1983 TO 1990
THE VERY first of the coil-sprung utilities still retained the 2.25 engines from the outgoing Series III, quickly replaced by 2.5-litre units, then an 85 bhp turbodiesel in 1986. Many are now retro-fitted with later Tdi engines. If not looked after, they are prone to rust, but good ones defy the years and continue to perform, and there’s no shortage of spares. Prices are rising – not least because those over 25 years old can be legally exported to the USA. BUYER’S TIP: Tdi upgrades make them more driveable.