Before you opt to buy one of these make sure you take it to a mechanic who specializes in rover repair so they can thoroughly check it (it costs about $100). If whomever you're buying it from is uneas...
Before you opt to buy one of these make sure you take it to a mechanic who specializes in rover repair so they can thoroughly check it (it costs about $100). If whomever you're buying it from is uneasy about that, walk away. If its a dealer and they say their mechanic says its fine, insist on taking it to a third party. There are a lot of little quirks that only someone who specifically deals with land rovers will notice and be able to fix properly. For instance the air compressor goes bad every 3-5 years, there are a lot of sensors from tire, to tank that go bad along with 6 computers. And usually only a Rover specific mechanic has the equipment to handle the computers.
Cons: The clam shell style doors in the back have issues. When you close the bottom quickly the cables get caught easily as they wind back in and become mangled. There are numerous sensors that go bad and every time they do you're never quite sure which one because it just turns the engine light on. The car battery never fully charges, so if the car is left to sit for days at a time it will thus cause a parking break failure, which in turn causes the high/low gear capability to not work, that is until you drive the car around for a little bit. Everything is expensive to replace or repair. I blew a valve stem on my tire -- $140 to fix, plus another $50 - $100 to reprogram the computer. Any time a sensor goes bad, or is replaced you must reprogram the computers, or the light stays on. On an average car to replace the valve stem its about $30. Take that price difference for any fix. Aux cable is in an odd place behind the center console which is a pain when you're driving alone. Its a magnet for others to hit with their doors. Getting the 3rd row of seats up or down is just ridiculous. It quite literally took me at least 10 minutes to figure it out the first time and its just fairly obnoxious. I struggle to understand how much more of a pain it must be if you're short, or the avg height of a woman. And if you have kids in one hand its probably impossible. getting all the seats down so the back is completely flat is also not very self explanatory, and time consuming. However there are a plethora of seat combinations which really do make it useful once you've got it figured out.
Pros: The car is absolutely beautiful. I smile every time I walk out to start it. It has a go anywhere look, and is fully capable of doing so, from the Serengeti to the safely paved roads to the mall. It comfortably holds 7 full sized adults, its airy, spacious and beyond comfortable. People love it, and love looking at it. If possible, get the V8 model, its already a little sluggish and a V6 would be like trying to move the moon with the power of a blender. Its fine in the summer, spring or fall, but harsh winter is where it shines. Here in Ohio we had snow on top of 6-8 inches of ice, the car wasn't even phased. I was able to drive places even tow trucks couldn't get to. The adjustable ride height is amazing so to is the adjustable terrain feature. Ive traversed 6 inches of water, 8 inches of ice, down steep gradients, up hills, through 5 plus inches of mud, in 6 foot tall weeds and brush, with out a hitch, reached the other side and right into a car wash. The vehicle was truly made to go anywhere and do anything. It heats up like a champ during cold mornings, cools on hot days. It has two sun roofs, but only one that opens and does the job well. Ive put 10 thousand miles on it and have had little problem. The cars ARE reliable as long as you properly maintain them. And I cant stress enough that you absolutely need to have the car checked before you buy it, you could be left with thousands in repairs if you don't.
Over all if you can handle the cost, the gas mileage (which realistically is about 12-14mpg), need to carry a lot of people, foresee yourself driving off the beaten path (or maybe just hope to) and have real winters, then there is no car thats better.