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Offline ag2

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Who knows Land Rovers?
« on: September 29, 2011, 11:59:41 AM »
I've run across what appears to be a good deal, but I don't know Land Rovers.
I'm looking at a 2004 Land Rover Range Rover HSE with the 4.4 eng. with 78k miles on it.

When I visit this car, what should I look at under the hood and chasis?  Were there any major TSBs on it?  What has been your experience with this vehicle?  The asking price seems too good to be true, so I'm going with a guarded mindset.  I want to be thorough.

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Re: Who knows Land Rovers?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2011, 12:37:46 PM »
I don't know much about land rovers in particular, but if a deal is too good to be true use caution.

Check for the usual, leaks, rattles, dry rot on the rubber hoses/belts/tires, check all the climate control buttons, check all the lights. Maybe craw up under and see if anything looks like it was replaced due to an accident?

Usually when a nice vehicle around here is too good to be true it's because it's a salvage title and was in an accident and rebuilt.

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Re: Who knows Land Rovers?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2011, 02:00:54 PM »
There is a reason used Land Rovers are inexpensive.  Two words, Lucas Electrics.  In the UK, Lucas is refered to as the Earl of darkness.  Reliability is sketchy at best.  Once out of warranty, the prices go down like a turd in a well.  Does anyone remember the Land Rover commercial that says "8 of 10 land rovers built are still on the road today"?  That is accurate, the other two made it home.  If you like dinking with wiring, I say go for it.  Counting on one to be there when you need it, I would elect to go a different route.  Just throwing my .02 out there. 

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Re: Who knows Land Rovers?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2011, 02:11:27 PM »
Check out http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/
This is an "Overland" group with a lot of Land Rover enthusiasts.
They may be better able to answer your questions.
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Re: Who knows Land Rovers?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 01:17:50 PM »
I would personally shy away from the Land Rover as a BOV because the reliability is questionable on many of them.  People often say you have to love them to own them.  They're great as far as capabilities, but can be expensive to own due to repairs.

One model from a few years ago had so many "check engine" type lights that commonly came on that owners referred to those three error lights as the "Three Amigos".  They just get used to them always being lit up.  lol

My buddy purchased one about two years ago.  It had developed a knock in the motor, but he had bought an extended warranty.  He took it to a local reputable shop.  They replaced valves, lifters, and ended up tearing the engine down THREE TIMES before they finally told him they just couldn't determine what it was.  He then took it to a Land Rover dealer in Tulsa, OK to work on the same issue.  They tore the thing down multiple times, replaced more parts, and returned it to him six weeks later.  Oh, they told him they couldn't fix it.

It turned out that this particular motor had a common "knock" that developed that nobody is ever able to find.  The only solution that has worked for others was rebuilding the entire engine.  Weird....  The engine that I was referencing above only had like 70k miles on it.

Just a few words of caution about them!

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Re: Who knows Land Rovers?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2011, 05:54:40 PM »

What you need to look for depends on how old it is. Recent Land Rovers have improved dramatically in terms of reliability, performance, and residual values but their prior reputation is hard to shake.This UK based forum will be a big help for the Range Rover. There are sister sites for other land rover models if you decide to go that route:

http://www.fullfatrr.com/forum/

As a BOV they would be pretty good given there are so many out there still running and availability of parts is excellent. I'd make sure you get a model from the last 5yrs though - anything older and you are in casino territory with reliability.

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Re: Who knows Land Rovers?
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2011, 05:16:17 PM »
About Land Rovers...
 I was a Land Rover dealership technician and service advisor for about 7 years. I would stay away from the Discovery II, Range Rover post 1993. The Disco I , Range Rover Classic, and the Defender are pretty good, but I would advise finding something that is not quite as expensive to get parts for. They are fantastic off road, even the new ones. They all can be money pits if the previous owners neglected them. I would love to get an old ex military one, but they are expensive. I am looking at getting and old Land Crusier for a off road toy.

. If you have a vehicle your are thinking about feel free to PM me and I can give you the rundown.
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Re: Who knows Land Rovers?
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2011, 10:57:06 PM »
I've moved on folks.  Thanks for the input everyone!
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