We have always been a Toyota Land Cruiser family. We have taken our Cruisers across the country, in the mountains, to the oceans, through all kinds of crazy weather. We have never been stranded. The only repair item besides routine maintenance that I have ever done on one of our LCs was the radiator started leaking in my 2010. That was a $800 fix.
Three years ago, we decided to dip our toe into the world of Range Rover, and leased a brand new Range Rover Sport. I was immediately impressed by this SUV. The paintwork, fit, and finish was amazing. The seats were considerably more comfortable than the LCs. The doors were nice and heavy. I felt safe.
But in the first 4 months of ownership, the thing died on the highway and left us stranded. We had it towed 250 miles to a dealer for fixing, and then they returned it to us fixed. But along the way, we have battled a lot of issues and bugs. Warning lights about airbags, tire pressure, engine light (it just stays on all the time - hopefully one day it might burn out?). The blind spot monitors have never worked right. The A/C blower is stuck on low and it is going to be very costly to fix it. Just last week, the vehicle stranded us in a fast food line because the gear shifter broke. That experience was fun. There are about half a dozen other serious flaws in this vehicle that need sorting. We have 30 more days before we turn it in; I have advised my wife just to leave it in the garage, for fear something major is going to break and it's out of warranty.
THANKFULLY, we leased it. The price paid was around $79,000, and it has depreciated about $43,000 in 39 months. Simply astounding.
So we will give them the keys and walk away, and head straight for the Toyota dealership and into a real SUV. My life is too busy for car problems. For me, Range Rover doesn't offer value to the buyer in any sense of the word. If you are buying it for panache, you are going to pay a huge price for that, and it's going to leave you frustrated and embarrassed on many occasions. The folks in the donut store line were having quite a chuckle about my high dollar Range Rover that suddenly quit working. Funny stuff, unless you're the owner.
Range Rover. Been there. Done that!