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Little-Known Facts about the Land Rover Range Rover

  • World famous popstar Justin Bieber owns a customized 2012 Land Rover Range Rover that costs about $160,000. The vehicle was converted by A. Kahn Design, an automobile engineering company based in Bradford, England. Improvements include a posh interior design, leather upholstery, a premium sound system and an upgraded Cosworth engine.

  • Spencer King, the creator of the Range Rover, criticized owners of the vehicle in an interview back in 2004. King intended the Rover to be an off-road vehicle to be used through various types of terrain. The creator grew frustrated with the fact that people were using the Rover just to driver around the city, regarding such activity as "completely stupid" and calling people who engage in such activity as pompous, self-important and deeply unattractive.

  • The very first Range Rover made can be seen at the Land Rover Centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The vehicle was a green model and its registration number was YYV151H.

  • Ideas that would eventually lead to the Range Rover had been brewing since the early 1950's. Land Rover initially started the Road Rover project which was eventually shelved by the end of the decade. The project would be revived in 1966 by Spencer King and Gordon Bashford. This would eventually bear fruit in the form of a prototype with chassis number 100.1. The rest was history.

  • A fire truck converted from a Range Rove is in use by the Royal Air force and the Royal Navy, and is dubbed the Truck Fire-Fighting Airfield Crash Ton 6x4 Rescue Mark 2 Range Rover or the TACR2 in short.

  • Land Rovers weren't initially available to people in the United States, to the chagrin of many. Potential buyers had to source the Land Rovers through other channels in the gray market. Land Rover became officially available to the American public in March 17, 1987.

  • The reliability and the robustness of the Range Rover made it a favorite vehicle for drivers who want to explore the wilderness. In fact, the British Trans-American Expedition trekked through both North America and South America, travelling from one end to the other. Modified Range Rovers were used for this expedition and are on display on the British Motor Heritage Trust Collection in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Land Rover Range Rover Articles

  • Land Rover Range Rover Problems You Should Look Out For

    17 January 2013

    The Land Rover Range Rover is considered a king of the off-road. It's durable build and cutting-edge design allows it face all types of weather and terrain. The vehicle isn't invincible though; various problems also plague this automobile legend. Read on to find out what they are.


    Differential defect

    A problem in manufacturing has left a number of 2003 to 2005 Range Rovers with a misaligned front differential coupling sleeve and propeller shaft. Driving with such misalignment present may wear out the differential spline, leading them to shear. Signs of this defect are the presence of odd noises and vibrations. Recalls for the Land Rovers began in January of 2006 and Range Rovers that were brought in had a new propeller shaft, heat shield and flange kit installed.


    Water contamination in the automatic transmission

    The automatic transmission housing is susceptible to water contamination; the water could mix in with the automatic transmission fluid and significantly affect its operation. This will lead to various operational failures, chief among them being a malfunctioning park lock function. If a Range Rover is left without its hand brake properly engaged, the vehicle could roll away, causing damage and injury. A quick inspection by authorized dealers was given to determine whether or not a Rover's automatic transmission is defective. Repairs and fluid flushes were done as necessary.


    Idler pulley failure

    The idler pulley on the left side of the engine usually operated under heavier loads than they were originally built for. This was caused by a miscalculation in the design, which had the manufacturer convinced that the pulley was capable of handling such loads when in reality, it wasn't. Operating under such conditions may lead the pulley to break, creating a slack in the serpentine belt that could stop other engine functions such as the air conditioning, the water pump, and the alternator. A recall for the vehicle was issued in December of 2000 and affected vehicles had new and improved idler pulleys installed.


    Engine compartment fire

    The Range Rover is susceptible to engine fire, a situation that is brought about by two different situations. In one situation, a number of tubes and hoses in the engine compartment could fail, leaking engine oil and other fluids. If these fluids were to come into contact with an ignition source, it could start a fire. In another situation, the transmission breather tube is vulnerable to water contamination and ice blockage. This ice blockage could force transmission fluid out the tube and onto the engine, where an ignition source could set it ablaze.