I just bought a 99 Range Rover that I found online. It has 153k miles on it. Known problems are: partial headliner sag, radio is locked out and I don't have the code, driver side door sensor not working (so the RR beeps that the door is open even when its really closed) and the sunroof is not working. It has the navigation dvd box on the passenger side, but the in-dash nav unit is missing.
I'm going to have an authorized Land Rover shop look it over this week. But I took it for a 10 minute test ride and it seemed ok. Good acceleration, no strange noises under hood and the gears shifted smoothly. There is some body roll but I suspect this is common to the brand and due to vehicle weight. The only leak I noticed was small amounts of water (could this be from AC?) after the test drive.
The exterior is CLEAN! No dents, dings or scratches. Under the hood looks clean too. Interior is good except for the dash board, some of the dashboard button icons and names are worn off, so I need the owners manual to decipher what the buttons do.
I paid $3900 for it. Is this a good deal? What's the life expectancy on this? How much should I expect to pay if I want it to last 5 years? I figure if it lasts for two years without major mechanical problems, it paid for itself. My main concern is the wear on it from the high mileage. Let me know if I got a raw deal. Your thoughts/comments are appreciated.
BTW, I expect to put about 10k miles (mostly city) a year on it. Maybe light trail driving once a year.