Buyers Guide to:
Range Rover Mk 3 (L322)
Also Known As
2002 to 2013
3600cc, 4400cc, 5000cc
Range Rover Register
Developed by BMW and the first Range Rover to replace the separate chassis with a monocoque body shell, the third generation model (codenamed L322) arrived in February 2002. Still supremely capable off road, its styling was more reminiscent of the original Rangie – certainly an improvement on the P38a predecessor according to many critics - and the interior was truly luxurious featuring a look that took inspiration from luxury boats. That meant plenty of fine leather and wood, and lots of kit especially if you chose the high-spec HSE or Autobiography models. Launched with a choice of BMW petrol or diesel engines, the range was revised for the 2006 model year when the power plants were replaced with Jaguar units.
- 1. Tailgate
- The condition of the aluminium panels as they are susceptible to dents. Check the history for any evidence of previous accident repair, too; you need to be certain it didn’t result in damage to the steel monocoque
- Underneath for signs of off-road damage. Most Rangies have never ventured into the rough but worth checking just in case
- The exterior light units for misting or damage as they are pricey to replace
- For modifications and customising; not all of it is tasteful and is likely to affect the value. And avoid any abused or neglected examples as they just aren’t worth the risk
- That both petrol and diesel engines have been serviced properly – gaps in the history should ring alarm bells. Both units can suffer from oil leaks while diesels can suffer from turbocharger failure at high mileages and it’s a four-figure bill to fix. You’re better off with a standard engine rather than one that’s been re-mapped for more power
- Whether an LPG conversion has been carried out; make sure you see the relevant safety certi cates
- That there’s no hint of trouble with the automatic transmission. GM or ZF units were used depending on the model/engine and both benefit from regular fluid changes despite being ‘sealed for life’. Sudden failure isn’t uncommon, so be wary
- That there are no warning lights relating to the four-wheel drive system. Check that the low- range setting engages properly. Early models suffered from a failed front prop-shaft coupling – a exible item should have been tted to cure the problem
- The air-suspension operates in all of the different height modes; a failed compressor is usually the cause of any problems. Suspension joint wear is the other issue to look for, and it can be worsened by the tting of big aftermarket wheels. Clunks from the rear indicate worn hub bushes which are tricky to replace
- For worn brake pads and discs as they are pricey to replace, and don’t last that long. Make sure there are no lights on the dash warning of problems with the ABS or stability control
- The condition of the interior trim and luggage compartment as scruf ness points to neglect
- That absolutely everything works as the complex electrics can play up. Problems can affect the powered steering column adjustment, the climate control and satellite navigation, and the dashboard LCD displays. Low battery voltage can cause error messages to appear on the dash
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