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I've always loved Range Rovers and now I'm looking to finally buy one. I've heard a lot of horror stories about them but I really don't care.... It's my dream car :]

I'm looking for something between years '96-2001. Is there a preferred year? Any recommendations on the 4.0 or 4.6? I'm mostly going to use it as my DD and maybe to take hunting/fishing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for you time.
 

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4.6 drives better up hills then the 4.0's. For some reason every time I am in an older 4.0, no matter how much or how fast you punch the gas pedal up a hill it still goes the same speed.
 

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medcapequip said:
4.6 drives better up hills then the 4.0's. For some reason every time I am in an older 4.0, no matter how much or how fast you punch the gas pedal up a hill it still goes the same speed.

Try downshifting and flooring it. Sure, you get 1 mpg but at least you will get a 3-5 mile increase after oh, 30-40 seconds. Always thought it was funny to see the RPM raise and nothing happen. Even my 1990 would increase. But the early GEMS 4.0, Nothing.
 

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DayDay13 said:
I've always loved Range Rovers and now I'm looking to finally buy one. I've heard a lot of horror stories about them but I really don't care.... It's my dream car :]

I'm looking for something between years '96-2001. Is there a preferred year? Any recommendations on the 4.0 or 4.6? I'm mostly going to use it as my DD and maybe to take hunting/fishing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for you time.

Highly suggest a 2002. Wouldn't go any lower than a 2000. I have nothing against the early ones but there so cheap that it makes no sense not to get the latest model possible. However, unless you found a remarkable early model that is being sold for pennies in great condition. Whatever year you get, definitely get the 4.6. You still aren't breaking any speed records but at least you can pass people on the interstate.
 

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I will agree with ^, get an 01 or 02, 4.6. The 4.6 is MORE than adequate for daily driving duties and is no slug either if you drive it more "spirited". Whichever you end up with, this will not drive like a sports car(what Ive been driving for for years, bmw m5), so be ready to adjust your driving habits-a lot.
 

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Our 4.0 has served us well since we got her 3 plus years ago. Certainly no rocket and after driving the 5.3 awd she seems unfortunately slower but still very satisfactory. She will cruise at 80 plus on the highway if one does not worry about tickets. So if you don't need jack rabbit starts the 4.0 is adequate and our own ally v8 seems partial to the 4.0 and I highly respect his opinion. I did not know that at the time and I was looking for the slightly better mileage and then it was just circumstance. I do not regret the choice but what is important is to have the vehicle as pristine as you can find with options you want because doing it later is far more expensive than buying it that way. Except that mechanical stuff can be put right at a fair price if you can do it yourself.
 

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There are plenty of RRs out there. Be patient and find a well kept, clean example with service records.

Check all the common problem areas and see if they have been addressed. Check EAS vs. coils. I also recommend a 2000 or newer model. They seem to have less problems as some of the early issues were addressed and updated.

I would also recommend buying directly from an owner and not the dealer. The dealer cars will be auction trucks. You can get a feel for owner and if he took care of the truck.

Be prepared to do work yourself. You will go broke taking it to the dealer to get things fixed.
 

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NachoMan77 said:
Do it !

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after a test drive and letting it set for about 10 minutes and making sure it doesn't over heart. Seems like a good deal. What are you giving him for it? Make sure of the obvious, check engine light hasnt been removed, etc, etc. Sad but true, I keep and OBD II reader on me at all times. Not only for me but when I go car shopping.
 
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