If you’re looking to buy a used Range Rover, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. To help with buying a used Range Rover, we’ve created our Used Range Rover Buyer’s Guide to help you pick the right used Range Rover for you! Here’s our Used Range Rover Buyer’s Guide for L322 Range Rovers.
Used Range Rover Buyer’s Guide (L322)
There’s a number of things to look out for when purchasing a used L322 Range Rover, and you’ll want to make sure that everything is in line with what you’re looking for. If not, you’ll likely end up in a world of pain due to careless previous owners. As much as I love Land Rover, their heritage, and what the brand stands for, there’s no denying that if mistreated, these vehicles, no matter the model, can become a hassle to deal with.
The first and most important thing you’ll want to look for is service history. For years there’s been a saying that if you treat your Land Rover right in the garage, it’ll take care of you on the road. That quote is EXTREMELY true with any Land Rover model. Be sure that you have a full service history and have a copy of the car history report. Knowing what service has and hasn’t been done can do more than just prepare you for the future with the vehicle. It’ll also help in negotiating price.
While I would recommend staying away from a Range Rover that hasn’t had major services done if you’re confident in your bank account, go for it. Otherwise, stick to a Range Rover that has had its major services such as all the fluids, control arm bushings, spark plugs, fuel injectors, air suspension, and so on. This is one area you don’t want to budge. If you come across a high mileage Range Rover – meaning anything over 75k – be sure to have the service records.
The next recommendation I have is one that will likely make older L322 model owners angry, but that’s fine. This video is to help you buy a good L322, and the recommendation stands. I HIGHLY recommend looking for late L322 models from 2010 to 2012 model years. If you must go back further than that, try not to go past 2008. The 2008 model is now 10 years old and aging quickly, which means components are wearing down. Your risk is higher with older models, even if some claim the engine used in 08 is better.
The 5.0 V8 from Jaguar used in 2010-2012 certainly has its issues, but the last few years of the L322 were important years for the model after the company was acquired by TATA. Now, I don’t expect most people to know why that’s important, but trust me – it is. It made a huge difference in the quality of the full size and sport Range Rover.
On top of that, you’ll have more features, a nicer interior, and updated exterior.
Careful What You Wish For
My next tip for buying a used Range Rover is a simple one. Don’t buy an L322 Range Rover just because “it’s a Range Rover.” If you don’t understand the brand, it’s heritage, the purpose of the vehicle, and other aspects of Land Rover, you’re going to resent the car.
It’s a silly tip, I know, but hear me out. The Range Rover is not known for being a reliable vehicle. If you don’t enjoy Land Rover for what they are – aside from the Kardashian’s preferred method of transportation – you’re going to begin to hate it. They are expensive to keep, to say the least. The reason you see celebrities and royal families driving them around is that they can afford it. Or because it’s a sponsorship, but we’ll ignore that.
If you want to know more about it, check out this video where I break down how I spent $18,000 last year on my Range Rover that’s only worth $16,000. You are going to have to spend A LOT of time and money on it. So be ready. The older these cars get, the more they’re geared towards enthusiasts. While I believe everyone should own a Range Rover at some point in their life, it’s hard to recommend it to someone who just wants to drive around in a cool car and feel good about themselves.
Let’s get into the more common issues on the L322. I’m going to focus more on the later 2010-2012 models, but there are plenty of guides out there focusing on older models if you must.
Here are some of the problems you’ll likely deal with for an extended ownership period of 3 to 5 years. Yes, I’m considering that an extended ownership. So here’s what you’ll be replacing no doubt.
The air struts/springs are known to be faulty. Air suspension systems have a 100% fault rate. Be ready. If you delay it too much, you’ll be replacing your compressor as well. So if you notice it leaking, replace it. Don’t wait.
The control arm bushings are also known to wear down after a while, but that’s not an issue. Any car with that suspension type is going to have to be replaced after a while.
You’ll also need to be sure to replace the spark plugs, fuel injectors, coils, and have it regularly checked for leaks. You’ll need to also replace the timing chain after a while. DO NOT LET THAT ONE GO. If the timing chain completely goes for any reason, the engine is practically done unless you’re willing to fork over ridiculous sums of money.
Also be sure to service the differential, transfer case and gearbox, as well as all other normal services on vehicles like brake fluid, brakes, etc. This stuff adds up quickly, so while brakes and tires may seem like normal wear and tear, understand it will cost a couple thousand for tires, brakes, fluids, etc, as a minimum.
Last thing, the dashboard seals begin to crack after a while. That means you’ll be hearing a lot of whistling and humming from wind noise. It simply needs to be resealed. That’s not a huge deal, but most L322 models do it as they age. For example, mine…
I know you may be thinking I’m trying to scare people off from buying what is the best SUV known to man, but I’m not. I think the worst thing that can happen is someone buying the car who just wants to drive something cool. That’s when services get missed, maintenance gets delayed, and repairs get thrown to the side. This isn’t a car you can neglect, because it will bite back harder than you can. They sink in price faster than a building falling into a sinkhole, and deferred maintenance only makes it worse.
Our next tip is something that should be done for any car, no matter the make or model. Please, before you buy a used car, get a pre-purchase inspection. Any dealership or third-party mechanic will do them, so please don’t be stupid, and have your car inspected.
Last but not least, here’s our final tip for buying a used Range Rover. Enjoy it. This vehicle was built for adventure, and if you take care of it, it’ll take you anywhere. Land Rovers have so much soul and character, and you’ll begin to fall in love with it over time. Take care of it, and you’ll be amazed by how refined it is in any situation. Take it on adventures, use the low-range gearbox, adjust the suspension to offload mode, and use the terrain response system. It’s there for your enjoyment, and you should use the car for what it was built to do – take you anywhere, over anything, feeling like you’ve already arrived.