Owning an L322 Range Rover is without a doubt one of the best opportunities I’ve had in life, but as with all Land Rover owners, my ownership experience is not without some hiccups and flaws. While I love the third generation (2003-2012) Range Rover, they’re still British luxury cars, and they still have some weird quirks. Let’s break down some of the things I hate about my Range Rover.
Before I jump in, I think it’s important to say this. I absolutely LOVE my 2011 Range Rover, and I see myself keeping the vehicle running forever. The third-gen Range Rover is unlike any other car I’ve ever driven, and I plan to purchase a fourth-gen Range Rover (L405) to go with it very shortly. The list of what I love about the Range Rover is much longer than a petty list of what I dislike about it. You can learn more about some of what I love in this article I recently wrote.
Related Article: What I Love About My Range Rover
Also, there’s a video above this article that features 5 bonus areas that I hate about my Range Rover, so if you’re interested in more, check out the video above. For now, let’s go ahead and dive in.
Things I Hate About My Range Rover
The gearbox in the third generation Range Rover L322 was never known for being too great… or even that good, but the older the cars get, the more noticeable it becomes. I obviously don’t expect the 6 speed automatic transmission to be as silky smooth as the new ZF 8 Speed auto gearbox, but I will say it’s a world a difference.
To combat this, they recommend doing a service on the gearbox at a milage interval, which makes a big impact on the performance of the vehicle, but it will also big a big impact on your wallet. Last year along, in my first year of Range Rover ownership, I spent nearly $15,000 on owning the car. Check more out about my Range Rover Ownership Costs here.
I can’t sit here and say that the gearbox is the worst I’ve ever experienced. In fact, the Maserati Ghibli (Dodge Dart) has a much worse setup (somehow), which is surprising since it’s the 8-speed ZF I love in most cars. However, the transmission in the L322 Range Rover is just not what you might expect from a luxury car from just a few short years ago. It just feels a bit sloppy compared to modern ones. However, this is a very minor thing to hate about my Range Rover compared to the next one.
The Build Quality
Yep, this one had to make the list. Don’t get me wrong; I love the quirkiness of the car. However, I can’t ignore the fact that it’s just not too well built when compared to other SUVs on the market from 2011. For started, the seals around the body panels… well let’s just say they don’t really do much of anything. They seem to enjoy peeling off and sliding into the body work. Seriously… The door trim occasionally, well, falls off, and most annoyingly, there are so many squeaks, rattles, and crackling sounds that surround the interior of the car.
Before you say it’s just mine… don’t. I’ve driven near a dozen L322s in the past year, and ALL of them had the same little issues with quality. I don’t mind it on a day-to-day basis anymore. If I wanted a more quiet and luxurious experience, I’d go to my nearest Land Rover dealership and purchase a brand new L405 Range Rover. I’m simply pointing out that if you’re expecting perfection from an SUV, look elsewhere. Land Rover have great heritage, features, and styling, but nobody can seriously say they’re the best built cars.
The Service Costs
I know I’m the village idiot who plopped down to the market and purchased a Land Rover, and now I’m here complaining about service costs. Hear me out, though. I understood when I bought the car that I would be paying $130 for a simple oil change and $1,200 for tires and $900 for front lower controls arms at an independent mechanic. What I didn’t quite understand at the time was that a new key, which should be a pretty cheap and simple thing if you’ve ever seen the 2011 Land Rover Key, would cost $652.47 from the dealership.
Yes, a new key and programing would cost $652.47. So while I understood I would be paying huge service costs, I wasn’t quite prepared for the fact that I would be paying that much for a simple rubber and plastic key from Land Rover.
You Never Know What’s Going to Happen Next
In the case of owning a Land Rover, it’s always a surprise. There truly is never a dull moment in Range Rover ownership. When things are great, you learn to truly appreciate the car and everything it is capable of. When things go wrong, you throw a massive fit and wonder why you had to fall in love with it.
In the words of my mechanic when I mentioned purchasing a second Range Rover to drive, “Wow… you must really like pain.” These words came out of the mouth of the person who works on the car. Pretty painful to hear as you’re inserting your debit card chip for a total $2647.28 for new fuel injectors.
Speaking of the fuel injectors, they decided to screw up the day I was going to my mechanic, which is an hour away from my home. The engine warning light displayed as soon as I pulled into the parking lot, which was rather nice of it to wait. Smoke then decided to blow out the back, and after originally diagnosing the problem as spark plugs ($550), it ended up being something much more expensive.
The car is a bit like being kidnapped. You truly never know what’s going to happen next, but after a while, you start to love the thrill of the game. This is truly the biggest thing I hate about my Range Rover.
Overall, I love my Range Rover. I think it truly is the best car I will ever own. I don’t see how people drive anything other than a Land Rover (or Jaguar) product. They’re not perfect, but that’s what makes them truly special. When you drive down the road and see a passing Land Rover, you’re supposed to wave, and my favorite part of doing such is wondering to myself “how much have they paid to keep their Land Rover running?”
I wouldn’t trade my 2011 Land Rover Range Rover for anything. It’s truly something magnificent, but it obviously has some weird quirks and has a love affair with the mechanic sometimes. Overall, though, I trust it always gets me there and back in style, comfort, and feeling like a king.
If you have the chance to purchase a Land Rover, I HIGHLY recommend going for it. They’re like nothing else on the road today.These are simply some minor things I hate about my Range Rover, but they're nothing that can't be overlooked.