When purchasing a used Range Rover, it’s important to know what to look for. There’s a lot to consider.
Originally released in the 1970s as a workhorse vehicle for farmers, Range Rovers have since become a sought after status symbol for city dwellers, too. Here’s what you need to know when you’re in the market for the premium driving experience the Range Rover can offer.
Value for Money
The top end of the luxury SUV range, Range Rovers can be expensive – both to buy and to maintain – so it’s important you know what you’re getting into when you buy one.
Range Rovers are on the high end of the price range for a reason and are renowned for their powerful engines and superior finishes such as plush leather seating. Range Rovers’ mechanical aspects are built using top quality parts that can be costly to be replaced, with the added expense of paying a qualified Range Rover mechanic to work on the car. By only using a Range Rover qualified mechanic when servicing or repairing the buyer ensures the job is done properly so that the state of the art engine and electronics are not compromised.
The Range Rover’s ultra-comfortable driving position and unparalleled off-road capabilities are on the list of definitive pluses when weighing up the decision to purchase a Range Rover.
Many weekend four-wheel drive enthusiasts state that they would never buy another brand and the Range Rover is as popular for the soccer mum set as it is those who like to rough it.
Buyers should also be prepared for the thirsty V8 engine that’s going to cost you at the browser for the duration of your ownership.
The JD Power Initial Vehicle Quality Study and also their Long Term Dependability Study rates the reliability as low so be aware of any previous engine issues before purchasing and get a vehicle history check or have the car checked by a fully qualified Range Rover mechanic.
Ask the seller about their experience with leaks, mechanical breakdowns, and air suspension failure, which causes the vehicle to slump to one side if the used Range Rover you are buying is older than 6 years.
If the vehicle is older than 10 years, chances are that the air suspension has already been replaced with traditional coil springs.
Which Model is Best?
Each Range Rover model comes with its own specific set of glitches. The Classic is prone to electrical faults and leaks. The P38 is also renowned for electrical issues but you can add expensive head gasket and heater core malfunctions to the list. Models built from 2003-2012 are less troublesome so will cost you less money in the long run.
If you’re looking for an entry-level vehicle the Range Rover Sport, launched in 2005, was the company’s attempt to make the brand more accessible to a broader cross-section of the market and as such is smaller and more compact and slightly less expensive. The Sport still has the off-road proficiency of larger models and comes in a choice of 4.4 or 4.2-litre petrol engine or 3.6 V8 diesel. For fuel efficiency, as much as a Range Rover can be, the 2011 TDV8 is your best bet.
A great source to gather information when buying a Range Rover is to consult Range Rover forums online before you buy to get an idea of what other people are saying about the particular model you are interested in.
Price-wise, our last search on CarSales.com.au revealed that you can pick up a used Range Rover Vogue 4x4 for around $19,000, while a Land Rover Autobiography Auto 4x4 is going to set you back a whopping $194,990. As for a Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB 4x4 – get your wallet at the ready – expect to pay around $404,391.
In a nutshell, owning a Range Rover is going to cost you. Is it worth it? If you love the feeling of being seen on the road in a vehicle that says ultimate prestige – then the answer is yes. Just be prepared to pay for it.