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Advice: The WORST car that I had.My Landrover is now dead for 85,000 miles. It can not run anymore. The mechanics of Landrover cannot find the problem by diagnostics alone. They have to open the engine to find out but not a guarantee that they will find it. How STUPID this Landrover diagnostics is. Landrover should terminate the Engineer who built this STUPID car diagnostics computer. The service advisor told me that the only thing that can fix my car is to replace the whole engine which will cost me $8,000 plus labor and tax.
Cons: The service dept couch (hard and lumpy)
Advice: Purchase but cross your fingersHave had a few annoying problems since purchase 3 months ago. Bluetooth module (replaced) Passenger mirror dip feature broken(mirror replaced) Numorous recalls-all computer software related Service dept- cust service could improve Looks, power, comfort excellent!
Cons: Gas mileage - 11.8mpg in first 3000 miles -half city/half freeway
Advice: Don't cheap out - get sat radio and phoneAwesome car - love the luxury. Its a great (SUV) drive. Love the steering (previously the Discovery had an appalling turning circle, not a problem now). Great car for the city with the turning circle, and park distance controls. I got the Sat radio (recommended) and the integrated phone (recommended, convenient, BUT sounds like you're in a tin box). Problems so far: sporadic warning that there's a suspension fault, happens once a week or so; wiper coverage (fixed in five mins). Would definitely make the decision to buy the RRS again.
Pros: road condition selection as well as height adjustment
Cons: voice activation, very confusing
Advice: road test the competition firstTested the BMW, Porsche, Mercedes and Lexus SUV's in fairness to the competetion they all had certain features that are outstanding. For example, the Lexus has a smooth ride but looks like a shoe box. Mercedes has made great changes in the new ML but according to mechanics I know the car is not yet that reliable. The Range Rover Sport has it all, technology, style, comfort and breeding. I live in the Lake Tahoe area and drive in snow and the mountains, I could not have selected a better SUV.
Pros: look of the vehicle
Cons: repairs, cost of repairs, and lost of value
Advice: I would not buy it againI bought a 2002 Landrover Freelander in January 2003. The car had about 11,000 miles. I have had to constantly change the brakes and the light bulbs of the turning signals. I have recently had engine problems and after $4000 worth of work at the dealer's service center I was told the transmission needs to be replaced. I have 70,000 miles on the car and it has lost most of it's value.
Cons: Cup holders on the dash are a bit out of reach and arm rests would be nice, like that in the Discovery model
Advice: Unless you have to be the first in your vehicle, wait a year, shop around, and you'll save thousands in the long run even with a handful of miles on it.The appearance first caught my eye but the obstacle course had me driving to the table to sign the papers. Of course, wanting the 'ultimate deal' had me placing the salesman on hold for 48 hours to see if I could beat his best pitch. Glad I did... I found my '02 Freelander in the Spring of '03, 500 miles away for $7,000.00 less and only 8,000 miles on the odometer which included a full warranty. Last Christmas we took this vehicle up north the day after a terrible snow storm. This vehicle proved its worth as it plowed through the snow and ice, leaving most others pulled to the side and struggling to make it to the top of a hill. The only complaint I have would be the brakes/rotors I had replaced (twice) since owning. The service department made that easy to overlook with the best service experience I have seen to date. Land Rover Louisville deserves much kudo's for their entire staff.
Pros: Overall appearance
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: You'll love it but it's not a hybrid!Completely hooked once I drove the LR3. Loved everything.