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I've been on the hunt for an '07 or '08 Supercharged. Although I live in Denver, I've searched nationwide. I did find one in Denver that checked out great, but the seller decided after I'd agreed to buy it that he really didn't want to sell it. Odd to say the least!

I found one in the midwest that was well priced, color I wanted, acceptable mileage, etc.

The current owner gave me records that he had and they looked good.

I had a PPI done and it killed the deal for me.

Over half (12/23) modules were either reporting faults or not communicating.

One of the items on the Vehicle Inspection Checklist (as opposed to the AutoLogic report) was a weak battery. The faults could have been partially caused by the condition of the battery, but being a 1,000 miles from the car, I choose not to dig deeper into the issues.

So I'm still looking for a Black SC '07 or '08 for a good price, but I'd rather be looking than saddled with a basketful of problems.
 

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I just bought an '07 RRSC from Land Rover Houston and like you was concerned about the long distance purchase. I've done this before (bought a motorcycle from CA and an Escalade from Chicago) but the RR is a different beast. Seems either they're good ones and have been well taken care of or you're in for a long, difficult relationship. I've owned 2 Discos, an 07 RR HSE and my wife drives an LR3. All have been good to me because I'm good to them. But I have friends who have been taken to the cleaners with Rovers that were apparently not cared for.

In this case, the carfax squeaky clean...2 owner, 1st was a 15k mi corporate lease. I also asked the salesman to fax me any service records they had which, being a Rover dealer, he had access to previous dealer records...a huge benefit! They also came back clean and reflected strict adherence to the service schedule all done at Rover Dealers...a key point...I'd rather buy a truck form someone who took took it to a dealer versus tried to save a buck at Jiffy Lube. Which is hypocritical because I perform all my own services on all my cars...but it does speak to the owner's ability to take care of it in absence of knowing him/her directly.

Lastly, I did hire an independent inspection company local to Houston. For $168 they went out and did a full mechanical and cosmetic inspection, sent me photos right to my phone during the inspection so I could ask for close-ups and different angles as they pointed things out. I couldn't even fly there myself for that kind of money.

When my truck arrived it was exactly as I expected...so very happy with the whole process...definitely worth it. The truck even still smelled like leather inside. No way I could touch an '07 SC here in the condition it was in, with 53k miles for $30.6K. Here in New England that truck is 35K+ all day long...especially at a LR dealer. Not to mention, from Texas there was no salt corrosion or undercarriage rust like something from this area.

Seems Texas in general has an abundance of great cars at prices nowhere else found.

Carfax, Service Records, dealer maintained and an independent inspection....not a hell of a lot more of a guarantee possible than that.

The dealer was excellent too...he even painted my rear bumper (unasked) because it had a couple of deep scratches on it that weren't even big enough to show up on most of the pics. I doubt a used car dealer or Ebay-type volume wholesaler (or any non-rover dealer for that matter) would have done the same. He has a paint guy that comes once a week to do small jobs and had him spray my bumper.

-John
'07 RRSC
Scituate, MA
 

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Nice, but a bit more than I want to spend. I'm looking for one more in the range you paid. I emailed the midwestern seller, and he sent that on to the service place. They suggested what my guy said he'd do; reset all the codes, drive it for a couple of days to see if codes reappeared and then proceed from there. It's a good price, so if the codes can get sorted out, it may be worth buying.
 

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Modules having faults, or not communicating is not necessarily something to drive you away from the car. It could be something as simple as the battery has been replaced, or even completely normal. MOST Range Rovers have faults stored in them, but that by no means suggest that most have problems. Also, AutoLogic does not know what modules are fitted to a vehicle, so it looks for all possible, and will always show several as not communicating, as the vehicle is not equipped with them. The big thing is what modules had what faults.
 

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Dave, the autologic report did show four modules not reporting, but they weren't installed, so I didn't count those in the calculation. I'm still talking to the seller, who's working with the shop to see if they can clear the faults, drive the car for a few days and then recheck. One of the issues could be the battery, which is close to, if not in need of, replacement.
 

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Having a bunch of U codes stored, along with any low voltage faults would indicate battery at fault(usually at least) and is really nothing to be concerned with, once you get a new battery.

P and C codes are more important, if you can get a copy of the fault report with the stored codes, and what module they're in, I'd be glad to take a look and let you know if there is anything that would concern me.
 

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Just for the record, JerrytheK sent me the print out, a total of 28 stored faults across 12 different modules.

It seems a little intimidating at first, but from what I see, it needs a battery, and a software update for the PCM. There are a couple of other things that could either be an issue, or just due to the battery, and my recommendation on those are to clear it, and drive it, the faults that may or may not be battery related will either be fine once voltage is correct, or will come back within a matter of a few miles.
 

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The truck even still smelled like leather inside. No way I could touch an '07 SC here in the condition it was in, with 53k miles for $30.6K. Here in New England that truck is 35K+ all day long...especially at a LR dealer. Not to mention, from Texas there was no salt corrosion or undercarriage rust like something from this area.

Seems Texas in general has an abundance of great cars at prices nowhere else found.
Totally agree with John! I've purchased a few rigs since moving to Texas four years ago. Amazing deals, new and used.
 

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I have a 2008 SC Zermatt Silver that I would sell, with 70+K miles that I bought from local dealer that sold the car to original owner. Dealer installed mudflaps - never off-roaded, just prefer not to get mud on the undercarriage when taking the gravel shortcut road to my Rod & gun club. Also have all the dealer service receipts since when it was purchased. PO installed a builtin Escort radar det system with front & rear shifters. Brand new front brakes/rotors. Excellent tires. 15 MPG in town, 19 (+) on the road. Fairfax Station, VA; (703) 309-4967. See my Forum posts on the vehicle when I first bought it several months ago.


I've been on the hunt for an '07 or '08 Supercharged. Although I live in Denver, I've searched nationwide. I did find one in Denver that checked out great, but the seller decided after I'd agreed to buy it that he really didn't want to sell it. Odd to say the least!

I found one in the midwest that was well priced, color I wanted, acceptable mileage, etc.

The current owner gave me records that he had and they looked good.

I had a PPI done and it killed the deal for me.

Over half (12/23) modules were either reporting faults or not communicating.

One of the items on the Vehicle Inspection Checklist (as opposed to the AutoLogic report) was a weak battery. The faults could have been partially caused by the condition of the battery, but being a 1,000 miles from the car, I choose not to dig deeper into the issues.

So I'm still looking for a Black SC '07 or '08 for a good price, but I'd rather be looking than saddled with a basketful of problems.
 

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I received a follow up report from the shop that did the first scan. They cleared all codes and the codes did not return. Seller's going to go back in a week after the first scan and have it rescanned. Could have been a low battery as the vehicles been sitting.
 

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I had a PPI done and it killed the deal for me.
Lastly, I did hire an independent inspection company local to Houston. For $168 they went out and did a full mechanical and cosmetic inspection, sent me photos right to my phone during the inspection so I could ask for close-ups and different angles as they pointed things out. I couldn't even fly there myself for that kind of money.
What inspection companies did you guys use?
 
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