Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - Steveieb
Was this epic version of the RR dating back to 2004 possibly the best built and reliable version ever built. With the 3 litre not the 2.5 BMW Tdi engine it could possibly bring a sensible option to this much maligned, by mechanics, model. Apparently even this version did not have the infamous Swirl flaps that could fall into the engine
And was it actually built by BMW when they owned the company?
Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - RT
Was this epic version of the RR dating back to 2004 possibly the best built and reliable version ever built. With the 3 litre not the 2.5 BMW Tdi engine it could possibly bring a sensible option to this much maligned, by mechanics, model. Apparently even this version did not have the infamous Swirl flaps that could fall into the engine And was it actually built by BMW when they owned the company?

The engineering development work for the L322 Range Rover was incomplete in 2000 when BMW sold LR to Ford - part of the deal was that BMW would complete that engineering work - so it wasn't in production under BMW's ownership - sales started in 2002.

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - sandy56

Like all old Range Rovers- another money pit. See HJ review and list of problems.

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - RobJP

The 3.0 TD6 range rover was infamous for going through gearboxes, along with myriad electrical 'issues', including water pooling in the boot on top of electronic components that were not protected.

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - JEREMYH

Every RR is a money pit I had a 93 3.9 auto but to be fair it never gave too much trouble .

The more modern ones are a pain all day long .

They do have a place for some owners though The ones that like spending all weekend in their garage

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - SteveLee

In terms of pure robustness and lack of corrosion issues the previous Austin Rover era P38A Range Rover was by far the "best built" Range Rover, the ones with the old bmw straight six diesels can rack up huge mileages and you'd be unlucky to find one with serious rust despite the oldest now heading toward a quarter of a century old. L322s can rust and they are far more complex machines. They are more reliable in terms of they go wrong less than an unloved P38 but when they do go wrong they can be a nightmare, but give it another 25 years I bet there are more P38s on the road than L322s - despite the latter selling in much larger numbers. The P38A is not neccesarily that reliable but they are very robust. The P38 was quite a turn-around from the rust bucket classic that went on to become the the rust-bucket Disco.

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - oldroverboy.

It has been a while since i left, but when we had the Range Rover franchise inswitzerland it was guaranteed to be a nice lttle earner, As for new ones (under warranty) it was a nightmare getting updared spares. Jaguar were little better!

I still would not have any Range Rover product, even under warranty!

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - Steveieb
Thanks for all your responses but could Steve give me a little more information about the BMW engined model which he agrees is possibly the best bet.
He quotes the model but year of production woul be handy or can you assume every model with the TD 6 engine is the one to go for?
Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - RobJP
Thanks for all your responses but could Steve give me a little more information about the BMW engined model which he agrees is possibly the best bet. He quotes the model but year of production woul be handy or can you assume every model with the TD 6 engine is the one to go for?

He was talking about the P38 model, which was produced from 1994-2002, and had a BMW 2.5 diesel fitted - or a 4.0 or 4.6 V8 petrol engine.

The 2002-2013 Range Rover was called the L322, and from 2002 until 2007 came with the BMW TD6 3.0 diesel, and gearboxes from GM, which are notorious for failures.

After 2007, the diesels were changed and are the TDV8, which is a 3.6 litre unit. The gearbox was changed too, and a ZF unit was used.

Whichever one of those you go for, you need to be VERY good at DIY, have a VERY good independent LR specialist, and/or have VERY deep pockets. What would on any other car be a minor failure could easily cost thousands to rectify.

A friend of mine bought a 2005 TD6 a couple of years ago. Ran it for a few months, but noticed that it seemed a bit unwilling to pull away. Turned out that the 'sealed-for-life' gearbox had basically carbonised half of the oil in it over the previous 9 years. A complete gearbox was required, costing about £3k.

If you haven't got those skills or that money, then steer clear. You have been warned.

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - gordonbennet

A (now ex) colleague has one, best he gets out of it is 18mpg, it's cost a small fortune in repairs and there's always something going wrong.

Don't get me wrong i think the proper RR's (not disco/sport) are lovely motors, just for someone far braver and richer than i to run.

Another lad i know has a V8 petrol L322, one of the failures on that was the alternator, water cooled i believe he said, little change out of £1000 for that alone.

Range Rover TD 6 - Best and most affordable Range Rover - Avant

Some of can rmember the days when an advantage of buying a British car, rather than what we used to call a foreign one, was that spare parts were cheaper.

Then we got to the stage when some 'foreign' makes needed rather fewer spare parts than the British did......and now they aren't even cheaper.

 

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