Overview of the Rangerover Rangerover
A more upmarket model to complement the utilitarian Series II Land Rover had long been planned before the Range Rover materialised finally in 1970. Featuring just three doors and a hose-out interior, the model effectively became the world's first luxury SUV when a five-door version was released in 1981. The iconic Range Rover has been getting posher ever since, and today's range includes long-wheelbase versions as well as higher-end variants designed to fend off challenges from rivals such as Bentley and Maserati.
RANGE ROVER GENERATIONS (SINCE 2002)
3.0L V6 turbo diesel: 6.9 litres per 100km
4.4L V8 turbo diesel: 8.6 litres per 100km
3.0L V6 supercharged: 11.5 litres per 100km
5.0L supercharged V8: 13.8 litres per 100km
= Highly economical.
= Good economy.
= Average fuel use.
= Heavy consumption.
The Range Rover comes with a complimentary - and transferable - five-year service plan when purchased new (and services are carried out at authorised dealerships). Range Rover parts and accessoriescan be found on Gumtree.
SIMILAR MODELS TO RANGE ROVER
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: RANGE ROVER (2013 ON)
Despite its prestige image and high price-tag, it seems Range Rovers are just like many other cars: prone to troubles that occur on a less-than-random basis.
As such, this model Range Rover has a long list of recalls that need to have been carried out, so a check with a dealer will tell you what's been done and what hasn't. It's important.
Beyond that, the V6 diesel engine has been known to destroy its own crankshaft bearings. If this happens, the owner was often treated to an old-fashioned engine blow-up with con-rods exiting the engine block and complete engine destruction the result.
Engine assembly errors were to blame, apparently. The good news is that most dodgy engines would have showed their hand by now.
V8-powered examples could have been fitted with faulty engine mounts from new and, if so, these needed to be replaced. The V8 also suffered from a batch of dud radiators which could leak from the top tank, leading to overheating of the engine if it was left unattended.