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Hello All..new to the forum.

I'm a newbie who is thinking about getting a Ranger Rover Sport (currently drive an Audi) and am slightly concerned about the poor reputation in terms of reliability. I typically buy my cars and drive them for 5-6 years (50-50k miles) and wanted to get your opinions.

Thanks in advance!
 

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The long and short is that any car will easily go to over 100K miles with proper care and maintenance. As with any car company, Land has a few quality issues with parts supplied by third party vendors There issues the BMW engine and cooling systems when BMW owned Land Rover and Jaguar. the radiator had poor design from 2003-2005 this cause the transmission cooler to not have coolant flow. Every model has a glitch or flaw discovered at some point. LRNA are usually pretty quick about releasing a Technical Service Bulletin to dealers with a fix, what part are needed an labour time. It can be as simple as a software update on newer models. Just ring your local when you receive notification from your dealer or you read it here.
 

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I don’t think Land Rover is any worse than Audi to be honest. If you were driving a Toyota or Honda, I could understand the concern.

4-5 years and 50k miles you should be fine but every manufacturer has a lemon every now and then.

I’m definitely going to get another Rover and have had a good experience in 62k miles over 3.5 years thus far.

With that said would I drive one without a warranty? Probably not. Would I buy one without a dealer being close by? Probably not. Although to be fair I’d feel the same way about any of the premium makes like BMW, MB, Porsche, and Audi.

If you are buying new, the 2019 sports seem to have a $4,000 incentive right now. Not sure about full size.
 

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Hello All..new to the forum.

I'm a newbie who is thinking about getting a Ranger Rover Sport (currently drive an Audi) and am slightly concerned about the poor reputation in terms of reliability. I typically buy my cars and drive them for 5-6 years (50-50k miles) and wanted to get your opinions.

Thanks in advance!

I am on my third RR. All purchased new. The first two I kept for 8 years each and never had a serious problem beyond an oil leak in one of the hoses. I am coming up on year 4 with the latest (2016 purchased in 2015) and not a single problem yet. I will be holding it another 4 years I am sure. I was initially worried about the same and heard all sorts of stories, especially when the were under earlier ownership, but I can tell you they have been pretty reliable for me over the long haul. I would think twice about reliability vs. any of the other luxury brands.
 

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go with a V8 supercharged, you won't stop grinning (except at the petrol station) :mrgreen:
 

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Out of 10/12 Range Rovers (sport generation 1 and 2, evoque, Velar and full size) , I have only had regular dealer trips with the latest p400e sport. But the problems are so far quickly and easily fixable and under warranty. The main issue I had was with an Evoque, it got stuck in neutral and they simply replaced the car with another new one to my specification after I complained about it for a week.
 

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Get the diesel. Grin on the street and skip most petrol stations.


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I've heard that the diesel is having more issues - I recall the service manager saying something about the turbos. This was 2 years ago.

The Supercharged V8 is bulletproof. I had one in my 2012 RRS - no troubles. My 2015 Jaguar F-Type has it - no troubles. My 2016 RRS has it and you guessed it - no troubles.
 

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Get the diesel. Grin on the street and skip most petrol stations.


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If it's the SDV6, it has a reputation for breaking its crankshaft.

The SDV8 would be the choice if you want diesel.

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I am pretty sure ford is putting my engine in the f150. I don’t think that would be happening if it wasn’t a good motor.

it's been modified for the F150.

See a list of SDV6 failures here: https://www.4x4community.co.za/foru...-Links-to-Discovery-TDv6-SDv6-Failure-Reports

Despite JLR's assertions that nothing is wrong with that engine, here are two recalls under pressure from the countries' governments:

South Korea: https://www.landroverkorea.co.kr/jlr-recall.html
China: https://www.globalbusinessoutlook.com/jaguar-land-rover-to-recall-vehicles-over-engine-hazard/
 

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Agree SCV8 is an amazing engine. Rumors are it won't be it in the next generation--enjoy it now while you can!

With that said I'm looking forward to seeing how the new inline 6 drives.
 

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If you are worried about reliability, then don't buy one. Land Rovers are about passion and the driving experience. If you want beige, buy Japanese.
 

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I'm brand new here, asking similar questions. I'd rather refresh a slightly stale thread than start a new one on the same topic.

I've been working on cars for a long time. I'm to of being the neighborhood shade tree mechanic, I own a heavily modified 98 M3 sedan with 258k miles, have a minty 94 740il with only 70k, and an Escalade ESV with 248k.

Of the three, the Escalade is the problem child.

I daily drive the M3 and it's both reliable and gives fair warning when something is failing. I swapped in a 6 speed last summer, and have replaced or serviced everything aside from the bottom end (needed a head gasket ten years ago, but didn't touch the bottom end). If I had to drive across the country this afternoon, that's the car I'd drive.

The 7er is newer to the family, but has been trouble free so far.

The Escalade replaced my wife's CTS-V when kid #4 arrived ten years ago. Kid #1 graduates next year, so I'm content to live a little more cramped for the next 14 months to get what I want in the long run.

I've had to replace the shocks / struts twice, and have had the head off twice for "fluke" repairs (a failed AFM lifter bent a pushrod about 150k/6 years ago, and it dropped a valve seat at 205k/3 years ago for no good reason). I also dropped the oil pan and replaced the pickup tube about 4 years ago.

It threw a CEL last week - misfire on #4 - and after exhausting other troubleshooting efforts I pulled the head on Friday to find the bad cylinder both scored and worn deep into the liner. I can resolve this one way or another, but the days of trusting it carry us safely and without drama while traversing the country are past.

Which brings us back to the topic at hand.

I'm looking at a 2014 RRS Autobiography (SC V8 - not familiar enough yet to know if all Autobiographies are SC V8s, but this one is). With the optional 3rd row, which is a hard requirement for me.

I see comments that the SC V8s are bulletproof - that makes me feel good, especially considering my experience with the ubiquitous LS3 in the Escalade has been less than inspiring. But I have no aversion and am well equipped to care for the RRS I'm looking at. I AM concerned that most feedback here seems fairly confined to the first 50k-80k miles - it seems most of you lease, are under warranty, and turn in long before 100k rolls around.

I treat my vehicles like aircraft more than cars. I do an oil analysis at every oil change. I connect a Bluetooth OBD2 reader and monitor data while I drive. I feel like this is why my high mileage BMW is as reliable as the newer Hondas my friends drive.

What is my RRS experience going to be like?

So my question is twofold.

First, I know what I'm doing but don't know what to look for in this new Land. I searched but didn't see a good L494 ppi checklist. Does anyone have a good list? Option 2 here is just to take it to a dealer for a formal ppi, but I'd prefer to do as much pre-screening as I can.

Second, does anyone have experience past 100k or actually working on theirs vs just dropping it off at the dealer? Especially that last part - is there anyone here wrenching on their RRS? If so, any feedback compared to other cars you've worked on?

Lots of background, lots of questions. Thanks for any insight any of you can offer.

Josh
 

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Welcome to the forum. When I received my RRS last August (60k miles), I baselined every fluid and filter, including differentials, transfer case and trans. As much as humanly possible, I hope to never put in the hands of someone else when it’s fairly simple to DIY on these. Anything beyond my comfort will go to a competent independent mechanic. Never the stealership.
 

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Thanks Poppy!

I've used my LLC to set up wholesale accounts for parts at various dealerships and will likely do so again, though I usually get either OE or OEM parts online.

As for work, I'm not a machine shop and don't have a tire machine (yet...), but I do everything else myself (including alignments). It's cheaper to buy any specialized tools than pay someone else to use said tools - even before you factor in the quality of their work.

And I'll never be convinced ANYONE out there cares as much about getting my car right as I do.

My particular BMWs are not prone to any kind of catastrophic failure, but the M62 V8 in the subsequent 7er (and 5er) has a known weakness for timing chain guides. However, once you know the signs it's relatively easy to identify when it's time to tear into it and replace the guides.

I've read about the timing chain issues with the SC V8 here, but I've been encouraged by those who feel the AJ-V8 is a bulletproof motor. I understand the internet is where we not only complain, but where we come to fix problems - so this forum is mostly populated with problems.

How common do you feel these timing chain issues are?

And more importantly, are there indicators that it is time to have it done (a particular valvetrain noise or engine code or something)?

If I find it's been done already, does that mean it HAD a problem, or is that a good thing? And are the new parts updated, or do they just start the clock over again?
 

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You’re welcome. I don’t think there are timing chain issues on the L494, but there certainly have been for certain years of other RR models (i.e. L322). I think the most common, substantial issue on the L494 is the plastic coolant crossover lines, which has been well documented. The front one has more issues than the rear.
 
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