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2019 Land Rover Range Rover by Vauxford CC BY-SA 4.0

Regarded by many as a luxury vehicle, the Range Rover is Land Rover’s powerhouse 4x4 vehicle and currently in its fourth generation. The Range Rover is known for its stellar performance and expansive utility, indicating its high potential value for interested customers.

However, there are a few problems that drivers have had to deal with that you should know about. Luckily, CoPilot will guide you along the way and tell you everything you need to know about problems you might encounter with a Range Rover!

The Most Common Problems with Range Rover & Costs to Fix

These are the most common problems reported by owners on platforms such as carproblems.com, carcomplaints.com, and Car Talk Community.

  1. Brakes malfunctioning. Cost to fix: $700
  2. Dual climate control malfunction. Cost to fix: $350
  3. Suspension light stays on. Cost to fix: $500 - 1,000

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Range Rover: Brakes Malfunctioning

Cost to fix: $700

Despite its extremely high amount of sales over the years, the Range Rover has actually had very few complaints across the board. Its most dire issue we will address is malfunctioning brakes, but there was only a single complaint of this so it’s likely nothing to worry about with a Range Rover you’re looking at.

In this instance, the driver would frequently experience a cycle where they braked, a clicking sound occurred, and the “ABS Fault” and “Traction Fault” signals turned on and remained on until the engine was turned off. Thankfully, the brakes mostly worked fine and stopped the car as they should have, but there were a few times where they took a bit longer to stop than normal.

This can present a risk to driver and passenger safety, and therefore should be taken care of right away if it happens to you.

The symptoms of malfunctioning brakes should be fairly obvious, just look out for any strange feelings or sounds in your car whenever you brake. Also check for how quickly your Range Rover comes to a stop when you depress the brake pedal.

If no warning signals come on and your brakes function normally, you should be good to go. However, if there is a problem it will likely cost around $700 to have your brakes fixed.

Problem Two: Dual Climate Control Malfunction

Cost to fix: $350

Dual climate control in a car is a system that is meant to adjust the vehicle’s temperature at your will, pushing out hot or cold air based on how you adjust the settings.

One Range Rover had a complaint of uneven heating as the dual climate control system malfunctioned. The customer’s cooling unit only blew hot air via the right ducts and cold air via the left, failing to properly regulate the interior temperature of the car.

The most likely solution for this requires replacing the AC actuator, because the system itself is faulty. On average, this has cost drivers around $350 to fix. For the sake of avoiding this problem, test the climate control system of any Range Rover you’re looking to buy before buying.


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Another Common Problem with Range Rovers: Suspension Light Stays On

Cost to fix: $500 - 1,000

Again with only one complaint comes the last issue worth noting in the Range Rover: a suspension light that never goes out. The suspension system is what keeps your car moving down the road safely and swiftly. It connects the vehicle and its wheels and allows them to work together to move while absorbing any shock that the car may experience while traveling.

Suspension lights are an important tool when they’re working properly, signalling to you that there is a fault in your car’s suspension that may hamper its performance. If they’re not working right, though, they can be an annoyance. 

The fix to a broken suspension light that refuses to turn off is tricky. A mechanic’s first step would likely be checking the suspension itself just to ensure that there actually isn’t something wrong with it. If it’s working fine and the light truly just refuses to work properly, they might have to tinker around with the car’s internal system or replace the light as a whole.

Depending on the severity of the solution, it will probably run you somewhere between $500 and $1,000. Fortunately, there has only been one report of this problem, so it’s not something you should have to worry about.


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How to Avoid Buying an Unreliable Used Range Rover

As always, the first thing you should do before buying any Range Rover you have your heart set on is take it out for a test drive. Think hard about exactly how it feels to drive the car and experiment with activities like switching between lanes, shifting gears, braking softly and coming to a hard stop.

Make sure to try adjusting the dual climate control system to different temperatures and directing it through different vents as well, noting how even the temperature regulation is. If all of this is in working order and no warning lights are on, you should then ask for a pre-purchase inspection and have your local mechanic check the car out to ensure you’re looking at a top-notch Range Rover!

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