Introduced in 1994, the second generation Range Rover is widely known by its model code number, P38A. It represented a major technological leap for Land Rover Ltd, and became a market leader in the ever-growing luxury 4x4 market. Innovations such as Electronic Air Suspension (EAS) and Climate Control took the Range Rover more upmarket and it offered a more refined drive than the 'Classic' Range Rover which had been in production since 1970 .
The P38 was available with 3 engine options; the 4.0 litre and 4.6 litre versions of the all-aluminium V8 Rover engine in fuel injected guise, and the new 2.5 DSE Turbo Diesel BMW engine - all engines offered plenty of power. Refinement was taken to new levels, and electronic systems now controlled more parts of the vehicle as design improvements kept up with demand for sophisticated in-car technology. The Vogue and HSE models were fully loaded with leather (sometimes electrically operated and heated) seats, sunroof, electric auto-dipping mirrors, climate control, and 18 inch alloy wheels, appealing to the very top level of car buyers. A facelift in 2000 saw improved headlights, fog lamps and rear lights, and special limited editions such as the Autobiography, Holland & Holland, Linley and 30th Anniversary models were sometimes offered with bespoke options such as TV screens and VCR, picnic tables and shooting gun cabinets.
Reliability of the EAS (air suspension), body control electronics and climate control systems is often seen as a weakness of the P38 Range Rover, and the V8 engines, particularly the larger 4.6 version, can suffer from terminal failure due to cylinder liner problems. The diesel engines are usually maintenance free, with the exception of the injection pump which can cause starting problems when the engine is hot. Kits are available here at Famous Four to 'by-pass' this issue. Interference problems with the alarm system are also operating frequency are also common, but can be programmed out by a specialist Land Rover garage such as Famous Four. Coil spring replacement suspension kits are also available should the EAS system prove too expensive for economical repair. Check out our website for details; we have a great deal of specialist technical workshop knowledge of the P38, and to maintain one of these vehicles well, a clued-up specialist garage is a most useful place to know!