The Range Rover is one of the most well-known high-end SUVs on the market today, and people all over the world know that the Range Rover is one of the ultimate luxury 4x4s. However, there also seems to be a huge debate on whether or not the Range Rover is actually a good vehicle after a few years, which makes sense thanks to the internet being filled with videos of people complaining about them.
So rather than complaining more about issues with it, I thought I’d show you how well the Range Rover L322 has aged after 7 years and 123,000 miles. We won’t be talking about maintenance and service since we already have videos on that, but instead, we’ll talk about stuff you’ll deal with every day.
How Well Has The Range Rover Aged? – 123,000 Mile Ownership Report
The first, and likely most important thing, is the interior. Since this is where you’ll be most of the time, I think it’s extremely important to talk about how well the interior has aged. Let’s start with the leather quality.
I’ve driven Mercedes models ranging from the C class to the S class, and the leather doesn’t seem to stand up to any test. It seems to be notorious for cracking, stretching, tearing, and looking awful after a few years. The Range Rover, however, has held up pretty well.
Admittedly, there is some stretching after 123,000, but there are no tears or rips anywhere on the leather. It’s been extremely durable at supporting my fat ass, so I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to hold up to the test of time if you take care of it.
Now, though, let’s talk about some of the less-impressive aspects. The clip that holds the sun visor in place snapped off randomly one day. So now when going over bumps, the sun visor shakes and rattles, which becomes very annoying after a while.
On top of that, there’s the volume control knob on the dashboard. This is particularly annoying because, overtime, it has just kind of stopped working. I’m not sure what the issue is, but it doesn’t click the way the Mode wheel does, which means when you try to turn the volume up, it goes down up down. Luckily, I never reach for it anyway thanks to the controller on the steering wheel.
Next up is quite possibly the most annoying part about it. The interior quality has started to go downhill after all these years and miles, so there’s a lot of creaks and squeaks that I would assume weren’t there in the beginning. Going over bumps causes some of the interior trim to rattle and some of the parts to squeak. This is practically annoying most of the time.
And… the last of the issues is something that has started recently. The trim for the windshield has come loose, meaning it will occasionally make a VERY loud noise above 40 MPG due to the wind getting through. It’s EXTREMELY annoying to try to fix, and I haven’t found a permanent solution yet. But usually pinning it back down in place will fix it for a while. Be sure to leave a comment if you’ve found a fix for this.
Let’s talk about some of the good points now. The infotainment system, although outdated, still works very well. The navigation is usable, although ugly, and the overall system is pretty simple to use. The controls are where you’d expect them to be, and while it’s not as elegant and pretty as the modern infotainment system, it gets the job done pretty well. I still prefer it over iDrive from the same year.
On top of that, the TFT display has aged well too, and I’m still impressed with the quality even compared to luxury vehicles today. The options are limited, and it doesn’t show all the information you’d expect, but for one of the first of it’s kind, it’s really good.
Moving on to the exterior, there are some things that I’ve noticed on every used Range Rover L322. For example, the trim around the rear panels seem to come off and fall into this plastic piece right here. This piece is really here to give the floating roof appearance, but unlike in the modern Range Rovers, the L322 used some really cheap panels, which didn’t age well. I’ve seen many Range Rovers from this era with these pieces gone altogether. So I’m not too impressed with that.
On top of that, I suspect my Range Rover was used for some decently overlanding in a past owner’s life, which I appreciate. Sure, it’s caused some wear and tear on the exterior, but it’s good to know that Rachel the Rover was used the way she was built. With that, though, you have some unusual scraping on the undercarriage and components, but nothing bad.
There’s no signs of rust, which is impressive for those who know Land Rover of past. But you do see some signs of aging on the wheel hubs.
Another piece that didn’t age well is the fuel filler cap lock. For some reason, my locking mechanism no longer… works. So, even if the Rover is locked, it doesn’t lock the fuel filler cap. Which is only terrifying in slightly sketchy areas.
Aside from that, though, the exterior has aged very well. People still think this Range Rover is a newer model, even though it’s design is technically from the early 2000s. Thanks to the updates Land Rover did to the exterior over the years, the late L322 looks pretty modern. While this may not happen in larger towns, a surprising amount of people here seem to think the L322 is a new model. Like I said, that’s unlikely in a town where more L322s exist, but since I live over an hour away from the Land Rover dealership, there aren’t many Land Rovers around here.
So, overall, the exterior has done well at making people think it’s new and in good condition. I’m impressed with it still, and I think it’s still a great design.
While the Range Rover hasn’t aged as well as we may have hoped, it’s done very well at still being one of the ultimate and elite luxury SUVs. I love my Range Rover, and I see myself owning many more throughout the years. There’s nothing on the market that compares to the Range Rover, and though many companies try, they can’t seem to get it right. Yep, it has its quirks, and it’s a fickle bitch to work on, but it’s special. And that’s what matters most to me.