
2007 Freelander i6 HSE in Izmir Blue with Ebony Leather
2012 Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Autobiography in Baltic Blue with Sand Interior

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DrRob



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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Vogue SE TDV8 Buckingham Blue

Learn to weld.

 2011 4.4 TDV8 Vogue SE Buckingham Blue
1993 200 Tdi Range Rover Classic - labour of love
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2012 SDV6 Range Rover Sport - gone
2012 Freelander - gone
Series 2A V8 Lightweight - gone
1952 80" - gone
1949 80" - still in family since 1975

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Cam-Tech-Craig



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Do it David... The Softy LSE is SOOOOO different to drive over the early models, a much more modern feel due to the EAS and anti roll bars Thumbs Up

Heres my old girl Very Happy

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Rosco



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United Kingdom 2004 Range Rover Vogue 4.4 V8 Java Black

Do it, you know it makes sense, I have had 6/8 of these over the years and I wouldn't be without one Thumbs Up

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j_rov



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Go for it. If I could find one I'd buy one!!! __

2010 3.6 TDV8 Autobiography Stornoway Grey
2000 4.6 V8 HSE Oxford Blue

Gone:
2001 Discovery 2 TD5 GS
1999 Discovery 2 V8i XS
1994 Discovery 300Tdi
1993 Discovery 200Tdi
1989 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.5EFi
1976 Series 3 2.25
1977 Range Rover 2 door 3.5 Carb

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dhallworth



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Thanks guys Smile

Craig, yours looks stunning! There's no way I could justify the outlay on one that'll look half as good as that I don't think!

There's plenty around but most of them will be rusty so I'm pondering the idea of buying one that's advertised as needing some work rather then paying over the odds and finding it needs work when I get it home and on the ramp.

A Soft Dash whether it be an LSE or not is certainly the preferred option at the moment.

David. 1997 4.6 HSE - Oxford Blue with Ash Grey Leather
1999 2.5 DSE - Oxford Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Oslo Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Alveston Red with Lightstone Leather
2006 Range Rover Supercharged in Zermatt Silver with Jet Leather - Gone - Looking for a 5.0
2007 Freelander i6 HSE in Izmir Blue with Ebony Leather
2012 Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Autobiography in Baltic Blue with Sand Interior

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Rosco



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My last one was a soft dash and definitely drove better than the earlier ones, horses for courses and all that Thumbs Up

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dhallworth



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There is one thing I'm half thinking about... a trip to somewhere that they drive on the right and that they don't use salt. Australia or Japan for a 2 week holiday and Range Rover shopping trip.

Just a thought, probably not a very sensible one right enough though.

David. 1997 4.6 HSE - Oxford Blue with Ash Grey Leather
1999 2.5 DSE - Oxford Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Oslo Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Alveston Red with Lightstone Leather
2006 Range Rover Supercharged in Zermatt Silver with Jet Leather - Gone - Looking for a 5.0
2007 Freelander i6 HSE in Izmir Blue with Ebony Leather
2012 Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Autobiography in Baltic Blue with Sand Interior

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Cam-Tech-Craig



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The Japanese import ones are all over the web David... Think you might have missed that particular boat I'm afraid sir...

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dhallworth



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Thanks Craig, i did wonder if there are still any over there.

RPI have started a branch in Japan and are offering to source cars for customers. Some of the things I’ve read online would put me off them though. 1997 4.6 HSE - Oxford Blue with Ash Grey Leather
1999 2.5 DSE - Oxford Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Oslo Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Alveston Red with Lightstone Leather
2006 Range Rover Supercharged in Zermatt Silver with Jet Leather - Gone - Looking for a 5.0
2007 Freelander i6 HSE in Izmir Blue with Ebony Leather
2012 Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Autobiography in Baltic Blue with Sand Interior

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bishbosh10



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2011 Range Rover Vogue SE TDV8 Orkney Grey

My dream RRC is a CSK. Bish.

2011 TDV8 Vogue SE

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ajac8



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Theres nothing to think about - go for it. They are wonderful vehicles (if not a little challenging at times) but well worth it.
Personally I think the soft dash lost some soul but as said - horses for courses.




 4.4 TDV8 SE
93 RR Classic efi
1972 Austin Mini
Remember it's easier to get forgiveness than permission!

Gone in order:
93 Classic hard dash Plymouth Blue
03 L322 Oslo Blue
2000 Disco TD5 ES Epsom Green
98 P38 Rioja Red
89 Classic Cairngorm Brown

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dhallworth



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Thanks for the thoughts gents.

I'll keep looking and see what comes up.

Best get some mig wire ordered I suppose... I'm probably gonna need a ton of it! Laughing

David. 1997 4.6 HSE - Oxford Blue with Ash Grey Leather
1999 2.5 DSE - Oxford Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Oslo Blue with Lightstone Leather
2002 4.6 Vogue SE - Alveston Red with Lightstone Leather
2006 Range Rover Supercharged in Zermatt Silver with Jet Leather - Gone - Looking for a 5.0
2007 Freelander i6 HSE in Izmir Blue with Ebony Leather
2012 Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Autobiography in Baltic Blue with Sand Interior

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