Cons: "Mileage / service or repairs can be expensive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Heard so many horror stories about the RR, but we purchased a 2004 with the BMW engine and to this day it has performed flawlessly. Smooth ride, and goes through the snow like no other vehicle. My recommendation is to keep it serviced by a RR dealership, eventhough it can be expensive at times. Not too impressed with the new style 2013 model....I will be looking for a used 2010-2011 model. We like the heavier weight of the current style. If keeping a RR for longer period, I would recommend getting the extended warranty prior to the standard one runs out...it has saved us money and paid for itself already."
"I luv the vehicle, great ride, long distance no problem, Impressive vehicle in and out
But when dealing with an older model out of warranty beware, service cost could lead you to the poor house, I have yet to walk out of the dealership with a Bill under 1K and some as high as 3K easily
Even if you can find an independent repair guy, all he /she can do is save you on the labor; parts still come from land rover at full price at least in the USA"
"Love the car but it will probably be my last one. I bought a 2004 CPO with 33K on it and have driven it less that 20K miles in the past 2 two years. I was prepared for the fact that it wasn't a Honda Passport and would require greater than average maintenance but what I have gone through is pretty ridiculous. Niggling problems is one thing but issues that leave you on the side of the road are another. Since I have had the truck the following has been replaced: Both catalytic converters, cooling system, front air suspension, and both the front and rear differentials and shafts. The newest on the list is the transmission. in the 19 months that I have owned the truck it has been in the shop for a total of 3 of them. That's 15% of my ownership time! That's 3 car payments for shop time.
I will admit that I love driving it and the looks are great but this is a little crazy. Any time that a modern vehicle has more problems per mile as my 1967 Alfa Duetto something is wrong."
Pros: "Power, comfort, quiet, features, versatility on and off road"
Cons: "not as much cargo room as you would think, gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had several SUV's but bought this in 2009 because I do a lot of highway miles and wanted a truck with some power. Jackpot! It cruises comfortably and quietly at 70 MPH and is capable of much more. On the twisties, the "SPORT" mode on the excellent transmission transforms the car to a competent touring machine - at the price of some economy. Not many drivers know that the "SPORT" mode also adjusts the suspension, not just the shift points.
I had very few issues, but a shock did fail at around 15K miles fixed in warranty. No gremlins other than that. Yes, it is expensive to service and satisfy its thirst. In exchange you get an unbeatable combination of highway cruiser, winter wonderland explorer and power - lots of power. I sometimes think of a change, but can't think of a single vehicle on the market that can match it, let alone beat it in the race for my wallet. If they came out with a diesel I would buy it for the economy."
"I needed to replace my Lexus GX470--a terrific vehicle--and I wanted something more upscale. I test drove the MB GL and the new LX, and neither could compare with the look and feel of the RR. The GL had neither leather seating nor Bluetooth standard, for nearly 70K !!! The interior of the RR is one of the best I've seen, and the Harman Kardon stereo is phenomenal (710 Watts). The LX is a great ride, but it lacked the RR's feeling of substance, classiness and craftsmanship, IMHO. As far as reliability, I've had my RR for a little over a year and I've not had a single problem -- I hope this continues. The RR has a feeling of safety and solidity, and I wouldn't have my family in anything else. I joked with my salesperson, saying that, "it should be illegal to sell these things because once you've owned one, you'll never be happy with anything else"."
"My 2007 with 49 K miles has held its value better than other luxury cars I've owned.
The fit and finish of the interior is un-matched in a vehicle of its class.
Dealer maintenance is expensive but that's to be expected for a Range Rover.
The only thing that went when it was out of warranty, was a $ 3,200 A/C compressor/condenser and that went two months after I'd purchased a 3 year extended warranty (which of course, paid for itself right there).
I'll buy another in a few years - meanwhile there's still many more miles to be had from this vehicle."
Cons: "Cupholders were awful but since fixed, gas milage."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this 2004 RR new and have had few issues until now, when the radio/nav system failed causing the battery to drain. As expected with RR, a new unit costs $2500, so I acquired a used one from a junkyard for $400 (plus $500 for a dealer install).
Anyway, there is no better, more luxurious all-around vehicle if you can afford it, but buy an extended warranty just in case. Driving this, you will never experience car envy, regardless of what is next to you at the light. I'm thinking about buying a new one, and handing the 2004 down to the kids."
Pros: "stylish, comfort, great for road trips, reliable"
Cons: "gas mileage, air suspension"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I would buy another car like this if I could afford it. Outside of gas mileage and the continued issues with the air suspension this car is great. I enjoy it as much now as I did when I first purchased the car in 2007 which can be seen by the mileage. It is a great highway car. The look is classic and I would love to continue to own a RR for years to come."
"I have a preowned 2004 HSE loved it when I brought it home then a month later I take it for the point inspection the belts were 500 to replace another 500 to add the towing lights two month later 1200 new tires, three months after that 2000 on breaks and not to mention that the radiator blew due to the temp control, the battery died and it's 200 for that to top all that off the suspention went out three times with no explanation and now today it is back at the dealorship since it is miss firing and the oil is leeking into the engine. Buying an extended warrenty is a good idea but it doesn't cover brakes 2K, tires 2K ect. Also they dont come with locking lug nuts so look out those are 240 if you happen to get one without the navigation CD oops outta luck again be ready to fork over 200 bucks for those. I am fixing it and dumping it. It cost more than my house payments."
"First three years the vehicle was great! Afterwards, problem after problem! Don't know if it's the service performed on the vehicle or the actual car. Repair costs are outragous! The car is beautiful but prepare to spend if you plan to keep. It's also difficult to schedule appointments to take the car in for service, the wait time for appts. is ridiculous. And don't expect to get you car back soon when it's in for service. A minor replacement part can take over one week for installation. Wouldn't have bought the car if I had known."
"Looks good and expensive-but garbage! Almost everyone who owns this vehicle for over 1yr seems to have serious problem with it. Their stories are very similar, except for those who are still in the gaga stage of 6months of use. Get ready to empty your pockets and have your blood pressure raised to the roof. How can you purchase a brand new vehicle for over $85K and worth $27K(suggested retail value in excellent condition) after 4yrs of use. That makes no sense! We need to put this nonsense on 20/20 or the morning news. You'll see how quick they'll shape up."
"I purchased range river 18 months ago. I have been in the shop twice for broken suspension, twice for leaks in coolant and now starter. I have had enough. I don't recommend this car if it's your primary car. great for ootball players with 10 cars. Repairs are costly. The car is only good for life of the warranty."
"I've had my 2003 RR for going on 4 years and it has been 4 years of headache. It was all downhill after I had to get a new transmission at 50k. The air suspension is a nightmare when it goes. The heavy weight makes it go through brakes like water, I could go on and on but I'll sum it by saying while the truck is beautiful, it is definitely a huge headache. Unless you're ready to spend about 3-5k at least a year in maintenance don't do it!!!!"
"We've had this car for 9 mo. and $15k out pocket in parts & labor work. First the Front Axel gave out within a month of owning it, two month later the Alternator gave out while on Christmas vacation to the snow my family and I were stranded for 6 days because of the long weekend no one in that small town could fix it.
Four months later while driving on the HWY with my whole family the Front differential broke. In the last 3 months we've hand problems with the Transmission, water pump
and Transfer Case. My dream car has a been nothing but a nightmare, not including car payment, car insurance. We bought this car used, under 100k miles no company would sell us a warranty for this car. I would not recommend this car to no one. Is beautiful, comfortable but not worth it."
"We bought this vehicle brand new and were a little blown away with the price tag but it is a luxury vehicle. This thing is loaded. Heated & cooled seats, 360° cameras, etc. I must say this SUV is easy on the eyes, just a beautiful design with nice lines. Our journey hasn't been perfect and there has been a couple of glitches with the cameras but that's not a deal breaker. The DvD screens in the headrests are nice and out of the way. We've taken trips up north and nothing but comfort was experienced. I have to say this vehicle has some power, takes a little bit to get it going because it's heavy but keep in mind it's not supposed to corner like a Porsche. This is a solid SUV and I feel safe going anywhere with my husband and our two children. We didn't purchase this vehicle for great gas mileage, we wanted to give this luxury SUV a shot and when this one wears out I expect we'll buy another. My husband is in love."
"We paid cash for this car fully loaded. After the car reached 50K miles the car has literally been falling apart ever since. Over the past 2 years, we put over $20K into the car at the dealerships fixing it to just keep it running. It now has 106K miles and has been towed to the dealeship 4 times in the past 3 months. Do NOT buy this car! You will regret it! Looks great, but piece of junk."
"I bought this about a year ago. I have spent over 3K in the last year trying to keep it working. All the parts and service are very expensive. Just when I thought it would be ok after spending 1400 dollars on service I decided to take it on a trip from LA to Reno. but just about a hundred miles on the trip the service engine light came on and just when I got to reno the whole suspension failed and I had to drive it back with the vehicle practically touching the ground. I give up on this and I am going to trade it in on something dependable like a gmc yukon. Also the seats are very uncomfortable on a long trip."
"This vehicle is soooo luxurious! I had dvd screens installed in the back of the front seat head rests for the kids...awesome!!! Also, has the cold weather package that heats up the steering wheel, all 4 seats- back and bottom, and the windsheild for those frosty mornings. This car has it all, and I love it.I would say the only downfall is that luxury comes with a price-tag to match...anything that needs to be repaired or replaced on this car is a small fortune, so be prepared. Go for one, if used with the lowest possible mileage, and hope for the best! After 2004, the engine is all BMW, and even maintenence should be done by experts that work on these european cars...if you want it to last."
"Bought it new in 2005. Started having problems after 14k miles. Horrible noises in the rear suspension. Had to replace bearings/arms and noise kept coming back. Then the tire rods went bad. Not covered by warranty. Breaks had to be replaced every 12k miles at a cost of $2k (front and rear). Told this was "normal" for such a "heavy truck." At 40k it started making a high-pitched noise. 3 times to two different dealers to diagnose with no success (I researched and found out what the problem was on Google!) At 50k miles the radiator, water jacket, and oil seals started to go. Dash lights burned out, driver seat fell apart. Then the radio shorted out. In sum, not worth the $70k. Be prepared to spend BIG $. Dealers could care less once the warranty expires (they charge $250 just to "look things over") and the resale value is an absolute joke. Unless you have money to burn or you are a good mechanic, do not buy this SUV. You will ultimately regret your decision. I just got rid of mine."
"Just as every gorgeous, fragrant rose has a thorn, one's relationship with one's Rover is also bound to have a few prickly bits. For me, it detracts nothing from the beauty, luxury and fun of driving a Rover on a daily basis. This is my second Rover and I've already picked out the next one to replace it when my warranty runs out. It's like a relationship with a beautiful, temperamental partner. One has to love them enough to deal with the occasional rough patch. My advice, if you love the Rover, by all means, get one. GET THE FACTORY EXTENDED WARRANTY for as far out as you can get it, and think of the occasional periods with the free rental car as a chance to drive other vehicles. Usually, I get an LR3 which is a fun change of pace. If you are going to stress over every repair and every trip to the shop, get a Toyota. If you love adding the Range Rover to your image; enjoy driving something that is the ultimate in creature comfort, yet can tackle any type of weather or terrain; and feel a bit superior because your navigation system has a sexy British accent; then by all means, get a gorgeous Range Rover and enjoy! If the price is a bit dear, get a used one. I bought both of mine as two year old lease returns. They each had less than 16,000 miles on them and I saved over $20,000 off the original sticker on each. Don't despair about the instant loss of value when you buy a new one, take advantage of it and buy a gently used two year old. Bon Voyage!"