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Hey guys I'm new to the forum. I do not own a range rover but I am looking into buying one. The only problem is, I cant decide between the RR and RRS. I was wondering if you guys had any advice for me. Also I was looking through this forum and i noticed that there are alot of threads about the problems you are having with your cars, so that kind of makes me wonder about their reliability. I will not be doing much off roading and price doesn't matter.
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If price doesnt matter, get both :)...


I would say Sport....but I am bias...
 

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Welcome to the forums.

Get a Sport. Nuff said...

As far as the complaint threads, It seems that SOME 2010 models are having some issues, not all. so dont think that because a few cats post issues they are having with their truck, that it goes for all of them. Me personally, I would buy a first year model. I would wait until the 2nd or 3rd year so they work out the kinks.

So keep searching this great forum. Remember to search before asking, cuz most likely it has been covered before.

Last word of advice. If and when you pick up your RRS, post pics and any mods you are doing of have done to it.
 

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Great question and would like to hear some of the members chime in. I currently have an 07 RRS and love it. I came from driving Toyotas and was worried about reliability but I have had no issues. I may even buy this when the lease is up. My only issue with the RRS is it's interior cabin size-specifically for back passengers. I have been looking at full sized RRs. I think the exterior of an RRS looks better but I like the roominess of the interior of the full sized RR. I know some people here have had both and would love to hear any comments or words of wisdom. Considering the subforum this posting is in-I am quite sure where the bias may lie but I too will have to decide soon whether or not to get a full sized RR.

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i had an 04 RRFF, more comfortable than most furniture, tons of room in the back seat. the 04 had the 5 speed tranny which was not good. it felt like i was driving and tractor trailer. now i have an 06 RRS, a little tighter cab. smaller back seat but with the 6 speed it is great!! I love the RRS. i also find it much more reliable. my advice get the RRS and enjoy!!

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I would've liked the extra room the full size gave but I could not stop staring at the RRS especially when I went to see one in person. Sitting there in access mode from the side I just couldn't help but gawk. That tailing roofline, the angle on the rear hatch towards the roof, the way the opening of the clamshell hood continues on a straight line all the way to the back - there's nothing like it out there, not even close. And I don't care if there are 'better' SUV's out there or ones with more value for money, the RRS is the most unique of the bunch. An SUV built by an SUV company, not a car company that decided to jump in and make some money (Benz, BMW, Porsche to be exact).

I have had mine for about 2 months and its only been in twice for non-mechanical things (seat rock and front bushings). Reliability-wise its been fantastic. I think those MAJOR RR problems from the early 00's are largely behind them. It's too bad that a reputation like that takes a loooong time to shake.

The blown version is plenty fast and ride comfort is very good, but don't expect any more interior room than a Jeep Grand Cherokee - they are very comparable in size. In the end, I sacrificed a little bit of space for those exterior looks...not one regret since.
 

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I have a 2010 RRS and have not had any reasons to take it back to the dealer for any issue to date at 2,500 miles :D . I test drove a new 2009 and felt the engine and hadnling upgrades warreented spening the extra $10K to get the 2010 model :!: .

If things keep going as they are, I will be 100% satisfied with my purchase. There is nothing on the road that compares to a RRS by any other manufacturer in my honest opinion :mrgreen:
 

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If you post this in the sport forum it will obviously lead to a RR Sport bias. I would have to say that I am family with both and greatly prefere my full size range rover. I'm a tall guy and really like the extra room in the full size RR, my passengers seem to as well. My Brother has the supercharged sport so I'm in it pretty often, I just don't feel the same level of quality when I'm in it.
 

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If you are looking at 2010s, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport's interiors are no longer on different planets as they were up to MY09 (the Range Rover used to be far more luxurious in just about every way inside the cabin), but other than that, engines and some technology sharing, the two cars are completely separate platforms with totally different characters and a distinctive "feeling" behind the wheel, besides the obvious interior and exterior appearances and dimensions. You may love the fact the RRS fits you like a glove and cocoons you, of find it claustrophobic and uncomfortable. You may prefer the serene and plush, more truck-like ride of the full size, or rather be in something that feels and responds more like a sports car, like the RRS. As money is no object, take as many test drives as you can. The differences between the two models start becoming apparent from the moment you sit behind the wheel.

Reliability is what it is, despite big improvements during the Ford ownership it's not a big secret that Land Rover is still no Lexus (but the cars aren't Lexus cookie-cutter boring, either...) I, for one, have 130K+ miles on my 2006 and could not be happier with my Sport, despite a few minor issues which should be normal on a high-mileage car as capable and high-tech as the RRS. And I dare you to find any car enthusiast forum, regardless of manufacturer, where owners don't eventually stop by to complain about something, we are no different here on rr.net... So, I wouldn't use these forums to accurately gage predicted reliability if you are considering a Range Rover, although you can get a pretty good idea of the most common type of problems you may encounter down the road. If your top priority is trouble-free ownership, you may be better off looking elsewhere. Land Rovers aren't for everyone, and a lot of the technology and cutting edge capabilities of the vehicles - which also make them potentially less reliable than the average as daily drivers - are often overlooked by owners who only buy them for their looks and "cachet", and could care less about taking them off the beaten path (I was one of those owners, until I took an off-road course locally and discovered a whole new car I didn't know I had...) When I was looking to add a dependable SUV for my wife and kids, I thought about Land Rover's trick air suspensions, HDC, Terrain Response, access height, fun-to-drive factor, amazing capabilities both off and on-road, approach and departure angle, and went straight to Acura. :lol:

Finally, your local dealership often makes all the difference in how happy you will be as an owner. Although there are exceptions, in general it would seem many Land Rover dealers still have a lot to learn about courteous customer relationship and service expertise, at least compared to their direct competition in the luxury SUV market, and unfortunately a great salesperson usually gives you zero indications about the efficiency of their service department after you buy. For that type of feedback, a forum like this one can be very helpful.

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When I was looking to add a dependable SUV for my wife and kids, I thought about Land Rover's trick air suspensions, HDC, Terrain Response, access height, fun-to-drive factor, amazing capabilities both off and on-road, approach and departure angle, and went straight to Acura. :lol:
Mine drives a GX470 for the same reason... :wink:
 

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When I was first looking at Range Rovers, I was thinking seriously about
the full size RR. They are nice vehicles indeed. However, they are
a completely different beast than the RRS.

The full size is a luxury suv and drives and handles like one.
The RRS is a luxury suv which drives and handles like a sports car
(not a 911, however, it handles quite well).

The looks of the RRS, in my opinion, are far superior to
the full size. The full size is showing its age and caters
more to an older crowd.

I have had my '08 RRS HSE for about 9 months and
have been very satisfied. Apart from a view
issues with the front end steering knock (which
is standard on these), which the dealer repaired
and has been perfect since, my RRS has been very
reliable.

Is a Lexus more reliable? Yes. However, the RRS
is a much better looking and driving vehicle and has a very rich heritage.

Also, from the information I have gleaned, it appears the RRS
has a better reliability history than the full size.

Pick up the RRS, you will not be disappointed.
 

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Everyone's put it out there - depends upon your planned usage.

We like this size vehicle - driving/parking/maneuvering is all probably a bit better than the big RR and I've never been in a larger SUV that handles as well as the sport. I like the idea that if I really need the cargo capacity, I can hook up my utility trailer - but for 99.9% of the time, the sport is plenty big. I can't remember the last time we ever took anyone besides our labs with us in the back seat -

The drivers seating is quite snug - more so than my Cayenne. I can imagine the full size has more room for us bigger guys (I'm 6'2", 225#) - but I just don't want to give up the handling.
 

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Thanks for all of your input. Im leaning more towards the RRS because of the handling and the exterior. Interior space really isn't an issue for me because I own an Escalade EXT which is a beast. Im willing to sacrifice a little bit of reliability just because rovers are the best looking suv on the market.

Still if anyone has any other comments that might change my mind, it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I say go with a Lexus GX460 new redisgned Suv.

Rovers are prone to problems. I have a 2010 WITH ONLY 1,200 miles and it has been at the dealer twice for 9 issues in total. All diffeent issues going from Coolant level, to Suspension, Rear window going up and down by itself. etc.
 

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I say go with a Lexus GX460 new redisgned Suv.

Rovers are prone to problems. I have a 2010 WITH ONLY 1,200 miles and it has been at the dealer twice for 9 issues in total. All diffeent issues going from Coolant level, to Suspension, Rear window going up and down by itself. etc.
Lexus's are very boring and a dime a dozen. If you get a Lexus, you
should also get one of those rare and exciting BMW 530i's. :lol:

Go with the RRS, you'll love it. And yes, they are reliable.
 

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PRSC said:
I say go with a Lexus GX460 new redisgned Suv.

Rovers are prone to problems. I have a 2010 WITH ONLY 1,200 miles and it has been at the dealer twice for 9 issues in total. All diffeent issues going from Coolant level, to Suspension, Rear window going up and down by itself. etc.
Lexus's are very boring and a dime a dozen. If you get a Lexus, you
should also get one of those rare and exciting BMW 530i's. :lol:

Go with the RRS, you'll love it. And yes, they are reliable.
And besides, the new GX460 is butt fu*king ugly. The Japanese are going way, way too bold with their design. It's gone beyond modern and classy to just plain outlandish.
 

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And besides, the new GX460 is butt fu*king ugly. The Japanese are going way, way too bold with their design. It's gone beyond modern and classy to just plain outlandish.
Gotta agree - looks like Somethin' George Jetzon would drive...
 

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If you travel long distances on a daily basis, take a ton of road trips. RR Full Size

If you live close to work, your average commute is less than 20 miles and generally fly long distances - RR Sport.

RR Sport more fun and zippy around town, but RR Full Size is 10x more comfortable as a cruiser, roomier, etc. It's IMO the best truck for road trips.

My opinion is to sell your Escalade, buy a Full Size and a Sport. If you have to keep your Escalade get a Sport.

Oh, and I'd rather be on the back of a tow truck in a Rover than in the Lexus anyday of the week. I respect Lexus for what it is, but I can't stand them, very boring.
 

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If you travel long distances on a daily basis, take a ton of road trips. RR Full Size

If you live close to work, your average commute is less than 20 miles and generally fly long distances - RR Sport.

RR Sport more fun and zippy around town, but RR Full Size is 10x more comfortable as a cruiser, roomier, etc. It's IMO the best truck for road trips.

My opinion is to sell your Escalade, buy a Full Size and a Sport. If you have to keep your Escalade get a Sport.

Oh, and I'd rather be on the back of a tow truck in a Rover than in the Lexus anyday of the week. I respect Lexus for what it is, but I can't stand them, very boring.
Lexus is for those who really, really don't want to drive a Toyota but have no idea what the driving experience is all about. If they did, they'd all be buying LR's, Benz's, Merc's and Audi's.
 
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