As you already know, I have been on the market for an L322. This forum has a lot of great info regarding maintenance, repairs and model differences from year to year. I narrowed my search down to two possible vehicles, and Im hoping you can help me decide:
2005 L322 with 104,000 miles on it. $6,500
The RR is a little rough on the outside, with few nicks and a cracked rear bumper. However, its a 2 owner car. The seller has had it since 24K miles, and came out with a folder full of maintenance records from both the dealership and an independent shop.
The big plus with this one is that big ticket items like air suspension and transmission rebuild has been done. As far as I know timing chain guides or tensioners have not been replaced.
2008 L322 with 91,000 miles on the car . $10,000
Based on carfax, the car had three owners
-First owner had it for 2.5 years and 37K miles. Corporate, was it a dealer loaner?
-Second owner had it between 37-72K miles. Carfax shows rear end collision. Current owner claims, someone hit the car from the back during stop and go traffic.
Carfax shows "involved in rear impact with another vehicle. Rear primarily damaged, vehicle derivable"
Otherwise the car shows maintenance inspections at a LR dealership roughly every 4K miles.
-Third owner is the guy Im considering buying from now. He had the car for two years and put less than 20K miles on it. (8977 average). However, he has absolutely no maintenance records.
I asked about the typical items for this year like compressor, suspension, water pump, expansion tank....nothing. He claims that regular maintenance was done at his local mechanic but has no receipts.
The car is not registered now, and the last entry on carfax is 08/03/2015 Listed as dealer vehicle sold at auction. Which leads me to believe he is not an actual owner but just got it at an auction to make a quick buck
Regardless of which car I go with, I will not buy it without having a PPI done at a local dealership.
The 2008 RRSC seems like a better deal, it also looks really nice, despite the shady history. Assuming the local dealership does not find anything major during PPI, should I go with that one?
Should I go with 2 owner 05 which has good maintenance history, but according to everything I read are much less reliable?
Thank you in advance for your valuable knowledge and advice.