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Hey guys just wanted to say hi, I finally took the leap and picked-up my first Rover. 2004 Silver, lux package with only 37k miles. I've been looking around here for a while and just started taking some notes. I'll post pics soon, as soon as it stops raining. Also going to be looking into getting an extended warranty and noticed that there are three companies on the main site that seem to be specific to LRs, what are your thoughts? Anyone heavily preferred here by members, had good/bad experiences?
 
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hi, welcome to RR.net. We all look forward to pictures of your new Rover.
 

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congrats, lots of great info here :thumb:

should probably do a search on the warranties companies on the main page :)
 

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Personally, I would steer clear of the extended warranty companies on the main page. I would only buy one through a dealer or trusted repair facility who has a proven history with the warranty provider. So many extended warranties are just scams, and that was made abundantly clear to me when I did my research prior to buying my RR. I ultimately decided not to get one at all. Really the only thing they do is provide a more predictable fixed cost for your repairs (assuming you buy a good one that covers all or most of what goes wrong). IMHO, as long as you can bank about $10k - $15k at set it aside as a disaster fund (and keep it replenished if you have to dip into it) then you should be able to fix just about anything. You won't likely need that much though if you take good care of the vehicle. According to my research average annual repair cost is about $3k - $4k. Some years will be less, others more - just like any vehicle. Your costs may be substantially less if you do a lot of work yourself (things like radiators, brake pads, fluid changes, fliters, hoses, certain EAS components, etc., etc., are easily serviced, but the dealer charges incredible rates to do it).
 

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Personally, I would steer clear of the extended warranty companies on the main page. I would only buy one through a dealer or trusted repair facility who has a proven history with the warranty provider. So many extended warranties are just scams, and that was made abundantly clear to me when I did my research prior to buying my RR. I ultimately decided not to get one at all. Really the only thing they do is provide a more predictable fixed cost for your repairs (assuming you buy a good one that covers all or most of what goes wrong). IMHO, as long as you can bank about $10k - $15k at set it aside as a disaster fund (and keep it replenished if you have to dip into it) then you should be able to fix just about anything. You won't likely need that much though if you take good care of the vehicle. According to my research average annual repair cost is about $3k - $4k. Some years will be less, others more - just like any vehicle. Your costs may be substantially less if you do a lot of work yourself (things like radiators, brake pads, fluid changes, fliters, hoses, certain EAS components, etc., etc., are easily serviced, but the dealer charges incredible rates to do it).
I think $3-4k is way on the high side :hand:

Providing you don't buy a poorly treated model this is a quality vehicle and should with regular and virtually cost free maintenance (coolant/oil levels, air filters, fuel filters & gearbox oil on older cars) be very cheap to maintain unless something like the suspension/gearbox or motor gives out and they won't if they have been looked after. I have had a RRS for 1 year, LR3 for three years and 3 Full Fat Range Rovers in the last 12 months with only minimal cost regular (specialist) servicing and replacement tyre costs when I drive over F**cking nails! :D
 

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Yea welcome to the forum. I have an 04 also and I was looking to buy a warranty when I first bough it about a month ago. One thing people told me when I asked them for advice on warranty was "read the contract"..well I hate reading so I didnt buy warranty. Get the Rave software and do most of the maintenance yourself. Also go around and talk to independent shops in your area and see if A. you get a good vibe from them B. they've worked with the 2003 and up Range Rovers. Good luck.
 

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Hey thanks for the input, yeah I'v been second-guessing the extended warranty deal myself because I can see plenty of ways for them to backout of paying for the repairs. I plan on looking into some dignostic software to be able to read codes thru the OBDII connector, but not sure whats different on the rovers. I also noticed alot of features like auto locking doors and daytime running lights that "need to be configured by dealer", is that true? Is there some software out there to get intot he system? I'll do some searching on the Rave systems as well as iphone integration.
 
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