Range Rover TD6 HSE - pros and cons

Submitted: Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:45
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To paraphrase 4X4 Australia ". . . the king of luxury off-roaders." I would like to get the constructive opinions of those who are potential drivers - what are the positives and negatives of this vehicle? And yes, I know it's expensive!
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:54

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:54
Wombie..you thinking of trading the Triton for a Rangey....?
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:20

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:20
Ssssssshhhh!!! Don't tell anyone but maybe a little green Nissan 200SX could be traded.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:54

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 17:54
If i had the money i would buy one tomorrow !!

Baz.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 18:11

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 18:11
If I had the money for a Rangie I'd buy a house.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:22

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:22
We've got a house Jeff, but it got stuck where we built it and no matter how hard I pull with my snatch strap I can't move it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 15:00

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 15:00
Ahh, I see, sounds like the Rangie and F250 are no good. You may need an F350, that way you could get rid of the Camper and just take the house on the back.
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 20:42

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 20:42
I would think that they would depreciate from new quicker than I could earn money so I second hand one might be the go.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:25

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:25
There don't seem to be too many newish second hand ones on the market though.
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Reply By: Member Eric - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 22:39

Friday, May 21, 2004 at 22:39
Wombie , They are a prety cable off roader , My mate has one and does well in the bush , They have front and rear lockers factory in low range . The only down side is , plastic moldings go missing if you go hard and water crossings should not be attemted , they can dump the suspention when water sorounds the sensors underbody. He has had a couple of manifilds crack , but apart from that , no major repairs yet . So far its traveled 100,000 kms
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:35

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:35
Thanks for the feedback Eric. My days of going hard are well behind me (pardon the double entendre). Please explain ". . .water crossings should not be attemted , they can dump the suspention when water sorounds the sensors underbody", as this sounds rather serious for a purpose built off- road vehicle. Do you get many late model ones through the yard?
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 19:32

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 19:32
We get them in , you just need to let me know when your ready and also which model you want . EG. 2000 till late 2001 or the new shape 2002 till 2004 . HSE 4.6 or standard
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 07:22

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 07:22
Wombat we had one on a 21 day trip about 3 years ago top of the range all the bells and whistles and it preformed very well. Nothing fell off or broke.
The only thing that happened was he got a flat battery and the rangie shut down and locked all the doors [they were closed] It was lucky the bonnet was open.
We rang range rover and they said they would send a technition as soon as possible the only prob was that we were 150k SW of Coen. They had not heard of this place in melbourne.
In short they didnt turn up but we trickle charged the battery and the rangie slowely woke up and unlocked it self .

All the best
Eric
CyC
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:37

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:37
Sounds like a flat battery could have been a bit of fun Eric. How did it perform in comparison to the more popular vehicle you see?
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 16:59

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 16:59
Wombat we have had many types of 4x4s away with us and to date I have not had one I would say was no good they all preform well its the way you drive them and what you expect out of the 4x4.
The rangie went well but it was a bit thirsty in my opinion I would not like to the cape to many times in them to much electrnic gear.
But for comfort you cant go wrong.

All the best
Eric
CyC
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Reply By: lx470 - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 07:55

Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 07:55
I think, according to the Title of the Post, information is being requested about the Current Range Rover, not the old POS.

In answer. Very capable off road and on road. Not as good on road as the BMW X5, but as capable as the Landcruiser/Patrol off road.

Interior space is not as good as Landcruiser/Patrol. Fit and Finish at Lexus levels.

If you have never driven one before the experience can be strange, especially having the low window/door joins. Rear door access is poor as the doors do not open wide.

Interior look and feel is that of a Yacht. Not much boot room.

Designed by BMW, built by Ford. Some minor changes due later this year. New Petrol engine as the BMW engine supply agreement ends, replaced by version of the Jaguar V8.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:45

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:45
Thanks for the best information thus far LX. If we were to get one it would not be intended as a daily driver but would be used exclusively for towing the camper and holiday duties. "Not as good on road as the BMW X5, but as capable as the Landcruiser/Patrol off road" is the sort of feedback I was after, although I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with the X5 on the highway. Our alternatives to the Range Rover would be a Cayenne or F250 with the Ford my preference with the big diesel motor.
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Reply By: ross - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 00:19

Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 00:19
The real question is what do YOU want to do with it?
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:48

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 12:48
No the real question was "Range Rover TD6 HSE - what are the positives and negatives of this vehicle?" . . . but if you would like further information so that you can offer constructive advice - it would be used predominantly as a third vehicle to tow our camper and explore this great land.
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Follow Up By: ross - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 17:54

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 17:54
The reason I asked is because,what it is to be used for is the most important thing.
The positives and negatives are all related to that.
If you had of said you wished to travel in the most remote and inhospitable regions,do deep water crossings then I would have said get a landcruiser or patrol.
The electronics and other gizmos are the negative side to these vehicles.

If you want to cruise the bitumen towing a camper and with the ability to do offroading with lots of comfort and you got the cash then do it!

Also you might want to search around the net.About 12 months ago I found 3 forums in 3 continents purely devoted to unhappy range rover owners.I dont recall ever seeing another car except maybe a Ford Explorer with that kind of following.
Much of it was due to bad or inexpericenced dealers in North America who consistanly failed to rectify customers complaints. None the less the rate of complaints was appalling. They may have improved since then.
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Follow Up By: ross - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 18:09

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 18:09
One more ,why would you want to throw an F250 into the debate if your concerns are mainly around comfort and handling. The diesel economy will be worse or no better than the petrol models you considered.
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Reply By: Member Colin - NSW Bungendore - Monday, May 24, 2004 at 21:09

Monday, May 24, 2004 at 21:09
Negatives - you did ask!
from one who dislikes big vehicles in general - I was amazed at the fuel consumption of these expensive petrol trucks quoted in a recent comparison, not just the Rangie - 22L/100km !!
But I suppose if you afford to buy one you wouldn't be too worried about paying for fuel or wasting the little Oil the world has left - and I suppose they are capable of towing a trailer full of fuel.
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