I bought my range rover on October 2005. It is a 2001. I paid it 30.000 can. from a private seller who worked in a car dealership. This was his personal vehicle in tip top shape. Before buying it I brought it to Rover for inspection and was told that the car purs. Odometer read 80.000 km.
5 months later I will specify the problems I have with the car.
Let me mention that there is no more warranty.
Front windows won't close properly.
The right side mirror motor stopped working.
The sunroof jammed. The sub woofer makes severe low frequency noise, and most of the time the whole sound system does not work at all.
Engine burns 2 liters of coolant every 2 weeks. Does not leak it though. Out of 50 starts the range allows me 20. The other 30,I just leave it sit at home and take the sun because it doesn't want too start.
The engine light remains on even with no positive diagnostic problem. The srs light comes on from time to time. Steering wheel makes funny whistling sound. When I drive the car over potholes and brake near traffic lights, the ABS kicks in for no reason and makes the car slide and very dangerous.
I just bought a 2001 RR HSE 30th Anniversary Ed. This vehicle is top of the line. Any option you can imagine I have it. The two-tone leather, green carpet, chrome everything, you name it I have it. I have had this vehicle for two months. I paid $18,000 w/52k on the odometer. The back and passenger sits have never had a human in them. I purchased this from an older couple who bought it brand new, and had every service done at the dealership, with records. Have had not one problem w/this beast. I thank the lord for that. I have always wanted one since I was little. My parents were missionaries over in Indonesia and Haiti, and we always had an older range rover, which ran rather well. I just keep praying over our cars and thanking the lord for everything we have. Good luck all of you. Maybe a little prayer might help!
I see, so now all the problems people are having with Range Rovers/Land Rovers is because they aren't praying hard enough.
I wish people would write comments that had something to do with reality.
These vehicles are notoriously unreliable and are only sold because of a great marketing campaign. CAR magazine even when to Africa where these vehicles are allegedly "kings" and the people interviewed there said the trucks were too unreliable for the bush. They all drove Land Cruisers and always had.
And every long term road test on these vehicles in car magazines I've read, especially the LR3/Discovery models, has listed faults that wouldn't be acceptable in a Honda, Toyota, or even a GM product. And these vehicles are 1) new, and 2) over $50K on average.
But more to your point. It seems in the RR/Land Rover case the devil is in the details, not God.
"When in the course of human events", it is sad when something bursts your bubble. I was looking for something different out there. Not your usual vehicle. I couldn't find it, until I found the Range Rover! I fell in love with it the moment it caught my eye. I loved everything about it.
I felt it's like a fine piece of art. I thought it would be wise to search for comments on the Range Rover before buying it. I found this site, and I'm sorry I did, but at the same time, it is very lucky for me to have found it!
My search continues. Wish me luck.
I might play it safe with a Toyota.
Well I am amazed by the comments that were made in the above!
Religious beliefs do not have any bearing on how reliable a car is. You must always go on the facts.
To the person that is still looking for the ultimate 4x4, you will not go wrong with a Toyota, but not the latest one as it is starting to have problems of its own.
The Range Rover has too many problems that need fixing, suspension, electrical etc, even though I must admit I love the Range Rover for its design etc, but you would have to have it as a second car or have plenty of money to keep her going.
If you need a reliable 4x4,go for an older Toyota, Nissan, (Isuzu pre 1995). I have a Isuzu Bighorn 3.1 and it is bomb proof. The Range Rover is a lovely car, but it don't cut the mustard long term.
Unless you're a multi millionaire, do not buy a Range Rover.
This car will swallow up your funds so fast you won't believe it... These jeeps are over rated and be warned they are a piece of horse dung. Stay away, don't take one for free.
Now you were warned!
I bought a 2001 Range Rover 3 months ago. I am so sorry that I did not see this site before I bought it. For 3 months I have had problems from everywhere. I have spent $1,500, $700, $250 and yesterday I got a EAS failure.
That truck is a piece of junk. It is the most unreliable moving thing ever made!
We had one and honestly it's an image vehicle. If you are a Realtor for example it looks good.
But we had a lot of issues. The worst was the failure of the suspension and the annoying dash buzzer. We pulled ours out and it was a big speaker. The overabundance of gauges seemed unnecessary.
But it looks impressive to appear successful. Eats a lot of fuel.
Words can't describe the assistance received in the above statements. I am currently looking into the purchase of of 2001 RR, and I must admit, it "was" primarily for the looks and features. Again, after reading the above comments, I no longer want to have the experience of owning one. I realize everyone may not experience problems with their vehicle, but I think I'm going to go with the mass.
Thank you all very much for taking time to share your individual experiences with the rest of us!
Clearly everyone who has commented about the cons of owning this monster cannot be exaggerating. It should be unlawful to even sell a vehicle like this in this country. What a SHAME!!.
I have a 2000 p38 4.6 Range Rover. I have had it 6 weeks, and 2 of those were spent at the mechanics.
Since then it has broken down once a week. Have to wait a couple of days for a part, fix it, then several days later broken down again. Range Rover should be sued for such a crappy product.
The other day it would not open the doors, I unlocked it, went in to get my baby, came back and it locked itself and would not unlock for over an hour. Luckily my baby was not inside.
Just fixed the air bag light, and now the engine light is on. So much more to list...
Don't buy a Range Rover, unless you want to break down every week. Spend a fortune and still need a new car.
It does make one wonder why so many negative postings.
Thanks to all who have documented their horror stories.
I was looking to buy a 2001 Range Rover with the 4.6L.
After careful research and honest evaluations posted on this site, I think I'll pass.
Lots of problems with head gaskets/valves and suspension can and will be very costly, not to mention the electrical nightmares to follow. It makes you wonder why a $60,000 + new vehicle has little to no resale value.
Marketing was key in this endeavor that turned out a less than desirable product.
It's no wonder Ford sold out to a company based in India.
Hi. I am also buying a 30th Anniversary for 3500 with 170k. Do you have any advice?
With all due respect, don't... Buy a Lexus LX.
With all due respect:
40% of owners would buy another Lexus LX.
40% of owners would not buy another Lexus LX.
...60% of owners would buy another 2001 Range Rover.
Here are my thoughts, it really depends what you need and want. At 170k, every vehicle needs repairs, and RR more so. It also depends whether it has been well taken care of or neglected when it comes to maintenance. You have to understand that you will have to spend money; more so if you are not mechanically inclined. Seriously great vehicles, but they do require involvement financially and hands on dexterity. If you are not prepared for it, look elsewhere.
Come on, we know why people buy these used. It's image. We had one and it was a never ending expense. Blew out the air ride crossing a paved bridge. Then the engine went. Looks good if you want to impress someone.
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