Land Rover Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Land Rover reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Land Rover Discovery 5 - Why do they just call it Discovery?
Land Rover still refers to the third-generation, L462-series model as the Discovery 5, but the number was dropped in some markets to distance it from the L319-series LR3 and LR4, which were the North American names for the Ford-era Discovery 3 (2003) and Discovery 4 (2009) respectively.
Though not officially confirmed, it is believed that the name change in both instances was due to the poor reliability reputation that the earlier models gained. The same fate befell the Freelander badge, when its successor became known as the much-more-chic Evoque.
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Land Rover Discovery 1 - Is the first Discovery becoming a classic?
Indeed it will so get in quick.
With its mix of classic Range Rover and a Rover Group parts-bin bits, Morris Marina door handles, Austin Montego van tail-lights and Buick’s ancient alloy V8 all part of the mix, this thing is pre-BMW/post-BMC era British engineering genius.
Also, the original Disco is cool, with its lovely two-door wagon body, stepped roof with skylights and airy, inviting cabin offering minimalist, attractive design. And please don't forget the Land Rover's formidable 4x4 capabilities.
All-in-all, a '90s classic worth collecting. Land Rover doesn't make 'em like this any more.
What is the most expensive Land Rover in the world?
The most expensive new Land Rover in Australia is the Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB supercharged V8 petrol which lists at $403,670 and boasts 405kW of power. A high percentage of that cost, however, is down to luxury-car tax and other import duties, and the Australian government loves to slug car lovers. That said, countries such as Singapore which have extortionate fees and taxes just for the privilege of buying a car would have higher Land Rover and Range Rover prices.
However, my money for the world’s most expensive Landie would be on the original Land Rover prototype used to develop the original off-roader way back in 1947. This protype actually featured a central driving position and had the nick-name the Centre Steer as a result. Opinions differ on whether it still exists as some say it was broken up as production started in 1948 while others surmise that it could be hidden in storage somewhere in the UK. If it does exist, it would surely be the most valuable Land Rover in the world.
Beyond that, I’d say another prototype named Huey (named for its registration number HUE 166) from 1948 would be a close runner-up in value terms. Huey now resides at Land Rover’s Classic workshop in Coventry in the UK.
Should I sell my 2005 Land Rover Discovery?
Land Rovers of this era seem to have a few more reliability problems than other off-road vehicles from other makers. That said, they’re more complicated to start with, so that explains some of that phenomenon.
As you’ve correctly identified, Karen, a vehicle’s ability to keep on keeping on is down to far more factors than simply the age of the engine. These are big, heavy, complex machines and they suffer wear in many areas including the driveline, suspension, brakes and general body condition.
Parts for things like air suspension can be expensive, but it’s worth keeping in mind that no off-road four-wheel-drive is cheap to maintain. It comes down to how much you like the car and whether you can justify the on-costs. If you do decide to keep the old girl, finding a specialist Land Rover workshop can often save you money as these businesses specialise in the brand and know all the common problems and the servicing tricks to keep your spend down.
Is the Range Rover Sport 2002 expensive to maintain?
Not if you use a mechanic who knows their way around a Range Rover. There are mechanics that specialise in them and they know them best.
Land Rover Discovery Sport 2012: Engine failure
Seek advice from the state government consumer affairs people, or take LRA to VCAT.
Land Rover Discovery 2017: Need replacing due to major problems
Document the problems with the car and any work that has been done on it since you’ve owned it and take them to JLR with a request that they advise you on what work they plan to do to fix the problems. If that doesn’t get a satisfactory response then go to your state consumer affairs office, or perhaps lodge a complaint with VCAT.
Are Range Rover reliable and good cars?
If there are any common problems and complaints about Range Rover's reliability or faults, they'll likely show up on our Land Rover's problems page. You can also calculate a car's projected resale value via our price and specs page.
What is the most expensive Range Rover?
The most expensive new Range Rover is the Range Rover SVAutobiography petrol which lists at $398,528. For more info on the latest models, check out our pricing and specs page, and you'll find all Land Rover reviews and news here.
Where are Range Rovers made?
Range Rover is a sub-brand of Land Rover. Most Land Rovers are made out of their main factory in Solihull, England, with some production taking place at an old Ford factory in Halewood, England. Jaguar Land Rover have also started manufacturing their vehicles out of China and Slovakia. The I-Pace and E-Pace are also manufactured out of Graz, Austria. Some vehicles are assembled from knock down kits in other countries including India, where Jaguar Land Rover's parent company Tata Motors are based.