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We've been Lexus owners (GX470 & LS460) since 2003 w/o a single incident or repair we've been holding out for the new GX460 however the "new" styling is mind-numbingly boring so we've been looking at switching over to a 2010 RRS. We've spent about 2 months combing through all the boards online and have found very few customers promoting the positive reliability of this brand.

We're curious, are there any LR/RR owners out there who have gone 7 years w/o a single repair or maintenance issue? Even if you gone 7 years with only 1 or 2 issues we'd like to hear those stories as well. We really want to switch to a more attractive vehicle but we can't seem to find anything positive about the reliability and hoping some of you can change the online sentiment about this brand.

Thanks in advance,
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Well-I have not had an RRS for 7 years but I too came to Range Rover from Toyota. After two 4-runners, I was just bored. In 2007 I looked at the Lexus and agreed that although I felt better about the reliability of Lexus, I was just bored to death by the style. I was really concerned about the reputation for lack of reliability.
So I took the leap and have had no major issues other than some minor recall repairs. Mind you-maintenance will be much more, but after driving it for a few years-I love it and am willing to put up with some issues for the driving experience of my RRS.
If you are concerned, you could follow the advice my wife gave me when I voiced my concerns-"just lease it and give it a try-it is not like you are marrying it."
And that would be my advice to you as well.
 

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Hi i think any car can have it,s issues i ran a pajero 2.8td for 8 years went back and forward across europe only ever cost me a set of tyres and 2 sections of the exhuast passed every mot bar the last which was the exhaust if you look on there forum they are full of potential breakdowns i suppose it,s how you look after them i,ve had my p38a now just over a year just flown through the mot no issues at all hope it serves me as well as the pajero did you don,t seem to see many broken down on the hard shoulder . you pay yer money and take yer chance like any other car at this present moment in time i would certainly have another.

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@mjustice Thanks and although we never lease I do agree with your wife, if we get a lemon we give it back after 2 years and if we get a winner we buy it out right.
 

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potentialbuyer said:
We're curious, are there any LR/RR owners out there who have gone 7 years w/o a single repair or maintenance issue?

Thanks in advance,
Potential RRS Buyer
There's no owner in the world that has ever achieved this regardless of the vehicle driven. However, if you want something as close to that as possible, then a Lexus is certainly your choice. The tradeoff is the bore factor. My wife has a GX470 ('03) and while she loves it, I fall asleep every time I drive it. It just does nothing for me in the 'ride experience' department. I do like the styling quite a bit (thanks Toyota Prado) and its extremely reliable, but it has no 'wow' factor. Conversely, you can just tell the RRS was built around the driver the minute you get in, from the layout of the cockpit to the actual feel of the car while driving. Mind you it is a 5600 lb SUV but for what it is, the handling is quite nice. Don't bother with the HSE it is TOO slow. The styling is second to none, it is quite simply THE best looking SUV out there.

If you don't get 'it' - that is - what its like to drive a driver's car, then you won't want to spend the money on a RR. Don't feel like this is a negative, the majority of drivers in America don't get it, and just want safe, reliable, fuel efficient vehicles hence the reason I see all the RAV4's, Accords, Pilots, etc, etc - quite frankly I don't get how anybody can stand driving those things day in and day out but that's just me. It's one of the major differences between Americans and Europeans - Americans have to drive Europeans want to drive.

Mine has been reliable thus far, with just a few non-mechanical issues, but I personally have no problem dealing with that and driving a RRS rather than having no issues and driving around in a Lexus. If the RRS was as reliable as the Lexus, then it'd be a no-brainer, but then that would be too easy, right?? The GX460 is the safe choice, the RRS is the more passionate one. It all comes down to what you're looking to get out of it. Lastly, I will say that the RRS' experience mostly minor things, and the electrical gremlins that have historically plagued these cars is largely a non-issue with the Sport. I too at first had some trepidation that I'd get stranded on multiple occasions, that the car wouldn't start, that the lights would turn on and off for no reason - but that has NOT been the case, not anywhere close. I love it.

Hope this helps.
 

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What good is a souless vehicle? Bought a 2007 Nitro so I could buy a Challenger in a few years - couldn't hack the Nitro anymore and went all in for a 2010 RRS HSE and NO :( Challenger. Gotta love the vehicle I drive each day. I made my mistake.....

Have you driven a 2010 RRS? :mrgreen: If not, I suggest you do so. That is what triggered my purchase. I'd rather drive my RRS than any other SUV on the market. Period. End of story. Done deal! :dance:
 

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Based on my opinion only....

... I really loathe people who complain about a vehicle having issues based on the price they paid. - i.e. at $40K+ there should be fewer problems or better reliability. I believe (almost) the opposite; the bigger the price tag the bigger the problems. Just because your (Rover) cost 80-grand doesn't mean it's immune from problems. Your technology-laden Rover, BMW, Audi, MB, etc. by default is going to be more prone to "issues" compared to your Ford Focus, Toyota Echo or VW Golf as it's equipped with things these lower-grade vehicles will never posses.

That said, I never had a single issue with my 2008 RRS. I got it despite the (Land Rover) "reputation". It was especially hard as I've been a BMW loyalist for many years. I will admit I was influenced slightly by what I read about SC models so I purposely purchased the HSE. It appears there may be slightly more issues (if any) with SC vs. HSE. I'm still a bit nervous about the SC for 2010 therefore I again ordered the HSE (delivery due 11 March).

In fairness to those who are having or have had "issues" I can sympathize greatly. Even the smallest of problems can grate on your nerves making you feel like you bought a lemon - I've been there too. This is why I think postings about "problems" dominate these (or any vehicle) boards. We never tell the manager of our favorite restaurant how great our meal is, we just bitch when we get lousy service. :think:

But here's the flip side;

Right now my 2006 Beetle has an airbag light on... It's been "fixed" twice already. It also had to have the battery replaced, starter replaced, stereo replaced, rear window motor replaced (convertible) and driver's door hinge replaced - and I only have 30kmi on it!

My 2007 Mini Cooper is a complete rattle-box. From the center console to the dash to the door to the headliner I feel like I'm driving inside a giant pan of Jiffy Pop!

My 2009 XF BROKE DOWN on I-5 the week I purchased it!!!!!! I was stranded for over 9hrs in Deliverance country. And to top it off Jaguar Roadside could not get ANY (yes I said ANY) of their network of tow companies to come!!! Eventually it was my dealer located 175mi away who sent a truck to come take my car to a dealer in Fresno. (side note: I did get a $4,000.00 "I'm sorry" check from Jaguar).

Would I buy any of these cars again? Absolutely - in a heart beat! :thumb:
 

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I agree with others who say there is not a vehicle on the road that will be
completely trouble free in a seven year period. If any mechanical device
has two moving parts, there will be a problem at some point.

That being said, the Range Rover Sport is a very reliable vehicle.

Like any vehicle, you have an issue here and then, but nothing seriouds.
I had many many more problems with my '07 BMW 530i than I have
had with my RRS HSE. And best of all, the RRS is actually enjoyable
to drive and has quite the wow factor.

I, too, opted for the HSE over the Supercharged for greater reliability.
However, I have not heard that the Supercharged is significantly
less reliable than the HSE--just more moving parts.

I strongly recommend purchasing a RRS / HSE or Supercharged.
You will enjoy the vehicle and find it to be quite reliable.
 

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Alright, (not directed at potential), but I'm getting really tired of this "I'm afraid to stick my toes in the water, it might be too cold" question. It's a freakin' Land Rover. Sure you may have more problems than the average lux brand, but you may not. There are always both ends of the spectrum with any brand/model.

(directed at potential)
We've got everyone on this forum from slammed and ridin' on twenty fo's, running away from speed bumps, all the way to lifted on 18"s, crawling as fast as they can to the next couch sized boulder, brush pinstriping their ride on the way there. It's a Land Rover, it rocks your socks.
 

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Alright, (not directed at potential), but I'm getting really tired of this "I'm afraid to stick my toes in the water, it might be too cold" question. It's a freakin' Land Rover. Sure you may have more problems than the average lux brand, but you may not. There are always both ends of the spectrum with any brand/model.

(directed at potential)
We've got everyone on this forum from slammed and ridin' on twenty fo's, running away from speed bumps, all the way to lifted on 18"s, crawling as fast as they can to the next couch sized boulder, brush pinstriping their ride on the way there. It's a Land Rover, it rocks your socks.
I agree!
 

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...so we've been looking at switching over to a 2010 RRS.
just noticed this part in your original post. i'm not sure if you'll get enough responses here from 2010 owners to form a balanced opinion. now i could be wrong and this is just me shooting from the hip, but many of the 2010 owners have come onto this board in past 6 months or so and i don't think six months of ownership is enough time to gauge reliability. we've got plenty of 2006-2009 owners who can give you a great idea of the longer term reliability, but the initial posts of the 2010 owners show some quirks us early guys didn't see.

i think all RRS owners benefited from a platform largely based on the LR3 in that many early problems and kinks were worked out on there by the time the RRS hit production. and i thought LR was breaking thru the stereotype of maintenance and reliability with both the LR3 and the RRS. i drove a 1998 4Runner Ltd for 8 years before upgrading to my 2006 RRS HSE. i did nothing but oil changes and tires in eight years of ownership plus one recall thing that i can't think of right now. the 4Runner was a weekend car for 2 years before it became my daily driver and i never took it offroad. by comparison, the RRS has been just about the same. a daily driver from day one and offroaded frequently, i had a leaking front diff replaced under warranty. sure i go thru brakes like crazy, but i put sliders and the front skid plate on the bloated one so i shouldn't be surprised. i have a few seals that are starting to seep (80k miles) that'll hopefully get fixed before my extended warranty expires in march, but that's it.

not exactly a 2010 positive story, but hope it helps. plenty of us 2006-2009 guys getting up there in mileage with good experiences.
 

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not sure how you're gonna gauge 7 year reliability of a 2010 model? i can only give you 7-week data and it's all positive so far.
 

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I'm 3 years in a 2007 RRS HSE with no major issues. One niggly little rumble, but they are bending over backwards to deal with it. I would buy again, no questions asked. I went from Ford explorer (wife's family owns 16 Ford dealerships) and will never return to Japanese or American vehicles. I chose the RRS over a Shelby Mustang and don't regret it for a minute.

Go drive one.....it is the only way to know. Be more concerned about which dealer you buy from....check out the dealership feedback thread, and if there isn't a dealer in the thread in your area post asking about it.
 

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TripleE said:
I'm getting really tired of this "I'm afraid to stick my toes in the water, it might be too cold" question.
Indeed.
If you have to come online and ask about the reliability, a Rover is probably not the right vehicle for you. Keep it milk toast predictable and just get another Rexus.

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not sure how you're gonna gauge 7 year reliability of a 2010 model?
 

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Keep it milk toast predictable and just get another Rexus.
:dance: :clap:
 

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I've had my 2006 Range Rover Sport for 3 and a half years and have put 35k miles on it.

I've only had ONE issue with it, (suspension software fault) that was quickly fixed by the dealer.

Other than that, it's been completely bullet proof.

(Knock on wood!)
 

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If you do not maintain any vehicle and drive it like you stole it every day, chances are the vehicle will not be reliable. Maintenance, driver habits and vehicle use, for the most part, will dictate reliability.

My wife and I purchased our 07 HSE about 9 months ago and have put nearly 20k miles on it... we love it. Our RRS has been in the snow, desert trails, rock crawling, over severe washboard, winding highways and thousands of miles of open highway. Issues? Zero. Satisfaction, enjoyment and excitement the vehicle provides? Immeasurable. Aside from a TSB and a slight rattle from the glove compartment door (present at time of purchase), our Sport is as solid as the day we bought it.
 

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fixthedoor said:
a slight rattle from the glove compartment door (present at time of purchase)
Haha, I put small piece of the fuzzy side of velcro around the metal bar that the latch mechanism attaches to. :lol:
 
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