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Hello guys this is my first post, I have looked at a 2012 Range Rover HSE with 150,000 miles. The dealership is asking $9000 for it. I had my mechanic inspect the car which he said was in pretty good condition.

Now I’m not sure if $9000 is too much for a Range Rover with that much miles( the car has always been serviced well.)

I’m I crazy for wanting to get at least 5 years out of the car?

My wife and our children take a lot of road trips all along the east coast, do you guys think high mileage engine can handle it?
 

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This motor can go over 300k. Make sure the timing chain and tensioner issue is taken care of. Check the water pump and and the hoses related to the coolant system. At this mileage you should also consider all new 8 injectors/plugs/coils as they are known to leak.These are the only real issues that can cause catastrophic failure.

Air struts, sensors, control arms, bushings are all easy and cheap to do. Expect to do those throughout the next 5 years. Along with frequent oil changes every 5k miles, and differential/transfer case services every 25k miles.

This motor will last a long time of you treat it with care and love.

good luck there is nothing like a Range Rover with the 5.0

That’s a great price for a 2012 too even if it needs some work you are getting a gooddeal
 

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This motor can go over 300k. Make sure the timing chain and tensioner issue is taken care of. Check the water pump and and the hoses related to the coolant system. At this mileage you should also consider all new 8 injectors/plugs/coils as they are known to leak.These are the only real issues that can cause catastrophic failure.

Air struts, sensors, control arms, bushings are all easy and cheap to do. Expect to do those throughout the next 5 years. Along with frequent oil changes every 5k miles, and differential/transfer case services every 25k miles.

This motor will last a long time of you treat it with care and love.

good luck there is nothing like a Range Rover with the 5.0

That’s a great price for a 2012 too even if it needs some work you are getting a gooddeal
I called all the dealerships the car has been serviced however they all told me that hadn’t done a timing chain and tensioner on it. Now the car has 150k miles on I highly doubt the car would’ve made it that far on original chain and tensioner. Injector/plugs/ and coils have been done by dealer selling car.
My biggest concern is the transmission I’m not sure if it’s ever been serviced. I know if I have it serviced now it might ruin it. The car shifts pretty good except once in a while there’s a bit of hesitation when you step on gas at highway speeds
 

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Are you handy and willing to turn a wrench? Do you have a good independent LR nearby? If not, I would suggest something with fewer miles and possibly an aftermarket warranty.
 

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Are you handy and willing to turn a wrench? Do you have a good independent LR nearby? If not, I would suggest something with fewer miles and possibly an aftermarket warranty.
Yes I’m handy I work a auto body shop as a painter but i am comfortable doing mechanical work as I have to sometimes. Yes I have a good independent LR mechanic And a very knowledgeable regular mechanic nearby same place I used to take my P38.
 

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Purchasing almost any vehicle with someone else's 150,000 miles of prior enjoyment is a gamble, just like roulette.

Worst case scenario, can you afford to walk away from your $9000 if you've bet on red and the car turns into a 00?

If so that's a lot of car for $9000 and, as a previous poster noted, if you are able to do most of the maintenance yourself or with the guidance of a knowledgable mentor you should be able to mostly enjoy owning this vehicle.

It probably will frustrate you at some point in the future simply because there's a bunch of stuff waiting to go wrong but diligent research and perseverance will usually pay off and the ability/willingness to "get your hands dirty" saves most of the expenditure on the more serious labour intensive repair bills (not that the parts are always cheap either but rockauto.com is a good source for service items, fwiw) ;)

Just remember that you'll NOT be maintaining a $9000 vehicle but a "...whatever the as new price of the vehicle was...." (more likely north of $80k+).

All the best,

Rob
 

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I’d go for it. Maybe ask the dealer to do a fluid change on that tranny first. Otherwise, I’d do it as soon as I got it.
My issue with this is dealership is telling my they would only flush it which it may or may not ruin the transmission they highly are against doing it
 

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The older the transmission, the more likely the "new fluid trashed my tranny" scenario may play out. At 150K miles, it's a coin toss as to whether your trans is truly "high mileage," as opposed to 200K+ miles. I tend to agree with the owner of a transmission shop near my home, that a fluid change on a hi-mi trans can initiate a failure, but that failure was likely on the horizon regardless -- it just happened sooner. (Yes, that's a self-serving opinion for a trans shop, but I suspect there's truth to it nonetheless.)

Without commenting on the Rover purchase itself, personally I'd find a shop to do the fluid change if the dealer doesn't want to. My suspicion is that your trans is still young enough that a fluid change won't be problematic.

I've found Edmunds.com vehicle pricing to be accurate -- I'd defer to them for an offer price.
 

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These Rovers are amazing and at that price, I would go for it. Don’t be afraid of the miles.


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The older the transmission, the more likely the "new fluid trashed my tranny" scenario may play out. At 150K miles, it's a coin toss as to whether your trans is truly "high mileage," as opposed to 200K+ miles. I tend to agree with the owner of a transmission shop near my home, that a fluid change on a hi-mi trans can initiate a failure, but that failure was likely on the horizon regardless -- it just happened sooner. (Yes, that's a self-serving opinion for a trans shop, but I suspect there's truth to it nonetheless.)

Without commenting on the Rover purchase itself, personally I'd find a shop to do the fluid change if the dealer doesn't want to. My suspicion is that your trans is still young enough that a fluid change won't be problematic.

I've found Edmunds.com vehicle pricing to be accurate -- I'd defer to them for an offer price.
150k is the the factory recommended interval for trans fluid. Are you thinking it needs to be done sooner?


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I'm not familiar with the 2012 service schedule, but was referring to Rover transmissions in general. If that's what the factory recommends, then I say go for it.
 

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We see a steady stream of these trucks with worn out chains in the 100-150k range. If this truck has not had a chain update in the past 50k miles you should be ready for an $8k repair when you start to get cam position faults, or when the chain noise is excessive. I know these trucks have gotten inexpensive but the cost of this repair is a big reason why, so just know what you are jumping into. Also I urge you to do the transmission, transfer case, and drive axle fluids if still original because the alternative is replacing those units when they fail.
 

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I just sold my 11 HSE with 92k and recent timing job completed to Land Rover Louisville for 12k. I couldn’t stand looking at it any longer and after leaving me and my wife stranded 6-8 times, I was unwilling to sell it to someone myself. Had lots of interest here and locally and just couldn’t do it. If you love the trucks and don’t mind sinking time and money into them, then go for it. The price is reflective of that. If you’re looking for something reliable, then don’t buy this.
 

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Perhaps you should buy two and rotate them. I have six and enjoy each time I go under the hood.
 

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I called all the dealerships the car has been serviced however they all told me that hadn’t done a timing chain and tensioner on it. Now the car has 150k miles on I highly doubt the car would’ve made it that far on original chain and tensioner. Injector/plugs/ and coils have been done by dealer selling car.
My biggest concern is the transmission I’m not sure if it’s ever been serviced. I know if I have it serviced now it might ruin it. The car shifts pretty good except once in a while there’s a bit of hesitation when you step on gas at highway speeds
If you only have 9K - then I would consider something else. If you do need a timing chain and tensioner you are looking at an additional $4K! Pretty much anything that's needed (and there will be a lot needed with 150K) will cost from $4 to $8K. Air suspension components, catalytic converters, ect ect - Lots and lots of money. I guarantee that you will see all of this stuff within the next 25 to 50 thousand miles!!! If you have the extra cash sitting around though - kiss it goodbye and enjoy the ride!
 

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This motor can go over 300k. Make sure the timing chain and tensioner issue is taken care of. Check the water pump and and the hoses related to the coolant system. At this mileage you should also consider all new 8 injectors/plugs/coils as they are known to leak.These are the only real issues that can cause catastrophic failure.

Air struts, sensors, control arms, bushings are all easy and cheap to do. Expect to do those throughout the next 5 years. Along with frequent oil changes every 5k miles, and differential/transfer case services every 25k miles.

This motor will last a long time of you treat it with care and love.

good luck there is nothing like a Range Rover with the 5.0

That’s a great price for a 2012 too even if it needs some work you are getting a gooddeal
This is a great post. I purchased a 2011 hse with 155k miles last February. I was purposefully looking for a high mileage 2010-12 rover because most timing chain stories I found online had owners reporting problems anywhere from 70k to 125k miles. I figured maybe at 150k+ Miles I might be in the clear. I had my independent mechanic and the land rover dealership look at the engine and they both told me the engine sounds good with no signs of timing chain issues. Funny you mention the fuel injectors, the rover had a strong smell of gasoline coming from the engine. Ended up being 1 fuel injector leaking. I did a full break job and I am working on fixing a pesky air suspension problem. I keep getting suspension fault warning. So far I've changed both front air struts and a new compressor. I need to replace one of the height sensors as well but this is to be expected.

Overall I am very pleased with my purchase. It's more fun than the 2008 hse i owned previously. I've always wanted a supercharged but its difficult to find an used one with the color and options I wanted. I would say to purchase it, but make sure you have some cash on the side for repairs.
 

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I bought my 2010 RRS HSE in April 2019 for $11250 with 142000. Researching sites like this and YouTube I knew what to expect if I purchased it and paid what I felt was reasonable if I did need to work on it. Mine did not have excessive electronic options and I am glad it doesn’t. Less to fail.
I ended up spending a weekend changing the timing chain tensioners and guides, they were definitely bad. I downloaded the shop manual, bought the correct tools on eBay and an aftermarket chain kit all for $600 with my own labor. The job sucked but it was satisfying after I was done.
I also have swapped all four air struts and arm bushings for another $700 aftermarket and everything major is like new and drives like it.
Oil changes are easy with a cheap $12 oil suction pump.
I still have some minor things to do but I am happy thus far. If it becomes a problem then I had my fun.
 

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Another thing to consider when buying is that the Non-supercharged recommend premium fuel but the supercharged require it. I run regular and will find out if it was a bad idea. It’s still plenty of HP for what o use it for I.e not racing.
 
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