This will sadly be my last LR product ever. They just simply aren't built well enough to carry on after they are out of warranty and LR don't want to know you even though you have a comprehensive set of dealer service stamps in the book. I've just spent £6500 on a new Turbo, complete exhaust system inc cat and a gearbox recon. The dealer couldn't find anything wrong with the car when I took it in!! The computer said NO. It's not until you talk to the specialists that you find out that the gearbox is a common fault and can fail after as little as 30k, although I got 93k out of mine. I've had many parts replaced under warranty and put up with the agro. When they are running fine, they are great but when they go wrong, look out. Now where is the number for the local audi dealer?
I have owned this car, from new, for 10 months. Have been across Europe in it twice so far. As it is top of the range, the only thing I had to specify as extra were the deployable side steps. The level of comfort is superb and the thrill of driving it has not diminished since the day I bought it. One problem occurred with the DP Filter which resulted in power loss. However, this was soon rectified at the dealer. I think it's fair to say that the only thing I don't like about this car, is the access to the rear seats, but then I've only sat there twice!!
Very luxurious and refined cruiser with teriffic off-road ability. I have only had one problem so far - the battery gave out at 2 years old. This was fixed promptly and efficiently by Land rover assistance who went to a lot of trouble to repair (at home) on the same afternoon. Fuel consumption is heavy as previously stated by other owners but i have found it to be virtually exactly as stated from the manufacturer with average of 17.5mpg and 23.5mpg on the motorway. Having said that, a friend with the diesel TDV8 version doesn't get much above 20mpg and with the higher cost of diesel it probably works out much the same. Unfortunately, the service costs are really extortionate with a bill of over £350 for what is little more than an oil change. I will be seeking out a specialist garage for future servicing after the warranty expires as long as they can reset the service interval indicator reminder on the dash. Overall, this is one of the best cars i have ever owned - 9/10
The TDV8 is my second Range Rover Vogue, the first being the earlier TD6, which although slow and noisey, was extremely reliable during the 3 years and 75,000 miles I covered in it.
I will start with the good points. The ride and handling are a revelation over the previous TD6; fuel economy for a car of this size it utterly staggering, I achieved 31MPG driving through Northern Spain recently, fully loaded with wife, kids, luggage and wine; the performance is magnificent and it looks simply gorgeous anywhere you park it.
Now, the bad points. Every time you wash the windscreen while driving with the driver side window open a fraction, you get drizzled in the dirty water racing off the front screen; the windscreen wipers make the most annoying knocking noise; the seats are uncomfortable after 30 mins; I can't fill the fuel tank up properly as the pump ALWAYS air locks; every time I reverse, the wing mirror lowers, but NEVER resets itself; the auto-window switches fail intermittently; the oil pressure warning light has been on 5 times in 3 months; the rear park camera focus is shot; the engine knocks when ticking over and the automatic transmission jerks from gear to gear.
If the problems were fixed, I would love this car dearly, but as it stands right now, I hate it! I'm disappointed with Land Rover and the local dealer.
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