This bulletin board is a fantastic source of information on the L322 and the people on here always do their best to help out but, just in case you aren’t aware, this forum is American & the majority of posters are therefore Yanks – and they were never offered the TD6. A few of us Brits/Europeans chip in occasionally but just be aware that it may not be the best place to get information on the early diesel L322s.
There’s a few British forums that you may also want to try (after visiting here first, of course!) as they may already have the answers that you’re after. For example :
ive got a 03 td6 ive had for over three years. Its been a fantastic car done more miles towing than without a trailer.I bought it at 60k its now done 101k. Engine has has needed two injectors but nothing else other than routine servicing. same engine as bmw taxis in germany with 300k on them. just make sure its been well serviced and get someone in the trade to give it a once over. obviously hpi it as well. Adam.
There are a number of TD6 owners here - me, amongst others.
In a nutshell: while the L322 is decades better than its predecessor the P38 (not just one decade), they are getting older and do have their problems too. The most expensive issues: the transmission (around 100k miles) and the turbo (50k later). Electrical gremlins usually only affect peripheral items - display pixels, radio, nav drive laser, etc. If the vehicle has been maintained properly, it should be good for a long time (bear in mind that the eas is a maintenance component!). Also make sure the front diff recall has been preformed or have it done after purchase.
The last thing you'll want to keep in mind when purchasing a RR on a budget is that this was a very expensive car. While prices on vehicles come down w/age, prices on service and parts do not. I've seen RR ownership end in tears because this was neglected...
I do have to say, tho, that the L322 is amongst my favorite rides of all time. Sweetest luxury on-road and wonderfully adept to virtually any off-road terrain. It's having your cake and eating it all in one. 8)