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As the title says, my dad is in the market for a new SUV. His lease has expired on his third Escalade, and I think it's high time he spends his money on a QUALITY SUV. I've broadened his horizons on the SUV front, since I can't remember a time where he hasn't owned and American vehicle.

He seemed to have some interest in the X5M, but after seeing a few X5s in person, he thinks they are too small for him, so I suggested the Range Rover. He has this crazy obsession with horsepower, so I know he's into the supercharged version. Basically, I'm here to discover a little more about it for his sake. I don't know a whole hell of a lot about Range Rovers, so I'm just trying to compile a good list of information for dad, so he can see it all in one place and make a decision. I'm looking for any major problems Range Rovers and known for, what the warranty is like, service/repair costs, and also any trim level or option package to opt for or avoid. As well as any good alternatives to the Range Rover, in the Land Rover line or otherwise.

My dad runs a luxury real estate development company in the mountains of North Carolina. We get a couple feet of snow each year, but nothing excessive. He uses his vehicles off road mostly on undeveloped parcels of land in steep terrain ranging from rocky to muddy. However, probably 90-95% of the vehicle use will be on-road only. And, for whatever reason, horsepower is a major qualifier for my this crazy old man. (Like all of us don't know what that's about ;) )

Thanks in advance for any information guys! Dad and I greatly appreciate it
 

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I don't really know much about Range Rovers except the fact that every person who I've known that has had one says they're a nightmare when it comes to reliability/maintenance. Regardless of that I still think they're beautiful cars and would lease one in a heartbeat. Have you also looked into the Cayenne Turbo? Could be a good alternative for your father maybe.
 

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FYI...new 2013 body style will be out by the end of the year. Technically you could get a legit deal now on the remaining 2012's....but it will be dated in a matter of months. Many people are on the fence about the new one...design is a bit out there. However, it will be around 800lbs lighter than the current model due to an aluminum body. So....510HP minus 800lbs = much quicker ROVER!
 

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My dad has had two Range Rovers and drives the hell out of them (miles, not tracking lol). He's never had a single issue other than regular maintenance. Although he's never had the Supercharged one because he didn't feel like getting tickets. Great cars!
 

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My dad has had two Range Rovers and drives the hell out of them (miles, not tracking lol). He's never had a single issue other than regular maintenance. Although he's never had the Supercharged one because he didn't feel like getting tickets. Great cars!
Yeah, what I've gathered so far is that Range Rovers seem to be real hit and miss on reliability. The ones that are good are damn near perfect, and the ones that are bad seem to have constant problems. Inconsistency like it might be an issue, unless they have improved in that area in recent years.

Thanks for the input so far guys! I'll have him look at the Cayenne Turbo, but I think that might be a little more than he's wanting to spend. Don't they start at nearly 110K?
 

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I've had my '10 sport supercharged for about 3 years now. I just recently did a pulley/software upgrade and i'm pushing 600ph now:)

I've always been the biggest RR fan and have never had any out of the ordinary issues. I think they are far better looking than any other SUV out there and they carry a swagger unlike any other SUV.

The 600hp does not disappoint and the fact that rovers are great off road, I think it'd be the perfect fit for your dad. It might be smaller than what he's looking for but I can tell you that going from a Sport to a full-size feels like going from a car to an SUV. My brother has had an escalade and I hate that "tank" feeling.
 

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I've never been a fan of Range Rovers...especially on the reliability bit, but I do like the X5M and the X6M. Both amazing cars push plenty of horsepower and handle like a dream...yeah, you heard me right. HANDLE. Since you're planning on a lease, BMW does offer their all inclusive service plan and you'll still be under factory warranty so that should be a major plus for you.

Let us know if we can help out! We'd love to get you and amazing deal on anything you finally decide on!
 

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I've never been a fan of Range Rovers...especially on the reliability bit, but I do like the X5M and the X6M. Both amazing cars push plenty of horsepower and handle like a dream...yeah, you heard me right. HANDLE. Since you're planning on a lease, BMW does offer their all inclusive service plan and you'll still be under factory warranty so that should be a major plus for you.

Let us know if we can help out! We'd love to get you and amazing deal on anything you finally decide on!
I keep trying to get him to go with an X5M. Mom and I both own BMWs, and know how well their service and warranty are, but he keeps insisting it's too small. I think he secretly doesn't want to be party of the BMW family haha
 

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my family has had an '05 LR3 (first year model) with a ton of issues at first, but overall a beat of a car traded it in for a Q5 at 115,000 miles, and would definitely consider an LR4 in the future. We also have an '08 Range Rover Sport that we had at the same time, but has had literally no problems (knock on wood!) it will hit 100,000 miles this week! Overall they are great cars and would recommend them to most in the market for a luxury SUV. Get him away from the American cars, they are too unreliable for me! (no offense) We also have a brand new '12 X5 which we have had nothing but positive things to say about, great car with a lot of back seat room, let me know if you'd like more info on any of the three cars I've just suggested.

As far as power both Land Rover my family has owned are more than quick enough and I'm sure your father would notice the difference from the Escalade! Good luck with the buy!
 

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How about a Jeep SRT8? The Range Rovers are great but as others have said the reliability is hit or miss. The new SRT8s are actually quite luxurious and obviously offer a lot of power. I think fully loaded they're 69k brand new.

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How about a Jeep SRT8? The Range Rovers are great but as others have said the reliability is hit or miss. The new SRT8s are actually quite luxurious and obviously offer a lot of power. I think fully loaded they're 69k brand new.

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Very true, I didn't even think about the SRT8. But are they still viable as an off-road vehicle? I know they are lowered and have a lot of street-preferred qualities to them
 

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Ahh I missed that in your original post. How rough is the terrain he normally drives over? I imagine the X5 M would be the same since there's only an inch difference in ground clearance. I'm sure they could both handle mud etc without a problem. But if it's really rocky, it probably wouldn't be the best choice. Are you looking at the Sport or the normal Range Rover?
 

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Ahh I missed that in your original post. How rough is the terrain he normally drives over? I imagine the X5 M would be the same since there's only an inch difference in ground clearance. I'm sure they could both handle mud etc without a problem. But if it's really rocky, it probably wouldn't be the best choice. Are you looking at the Sport or the normal Range Rover?
I think the normal Range Rover. The sport is smaller, correct?

Come on, you know you want that G Wag
G Class = Game Over
Once again drifting out of his price range. 113K base price with only 382hp?
 

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In most cases its always hearsay when people make poor reliability comments...never from the owners. Current RR's are solid. I owned a 2006 new in Dec. 2005 that I had 4 years and ~36 miles, flawless. Now have a 2010 I took delivery of end of 09, also rock solid. ~7 years of RR ownership here, I will buy an RR again without hesitation.

As for the G, it rides like sh!t IMO.
 

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In most cases its always hearsay when people make poor reliability comments...never from the owners. Current RR's are solid. I owned a 2006 new in Dec. 2005 that I had 4 years and ~36 miles, flawless. Now have a 2010 I took delivery of end of 09, also rock solid. ~7 years of RR ownership here, I will buy an RR again without hesitation.

As for the G, it rides like sh!t IMO.
Agree. I'm on Mk3 #4 and #2 had over 90k miles before I sold it, and have had very few issues across all of them. These reliability "issues" are overblown.
 

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In most cases its always hearsay when people make poor reliability comments...never from the owners. Current RR's are solid. I owned a 2006 new in Dec. 2005 that I had 4 years and ~36 miles, flawless. Now have a 2010 I took delivery of end of 09, also rock solid. ~7 years of RR ownership here, I will buy an RR again without hesitation.

As for the G, it rides like sh!t IMO.
Agree. I'm on Mk3 #4 and #2 had over 90k miles before I sold it, and have had very few issues across all of them. These reliability "issues" are overblown.
Really good to hear! And I'm not a big fan of the G's styling, either
 

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Are you interested in the GL class at all? I've been driving my dad's '10 GL450 for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it. No issues whatsoever, rides nice, pretty quick, very roomy, and looks good too. The new gen GL just came out too, and there's a AMG model available too.
 
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