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Hello all,

Total newbie to the page. I have been looking at getting a 2014 sport v8 and came across one listed just under 27k. The vehicle has right about 109k miles on it. While I don't commute a long distance I don't want to shoot myself in the foot by getting rid of my current truck and immediately need to start repairing this thing. If anyone could advise me on things to look out for while inspecting it or things to anticipate id greatly appreciate it.
 

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I would get a pre purchase inspection from a LR dealer first & make sure it has had proper oil/ filter change services as well. At that mileage I believe the ZF gearbox needs a fluid/ filter change as well.
 

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I purchased one last yr., 2014 RRS with appr. 75,000 miles. I bought that one b/c it had the tow package AND the third row seats. Try to buy from a Land Rover dealer; otherwise, it seems high end vehicles from car lots come with hidden fault codes (they clear the fault codes, then sell, then after appr. 250 miles, the new owner gets the engine fault code). The vehicle I bought was from a boutique dealer, but NOT a Land Rover dealer, and yes it had hidden codes. Turned out to have a leaky water pump, and a broken plastic valve above the engine that affected start-up idle. Also had airbag fault which turned out to be a short in a wire in a door. All told, appr. $6000. costs at dealer.
OTHERWISE, vehicle is perfect. Would I buy it again -- Yes! I have bought from boutique dealers before, so I KNEW it would have some hidden code - the cost of having to buy when not from an authorized dealer.
 

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I dont understand why ppl would want to buy a high mileage Range Rover??? We know they tend to be garbage down the road and super expensive to fix. I just wouldn't want to deal with anyone of those issues that could pop up. Go new (lease) or go for a different brand
hmm are you for real? Maybe not all of us are “wannabe celebrities” with a YouTube camera making nonsense all day. Some of us actually work and live in the real world where things such as depreciation, running costs, etc are calculated.

If you knew anything about the brand or anything about value you would see that buying a high mileage rover is the BEST thing you can do.

Now please go back and make some more bullshit videos that serve no purpose or meaning and stay out of discussions you can’t contribute any usefulness to.
 

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Back OT for op.

These are very stout and reliable cars. You just have to spend money on annual service.

At 110k miles I would check to see if any timing chain clatter is heard, how the OCI was. Water pump and associates cross over pipes will most likely need replacing if not done already. Same with the lower control arms and end links which is common.

Besides that you should be set. Always do 5k OCI and use quality oil. These engines do 200k easy but only if they are maintained good.

Good luck and enjoy
 

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I would check the rear pinion seal, these tend to fail prematurely, check undercarriage for any leaks.
Hope the first guy kept up with the 6-7k interval oil changes .Goodluck
 

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hmm are you for real? Maybe not all of us are “wannabe celebrities” with a YouTube camera making nonsense all day. Some of us actually work and live in the real world where things such as depreciation, running costs, etc are calculated.

If you knew anything about the brand or anything about value you would see that buying a high mileage rover is the BEST thing you can do.

Now please go back and make some more bullshit videos that serve no purpose or meaning and stay out of discussions you can’t contribute any usefulness to.
Wow. Way to show your maturity here keyboard warrior. I'm simply offering my opinion, can we not do that anymore?

I've done my time with old cars. I work my butt off so I can have nice toys and not deal with fixing things anymore. I've paid my dues. So ya, I dont waste my time with stuff out of warranty. Lots of ppl do. Not everyone wants a high milage Rover. Especially the late models one, we all know the risks with them especially out of warranty. So it's not the best thing you can do that just stupid talk.
Dont hate on someone for doing well, I pay my dues and taxes like everyone else. I work and have to spend time away from the kids just like the next guy. I just choose to make a life where running costs and stuff like that dont need to be a dinner table discussion, there's more important things to talk about then those.
Not sure what what my hobby channel has to do with anything here. That's for fun. Zero income from it
 

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I dont understand why ppl would want to buy a high mileage Range Rover??? We know they tend to be garbage down the road and super expensive to fix. I just wouldn't want to deal with anyone of those issues that could pop up. Go new (lease) or go for a different brand
107 is not high mileage for that year of vehicle. If proper maintenance has been done I would have no problem purchasing. I work on Mercedes Benz vehicles for a living and seen plenty of low mileage vehicles that are in worse shape than a high mileage one. don’t even get me started on a lease. Might as well throw your money away.
 

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Well stated.. (y)

hmm are you for real? Maybe not all of us are “wannabe celebrities” with a YouTube camera making nonsense all day. Some of us actually work and live in the real world where things such as depreciation, running costs, etc are calculated.

If you knew anything about the brand or anything about value you would see that buying a high mileage rover is the BEST thing you can do.

Now please go back and make some more bullshit videos that serve no purpose or meaning and stay out of discussions you can’t contribute any usefulness to.
 

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You want to make 100% sure the oil change interval was ever 6-8K miles and that the oil level never got low... ask me how I know... That said, new factory installed engine on our 14.5' Rover Sport 5.0 Supecharged and I'm in heaven with her. She was extremely well maintained in looks, interior, exterior... but was female owned and I know women that think as long as you keep gas in a vehicle that is all it ever needs. I love women, my wife, daughter, etc... so I'm not saying anything bad about them in general... just with vehicle maintenance. The oil was changed about every 12K in mine unbeknownst to me at purchase. Oil level got too low for too long and 6 weeks into her she slung a rod. Rover North Atlanta's master mechanic, shop foreman, and tech advisor all came to this synopsis before the engine was pulled... and verified their hypothesis about dirty oil and oil levels. Other than that the 5.0Liter is a very strong engine that I plan to have go another 150K+ miles being it has less than 2K miles on the new Rover engine now.

I agree with the control arm bushings on both the front and rear suspension as well as sway bar bushings needs to be addressed with that kind of mileage. Also, check for water pump leak evidence and as mentioned above by a wise member... to make sure there is Zero Timing Chain "Slap" upon start-up. Lastly, i'd have the dealer put her on an "H-Jack" and let me walk around underneath looking for any leaks. This is the best advice I can give you on your question. That said, in my area there are a lot of first generation Rover Sports still running around here more so than my 2nd Generation L494 Rover Sport Supercharged versions. Same 5.0Liter V8 Engine if that tells you anything.
 

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Wow. Way to show your maturity here keyboard warrior. I'm simply offering my opinion, can we not do that anymore?

I've done my time with old cars. I work my butt off so I can have nice toys and not deal with fixing things anymore. I've paid my dues. So ya, I dont waste my time with stuff out of warranty. Lots of ppl do. Not everyone wants a high milage Rover. Especially the late models one, we all know the risks with them especially out of warranty. So it's not the best thing you can do that just stupid talk.
Dont hate on someone for doing well, I pay my dues and taxes like everyone else. I work and have to spend time away from the kids just like the next guy. I just choose to make a life where running costs and stuff like that dont need to be a dinner table discussion, there's more important things to talk about then those.
Not sure what what my hobby channel has to do with anything here. That's for fun. Zero income from it
I simply pointed out the stupid ignorant comment that you made or "opinion" as you put. You further backed up your ignorance, lack of knowledge and delusional state of mind by thinking that I was "hating" on you? I don't know you from a hole in the wall, how much money you make or how much wealth you have has zero impact.

The only stupid talk here was the two posts you made in this thread.
 

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As mentioned before (in no particular order):

  • read the error codes
  • check service history
  • check the rear diff for any signs of oil sweat/leak,
  • listen for a 'clacking' sound at startup, it will indicate if the timing chain has stretched (but this very rare on the L494, more common on the L320)
  • when you test drive it, go over a few speed bumps and listen to noises from the front suspension
  • if you can, drive it around a roundabout a few times. any issues with the rear diff should result in some 'drag' from the rear axle
I'm sure I'm forgetting other things, but that's a good starting point.

good luck with your purchase!
 

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Wow. Way to show your maturity here keyboard warrior. I'm simply offering my opinion, can we not do that anymore?

I've done my time with old cars. I work my butt off so I can have nice toys and not deal with fixing things anymore. I've paid my dues. So ya, I dont waste my time with stuff out of warranty. Lots of ppl do. Not everyone wants a high milage Rover. Especially the late models one, we all know the risks with them especially out of warranty. So it's not the best thing you can do that just stupid talk.
Dont hate on someone for doing well, I pay my dues and taxes like everyone else. I work and have to spend time away from the kids just like the next guy. I just choose to make a life where running costs and stuff like that dont need to be a dinner table discussion, there's more important things to talk about then those.
Not sure what what my hobby channel has to do with anything here. That's for fun. Zero income from it
I don't want to jump on you either but I have to say you sound like the biggest moron on this forum. Just because you make a lot of money doesn't mean you have to buy new cars constantly and it doesn't mean because you make a lot of money, you can't drive one with high miles. Some of us like to fix our own stuff and don't consider it wasting time at all. If you're driving a Range Rover, you're probably doing well so we are all in the same boat here.

As an engineer, I fix all my own stuff on all my cars (Range Rover included) because it is part of who I am. Just because I do well doesn't mean I need to recycle vehicles every 2 years. In all honesty, I believe the reputation for Range Rovers breaking or being overly expensive to maintain come from people who have no idea what they're talking about. They bring their cars for service or go to their local "specialist" and the regurgitate what they have been told without a true understanding of what went wrong and why it did. There is nothing overly complicated about Range Rovers when comparing them to any other vehicles. The parts are comparable to other European vehicles too.

So lets be clear, I would not hesitate for a moment to drive a high mileage Range Rover.
 

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Bottom line have a good shop that you trust, a good forum (this one here) and some time to spend looking for issues/repairs that may arise. This engine is used in many different models (for many years) and the forums throughout the internet are packed with information you can use to diagnose your car which you can take to a good mechanic with your findings and proceed with the repairs if you aren't DIY friendly (like me). BUT I am good at looking up stuff and self diagnosing. I also have the diagnostic computers to help and time. I just am not comfortable with doing complex work which is why I know many shops that do work on these type of cars. Research enough to where you know the cost of the parts and average cost of repair/labor based on what you've found out. That way no shop/dealer will ever be able to rob you.

I also think based on my own experience with the actual JLR service departments throughout the country, and experiences from family that lives in UK that this is a universal problem with the brand. Terrible service and clueless service folks which give the entire brand a bad reputation.

I have been told countless times totally incorrect information from the service department. Many people only trust the dealer and end up wasting thousands on unneeded/misdiagnosed work. It really is comical the the stuff you hear from JLR reps. I wonder how they get their jobs? Those guys make over 100k, I am shocked how lazy/unenthusiastic/unreliable those people are. I can't stand the young female they have as SA that are just there to look pretty, have ZERO clue. I am only 25 myself but these girls are younger than me with no experience just good looks to rob you from your money and have ZERO knowledge when it comes to service/repair or working with warranty companies, etc.

Very disappointing to say the least. I have had many different makes and JLR has the worst service experience. At BMW/Mercedes/Audi you usually can find a bunch of SA that are enthusiast and are proud to work for the brand and have seasoned techs work on your car for a enthusiast customer.
 

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I dont understand why ppl would want to buy a high mileage Range Rover??? We know they tend to be garbage down the road and super expensive to fix. I just wouldn't want to deal with anyone of those issues that could pop up. Go new (lease) or go for a different brand
If you don't want to deal with the service and fix down the road, or you don't have the knowledge, that's fine, but be respectful to other people who have the knowledge and want to deal with it.

If you spent a min to do some math, you'll probably find out you've made a bad enough decision financially leasing a new RR than buying a high mileage one for $27k.
You're throwing $40k+ for nothing in 36mo, and you're talking about them expensive to fix? I assume you know what is an asset and what is expense.

To OP: they might be expensive to fix down the road if it's coming off a lease like how this guy treated it. Find an example with full documents of previous owner showing love and respect to the car.
 

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I don't want to shoot myself in the foot by getting rid of my current truck and immediately need to start repairing this thing. If anyone could advise me on things to look out for while inspecting it or things to anticipate id greatly appreciate it.
As the battle looses the Point, If you don’t want the risk of getting a car who asks soon for repairs, it’s better to lease with full service pack.

All luxury cars from the last 10 Years are in complexity a risk, once getting older, so it is up to you to decide.

I collect older Saab 900 and I own a RRC from 1973. It’s a lot of love and time to invest and you have to got a talent for technology.
For my daily I only have cars in warranty phase, as it’s fine to just use it and let the garage deal with the modern „gremlins“... ;-)

Hope this helps.
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This thread is making me feel bad lol. I've just done oil changes when recommended by the vehicle. So far over 74,000 miles, no problems.

I did pre-paid maintenance for 4 years so took it to the dealer for all previous service. When it comes time to get maintenance again, I'll price compare the dealer and the local Land Rover indy repair shop.
 

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I dont understand why ppl would want to buy a high mileage Range Rover??? We know they tend to be garbage down the road and super expensive to fix. I just wouldn't want to deal with anyone of those issues that could pop up. Go new (lease) or go for a different brand
Sir, but if you go trough Copart auction, for example, for simplicity, there are plenty of RRs with like 170+ K miles.
and over 200K as well. How did they get there? Are these vehicles maintenance hungry? yes. Unforgiving to neglect? yes. unreliable? not if you look after it. I understand you're 100% entitled to have an opinion but it just looks like unreasonably bashing the the car and brand that we're gathered here because we like it so much.
Again, I will not argue with you, you have a full right to say what you want but perhaps better choice of words would be less of a triggering.
 

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I just took a look at a 2014 RRS V8 with 46K miles, the oil change interval was 9-13K miles "per recommended schedule", gearbox and rear main seal are weeping, as are supply hoses.Supercharger isolator spring was replaced as well as lower control arm bushings and stabilizer bushings upon lease return inspection. I am not feeling good about the oil change interval based on what I am reading on here....sounds like its imperative to avoid a timing chain/guide issue later on?
 
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