V8Warrior

Rangerover Sport - Anyone owned one?

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In a few months I'll be binning off the Vivaro van once all the house renovations are complete - Which is a shame, as I've really enjoyed driving it and it's been tres useful.

 

I'll be looking to replace it with a Rangerover Sport TDV6 or TDV8 of 2005/06/07 years.

 

I'm looking for real world reviews and not the usual "It'd break down, off the road in the garage more than on the road" hype that goes with the brand - We all know that there are unreliable vehicles in all brands and marques, if you looked at the horror stories for the M5 then you'd never own one, especially since people always look to the forums for the problems and no-one ever says how good a car is etc.

 

So with that in mind, anyone owned one? Things to look for when buying, anything that is a common issue across all the vehicle range - Rust areas etc etc

 

Cheers :D

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My friend has one. It's an okay car but can be expensive to run. They look like they should be more spacious but they aren't. That's not to say that space is bad, though. He has the diesel one and recently the engine went bang. Took it to the dealership and initially, they said that they can only use new engine but he spoke to the manager and agreed to use a used engine. He told him that to replace the engine, they have to remove the body which left just the chassis rails and wheels. I didn't believe him until he showed me the pics haha! 

 

I'm not here to put you off, they are nice vehicles, a good high driving seating position and comfortable too! Just to make you aware, the 6 cylinder diesel in the Sport isn't the same BMW 6 cylinder in the same era normal Range Rover. They are definitely one of the most good looking and offroad capable premium SUVs of the time. The dual screens in the centre console can be a tad confusing to use or get used to. You get the top colour screen which is for the Sat Nav, DVD, 4x4 Info, and rear screens. Then you get the lower bi-colour screen (think Nokia 3310) which shows Radio, Phone, CD, and AUX. The system in the standard RR is much better (one screen one computer). 

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Try to go for the TDV8. Vastly superior to the 2.7 TDV6

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I would echo going for the tdv8, the v6 as it ages is becoming plagued with bottom end problems, which is a body off job to get to 

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The oil pump casting is a known weak spot on the 2.7 v6 tdi prior to 2007. That should be changed when the timing belt is serviced. Timing belts are a body off job, thats about 4 hours labour to get the body off alone. The front lower wishbones make a clunk on braking when worn, those aren't cheap and a real pain to change. The hitachi air compressor for the suspension can ware out reasonably quickly, Land Rover have started to use AMK as a replacement. That will set you back about £500 if you fit it yourself. Some problems with the crank breaking without warning have been found, I'm not sure how common that problem is. The electronic park break can seize if it is not serviced, another pain to sort out if you need to get to the servo as that is located above the rear diff.

Thats the main things I can think of off the top of my head. Some one where I work had a 2007 sport for a few years and never had a problem with it.

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Cheers gents. This is the sort of information that's great. 

 

I had heard about oil pumps on the 2.7 lump being an issue and also about various jobs which require the body removing. 

 

Does the 3.6 V8 diesel have a belt or chain drive for the cams?

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I would just go for the V8 because if you get a V6 you'll be forever wishing you had gone for it. You know that as well as I do though. I know nothing about them other than they look great (as long as they haven't been pimped) and can be VERY expensive to run. I saw a nearly new autobiography today in black with cream interior and thought it looked fantastic!

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16 hours ago, V8Warrior said:

Does the 3.6 V8 diesel have a belt or chain drive for the cams?

 

 

Timing chain :) Another reason to go for the TDV8 over the TDV6 lol

 

Seen on forums that TDV6s also had a recall for oil pumps? 

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Was recently considering the same.Had a word with my insurance Guy and apparently RR Sport are the most stolen vehicle in the UK.He said they are stolen,containerised and end up all over the world because they are so popular,insurance is Sky high due to this.The next most stolen according to him are the RR Vogue and then the BMW x3.

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Not sure about the future of diesel. Seems that it is the new evil that must be eradicated which ain't great seeing as I have 3 diesel vehicles!! I guess we will know more shortly when the Budget is announced, but if you do buy a diesel now, you probably should be prepared that you are going to lose a lot on it, as this anti-diesel movement isn't seemingly going to go away. 

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2.7 is one of the shittiest engines there is. V8 not bad.

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I wouldn't worry about body off jobs, they were designed to come off, plenty of specialists out there that know what they're doing these days.

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Bodies only held onto the chassis by 4 substantial self tappers then one wiring plug I heard

The point about diesels becoming very undesirable is a good one. I wouldn't buy one again I don't think. I heard somebody floor his SVR yesterday, what a sound! They seem to quite common as rangies go....or are people putting the badges on 'ordinary' cars?

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My mate's parents bought one a year old in 2007 with about 10k miles on the clock, it's now done over 150k miles and still going strong. I believe they've had an alternator, EGR valves and a gearbox rebuild, everything else just routine. Car is a 2.7td

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1 hour ago, paperjams said:

 a gearbox rebuild, 

 

Its £2.5-3k to get a ZF 6HP26 rebuilt in an E60, a Rangie one would be similar I would think.

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7 hours ago, Nomis said:

Bodies only held onto the chassis by 4 substantial self tappers then one wiring plug I heard emoji851.png

The point about diesels becoming very undesirable is a good one. I wouldn't buy one again I don't think. I heard somebody floor his SVR yesterday, what a sound! They seem to quite common as rangies go....or are people putting the badges on 'ordinary' cars?

 

Theres a bit more than 4 self tappers holding it on! jeezzz.......

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Cheers for the replies gents.

 

The diesel thing at the moment is something that isn't overly worrying - Look at how many tradesfolk use diesel vans (probably 99% of them?), so I can't see a massive issue just yet with diesel.

 

Agreed on the TDV8 engine being a decent one too - I've not seen or heard any horror stories about them, apart from they enjoy suppin' diesel like it's going out of fashion (But lets be fair, 2.6 ton vehicle and a big engine isn't going to return the best MPG at all. Anything over 25 average would be fine with me for the milage I do).

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33 minutes ago, V8Warrior said:

The diesel thing at the moment is something that isn't overly worrying - Look at how many tradesfolk use diesel vans (probably 99% of them?), so I can't see a massive issue just yet with diesel.

 

yes because the government never fuck over trades folk...

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Re the diesel thing. While I agree it is the fuel of Satan himself, the implications will be on buying new ones not hitting folk who have older diesel cars or in this case wanting to buy an older vehicle.

 

 Yes they may offer a scrapage scheme but I doubt very much they will increase VED on cars registered X years ago. Older decent engined petrols as long as they are registered before  March 06 get away with lower VED rates even tho they chuff out high CO, like my last E60. I suspect they may do similar based on NO emissions, which is the nasty bit in Diesel emmisions.

 

But he didn't do anything in yesterday's budget. So carry on and buy your Rangie and get saving.....

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4 hours ago, 535iAR said:

 

Its £2.5-3k to get a ZF 6HP26 rebuilt in an E60, a Rangie one would be similar I would think.

 

Seriously?? That's a huge amount of money

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9 minutes ago, Fezzy16v said:

 

Seriously?? That's a huge amount of money

 

Yup, which is why I no longer have my E60 and now have the F10. To repair a failed E clutch =  refurbed gearbox = not far off trade in value of car as a whole!

 

I got a couple of quotes (£2.5-3k), cried, and then decided it needed to go, cried more, went to Aberdeen to buy F10.

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59 minutes ago, 535iAR said:

 

Yup, which is why I no longer have my E60 and now have the F10. To repair a failed E clutch =  refurbed gearbox = not far off trade in value of car as a whole!

 

I got a couple of quotes (£2.5-3k), cried, and then decided it needed to go, cried more, went to Aberdeen to buy F10.

 

I don't blame you. Was considering a late E60 525d the end of the year but I may give it a miss

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5 hours ago, V8Warrior said:

 

Theres a bit more than 4 self tappers holding it on! jeezzz.......

My attempt at humour failed......sorry. I was trying to compare the new ones to the BL originals which were built shoddily at best!

 

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9 hours ago, V8Warrior said:

 

Theres a bit more than 4 self tappers holding it on! jeezzz.......

Yeah, there's a couple of ty-raps too ;)

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12 hours ago, Nomis said:

My attempt at humour failed......sorry. I was trying to compare the new ones to the BL originals which were built shoddily at best!

 

 

Theres no mud holding the rust in place on these though :P

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