Buying a used car can have a lot of benefits, especially in the luxury car market. Cars like Audi and BMW practically eat their depreciation, from the moment you drive them off the lot to every mile you add on to the odometer. There are some luxury car brands that you can confidently buy in the used car market and avoid the depreciation, but there are some that you should definitely avoid, and Range Rover is one of them.
Regardless of which model or year you choose, used Range Rovers are notorious for being unreliable and plagued with expensive repair costs. Even Rovers that appear, upon first glance, to be in exceptional or ‘like new’ condition can be hiding some nefarious mechanical problems, and there are some major problems you should be aware of if you absolutely must buy a used Range Rover.
From the outside, many older used Range Rovers look to be in good condition. The body of most Range Rovers is aluminum, so you won’t find them rusting out or with a lot of unnecessary body damage as long as the previous owners weren’t constantly driving the car into things. Unlike some lower-priced cars, Range Rover uses a higher-quality paint and clear coat, so you can typically find them without UV burn or sun spots and get paint that is in relatively good condition for a used car. When it comes to buying a car, however, looks aren’t the most important factor if they just cover up major underlying issues.
Range Rover air suspension
Many Range Rovers came equipped with an air suspension that, when working, gives the car a smooth ride that can be adjusted for different driving conditions. This is done through several major components that cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace. Because many Range Rovers can still be driven with many of these mechanical pieces damaged, you can buy one without realizing that the suspension needs a substantial amount of work.
The bags of air located at each corner of the SUV, allowing the height of the Rover to be adjusted. At around 100,000 these bags start to fail, causing them to leak air and become completely ineffective. This is a problem almost all Range Rover owners complain about once their mileage gets higher, and if it isn’t properly addressed it’s also an issue that used Range Rover buyers will have to deal with.
Another concern that many Range Rover drivers complain about is oil leaks, which are not inevitable but also happen to low mileage cars. Some owners even claim they have oil leak problems as low as 70,000 or sooner, and if you’re looking to buy a used one it’s a red flag to look out for. While oil leaks aren’t necessarily the worst problem you can have if you continue to add oil to your engine. Left unmonitored, however, they can cause catastrophic damage to your engine. Depending on where oil is leaking from can cause major inconveniences as well, and it’s not uncommon for an oil leak to burn in the engine bay and cause a disgusting-smelling smoke.
Many new Range Rovers inevitably have to deal with these issues, and while they may not sound too bad at first you can be left dealing with expensive repairs and other issues that don’t end up saving you any money in the long run.