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Old January 6th, 2010, 12:24 PM
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2003 Range Rover buyers research

Locally there is a clean, 2003 Range Rover with high miles for $15k. I did a little research because i thought for $15k, the risk of driving it for a while until I grew tired of it was minimal (maybe sell it for $12k?). So I check out rangerovers.net and look at their forum. incredible! There are people who regularly spend $5k on these things everytime they haul them in to the dealer for a shimmy, knock or shudder. Some of them have 10-25k miles! I understand now why the value of these things drop like stones in a pond! Looks like DIY projects are near impossible without computers and parts for the space shuttle are cheaper! Gladly driving my easy to repair, near trouble-free 110 with roll up windows, non-heated seats, analog dash, manual door locks, manually adjusted mirrors and springs and shocks! The cost savings are one thing but some of these RR owners are without their cars 50% of the time! So glad that a brief visit to rangerovers.net permanently cured my curiousity about the Mk111 rovers....ouch! If every prospective buyer went on that forum, they would never, I mean NEVER buy one!
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Old January 6th, 2010, 12:55 PM
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They are not that bad... I have an 03 and love it. Like anything, you have to find one that has been maintained properly and not abused.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 12:57 PM
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Had ours for 4 years with no major issues. Personally I love our 03.
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I have been considering getting one (I guess 2005 or 2006 - ones coming off a lease) because of the huge drop in price but share the same concerns. If you can't repair it yourself and maintenance costs are high, I don't want one! And here I am sure I'll be taxed (county property tax) at the maximum value they can get despite what you pay for it.

Are extended warranties reasonably priced and should I expect them to cover "normal" issues?
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Old January 6th, 2010, 01:25 PM
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I love my 2004 , it has 120k miles : )

I added a Safety Devices roof rack, ladder and will be changing over to 18's
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Old January 6th, 2010, 01:29 PM
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i paid a couple grand for a two year extended warranty and it was a waste of money because nothing went wrong with the truck.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:23 PM
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We just purchased a 06 Super Charged for the wife- it was a lease turn in.
Based off conversations I have had with Land Rover Mechanics; 03-04 Range Rovers are all kinds of maintenance trouble. Stay away. You can get a 06 with 30-45K miles in the low 30s.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:27 PM
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Gregg, I might need to come over with the boss and let us take at look at yours :D I am honestly not sure how I fit or even how they drive, but more importantly, the boss really needs to take a drive in one.

BTW, I still have you 13mm socket on the shelf collecting dust. LOL.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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i guess we got lucky then. if it breaks now ill be pissed for jinxing myself
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Wow! I am surprised at those experiences. After reading about all of the blogs, class action lawsuits, BBB complaints, etc. I'm shocked that I see any of them even running on the road! The reality is when something does go wrong, if you can't DIY, it will cost a fortune. There is no getting around the costs. Many people experience super costly air suspension issues and transmission issues, someone replace 2x trans at $9k each! At least with the 110, I know what things cost and that they won't break immediately. One guy in Florida went in for an oil change and the dealer called him with $4500 in needed repairs on a low mileage RR (they said it was general maint. susp. leaks, sensors, catalytic converter and radiator hoses). I guess I just don't see horror stories like that on this site. With that said, I actually had a '90 Classic that I drove for nearly 70k with only the A/C, shocks and fuel pump going bad.


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Don't take it to a dealer. Duh.
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Our 03 was a good truck. Only nagging issue was replacement of 3 radiators, but two were under warranty. We have an 06 now. I wish we still had the 03. Mark
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We have an 06 now. I wish we still had the 03. Mark
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In the last 6 months, we've taking it in 6 times - all electrical. Three times for suspension faults (height sensors), once for door switch panel (windows/locks) completely inoperable, backup sensor failure, and engine fuel sensor fault. Plus I like the BMW motor better.
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BMW blows. It took me a bit of time to sort my 03 disco.
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.......One guy in Florida went in for an oil change and the dealer called him with $4500 in needed repairs on a low mileage RR (they said it was general maint. susp. leaks, sensors, catalytic converter and radiator hoses). I guess I just don't see horror stories like that on this site. ......
I don't think the guy's story is true, low mileage / 03 Cat would be under factory warranty, I know I bought an 03 last year for a friend with 71k the cats were bad and LR Dealer replaced them under Factory Warrannty , they even put 02 sensors free of charge
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No problems with my '05. Bought the extended warranty; so far it's been a waste of money. I bought the '05 because it was the last year of tme BMW motor; which I preferred.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:39 AM
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Something to do with not keeping up with services that voided the cat warranty. All cars in the USA have a 10 year emmissions and airbags warranty I believe. It was on rangerovers.net. Seems like the 03s and 04s were really trouble but they have since become more reliable. I just would never buy one based on what I read, real horror stories, etc.

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I don't think the guy's story is true, low mileage / 03 Cat would be under factory warranty, I know I bought an 03 last year for a friend with 71k the cats were bad and LR Dealer replaced them under Factory Warrannty , they even put 02 sensors free of charge
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As a follow-up post, prefer the BMW motor (Chance's words), but in either case the trucks are not lacking for power. (Unless you drive a super-charged RR) Like others have said, do some research and find one that's well maintenced. The wife and I have had 9 rovers and this is the first one to give us any problems like this, so maybe we 'are due'.
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