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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:39 AM
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Newbie: Seeking RR purchasing advice

In the market for my first Rover. I want to buy a BMW-powered RR. A couple of questions please:
  1. I know the BMW powerplant ran from 2003 through 2005. Did all MY 2005 vehicles have BMW power or did it switch mid-year to Jaguar power?
  2. Any special issues with these vehicles that I should be aware of when shopping?
  3. Any options or option packages that are especially worth hunting for (e.g., Lux package)
  4. Any other advice would be appreciated
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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:44 AM
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check the forums at www.rangerovers.net .. they'll have all your answers.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:45 AM
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Your best option is to check out www.rangerovers.net

Main things to look at is condition and maintenance records. Make sure that the recalls were taken care of. Make sure you pull a Carfax. And buy the best truck you can afford
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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Thank you. Will do.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 02:11 PM
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check the forums at www.rangerovers.net .. they'll have all your answers.
Damn. Thank god this forum doesn't look as confusing as that site. They put way too much info on that first page!
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Old September 16th, 2009, 02:18 PM
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Agreed. But the gents were right - I did find answers to the questions I have...
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Old September 16th, 2009, 02:33 PM
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I don't know if it was pre 2005 but i remember reading up on a front drive shaft recall. Check the records to see if they got that fixed. 2005s have the newer Nav system which i also heard is better and doesn't have goofy problems with it.
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05 IMHO is the best year. Lux is so worth it also IMHO.
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I like the TD6 3ltr turbo diesel from BMW was that available in the USA?
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Disagree with Ron, only on this one point- 05's had a touchscreen nav, which was unique to that year and not upgradeable. 03-04 had the BMW X5 nav, which has many options for sat radio, tv, dvd, etc... and they all suffered from the front driveshaft (diff really) problem but the warranty will still take care of it if the PO did not. Not the really the "warranty" but LR did issue a recall on these model years and will still fix it out of any warranty.
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Jaguar/LR engine from 2006 year onward has been far more reliable than the BMW powerplant. As for the RR itself- nav. is much better, no diff probs, bluetooth phone system, sat radio, factory dvd available. 2006-2009 much better car than 03-05.
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Sadly no.
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Disagree with Ron, only on this one point- 05's had a touchscreen nav, which was unique to that year and not upgradeable. 03-04 had the BMW X5 nav, which has many options for sat radio, tv, dvd, etc...
Yeah maybe, but they're freakin' expensive!
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Jaguar/LR engine from 2006 year onward has been far more reliable than the BMW powerplant. As for the RR itself- nav. is much better, no diff probs, bluetooth phone system, sat radio, factory dvd available. 2006-2009 much better car than 03-05.
Is there any info on reliability between the two different engines in the 05 and 06? i have been looking at 05s because of the BMW engine and better nav. but I do see some 06's in the same price range too. and for me, reliability is the biggest factor in buying a newer style Land Rover.
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Well, I can't quote you numbers or anything but from my experience of working at a LR dealer our service dept has a much higher opinion of the 2006 and above vehicles. BTW the navigation on the 2006+ vehicles is the same touch screen system as the 05, but it is more updated and most include a better bluetooth module as well as SAt. radio. The 03,04,05 RR's are in the shop alot more than the 2006 and above. Is that just because they are older and generally have more miles? maybe. But LR did make lots of changes and improvements to the 06 onwards RR's. If it were my money I would get an 06 over an 05. Of course I would really prefer the 2007 with the new dash set up and terrain response.
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I had an 04 and then an 05. I could not make the 04 Nav work at all, with the 05 I could at least successfully turn off the Nav.
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Dan I just picked up an 04 i'll let you know how it acts.

I have been told but have not verified that the LR3 18" rims will NOT fit on a 2004 RR HSE.

Anyone tried this?

I would like to put 18 on so i can use a more aggressive tire...

I swear I will not take it off road.
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Dan I just picked up an 04 i'll let you know how it acts.
let me drive it for a weekend. haha. I heard the 18s do not fit because of the rotors. I heard the UK rotors were smaller so they could fit 18s on there.

you going to MAR?
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hmmm maybe change to rotors out...


im 50/50 on mar

how about you and the ny/nj crowd?
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Old September 18th, 2009, 04:22 PM
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Good discussion.

I had convinced myself to focus on the BMW-powered version - but Todd's comments are making me think otherwise...

I did read about the front drive shaft recall on rangereovers.net - so I will be sure to check if this recall has been completed on any vehicle I look at.

Hunting Ridge Motors is near me and often has very low mileage, local one owner vehicles for sale - expensive, yes - but they are typically pristine, just driven by Greenwich moms around town.

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