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I am currently selling my 2001 740i sport. Before that I had an Imola Red 4.8is X5. I am really intrested in a Range Rover as my next vehicle but literally every time I mentioned to someone that that is what I want to buy they turn me down and tell me NEVER to buy one. Owning a couple BMW's I know these cars pretty well and it takes a decent amount to maintain them so that is not a problem for me but everyone acts like Range Rovers are some sort of horrible disease that I am going to hate living with. I on the other hand love everything about them. My X5 had the full air suspension that is pretty similar to the Rovers so I know how that can be. I just would like a fair warning on what all I can expect. The one I am looking at is an 04 with 70,000 miles and a 4 year, full coverage, Unlimited miles warranty but I'm not going to hold my breath to that. So other then tranny and air struts what else should I expect?
 

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Hi,

I have owned my RR for 3 years now and I love it BUT I have had alot of problems. In my experience most of the problems have been electrical but this can be expected in my opinion with a car so jam packed with gadgets. Touch wood, I have not had any major problems mechanically apart from the usual run of the mill stuff like - burst radiator (stone went through it) / alternator.... / that's about it !!

In my case the electrical problems are more frustrating than the mechanical issues because they seem harder to fix and once one thing goes wrong it seems to bugger up loads of stuff on the car, warning lights come on everywhere............usually when this happens you have to take it to the garage to re set everything.

I would not put you off owning a rangey, they are GREAT cars and I get a lot of pleasure from driving mine around !!
 

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My 2005 X5 4.8 was considerably more reliable than my 2004 RR. Both were bought new. My 08 and 09 have been flawless.
 

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Everyone I talk to says they know someone who has one and its in the shop every weekend but no one can specify what for... I mean if its just like owning a BMW then I'm ok with that.
 

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I think you just have to forget the bad rap that a LOT of whiner's give it. This truck was built by BMW and it is AWSOME. The 03-05 have the BMW V8 engine, BMW diffs, ZF transmission , BMW electrics ect... ect... Almost all the components are built in germany. Even the rims on my truck are built in Austria, I would have to say the quality is impressive. Go compare the size of a front axle/ CV axle VS a x5, they are 2x the size.

My truck still has the original air springs and the truck has been trough 5 salty/rusty canada winters and there still in good shape. When a air spring blows or I have a faulty sensor..... I will just replace it, I LOVE THE AIR SUSPENSION.

And BMW even gave us the option to turn of the DSC so I can now have some fun in the winter snow without the computers trying to kill the fun

I am pretty happy with my truck, and the look is second to none.... not even a x5, mercedes Ml ect...
 

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Ace 95 said:
selling my 2004 if interested PM me.
I geuss it didnt post my response ... The one i'm looking at now is white on tan with lux package.. how many miles are on yours?
 

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I have been very happy with the 2004, I have only put on a 800 miles since the purchase but I am in love. Drove to Tahoe and the car averaged 21 mpg up and back. Has plenty of power and I am not sure why the supercharged is even needed. Ride is great, the interior is the best and I hope to have it for many years. My everyday driver is a F350 Powerstroke so I may be coming from the bottom of the heap.

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I am currently selling my 2001 740i sport. Before that I had an Imola Red 4.8is X5. I am really intrested in a Range Rover as my next vehicle but literally every time I mentioned to someone that that is what I want to buy they turn me down and tell me NEVER to buy one. Owning a couple BMW's I know these cars pretty well and it takes a decent amount to maintain them so that is not a problem for me but everyone acts like Range Rovers are some sort of horrible disease that I am going to hate living with. I on the other hand love everything about them. My X5 had the full air suspension that is pretty similar to the Rovers so I know how that can be. I just would like a fair warning on what all I can expect. The one I am looking at is an 04 with 70,000 miles and a 4 year, full coverage, Unlimited miles warranty but I'm not going to hold my breath to that. So other then tranny and air struts what else should I expect?

if you are so familiatr with Bimmers then buy it , you will love it .
for you upgrading the GPS to MKIV DVD suystem will be " piece of cake" , eeven if you want to tune it upp a little , it will also be very easy to you . you may already have some diagnostic eqpt compatible with this RR .

Just make sure that the Front diff has been changed !!! and i will advise you to have the gearbox fluids changed and revised by some ZF specialist .
Also have the VANOS tubes in the back of the engines checked , and changed if they have cracks ( as for all M62 engines ) .
Also as usual for a used car pls have all the fluids changed , Check the BMW fragile expansion tank , if needed have the Radiator flushed or changed to a new one .
So your RR with the M62 engine , you will loooooove it ;

Jaybear
 

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Just too add my two pennies worth...

An 04 RR has pretty much identical comppnents to an X5 of the same age, so I am not sure where the logic comes from in stating a RR will be less reliable than a X5 :?

Admittedly the diff needs to be done on a RR of this age, but as per my understanding this is the only issue that is specific to the RR. Its a free recall at land rover so not a problem. The other major point is the gearbox which should have fluid change by 60-70k to prolong its life (not stated or reccomended by LR but it is advisable)

A lot of people are crybaby's and like to live in a mythical world in which Range Rovers are unrelaible. The l322 is a much improved car from previous models, I had the same thing when buying mine, and I can safely say its been very good to date with no major issues. Also the quality and drive of the car compensates for any niggly problems which may occure in my opinion - its a top class proper 4x4.

You will find the build and overall quality of the RR a great improvment from an X5 - but dont expect performance like a 4.6is!
 
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