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Old September 25th, 2008, 10:37 PM
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Range Rover anyone?

So, a big ass oak fell on my dad's RR this morning. His '95 90 had been in that spot the night before... There was a limb that punched through the hood & sunroof. It looks like the right front suspension may have collasped. I am thinking that the 400 HP motor might fit in my 90???

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Old September 26th, 2008, 01:15 AM
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You can bet the insurance co. will fix it! A truck of that money ... they will fix that truck.

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Old September 26th, 2008, 07:50 AM
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Probably. he is going to fight them til the end though. He is a perfectionist, and does not want the truck back period. He has 6 other vehicles with that company so I hope that gives him some pull
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Old September 26th, 2008, 08:29 AM
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The size of that entire limb is as big as most trees we see around here.
Had that truck been a little further over, it would have become a pancake!


A shame really, that truck is a beauty!

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Old September 26th, 2008, 10:06 AM
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Well, there is a glimmer of hope in getting it totaled. It was barely able to move under it's own power, and quickly overheated. We joked about letting it sit there and seize up But we couldn't go through with it...

Would someone mind posting those pics as thumbnails? I am wanting to show them to my office but I am blocked from image shack here...

Thanks!!!
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Old September 26th, 2008, 10:25 AM
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Done and done.


If you part it out, I would really love to have the Nokia black brain box.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 10:38 AM
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Thanks Trae.
Hard to see, but almost every panel is scratched and or dented, one rear window is busted out, and the interior is full of glass and branches.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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whats the status? what will the insurance company sell it to you for after if they say its a total loss?
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Old September 26th, 2008, 11:09 AM
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Does anybody wheel their RR HSE's? I cant believe how much they have dropped in value. The 03's are worth less than a beat up Defender.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 03:45 PM
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Does anybody wheel their RR HSE's? I cant believe how much they have dropped in value. The 03's are worth less than a beat up Defender.

Honestly...I've seen high milage 03 HSE's for $17K here in LA. And you can get a lower milage 05 LR3 that cost $55K new for about the same. Crazy how poor the resale market for Rovers is these days. Glad I lease my Sport!
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Old September 26th, 2008, 04:26 PM
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Yeah there are so many of them in LA they are practically giving them away. Thats where i bought mine and you are right i should of leased! Luckily they are over 6k pounds so they qualify as commercial vehicles and you can write off the depreciation.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Same thing's true about any luxury car like that though (A8, S class, 7 series). They all depreciate like crazy.

What's to worry about if you keep the thing forever though?
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Old September 26th, 2008, 04:49 PM
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You only need to worry if you finance it or you want to resell. If something happens to the vehicle you could easily end up owing more than its worth. its no fun if you owe 40k on a car and it gets stolen or totaled and your insurance company writes you a check for $25K.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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I am in LA and my girlfriend's lease is coming to an end. We wwere thinking about buying a used range rover. I see nice looking hses for 29k. I think those are 06s. Now I know the first owner is hating life for loosing all that money but I would think buying one right now for 29k and driving it as a primary car for three years would be cheaper than leasing and it is a range rover so even used it is still super nice. now i have no idea if it is a maintenance nightmare. that is another story.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 05:19 PM
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in my experience, having owned several. Warranty is king...once its up, get a new one, or extend the warranty. I had a new 2003 when they came out...drove it without ONE SINGLE ISSUE for 3 years, right as the warranty ended my door panels were popping off, blistering on the bumpers and several electrical gremlins creeped up...maybe just bad luck but without that warranty basic cosmetic issues were very costly to repair. Otherwise, very comfortable, capable and beautiful truck. Was always a pleasure getting in first thing in the morning...! my .02 cents
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Old September 26th, 2008, 05:39 PM
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I have to agree. They are great cars. i couldnt wait to get one when LRNA starting marketing the new models. We havent had any problems with ours but we"ve only put 40k miles on it. I agree warranty is key. If something major goes wrong you are going to be out alot of cash but if you get one with a warranty chances are you will love these things.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 05:42 PM
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My dad has 75K on his '04. Only major issue was the front diff failure. They initially replaced it under warranty and then a few months ago LRNA recalled it (details on the reason for failure are on rangerovers.net). That and the radiator started to leak. Other than that it has been a great truck.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 06:02 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JSBriggs
These days? Rover's and Jag's (with the exception of the Defender) have ALWAYS had horible resale values.

-Jeff
That is the truth.
I'm on my 6th LR and never had any resale worth crap. But that's what you have to deal with if you want to drive a newer LR. You have to suck it up, drive it and when your done give it away cause your not getting much for it. I have come to terms with that because my wife has the most amazing brand loyalty to LR.
Her brand loyalty is a good and a bad thing, but she was happy when I told her we were getting a Defender. Now she has been adding a huge list of mods to our truck. She is perfect!

Hope it works out and you get it totaled.
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Old September 28th, 2008, 08:36 AM
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Yes, warranty is the key. Dad almost dropped $3500 on an extended warranty the day befor this happened. This is an '06 supercharged and Kelly Blue Book has it at around $55k. We are still waiting to hear from the shop. Will keep you posted...
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Old September 28th, 2008, 09:14 AM
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Actually the resale on the 2003 and 2004 models were great for a while, when they were hot and new.
Now, they are a total bargain. The front diff. was the only problem with my 2003 and have had zero problems with my 2006. New Car Warranties are a very good thing, but the used car warranties, even the factory certified ones leave a lot to be desired. I would take my chances on a late model Range Rover rather than shell out $3500 for a half-baked warranty.They are very good vehicles.
BTW, if you count driving on the beaches, and dirt roads of an island "wheeling" I am guilty almost every day with my 2006. It is also my staging vehicle for clamming,scalloping,diving,kayaking. Has seen way more than it's share of salt water inside and out , and shows no corrosion or wear form all the abuse. Awesome truck.
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