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Land Rover Range Rover, SUV
#570 of 1002 Re: Is The 2005 Range Rover The Same Old Land Rover? [nvbanker]
Dec 22, 2004 (9:43 pm)
Well I don't believe I am generalizing about Fords, but I guess it can come down to what one views as sub-par. Your question does Land Rover make better built cars than Ford is exactly what is so vexing about Range Rovers. Ford where "bean counters" rule the roost, and every part must be compatible with 5 different models, a substandard car is inevitable and understandable. But the Range Rover is spared no expense from what I see, is widely recognized as the most luxurious SUV in the world, is peerless in it's offroad capabilities, and can match or exceed the finest luxury cars in onroad comfort and ride quality. Why does this magnificent vehicle break so much??? Through some quirk, the sum is actually greater than it's parts.......and in the Range Rovers case, that is not a good thing!
Forgive the rant! How long do you believe it will take Ford to turn the corner with Land Rover?
Do you know of anyone that has purchased an 05 Range Rover and is experiencing a more trouble free ownership? Why do you feel a completely Ford designed Range Rover will make a "believer" of me?
Thank you for your insights
p.s. I don't smoke
#571 of 1002 Great questions - mgreene
Dec 24, 2004 (1:10 am)
1-It may be a few years yet, the new RR is a BMW design, and while not a bad design, all the BMW SUVs have actually been maintenance disasters so far. The X5 is now up to 16 recalls I think. The first improvement going into it will be the the Jaguar engine in 06. Gonna take time.
2- No, not yet.
3- Just from what I've seen them do with Jaguar in the last decade. It's been nothing but positive from a product standpoint.
I don't smoke either, and you are a gentleman. These are merely my observations. YMMV
#572 of 1002 Re: Head Gaskets (#347) [outrigger]
Dec 24, 2004 (4:25 pm)
O:utrigger, people tell me that a used pre-'03 RR is a good car IF you factor in the sure to happen problems with the air bags. Apparently, the best solution is to simply buy an aftermarket coil spring kit for 4K or so.
#573 of 1002 Re: In Praise of the Range Rover [youngturk]
Dec 26, 2004 (11:15 pm)
RR o5 or the lexus lx/gx - as crazy as it seems, looking for the the car had to be prestigious and cut a very distinctive presence but like the level of reliability of the lexus plus their nav is way better, power on the lx is less than that of the large lx?? As an executive, clients in teh car, not sure the lx or better speed ofthe gx quite gives the image that the rr gvies..
#576 of 1002 Re: Head Gaskets (#347) [blckislandguy]
Jan 05, 2005 (1:27 pm)
I'm not sure that the air suspension bags are a sure-fire problem. Even if they need R&R at some time, weigh the benefits (smooth ride and great handling) against the loss of those benefits to "save money" by switching to steel springs. I forget how much it costs to refit to steel springs, but I recall it's not all that cheap either.
Sorry about the delayed response. I was on vacation over xmas week.
#577 of 1002 Re: 2005 RR CD/Audio System Problem [ecsmith]
Jan 05, 2005 (5:26 pm)
My husband makes fun of my 05 RR b/c it's boxy big and the brakes don't work as well as his BMW. Yawn I know, anywho while driving it tonight we discovered b/c of too much silence that my radio is not working. The screen just says Land Rover. HELP is this broken, did this happen to anyone else? Also, can I play my ipod in this car? I haven't tried and I'm too lazy to read the books. Please help me....
#578 of 1002 Re: 2005 RR CD/Audio System Problem [shugurl]
Jan 05, 2005 (5:28 pm)
OK my husband to the rescue. He pulled the fuse and it reset or something. why did this happen?
#579 of 1002 Re: Is The 2005 Range Rover The Same Old Land Rover? [mgreene]
Jan 05, 2005 (5:37 pm)
It is such a fun great car for cruising. The brakes don't exactly stop on a dime but the comfort is fantastic. Wouldn't recommend one if you travel on the highway a lot. The touch screen is great, sound system good and they seats fold down in an instant if you need to move something. I love this car but it is a bit unique looking. Now you get full maintenance and the dealerships even have movie theatres inside, they will pick up your car and basically do almost anything for you. very nice people and being that you buy their top end they service you before others.