Range Rover Generations & Common Problems
The Range Rover is a favorite among foreign car enthusiasts. There are brand new editions, but the first three generations are still beloved for their many unique features. If you are thinking about adding a Range Rover to your collection, read below for some of the commonly reported maintenance needs for the vehicles. Having a basic understanding of these common needs will keep your vehicle running as smooth as it looks.
First Generation Range Rover: Classic (1970-1996)
The first-generation Range Rover, the Classic, is a staple in the luxury automobile community. It’s important to know some common problems in order to navigate purchasing and maintaining your Classic for optimal safety and performance.
Perhaps the most common problem with Range Rovers of all generations. Air suspension provides a more stabilized driving experience but often results in problems as Range Rover’s approach a decade of usage. Air suspension issues can result in the vehicle leaning to one side- causing an uncomfortable ride and safety concerns. Having a trusted mechanic fix any issue with air suspension would be highly recommended to ensure safety and comfort in your vehicle.
The transmissions in the Classic can have some potential problems. One common problem is the vehicle being stuck in one gear as a result of backup in the transmission filter- routinely changing the transmission filter and fluid can help prevent this issue. Another issue is limited acceleration in the vehicle, which is caused by faulty transmission seals- this can be remedied by replacing the seals. Finally, if the vehicle is not starting this may be due to a faulty selector switch. Replacing the selector switch may be the solution to this problem.
Malfunctions with the cooling system in the Range Rover Classic are fairly common as they are with many other vehicles. However, it is important to note that the Classic does require specific parts unique to his specifications. If a cooling malfunction occurs, have it diagnosed by a reliable mechanic, and order the specialized replacement parts needed to fix the problem.
Second Generation Range Rover: P38 (1994-2002)
The second-generation Range Rover, P38, is a favorite among foreign car collectors. Boosted with an updated V8 engine, the P38 was designed to serve as an upgraded version of the Classic predecessor.
P38 Common Problems
The second-generation Range Rover shares some of the same troubleshooting issues as the Classic edition. The vehicle was designed with updated air suspension and transmission. While this resulted in a lower percentage of problems, many consumers have still reported similar issues with both components of the vehicle. One unique problem to the second generation is the potential for a faulty security system. If the security system is triggered in error, it automatically disables the engine of the vehicle- leaving the vehicle completely undrivable. Another unique challenge of the P38 is that the undercarriage is designed in a tricky manner- sometimes even veteran mechanics have difficulties working on the vehicle.
Third Generation Range Rover: L322 (2002-2012)
The third-generation Range Rover, L322, was introduced with an exclusively automated transmission, unibody construction, four-wheel independent air suspension, and developed under BMW ownership- acquiring many of the mechanical features of BMW vehicles.
L322 Common Problems
The automatic transmission is a key feature of the third-gen, but this is also one of its most common problems. Additionally, the L322 is known to have troubleshooting involving door handle failure, windshield wiper issues, buzzing noises in the windshield and scuttle panel, and anti-roll bar or shock absorbers triggering suspension knocking.
A Great Vehicle for the Informed Buyer
The Range Rover is a great buy for the foreign car enthusiast. A basic understanding of the unique parts will allow for an informed purchase, and the ability to maintain a beautiful and well-running vehicle. Do your research, make your pick, and enjoy driving in timeless style!