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 Problems You Should Look Out For
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.
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.
FAQs—Land Rover Range Rover
Since the time I bought my Range Rover, I never had problems when starting it except on some random cold mornings when I find it difficult to start. Lately, it began acting intermittently—one day it starts out just fine, the next day it won't. What could be causing this?
There are two possible culprits for this problem and it both boil down to your battery. It might be because of 1) loose, corroded, broken, or calcified battery terminals or 2) a parasitic draw (something that's draining your battery power). To solve this, check your battery cables first not only because they are your primary suspects but also because as they are easier to inspect. See to it that the cables are snugly and securely fitted on their respective posts, with zero play. This means that when you wiggle them, they shouldn't move for even an inch. Check all the cables for fraying or falling apart, if there are signs of damage or corrosion, have them replaced the soonest. If the cables seem fine, and your suspect parasitic draw, better consult a pro as it may involve some checking using voltmeter or ammeter.
For a couple of years now, I've been a happy Land Rover Range Rover owner as it allows me to have comfortable trips with my family. But with our tight finances and the high cost of fuel these days, we no longer travel as often as before. Can you give me some tricks on how I can save on fuel?
A cold engine gulps more fuel for the first five miles, so if possible, make fewer trips by planning and combining all your daily errands in one big trip. It's also a good idea to avoid driving on rush hour and in highly trafficked area as getting stuck in a traffic jam is a surefire way of spending more fuel. Every time your Rover stops and starts in traffic, it requires first gear along with big amount of fuel to run again. This won't be a problem, though, if you're driving a Range Rover Hybrid. You may not know it, but if you're on the highway and you're running fast, it pays big time to reduce ‘drag' by closing all your windows. You are also doing your ride and your pocket a big favor if you'll free your Rover of unnecessary weight. The heavier your loads are, the more effect they have on your ride's fuel consumption. So, on your free time, look at the trunk and underneath the seats, and take out unnecessary items.
My Range Rover is fitted with a panoramic roof, and I'm kind of enjoying it. But lately, I'm starting to hear intermittent creaking sound that seems to come from the roof's headliner. What's the possible cause of this sound and how can I fix it?
It would be best to take your Range Rover to your dealer for a thorough check especially if it's still covered by the warranty. It's possible that problem is caused by the roof's rubber seals. If in some days you can't hear the sound, and it occurs again when you go over a road bump, it's more likely that the culprit are rubber seals that need cleaning and lubrication. To avoid nullifying your warranty, let your dealer troubleshoot and fix the problem. You can only DIY it if your Rover has been with you for a while, and it's no longer covered by a warranty.
Land Rover Range Rover: A Four-in-One, Everyday SUV
The sport utility vehicle market is replete with a lot of different models that compete for performance, style, and efficiency. Yet, a much better way to prove a model’s success is its ability to surpass more than forty years of production and sales, and that is just what Land Rover’s Range Rover has done. The first units endured the 7,500 miles of journey through the Sahara, and until now, the Range Rover remains to be the best-selling model of the said British automaker. Several alterations have been introduced now and then, but the bottom line has still been making the four-by-four as premium, as luxurious, and as special as before.
1970 – 1993: First generation (the Classic with basic utilitarian specifications)
The first-generation Range Rovers were impressive in several respects in that they had a little of everything that was good. The first units had a body-on-frame design and were operated via all four, disc-brake-equipped wheels. Later on, a monocoque body structure was used, and the Range Rovers were equipped with a V8 engine that had a 3.6-liter displacement. The units’ power was increased to 155-hp from 135-hp using a Lucas fuel injection system. Then, the four-door body was introduced in 1981, and problems with overheating were solved with the introduction of a twin thermo fan technology. The other furnishings included were vinyl and leather seats, carpeted floors, plastic dashboards, power-assisted steering, air conditioning, and wooden interior trim. The units also became available in three-door and five-door body styles before ending production in 1996.
1994 – 2002: Second generation (the P38a with handed-down features)
The Range Rovers produced in this generation were basically upgraded versions of the twenty-five-year-old first-generation models. The units still had the V8, but a new injection pump was introduced to work with the six-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo-diesel engine. More of the features handed down to these units from the previous generation included the 5-speed manual gearbox, anti-lock brakes, 4-speed automatic transmission in some models, electronic traction control, automatic electronic air suspension, and long-wheelbase LSE. These units were still considered premium with the included features and were very competitive in the SUV marketplace.
2003 – present: Third generation (the finest SUV with off-road capability)
In this generation, the models shared the electronics, core power units, and other important features of BMW’s full-size luxury vehicles dubbed as the 7 Series. As a result, the new Ranger Rovers had a 5-speed automatic transmission. The units were powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine, but later on, the engine displacement was increased to 4.4-liters. The change resulted to a 367-hp and a torque output of 310-lb-ft. To make the vehicles more tolerant to off-road conditions, a stiffer monocoque body replaced the traditional ladder frame. An independent suspension with air springs was installed, contributing to the units’ ease of driving. The said alterations made the third-generation Range Rovers at par, not with other four-by-fours, but with the finest luxury sedans in the world.