2007 Land Rover Range Rover User Reviews
- $22,379 - $29,004
- No trim specified for this review
- Pleanty of power, ubercomfortable, sylish and very solid
- Unbelievable depreciation, touchscreen is a bit clunky, highly complicated
I just bought my wife a used Black / Gray 2006 Range Rover HSE with DVD. I would classify myself as a informed buyer. We looked at both the RR Sports as well as the full size and settled on the full size. Although I initially wasn't too thrilled on the Rovers, I must admit that I love driving this car. I hated our Tahoe that we had previously and would always drive my MB CLK instead. Now the Rover is my car of choice and I steel it from my wife whenever I can. It is a solid car with incredible visibility. Its very roomy as well. Power is great in the standard HSE. Sport mode really makes it move. If you've test driven one, you know what I'm talking about.
What I think is valuable to know is what I would say are the downsides to buying this car. The first item is that this car does not hold its value. Having done the research, I figured that buying a 2006 would limit my exposure. New RRs cost $80K plus. I got my 2006 with 23K miles for under $50K. It was in pretty much like new condition. I've seen '06's for low 40's with higher miles. Oddly enough, the 2006 Sports which start in the low 60's are going for the same as the full size. The sport is a cool car but really no comparison for the full size. The sport is based off of the LR3. So if money is no object and you love having a new car ... knock yourself out with an '08 but you may want to think about leasing because resale is a big disappointment. Otherwise, buying a 2 year old RR may not be a bad option.
The next caution is that the car is VERY complicated. It has more technology than the space shuttle. Of course the technology is what makes it cool but beware it can also create some service events. It seems like they've worked out most of the kinks from the older models. The '06s on have the new Jaguar engine and seem to be much more reliable (w/exception of the lemons). Nevertheless, get rid of the car as the warranty is expiring (4 yr 50K). Everything is very expensive to fix. The touch screen is not very responsive .. seems like you have to push hard for the button to register.
Last caution is you are fairly limited on the size of wheels that you'll want to put on. Because the car weighs so much, anything bigger than 20" wheels causes shimmys. 22"s shimmy at 80 MPH and 24" shimmy at 60 MPH. Thats what the LR service manager told me. The bigger the wheel, the smaller the tire and the rougher the ride.
In all - the car is a really sweet ride ... literally feels like a BMW 7 class. Living in Salt Lake, we've gotten a lot of snow this year. My car is a monster in cold weather. The cold weather package is a must .. heated steering wheel, seats (front and back) as well as a solid heating system make it extremely comfortable in the worst of conditions.
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