1997 Land Rover Range Rover Consumer Review: Once Bitten, Thrice Shy

1997 Land Rover Range Rover - Consumer Review

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4.6 HSE 4dr SUV (4.6L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Once Bitten, Thrice Shy
By Wayne on


1997 Land Rover Range Rover 4.6 HSE 4dr SUV AWD


Always dreamed of owning a Range Rover. Finally plucked up the courage to buy one in 2005 and after extensive research and product comparison found a one owner low mileage one at a local premier car dealer ship. I must say the after glow of owning my first "luxury" SUV began to dim very soon after we took delivery. Silly things started to go wrong almost immediately. Heated seats stopped working, sway arm needed replacing early on (causing an alarming feature called "wheel wobble"), small coolant pipe perished causing leakage, mega bucks to replace, many many air suspension faults, remote central locking system troublesome, sun roof broke itself! (big money to repair) that was the final straw.

Best Features

Beautiful car, stunning ride, excellent off road-ability and superb around town, beats all other SUV's for luxury and styling. Despite this I have never owned a vehicle so unwilling to keep going, it would break down just sitting in the driveway! Never buy a car with an "extensive service history"

Worst Features

Seemingly "over-engineered" with components that are inherently unreliable. Never before have I owned a vehicle where the service center would say "it's a weakness in this model" and "by the way it'll cost $1,500 to fix".
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