At this point in time, when the youngest Mark III is now 8 years old and the oldest is almost 20 years old, it would behoove any dedicated owner to become a diagnostic expert. Paying professional technician rates on these Range Rovers at this point is painful.The problems with dealer service technicians are never-ending. First, they hire junior techs straight out of technical colleges and pay them peanuts. They are responsible for your simple jobs, like scheduled maintenance and basic brake/muffler replacements. Senior techs do the more complex jobs and diagnostics but there are two problems there:
Combine this with overall low expertise and high turnover rate at the dealership, you have parts changers that are more inclined to throw parts on the car in hopes that it fixes the problem. On a flip side, how many of you would pay 4+ hours of diagnostic to someone like DiagnoseDan (look him up on Youtube) to hook up oscillograph and graph every output from most sensors to diagnose a failing injector?
- warranty jobs are capped at a much lower hourly rate and also reduced diagnostic/repair times;
- post-warranty jobs are billed at a much higher hourly rate and as a result, customers rarely authorize more than an hour or two of diagnostic time;