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So my dad is interested in purchasing my 2003 Range Rover. He understands it is a near 7 year old vehicle and that parts/service will be expensive. The truck has been running great lately until he told me this morning that while I was away for a month, the truck started "dinging" and throwing an "Air Susp Inactive" alert to him on a few separate days. He said it would on occasion alert him after driving for the first 20 miles in a day. The odd thing is, the computer did not throw me any alerts over this past weekend when I drove it fresh every day for 40-50 miles (each day).

I searched for "EAS inactive" on this site as suggested by previous posters and read through all of the posts that I had time for. In the meantime, I told my dad not to worry about it unless it lowers the truck to the bumper stops (this was also advised to me by my service rep whom I am in good standing with and is actually trying to keep me OUT of the service shop unless absolutely necessary). I am not sure if this worried my dad as I know he wants to buy my truck. Although I know he can afford the repairs on a used RR, I naturally have some discomfort in selling him a Rover that is now throwing EAS fault alerts as I know the air suspension is incredibly expensive to fix. The last thing I would want is the front air suspension bags to go out as LR Service quoted me near $1800 each (worst case scenario as those seem to be the ones that are "sinking" after the vehicle has been sitting for three days). BTW, my battery is a brand new Interstate MTP-93 so this should not be the culprit.

So my post is two-fold: First, how would you go about selling the vehicle? Maybe adjust the price to account for a future 2 air suspension bag replacement? The left rear has already been replaced. And second, should I even worry about the EAS when it has not thrown a hard-fault? (i.e. dropping down to the bumper stops). Other candid feedback is greatly appreciated.

BTW, I looked at KBB "private party" value and my vehicle with 48,000 miles (2003) is valued at $18,000 and the vehicle is in excellent condition inside and out! It's only been recently (when I want to sell the vehicle) that EAS has been throwing alerts. Go figure.
 

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Re: Father wants to buy my RR. EAS throwing alert - reluctant to

Have the Suspension properly checked out at an Independent Land Rover specialist that has the right tools to read suspension faults and also check the system manually which should be much cheaper than dealer, then:

a) Nothing wrong sell to Dad at $18000 (seems a good price)
b) Minor Fault say $350 take the hit and sell for $18000
c) Major Fault say $2500 then split cost with your Dad as he is getting a new system that should last and sell to him for $16750

Seems like a plan to me.

Good luck.

Gaz
 

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Hi Gaz,

Quick question, how should I go about checking the system manually? Are there regular tools I can use to check the system? Just curious because I did not find any specific detailed search results for a manual check (DIY). Please let me know and thanks for your feedback!
 

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spizzi said:
Hi Gaz,

Quick question, how should I go about checking the system manually? Are there regular tools I can use to check the system? Just curious because I did not find any specific detailed search results for a manual check (DIY). Please let me know and thanks for your feedback!
I simply meant to get the mechanic to get under the car and inspect the air bags and connections etc as well as the compressor and struts. A good Indy will have the full Land Rover kit for checking the special suspension codes and clearing them when the problem is fixed.
 

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Re: Father wants to buy my RR. EAS throwing alert - reluctant to

since the front's sinking, new springs are in order.

What likely happened is your dad didn't drive it often, so it sunk lower than it did for you, the next drive it came up OK, but the compressor had to run longer to re-fill the airsprings and reservoir tank, so the ECU threw the "inactive" fault because the compressor was running too long and/or getting hot. Your compressor is probably close to worn out as well. I'm working on a rebuild kit for it now, hopefully by the end of the month.

you don't need to pay dealer prices, I have rebuilt front strutts for $330 each:
http://www.rover-renovations.com/MkIII-Range-Rover-L322-airsprings-s/157.htm
 

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shupack said:
since the front's sinking, new springs are in order.

What likely happened is your dad didn't drive it often, so it sunk lower than it did for you, the next drive it came up OK, but the compressor had to run longer to re-fill the airsprings and reservoir tank, so the ECU threw the "inactive" fault because the compressor was running too long and/or getting hot. Your compressor is probably close to worn out as well. I'm working on a rebuild kit for it now, hopefully by the end of the month.

you don't need to pay dealer prices, I have rebuilt front strutts for $330 each:
http://www.rover-renovations.com/MkIII-Range-Rover-L322-airsprings-s/157.htm

how reliable are the rebuilt struts?? how long do they last?? curious..
 

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Re: Father wants to buy my RR. EAS throwing alert - reluctant to

shupack, thanks for the information. I am most curious to know if this is a fairly straight forward DIY to install the front struts. I was trying to search this forum for folks that have done the rover-renovations DIY but didn't find too many results? I am pretty good with taking things apart and putting things together. Are there instructions that come with the struts/parts? I do have the RAVE so my guess is the instructions are buried in there somewhere? Also, it looks like the struts and the compressor on the rover-renovations website are genuine Land Rover parts, correct?
 

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Ace 95 said:
how reliable are the rebuilt struts?? how long do they last?? curious..
Lifetime replacement warranty :) and a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.

Standard strut replacment with the addition of an airline. It's detailed in RAVE how to replace the strutt, should only take a couple hours, you should have it aligned afterwards, atleast to verify nothing shifted.

The rebuilt strutts are fairly new (as the rest of the MkIII items) so not many sold yet.

The Struts are rebuilt OEM, with new rubber. The rear springs and the compressor are new OEM. Currently working on aftermarket and/or rebuilt versions of both.
 
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