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Brand new to this forum (just registered) found it when I started researching rangies. I could have an opportunity to get into an 04 HSE for a really good deal. It has 75k miles on it though and I was wondering if you guys could share some tips that I should/could look out for in my inspection and test drive. Air suspension was checked out by the shop who just rebuilt the transmission in it. Yes, the transmission has been rebuilt.

Little background on me; I have owned many cars and trucks, but never a range rover. Built a couple custom muscle cars and I don't mind and actually enjoy doing all my own maintenance. I say all, but only when I feel like it.

Looking forward to your tips/suggestions on this test drive/inspection.
 

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First of all welcome.

If you dont mind, what kind of price are you getting? I would say its worth the extra moolah to get a car with warranty (Or get an aftermarket one).
I, like you, work on my own cars. Have a 1960 AMC Rambler and a 1969 442 in the garage also. But the rover is a different animal. With all the electronics it can be tricky. Tranny's and air suspension seem to be the biggest thing I see.

I do promise you that when and if you do get the Rover you will have a hard time "compromising" when getting a next car. It really is that great. Nothing under $75,000 touches it in ride quality, comfort etc!
 

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Well if everything goes right, I should be able to get it for around 13k-14k.
 

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Keep in mind the purchase price is just the entry fee for these vehicles off warranty...even if you're mechanically handy there will be things you cannot fix without dedicated tools, and parts are $$$. Having said that, it's a fabulous car. I have two so that pretty much sums it up. You're getting the car for a song compared to new price so don't feel bad when you shell out a few grand every once in a while to keep it running. Go in with that attitude and you'll be very happy with it. A warranty on a 6 year old car seems unlikely to me, at least at a price that pencils out. Use the $70k you save from new as your warranty.
 

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Sounds like a good price...

RE previous post, if you are mechanically minded there is generally nothing "mechanical" on the car you can't fix. The only problem you get to is the computer systems - BUT the ecu's in the L322 are much more resilient than on the P38 model and when something is fixed it will recognise that. Most of the tech on the RR is BMW so is fairly solid, the only specialist tool you could do with is a USB OBDII scanner to read and clear fault codes if/when they pop up.

Warranties if insurance backed are generally not worth the paper they are written on, they often exclude more of the car then they cover. I made 7 claims on mine and all were rejected and that was with a company that boasts a "no exclusion list".

Parts are very cheap, with engine and drive train components swapping over with a lot of BMW models. Pattern parts are now coming onto the market, pushing prices down even further.

For example, new discs and pads at the dealer inc fitting can cost £1500, do it yourself with non-genuine parts and it can cost as little as £120. With genuine parts it shoots up to around £250-£300. Range Rovers are not expensive to maintain unless you frequent the dealer.
 
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