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Future Classic: Range Rover L322

As the forum's self-appointed Land Rover nerd, just thought i'd make a few corrections to HJ's recent article, (classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/comment/2018-11/fut.../ ) which hopefully he'll appreciate. as we are all here to learn about cars after all. Here goes:

1) "In 2005, the Range Rover had a major facelift, to effectively remove as much of the BMW content as possible. The engines were replaced by Ford-PSA’s 2.7-litre TDV6 diesel"

This is incorrect on two counts.

Firstly, 2005 MY was more of a visual nip and tuck than anything substantial. 2007 MY was the year the major changes arrived with the replacement of the BMW M57 diesel engine with a Ford sourced 3.6 twin turbo diesel V8. Electronics/wiring were also moved over to Ford based systems at that time. Secondly, the L322 never got the Ford-PSA 2.7 TDV6 diesel.

2) "and the Jaguar-sourced 4.2 V8, which was available as both a normally aspirated and supercharged unit"

This is partially incorrect. The 4.2 jag V8 was available, but only as a supercharged unit. The naturally aspirated version was a 4.4l.

3) "the 2.7 TDV6 engine, in particular, is known for being fragile, with crankshaft failure a very common problem."

As above, but credit where credit's due, this is a common problem with this engine.

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Hope the above is not taken as criticism, indeed far from it and I do sympathise, we can't know everything about all cars all at once! HJ could tell me anything about a lot of foreign brands and i wouldn't have the knowledge to know if it's correct or not, but seeing as I do, I have!

Now, where did I hang my anorak...

Comments

sandy56    on 24 November 2018

Who in their right mind would buy a used Range Rover, unless they had very deep pockets and at least one other car to guarantee mobility. The horror stories of Range rover continue, even in newish models.

Yes I would like one but only brand new with full warranty, but I prefer to spend my own money elsewhere.

nellyjak    on 24 November 2018

Who in their right mind would buy a used Range Rover, unless they had very deep pockets and at least one other car to guarantee mobility. The horror stories of Range rover continue, even in newish models.

Yes I would like one but only brand new with full warranty, but I prefer to spend my own money elsewhere.

I don't think the OP was seeking to debate the pro's and con's of purchasing/owning such a vehicle...merely seeking to correct perceived inaccuracies in certain comments/reviews.

Metropolis.    on 25 November 2018

Exactly, the purpose of this thread isn’t to debate whether an L322 is a future classic or even a good buy. Just correcting HJ and hoping he’ll fact check a bit more in future.

SLO76    on 24 November 2018

Who in their right mind would buy a used Range Rover, unless they had very deep pockets and at least one other car to guarantee mobility. The horror stories of Range rover continue, even in newish models.

Yes I would like one but only brand new with full warranty, but I prefer to spend my own money elsewhere.

We had so much bother with them that we were instructed to bid heavily under book for them as part-exchanges. The warranty firms all charged double premium and there was always some fairly major issue lurking that required fixing or forced us to punt it through the ring. I wouldn’t touch one unless I was a millionaire and money was of no concern. The bulk of them we seen came in against Japanese off-roaders and from owners who were pig sick of pouring money into them.

nellyjak    on 24 November 2018

Well, if we are talking about actually buying one...then I agree.

I've hung my nose over a few V8 RR's and Discos in my car buying lifetime...but I've never bought one, simply down to the legendary reliability/cost issues.

The only time I bought a "proper" 4x4.... I went for the Shogun...and I wasn't disappointed.

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