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Emasculated Range Rover
By Barry on
Vehicle2006 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)
ReviewWe recently traded our 2003 RR for the new '06 RR. This may have been a mistake. The biggest complaint has been in the drive train. The '03 RR was based on a BMW V8 from the 740 series. It had 286 hp. The car always seemed to have ample power and acceleration, no matter where you were in the RPM curve. The new '06 is based on a Jaguar/Ford V8. The spec sheet says 305 hp. Frankly, I don't think the engine puts out half that much. It feels anemic, has no pull through the gears. When you finally make the transmission kick-down, the gears seem to have the wrong algorithm. Land Rover probably couldn't afford the price of the BMW powerplant now that it is a Ford company. I miss my '03.
Best FeaturesExterior and interior styling
Worst FeaturesCall BMW and buy the proper engine for this vehicle
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