2008 Range Rover 3.8 TD Autu. Any good?

Submitted: Monday, May 12, 2008 at 14:48
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Does anyone have any real reasons not to buy one?
The towing capacity is good for the boat, but Patrol and Sahara will also do the job.
This series of 08 Rovers is the last before Tata take over, and is due for replacement with India's best next year.
Any thoughts?
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 15:14

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 15:14
==Does anyone have any real reasons not to buy one?==

I can't afford it......

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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 16:01

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 16:01
Neither can I.
My employer has the desire to upgrade from his F250 to tow his 3.25 tonne boat.
The Rangie dealer on the Gold Coast told him he needs a Range Rover to tow the weight, and that Cruisers and Patrols can't handle the towing weight.
I advised my boss thay are full of krap, and googled for him the proof.
He has paid a preliminary deposit and has til tomorrow morning to confirm the purchase.
I checked some reviews on the web, and they seem to show roughly 50/50 between good and bad reviews.
I'd hate to see him stuck with a soon to be replaced version of what may or not be a good vehicle, especially when I get to use it when he's O/S.
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Reply By: marcus - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 15:57

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 15:57
Even though Tata are the owners production and technology will remain at Solihull in the U.K with perhaps the exeption of Defender which could be moved to India.Tata are a highly successful company BTW and know how to succeed.The turbo diesel V8 you refer to is actually 3.6 litre and like most new cars will suffer from a fair slice of depreciation in the first few years.
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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 16:14

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 16:14
Thanks Mark
You are correct, 3.6 litre.
But I don't think Tata have completed the takeover yet.
The '09 model will apparently be their design. Should be interesting.
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 16:53

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 16:53
Maybe member Willies trip to India means every new one will come with an EO sticker ? LOL
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Follow Up By: murranji3 - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 17:48

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 17:48
Seems to me that the best reviews for Landrover come from the magazines with a glossy back cover with Landrover adds.I do not blame them but it was obvious that a magazine that was truthfull and dismissed the Range Rover from its test due to engine failure has never since had a LRover advert ,strange??
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Monday, May 12, 2008 at 19:26

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 19:26
Murranji,
Using your logic, how is it that the same so called 'truthful" magazine that no longer has LandRover ads still carries enormous ads and advertorial crap for the well known Nissan Exploder aka the 3.0 diesel Patrol.

From memory there was NO engine failure, there were issues with the onboard electronic technology, and LandRover are not alone with those issues.

Most 4wd magazines have some degree of bias depending on which company pays for the most Ad space.

And Yes I would buy one any time (if I could afford one), even with K07's increased taxes.

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Follow Up By: feraldisco2 - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 18:09

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 18:09
ah yes, some more reliable info...there has been NO engine failure reported during magazine testing of this motor. There have been some issues with the air compressor running the rear air suspension in earlier versions although this can generally be rectified by resetting through turning ignition off/on... I'm the first to admit that there have been reliability issues with Land Rovers in the past, but recently (since 2005) they've really gotten their act together, and we'll see how the new Cruiser goes reliability-wise now that it's actually got some fancy electronics (which I agree aren't ideal for remote travel reliability).
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