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Old December 27th, 2011, 08:23 PM
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Range Rover, LR3, LR4 Buying Advice

I'm thinking about buying a used Range Rover, LR3 or LR4. I'm trying to avoid the newest model Range Rover. I'm looking for 2006 or newer. I was wondering what the maintenance on the older Range Rovers or LR3's is like? I love the Range Rovers but I'm ambivalent because I've heard that they're not the most reliable. I really don't want to have to bring it to the shop all the time. The cost of maintenance is another thing that I'm concerned about.

My primary use for the the truck would be around town and some occasional towing. I went and looked at a Touareg and I liked it except for the lack of space inside. If anyone can suggest other vehicles to look into I'd appreciate it. The truck would be driven by my mother mostly so I'm looking for something nice.


Any insight and advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old December 27th, 2011, 08:33 PM
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Any of those 06+ are generally pretty good. The LR4 had some good upgrades over the LR3.
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I have an 07 LR3 and I love it. Granted I don't drive it very often, but when I do its a great smooth experience. I'm in the market for a newer Range Rover soon. Deciding if I should wait til the new model full size range rover comes out next year in the fall.
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I have an 07 LR3 and I love it. Granted I don't drive it very often, but when I do its a great smooth experience. I'm in the market for a newer Range Rover soon. Deciding if I should wait til the new model full size range rover comes out next year in the fall.
Shit throw some dubs on it and take it to the club. So range rover is the new goal?
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Try and find a 2008 or newer from a Land Rover dealer and you will get e new 6 year/100k warranty and right now we have .9% financing for up to 60 months. I have had 2 2006's a 2008 and now a 2011 and can tell you 2008 products where overall very good. Most of my long term customers agree as well who have owned them over the years.
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I was spending a little time at a local shop and they prefer the newer ones with the Jag motor over the previous version. I think that is 07 but whatever you do get a pre-purchase inspection on the vehicle. Common failures for the LR3s are the lower control arms and bushings (all one unit). The BMW motors tend to blow up their coolant tanks (crack them). The blend motors go out in the 05 and earlier which is a real pain. I haven't heard a bad word about the supercharged ones.
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Old December 28th, 2011, 12:43 PM
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Shit throw some dubs on it and take it to the club. So range rover is the new goal?
We'll see what falls into my lap.
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I have a '09 Range Rover and a 2010 LR4. Never had any serious problem with any of them although they only have done around 30K miles. The back up camera on the LR4 broke and that is about it.

Before this I had an LR3, more then 100K and also no problems at all. Much better then the Range ROvers and Discoverys I had before.

Talking about these cars, I am still suprised how fast they go through brake pads and tires. On the old ones the tires would go almost 50K miles or more, on the newer ones you need two sets in the same time.
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I currently have a 2012 LR4 on order. This is what I figured out in my research.

The 2010's had issues with the rear harness for the back up camera and the fuel sending unit.

2011's have yet to have a major issue (from what I can tell). But the used 2011's are holding their value to well for me to consider a used one, especially at upper 40's. Also, they dont sell alot of LR4's with the heavy duty package in Houston because we dont have snow or ice. That was a big deal to me for towing.

2012's have the new jag navigation and a way smaller key.
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I have a 2005 LR3 with 125,000 on the clock and it's still a trooper. But I keep on the maintenance too.

It's about due for it's second set of control arms like Clay mentioned. I also need to replace the shocks and grease the bushings underneath. But the engine is working great.
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I can't say enough good things about the LR4. I think it's the real sweet spot in the LR lineup combining power, agility and functionality in one package. Had an '05 LR3 prior and even though the 3 and 4 look similar, the LR4 is much improved and worth the premium IMHO.
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Thank you for all of the insight. It's really helpful. I found a 2006 Range Rover HSE with 66k miles for $28k. I know its a loaded question but might it be worth it to save the money over say a 2008 or will the maintenance get me later on?
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Id say on cars like these, service records and low mileage are most important.

------ Follow up post added December 29th, 2011 07:24 AM ------

You guys are aware that the lr3 & lr4 still use the same chassis right? Looks to stay that way til 2014 I heard.
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Id say on cars like these, service records and low mileage are most important.

------ Follow up post added December 29th, 2011 07:24 AM ------

You guys are aware that the lr3 & lr4 still use the same chassis right? Looks to stay that way til 2014 I heard.
The LR4 has the front suspension from the Range Rover which corrected some issues. I believe.
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