Land Rover Range Rover 3rd Generation (L322) 2003-2012 Review

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Used Range Rover L322

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3rd Gen Range Rover: What Owners Say

  • Owners love the spacious interior with superb finishes, top-class materials, and tons of luxury features
  • Passengers enjoy the excellent comfort levels with plush leather seats and the magic-carpet ride provided by the air suspension
  • The Range Rover's off-road credentials can't be disputed, with ample ground clearance provided by the height-adjustable air suspension and the super Terrain Response system
  • It feels a bit top-heavy and wallowy around corners, so drivers soon learn not to hustle it
  • Owners have to put up with sedate performance on earlier models and poor fuel economy on all models
  • Its reliability record is quite dismal and owners are dismayed at the number of failures and what they cost to fix

Third Generation Land Rover Range Rover L322 Facelifts

Because it was on the market for ten model years, the 3rd-gen Range Rover L322 benefited from many updates over the years.

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2006-2009 Range Rover Front Changes

There are new headlights of which the inner lenses now cut into the grille1; the grille is new to accept these changes and to accommodate the new lights2. It also now cuts into the bumper a little bit, and the bumper is a new molding too, with more sharply defined creases and a restyled lower air intake3.

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2010-2012 Range Rover L322 Facelift Front Changes

For 2010, the Range Rover gets new headlight clusters again, with three clear LED strips that light up in amber for the turn signals, and LED running lights in a circular arrangement around both round headlight lenses1. The design of the front bumper is cleaned up, and the body-color section now only contains the parking sensors2. The black lower valance reaches up higher and contains both the foglights and the lower air intakes3. A new, higher grille with a U-shaped surround and three perforated slats reaches down into a deeper bumper cutout, making it visually thinner4. It juts out less than before, with considerably rounder styling.

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2006-2009 Range Rover Rear Changes

At the rear, the changes are hardly noticeable, and the most obvious one is that the turn signal in the rear light cluster is white and no longer amber1.

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2010-2012 Range Rover L322 Facelift Rear Changes

The taillights are still two circular units stacked on top of each other, but everything else changes. They are no longer recessed in an opaque gray surround, but get a clear cover with the two silver light units standing proud of their black surround, each with a red circumference and white lenses. The turn signals are LEDs situated between the two main lenses1.

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2006-2009 Range Rover Side Changes

Besides some new wheel choices1, the fender vent just ahead of the front door gets three louvers instead of two on the normal Range Rover2, and the side turn signal is now clear and no longer amber3.

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2010-2012 Range Rover L322 Facelift Side Changes

The new taillights1 and different front bumper2 and headlight treatment are clearly visible in profile3, along with redesigned alloy-wheel choices4.

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2006 Range Rover Interior Changes

The interior is left as is in terms of design, but the upgraded infotainment interface that accompanies the new electronic infrastructure can clearly be seen1.

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2007-2009 Range Rover Interior Changes

There are changes to the center stack, with the strip containing the center vents now considerably thinner and with smaller vents1 to make space for a bigger infotainment display above it2. The right-hand side of the dashboard is restyled to accommodate new twin gloveboxes3. The center console gets big changes, too, with the manual parking brake deleted in favor of a compact electronic switch, the gearshifter moving right over to the left, and the space vacated by all of this taken up by two new cupholders with sliding covers on the passenger side of the center console4.

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2010-2012 Range Rover L322 Facelift Interior Changes

The center stack is substantially revised, with a new infotainment head unit1 and redesigned climate controls2. The steering wheel and its button layout are new too, but it still has four spokes3. The gauge cluster is totally redesigned, and the four analog gauges and old-fashioned liquid-crystal displays underneath them are gone, replaced with a digital gauge-cluster display screen4. The space on the dashboard to the right of the steering wheel previously occupied by the ignition slot now houses a push-button starter.

Engine, Transmission and Drivetrain

Fresh from a redesign started by BMW and finished by Ford, the third-generation Range Rover launches with a naturally aspirated BMW 4.4-liter M62 V8 under the hood. It produces 282 hp and is connected to a ZF 5HP24 five-speed automatic transmission, driving all four wheels via a permanent 4WD system. The BMW engine survives for three model years only before being replaced by the AJ-V8 engine, a corporate Ford/Jaguar/Land Rover design. This engine arrives in two formats - a 4.4-liter naturally aspirated and a 4.2-liter supercharged derivative, with 305 hp and 400 hp, respectively. The old five-speed automatic is replaced with a ZF 6HP six-speed automatic transmission.

The final change on the mechanical front happens for the 2010 model year, when the AJ-V8 is enlarged to five liters capacity, gaining direct injection and boosting power to 375 hp and 501 hp for the naturally aspirated and supercharged version, respectively. A nominal power increase to 510 hp is applied to the most powerful model the following year. In other parts of the world, there was a Range Rover L322 hybrid model, and it was available with a variety of six-cylinder and V8 turbo-diesel engines developing up to 309 hp and 516 lb-ft, but none of these were ever offered to US buyers.

4.2L V8 Gas Supercharged DOHC AJ34S (2006-2009)
400 hp | 420 lb-ft
400 hp
420 lb-ft
ix-speed automatic

A 4.2-liter supercharged version of the new-for-2006 AJ-V8 engine develops a strong 400 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It is codenamed AJ34S by Jaguar, but Land Rover adapted it for use in the Range Rover. It's a smaller-bore version of the 4.4 LR-V8. It is fairly reliable but is a complex unit that requires clean oil frequently to stay trouble-free.

4.4L V8 Gas Naturally Aspirated DOHC BMW M62 (2003-2005)
282 hp | 325 lb-ft
282 hp
325 lb-ft
Five-speed automatic

Having been designed while being owned by BMW, the 2003 3rd-generation Range Rover uses the same naturally aspirated 4.4-liter M62 BMW V8 found in the X5, suitably modified with a bigger sump with oil baffles, heavy-duty cooling system, and other changes to make it operate properly under severe off-road conditions. Despite a healthy 282 hp and 325 lb-ft, it is hampered by an old-fashioned ZF 5HP24 five-speed automatic transmission and near-5,400-pound curb weight, so it's not fast, taking nine seconds to reach 60 mph. It can tow 7,700 pounds. The transmission transmits the power to all four wheels via a permanent 4WD system with a center differential. The engine can last if treated well, but suffers from various issues, such as cam-chain trouble and oil leaks.

4.4L V8 Gas Naturally Aspirated DOHC AJ41 (2006-2009)
305 hp | 325 lb-ft
305 hp
325 lb-ft
Six-speed automatic

For 2006, the 4.4-liter BMW M62 gas V8 made way for the Jaguar/Ford AJ-V8 engine family. The direct replacement for the 4.4 M62 was the Jaguar AJ41 engine with an identical capacity and torque output, but benefiting from a useful 23-hp power boost and a new ZF 6HP26 six-speed automatic transmission. Remember, a 4.4 attached to a six-speed automatic in the L322 Range Rover is the AJ41 and not the BMW M62; the latter was only offered with the five-speed transmission. The AJ41 4.4 was only used in the 2006-2009 Range Rovers. It's a general improvement on the BMW M62 engine in terms of performance, economy, and reliability.

5.0L V8 Gas Naturally Aspirated DOHC AJ133/LR (2010-2012)
375 hp | 375 lb-ft
375 hp
375 lb-ft
Six-speed automatic

The established AJ-V8 engine is increased in displacement from 4.2 liters to five liters for the 2010 model year and gets direct fuel injection, picking up 70 hp and 50 lb-ft along the way for new totals of 375 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. Its Jaguar engine code is AJ133, but Land Rover calls it the LR-V8. It comes with a few additional problems over the old indirect-injected engines, mainly due to worse cam-chain reliability and the carbon-buildup issues that go along with direct injection.

5.0L V8 Gas Supercharged DOHC Ford/Jaguar AJ (2010-2012)
501/510 hp | 461 lb-ft
501/510 hp
461 lb-ft
Six-speed automatic

The supercharged engine remains for the 2010 model year, but it's now also a five-liter, just like the naturally aspirated V8 in the normal Range Rover. It gains 101 hp and 41 lb-ft of torque in its new guise, for totals of 501 hp and 461 lb-ft - enough for a sprint to 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds in independent testing. The 2011 engine gains another few horses, bringing it up to 510 hp; torque remains unchanged. It mostly suffers from the same issues as its naturally aspirated sibling.

2003-2012 Land Rover Range Rover 3rd Generation Real MPG

Large gas V8 engines and a curb weight starting north of 5,300 lbs are not a recipe for fuel economy, and so it is in practice. Such is the march of progress, however, that even the very last 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V8 uses less fuel than the first naturally aspirated 2003 model. Efficiency gains, thanks to direct fuel injection, also meant that the 5.0-liter engines came with no consumption penalty over their smaller predecessors. Still, the best you can hope for on the combined cycle with any L322 Range Rover is 15 mpg, which will be good for more than 410 miles on the combined cycle on a full 27.6-gallon tank. Due to the low sales of these premium SUVs, very few owners submitted their own fuel-consumption figures to the EPA.

EPA mpg (city/highway/combined)Real-world combined mpg*
4.4 V8 naturally aspirated 4WD five-speed automatic (2003-2005)11/15/1215-16.4
4.4 V8 naturally aspirated 4WD six-speed automatic (2006-2009)12/18/1413.2
4.2 V8 supercharged 4WD six-speed automatic (2006-2009)12/18/14N/A
5.0 V8 naturally aspirated 4WD six-speed automatic (2010-2012)12/19/15N/A
5.0 V8 supercharged 4WD six-speed automatic (2010-2012)12/18/14N/A

* Real-world mpg and MPGe figures are provided by the EPA. Once a car has been on sale for a significant period of time, the EPA gets real-world figures directly from the customer base. These figures are then provided on the EPA website. Real-world figures are not available for certain models due to a lack of sales, or not enough people partaking in this after-sales survey.


Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS ever crash-tested the L322 Range Rover, but EuroNCAP did, and at the time, it scored an overall average of four out of five stars for adult occupant protection. Being possessed of a modern unibody crash structure designed under the auspices of BMW, it is probably as safe as any contemporary SUV.

It doesn't lack standard safety features and, even back in 2003, came standard with ABS brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, hill-descent control, auto-dimming interior and exterior rear-view mirrors, six airbags, and front and rear parking sensors. HID xenon headlights cost $750 extra at the time, so check whether they have been fitted. The 2004 Westminster limited edition has standard rain-sensing windshield wipers. A rearview camera was added to the lineup in 2006, and bi-xenon headlights became standard, while all trims get access to optional adaptive headlights. The 2006 Supercharged trim has rain-sensing wipers. A driver's knee airbag was added to the lineup in 2007, and the adaptive headlights become standard on the 2008 Supercharged.

In 2009, a heated windshield is added to both trims and, in 2010, a 360-degree surround-view parking camera is fitted. The 2010 HSE gains optional access to the adaptive headlights and auto-dimming side mirrors via the Luxury package, the 2010 Supercharged gets blind-spot warning and automatic high beams, and the Autobiography package gains adaptive cruise control with brake assistance. The blind-spot warning, auto high beams, and adaptive cruise control, as well as multi-camera parking assistance, are all bundled in the 2011 HSE's optional Vision Assist package. The 2011 Autobiography gets all of these features as standard. The 2012 HSE gains access to adaptive headlights with automatic high beams and the surround-view camera, both via the optional Silver package that can be added if the Luxury package has already been specified.

3rd Generation Range Rover Trims

The Range Rover was launched as a 2003 model in a single trim level, HSE, with a single engine, a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter V8 and a five-speed automatic transmission. The first special edition, the Westminster, arrived in 2004, but the normal HSE remained the only permanent trim. Along with the new in-house V8 engines and six-speed automatic transmissions, a Supercharged trim is added for 2006, and a mild facelift is applied to the L322.

Here are some notable annual changes:


  • Arrival of Westminster Edition


  • New fiber-optic-based electronic infrastructure with updated navigation and audio


  • A mild facelift is applied
  • All-new AJ-V8 engines are introduced to replace BMW engine
  • New six-speed automatic transmission replaces five-speed
  • Standard limited-slip rear differential fitted
  • Supercharged trim added with a 400-hp engine
  • Laminated side windows on the front doors improve acoustic insulation
  • Backup camera and bi-xenon headlights become standard


  • A knee airbag is added for the driver on all trims
  • Revised storage includes twin gloveboxes and a new center console and cupholders
  • Restyled dashboard
  • Revised HVAC system is quieter in operation
  • Heated front seats become standard on all trims
  • Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats become optionally available
  • Terrain Response gets customizable settings and an electronically locking rear diff
  • The manual parking brake is replaced with an electronic one


  • Auxiliary audio jack standard on all trims
  • "Bread-crumb" off-road tracking feature on navigation system
  • Satellite radio standard on all trims
  • Arrival of 20th Anniversary Edition


  • The leather on the dashboard is upgraded to a softer, more premium type
  • Wind noise is reduced, thanks to redesigned door seals
  • A heated windshield is added to all trims
  • Heated steering wheel and heated rear seats are added to all trims
  • Supercharged Autobiography trim added


  • New 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 engines made available
  • A facelift is applied across the board
  • Digital gauge cluster, a revised navigation systemm and a USB port added to all trims
  • Updated Terrain Response and air suspension
  • 360-degree surround-view parking camera is standard
  • Keyless start added to standard features
  • HSE Lux trim added
  • Additional driver-assistance features become available


  • New optional features include a 19-speaker audio system and reclining rear seats
  • The off-road hill-ascent and -descent functions are improved
  • Autobiography Black package becomes available


  • Silver package becomes available on the HSE Lux
  • Arrival of Autobiography Ultimate Edition

Here are the special editions that came and went over the L322's model run:

  • 2004-2005 Westminster Edition. The Westminster Edition gets 20-inch alloy wheels, pearlescent paintwork in either Bonatti Grey or Java Black, 14-way electrically adjustable Contour front seats (also added to the options list of the normal Range Rover), a leather-covered dashboard and center console, unique polished wood trim, and rain-sensing wipers. Only 300 were made.
  • 2008 20th Anniversary Edition. Celebrating 20 years of Range Rover in the United States, this model is Supercharged-based and comes in pearl white only, with 20-inch split-spoke Diamond alloy wheels, special badging on the sills and tailgate, a bespoke two-tone interior color scheme with an Ivory and Jet steering wheel, extended use of leather, and oak trim. Only 40 were made.
  • 2012 Autobiography Ultimate Edition. Costing around $170,000 at launch, the L322's swansong was the all-boxes-ticked Ultimate Edition that includes everything but the kitchen sink. It comes with high-grade soft leather on almost every interior surface, including the sides of the cargo area and the headliner. All seats are ventilated, the rear seats each have its own iPad integrated into the front headrests and picnic tray that flips out of the center armrest. It's finished off with an Exterior Design package that includes unique finishes and 20-inch wheels. Of the 500 built, only 50 came to the US.
Range Rover / Range Rover HSE
2003 - 2012
4.4-/5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 gas
Five-/six-speed automatic

At the 2003 launch, the single Range Rover trim was just called the Range Rover and standard equipment included projector halogen headlights, foglights, 19-inch alloy wheels, auto-leveling air suspension, powered and heated side mirrors and an auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror, a frame-mounted hitch platform, keyless entry, a power sunroof, leather upholstery, a 12-way electrically adjustable driver's seat (ten-way for the passenger), leather on the shift knob, an electrically tilting/telescoping and leather-trimmed steering wheel, memory settings for the driver's seat, mirrors, and steering-wheel adjustment, wood trim, three-zone automatic climate control, illuminated sun visor vanity mirrors, a trip computer, cruise control, a HomeLink universal transceiver, voice-activated navigation with an LCD display, and a premium 570-watt Harman Kardon audio system with MP3 capability, a cassette deck, a six-CD changer, and 15 speakers. For 2004, the default trim name becomes HSE.

The 2005 Range Rover has an all-new fiber-optic electronic infrastructure and with it comes an upgraded DVD-based Denso navigation system with a brighter VGA touchscreen display, a driver-information display showing all vehicle settings (even front-wheel angles), Bluetooth phone connectivity, and an upgraded Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system, now with 710 W and 14 speakers. The L322 was the first car ever to use the Logic 7 surround-sound algorithm. Bi-xenon headlights and a backup camera are standard on 2006 Range Rovers, along with laminated front side windows for better sound insulation. A mild facelift is applied, the 4.4-liter M62 BMW V8 is replaced by an AJ41 4.4-liter V8 from Jaguar's AJ-V8 engine family - mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission - and a rear limited-slip differential is standard. The 2007 model gets a restyled interior with twin gloveboxes, a quieter HVAC system, heated front seats, an updated Terrain Response off-road system, and an electronic parking brake to replace the old manual lever, leading to a revised center console with new cupholders.

An auxiliary audio jack, a "bread crumbs" off-road tracking feature on the navigation system, and satellite radio are all standard on the 2008 HSE, while 2009 models benefit from redesigned door seals to reduce wind noise, a heated windshield, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and plusher leather on the dashboard. Besides the new engines, 2010 models also get keyless start, with the button for this system occupying the same spot the ignition key did the previous year, in addition to a USB port.

Range Rover HSE Lux
2010 - 2012
5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 gas
Six-speed automatic

A Luxury package becomes available for the 2010 HSE, which is usually seen as a trim, so we'll treat it separately here. It adds to the normal HSE 20-inch alloys, adaptive headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors, upgraded wood trim and leather upholstery, and ventilated front seats. For 2012, a Silver package can be added to the Lux, bringing with it a leather-and-wood steering wheel, a surround-view camera, four-zone climate control, and the 19-speaker audio system.

Range Rover Supercharged
2006 - 2012
4.2-/5.0-liter supercharged V8 gas
Six-speed automatic

The Supercharged trim arrives for 2006 and makes use of a 400-hp 4.2-liter supercharged derivative of the new AJ-V8 engine family designed by Jaguar. It gets the same standard equipment as the 2006 HSE but adds 20-inch alloy wheels, the 14-way Contour electrically adjustable front seats, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. It follows the HSE's annual updates as outlined above but also gets its own exclusive improvements. The 2007 Supercharged gets the previous year's optional upgraded leather upholstery as standard. For 2008, it gets the front-seat ventilation as standard, too, in addition to the previously optional adaptive headlights. The Supercharged picks up all the annual additions to the HSE unless already equipped with these features. In 2010, the powerful 5.0-liter direct-injected supercharged V8 engine debuted on this model, accompanied by a high-performance Brembo braking system, adaptive suspension, automatic high beams, and blind-spot warning.

Range Rover Supercharged Autobiography
2012 - 2012
4.2-/5.0-liter supercharged V8 gas
Six-speed automatic

A new Autobiography package became available on the 2009+ Supercharged, but it is often listed as a trim, so we'll treat it as one here. It adds higher-quality leather upholstery, more leather and wood trim in the cabin, a rear-seat entertainment system, climate-controlled window glass, and four-zone climate control. Adaptive cruise control with brake assist, a leather headliner, and HD radio are added to the optional Autobiography package, and this package also gains multi-camera parking assistance in 2011, along with a new 19-speaker audio system. Additionally, upgrading to the Autobiography Black package also adds unique 20-inch alloys and blacked-out exterior trim.

Third Generation Range Rover Features

HSEHSE LUXSuperchargedAutobiography
Adaptive Cruise ControlOOOO
Auxiliary Audio InputOOOS
Back-Up CameraOOOS
Blind Spot MonitorOOOS
Bluetooth ConnectionSSSS
Brake AssistOOOO
Climate ControlSOOS
Cooled Front Seat(s)OSSS
Cooled Rear Seat(s)N/AN/AOS
Cruise ControlOOOO
Driver Air BagSSSS
Entertainment SystemOOOS
Front Head Air BagSSSS
Front Side Air BagSSSS
Heated Front Seat(s)OSSS
Heated Rear Seat(s)OSOS
Heated Steering WheelOOOS
Keyless EntrySSSS
Keyless StartSSSS
Knee Air BagSSSS
MP3 PlayerOOOS
Multi-Zone A/COOOS
Navigation SystemSSSS
Passenger Air BagSSSS
Power Driver SeatOSSS
Power Mirror(s)SSSS
Power Passenger SeatOSSS
Premium Sound SystemOOOS
Rear Head Air BagSSSN/A
Rear Parking AidSSSS
Satellite RadioOSOS
Seat MemoryOOOS
Stability ControlSSSS
Steering Wheel Audio ControlsSSSS
Tire Pressure MonitorSSSS
Traction ControlSSSS
Universal Garage Door OpenerSSSS

Interior, Trim And Practicality

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Land Rover Range Rover 3rd Gen Interior Overview

The interior was world-class at launch and is a rolling English lounge on wheels, with top-class finishes and superb comfort all around. Things only became better as the years passed, with upgraded technology, extended leather and wood treatment, and added comfort and safety features. It is spacious for four passengers, but the trunk is a bit tight in this class, and perhaps less than would be expected of a 195-inch-long SUV. Blame the cab-backward design and upright windshield for pushing back the living space in the interest of maintaining the distinctive Range Rover styling cues.

HSEHSE LUXSuperchargedAutobiography
Bucket SeatsOSOS
Cloth SeatsON/AON/A
Leather SeatsOSOS
Leather Steering WheelOOOS
Premium Synthetic SeatsON/AON/A
Vinyl SeatsON/AON/A
Woodgrain Interior TrimOOOS
Jet, Leather seating surfacesSSSS
Ivory, Leather seating surfacesSSSS
Storm, Leather seating surfacesSN/ASN/A
Navy, Leather seating surfacesSSSS
Parchment, Leather seating surfacesSSSS
Sand, Leather seating surfacesSSSS
Arabica, Leather seating surfacesSSSS
Leather Seat TrimSN/ASN/A
Upgraded Leather Seat TrimSN/ASN/A
Windsor Leather Seat TrimSN/AN/AN/A
Kingfisher, Premium leather seating surfacesN/AN/ASN/A
Tan, Premium leather seating surfacesN/AN/ASN/A
Pimento/Jet, Premium leather seating surfacesN/AN/ASN/A
Ivory, Premium leather seating surfacesN/AN/ASN/A
Windsor/Alcantara Leather Seat TrimN/AN/ASN/A
Tan, Leather seating surfacesN/AN/AN/AS
Ivory/Jet, Duo-tone leather seating surfacesN/AN/AN/AS
Jet/Ivory, Duo-tone leather seating surfacesN/AN/AN/AS
Navy/Parchment, Duo-tone leather seating surfacesN/AN/AN/AS
Arabica/Ivory, Duo-tone leather seating surfacesN/AN/AN/AS
Jet/Plimento, Duo-tone leather seating surfacesN/AN/AN/AS

2003-2012 Land Rover Range Rover 3rd Gen Maintenance and Cost

Maintenance on the L322 Range Rover is expensive because it is a premium SUV - and it's not particularly reliable. It's a car you buy for its all-conquering off-road talent, luxurious interior, and comfort, not for problem-free service. Since they are now quite old, even considering one with a patchy maintenance history is a big no-no. Carefully peruse the service history and try to find one that has had its oil changes every 7,500 miles at least and not at the prescribed 15,000-mile intervals according to the book. Models serviced by the book at 15,000-mile intervals can be reliable if they were lightly used for long-distance cruising and not for towing or off-road, but you'll have to examine the car carefully to see how it's been treated and maintained.

The cabin filter must be changed every 15,000 miles and the transfer case's oil every 30,000 miles. The 30,000-mile service typically costs around $1,000 at Land Rover and over $600 elsewhere on 2003-2005 cars, but $660 and $400 respectively on 2006-2009 4.4-liters. The cooling system should be flushed and refilled every 60,000 miles, and this service should amount to around $1,600 independently or $2,100 at Land Rover on 2003-2005 cars. At 90,000 miles, the brake fluid and differential oil must be changed on the 2003-2005 models, but we would reduce that to between 60,000-75,000 miles for the differential service, seeing how much trouble these parts caused on the L322. Not all services can be compared, since the service items and mileages changed with almost every engine, but the AJ-V8 4.4-liter engines are the cheapest to run; the 2003-2005 BMW engine is finicky and expensive to run, and the 2010+ 5.0-liters are less reliable and require more frequent maintenance.

On the AJ-V8 engines used from 2006, the cooling system's refill is every 30,000 miles, which is sensible, and the brake-fluid and differential-oil changes are every 75,000 miles; on 5.0-liter cars, the brake-fluid change is every 60,000 miles. It is a little bit worrying that you have to replace the brake hoses on the 4.2-liter supercharged models every 90,000 miles and on 5.0-liter cars, every 75,000 miles, as this is quite unusual and may indicate a potential weakness. That being said, there were never actually any 2006-2013 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged recalls to deal with potential brake problems. Transmission fluid cannot be replaced too frequently, and we regard 60,000-mile intervals as the absolute maximum for a big and heavy SUV like the Range Rover, especially if you're going to tow with it.

Third Gen Range Rover Basic Service

The early 2003-2005 Range Rovers with the BMW M62 engines must receive a minor lube service every 15,000 miles, but given the somewhat unreliable engine, that interval is too long and we'd do it every 5,000-7,500 miles. If subjected to off-road work and towing, reduce the engine's oil-change intervals to 5,000 miles. Good luck finding a used one that received such pampering. Even this basic lube service is expensive, costing around $640 at an independent shop and close to $1,000 at a Land Rover dealer on the 2003-2005 models. Buying the 9.6 quarts and oil filter yourself will come to about $120. An air filter costs $43, and a set of eight spark plugs about $73.

Oil changes on the AJ-V8 engines used from 2006 are set at 7,500 miles as they should be, so the chances are far better that you'll find used ones that stuck to this interval, which is another reason why the Jaguar engine is preferable over the BMW engine. This is quite a cheap $180 checkup at an independent shop and less than $300 at Land Rover. The 8.5 quarts of 5W-30 synthetic oil and the oil filter will set you back about $110 if you want to do a DIY job. The supercharged 4.2 has an oil capacity of 9.9 quarts, and that with a filter will come to around $120. A set of spark plugs for either engine costs around $75 for eight, and they both also use the same $22 air filter.

From 2010 onward, the 5.0-liter engines are back to 15,000-mile lube services, which just isn't smart considering their considerably worse cam-chain reliability and the fact that direct-injected engines tend to wear out their cam chains faster anyway. Given this reputation, we hope you can find a used one that had its oil changes every 5,000 miles. Lube-service costs should be similar to that of the smaller AJ-V8s. Air filters on the 5.0 are $30 each, which is par for the course, but spark plugs on these direct-injected engines are far more expensive - around $210 for eight. The spark plugs on the 2003-2005 BMW M62 engine last 60,000 miles, and that of the 2006+ AJ-V8 engines last around 105,000 miles.

The front and rear differentials' fluid should have been replaced once at the first 7,500-mile service. Another basic service item is the air filter, which must be changed at 60,000-mile intervals on the naturally aspirated M62 and AJ41 4.4-liter engines, but you should halve that if you operate your Range Rover in dusty conditions frequently. The supercharged 4.2-liter V8 wants a new air filter every 45,000 miles.

3rd Gen Range Rover Tires

Tire Size::
Wheel Size::
19" x 8"
Spare Tire::
Tire Size::
Wheel Size::
20" x 8.5"
Spare Tire::
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20" x 8.5"
Spare Tire::
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20" x 8.5"
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Check Before You Buy

Being a BMW-era Range Rover, there is a lot to look out for. There aren't actually that many recalls, but the list of things that can go wrong is long, and certain models should be avoided.

Here is the complete list of L322 Range Rover recalls:

  • A total of 19,168 2003-2005 Range Rovers were recalled to fit a modified front differential coupling sleeve, which may have been misaligned with the propeller shaft, causing spline wear and the eventual shearing off of the shaft.
  • Only a few 2004 Range Rovers were recalled to replace a faulty yaw-rate sensor in the stability-control system.
  • Nearly 75,000 2006-2012 Range Rovers were recalled to replace brake hoses that may rupture and lead to brake failure.
  • Just under 2,000 2006 Range Rovers were recalled to replace a guide plate that may prevent the park pawl from engaging, allowing the vehicle to roll away in Park.
  • There were restraint-system recalls for several of the model years. The L322 Range Rover fell prey to the Takata airbag recall that affected more than 42 million vehicles worldwide. 2007-2012 Range Rovers were recalled to replace airbag inflators that may rupture and send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment. 2009 Range Rovers were recalled to reprogram the restraints control module (RCM) that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying in a crash.
  • Only 40 2009 Range Rovers were recalled to check their front and rear windshields' primer and to reapply primer as necessary, else these glass panes may leak and/or come adrift in a crash. Another 36 2012 models were also recalled for windshield-bonding repairs.

Here are some common OBD-II error codes to be aware of:

  • On a 2006-2012 Range Rover, P0026 and P0028 indicate problems with the variable valve control system.
  • On a 2003-2012 Range Rover, P0102 points to an issue with the mass airflow (MAF) sensor.
  • Only any 2003-2012 Range Rover, P0106 and P1651 are manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor errors.
  • P0139, P0170, P0171, P0172, P0174, P0420, P0430, P1173, and P1174 on 2003-2012 Range Rovers are errors related to the oxygen sensors and/or their readings, indicating issues with the fueling and/or injection or catalyst systems. P0968 is an injector-circuit error.
  • P0221 and P1367 on 2003-2012 Range Rovers are throttle-position sensor (TPS) errors.
  • P0300 on 2003-2012 Range Rovers is a random misfire error code.
  • P0348 is a camshaft-position sensor error.
  • P0440 on 2003-2012 Range Rovers indicates problems with the evaporative emissions (EVAP) control system.
  • P0504 is a brake light switch error.
  • P0507 is an idle air control (IAC) system error.
  • P0513 is an immobilizer system error.
  • P0730 and P0733 are automatic transmission codes for gear-ratio errors, and P0964 is a solenoid error.
  • P1114 on 2003-2012 Range Rovers is an engine-coolant temperature error.

2003-2012 Land Rover Range Rover L322 Common Problems

M62TUB44 Naturally Aspirated 4.4 V8 Engine Problems

The BMW M62 naturally aspirated V8 was used in the 2003-2005 L322 Range Rover. It succeeded the M60 that BMW used since 1992 and, having learned a few lessons in terms of the disastrous Nikasil cylinder liners and subsequent engine failures, one would have imagined the M62 to be a clear step up in terms of reliability. It is better, but far from perfect and plagued by various problems. An old BMW bugbear is the timing chain. Not only is the single-row chain used prone to elongation, but its chain guides can also fail. To be fair, these problems usually only start from around 125,000 miles, which isn't actually bad going compared to some other BMW engines. Also, low oil levels can bring on failures sooner. Even if there hasn't been major trouble by 150,000 miles, the experts seem to agree that this is a good time to replace these parts anyway. Both failing guides and an elongated chain will throw off the engine's timing and can even cause the chain to jump teeth, causing valve-to-piston contact in the worst-case scenario and ruining the engine.

BMW's Vanos variable valve-timing system is regarded as a wear item that rarely lasts more than 70,000 miles on most BMW engines. The M62 engine has a single-Vanos unit on the intake camshaft of each cylinder bank. The M62's Vanos actuators are fairly reliable, but the Vanos seals are not, and once they start to leak, you'll hear the well-known Vanos rattle on a cold start. You may also hear clanking noises on a warm engine, see a Vanos warning light, or experience rough running, a loss of power, or prolonged cranking.

BMW engines all leak oil when they age, and while valve-cover leaks are not unique to the M62, we mention them anyway because most of these engines are now old and will need the requisite repairs. Some of the M62's oil leaks may be hard to trace, but the valve covers and main seals are a good place to start. Rough idling is quite common, especially as these engines are now really getting on in life, with the PCV valve, the MAF sensor, and fouled oxygen sensors all possible culprits - assisted by the oil getting in everywhere it shouldn't. The M62 usually leaks oil rather than burning it, although a dodgy oil separator and failing valve-stem seals will lead to oil consumption, sometimes excessively so.

Mileage: Timing-chain and chain-guide problems usually start after 100,000 miles; this is also when oil leaks can start to get worse, but oil leaks often start even earlier, at around 60,000-70,000 miles at the main crank seals.

Cost: The timing chain guide-rail kit costs around $300, and the chain itself adds at least another $80 to that. With many hours of labor added, the job will probably amount to over $2,500. Two new Vanos units will probably cost $800, assuming you don't also need a solenoid housing ($285) and a solenoid ($150) - and that's without any labor. To replace the valve cover gaskets, two new ones plus 22 valve cover nut seals will set you back around $65 before labor. Replacing a radiator can cost as much as $1,800.

How to spot: Failing chain guides or an elongated chain will make a racket on startup, with whining and rattling noises and, if the timing is out, the Check Engine Light. Failing Vanos will cause a cold-start rattle, clanking noises, rough running, and reduced power. Leaking valve covers will leave puddles on the floor, lead to a low oil level, and drip on hot engine parts, causing puffs of smoke from under the hood and a burnt-oil smell. The oil can also seep into the spark-plug holes and cylinder heads, causing fouled spark plugs and failed ignition coils. Land Rover Range Rover not starting problems can often be traced to tired or oil-damaged ignition coils. Excessive oil consumption will lead to low oil levels, fouled spark plugs, and exhaust smoke.

AJ-V8 4.2, 4.4, and 5.0 V8 Engine Problems

The Jaguar-designed and Ford-made AJ-V8 engine family replaced the BMW M62 from 2006, specifically the AJ41 variant with an identical 4.4-liter capacity. Earlier, '90s versions of the AJ-V8 suffered various issues, but by the time the AJ41 was introduced in the Range Rover for the 2006 model year, most of them had been sorted out. However, recurring reports suggest that the timing chain might become a problem later on, although this part should be reliable if you frequently replace the engine oil with proper fully synthetic oil. Rattling at idle can indicate a chain or chain tensioner that's on its way out, but it may also be indicative of a catalytic converter starting to disintegrate, so have it properly diagnosed with the help of a specialist. A supercharger will emit a low whine but shouldn't rattle at idle, else this could spell expensive trouble on the 4.2-liter AJ34S and 5.0-liter AJ133 supercharged engines. Other than that, there seem to be surprisingly few Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged (SC) problems on these high-output engines.

The ultimate 5.0-liter development of the AJ-V8 family is the AJ133. It has been used in many vehicles since 2009 and debuted in the 2010 Range Rover. Besides the larger capacity, it adopted direct fuel injection. Unfortunately, the cam chain drive was never uprated for its new job of running the high-pressure fuel pump (HPFP), so chain durability and service life are generally regarded to be worse than on the older, smaller versions of this engine. There is a definite uptick in cam chain complaints in 2010, exactly when the 5.0-liter was launched, but things improve a little in later years. Adding insult to injury is the tendency for soot particles to build up in the engine oil due to the direct injection, causing additional chain wear, especially if the oil is not changed frequently enough.

Even with the best maintenance regime, you're likely going to have to replace the AJ133's timing chain every 70,000 miles or so, which is definitely below par for such a part. The chain doesn't always let go first, sometimes it's a tensioner. Don't ignore a chain rattle, and if the Check Engine Light (CEL) comes on for off timing, it's probably safer not to use the vehicle until it's been fixed to avoid major engine damage due to valve-to-piston contact. The water pump has a finite life, too, and while you have all that work done on the cam chain, you might as well replace the lot, as water-pump failures pop up more frequently than they should. The coolant system can also spring leaks in other places, so keep a beady eye on the coolant level and look out for trails of dried-up coolant leaks under the hood.

Mileage: Cam chain issues can occur from as little as 70,000 miles. Carbon buildup on the intake valves can become a problem from around 80,000 miles.

Cost: A complete timing-chain replacement kit, including all guides and tensioners, comes to a steep $1,100-$1,400, depending on the specific engine, before labor. A water pump adds around $120 to that, also before installation. Having both cylinder heads stripped to walnut-blast the carbon buildup off the 5.0-liter engines' intake valves will cost $600 or more.

How to spot: A failing chain or chain tensioner will emit chain rattles when the engine is running. On the 5.0-liter, the first sign of an expiring chain is a loud engine rattle at startup that settles into a rhythmic ticking after a few seconds and seems to disappear when the engine warms up. Give it a few thousand miles, and the noise will become permanent. Dont' delay repairs to avoid expensive failures.

Transmission Problems

The 5HP24 ZF automatic transmission used in the M62-powered LR322 Range Rover can be reliable if the oil is replaced at least every 60,000 miles but don't believe any of that "sealed for life" nonsense, or you can run into problems by 100,000 miles. Failures have occurred and they do so more frequently than expected, at as little as 56,000 miles. If neglected, 2003, 2004, and 2005 Land Rover Range Rover HSE transmission problems can appear quickly. When the transmission becomes reluctant to shift, lights up a dash warning, or starts to chatter or slip while driving, it's probably already too late and a transmission rebuild will be in order. Even in the best case, it seems unlikely that the ZF 5HP24 transmission will get you past 100,000 miles without problems. Leaks, solenoid failures, and torque-converter failures are the most commonly reported problems on this transmission. The six-speed ZF 6HP26 should be better but we would not let any more than 60,000 miles elapse before changing the transmission fluid - and do it more frequently if you tow or do off-road work. The most common reported problems on neglected 6HP26 transmissions include clutch and solenoid failure and torque-converter problems. Some specialists swear by dual-clutch transmission fluid for the 6HP to improve its service life, but discuss this with your transmission specialist and make sure you use the right oil.

Mileage: Problems start by 100,000 miles, but some even earlier failures were noted from mileages as low as 56,000-65,000 miles.

Cost: To replace the 5HP24 five-speed transmission and transfer case can set you back more than $10,000, the transmission replacement alone about $6,000, and the transfer case alone, about $3,100 with labor. You can pick up a used 5HP24 for under $2,000. Replacing a transmission cooler will cost about $1,100. The replacement cost of the six-speed 6HP26 transmission is close to $5,000 before labor.

How to spot: Reluctance to change gears, slipping, dash warning, or chattering.

Front Differential and Driveshaft Failure

There were quite a few complaints about the front differential failing while driving. This often happened quite dramatically while driving, with the seizing diff making grinding noises and locking up the wheels, a potentially dangerous situation. This was by far the worst on 2003-2005 models and although this is commonly reported, there was no recall to replace the differential. There was a recall on 19,168 Range Rovers of these same three model years to replace a front propeller shaft whose ooupling sleeve may be misaligned, causing its splines to wear and fail, but judging from the number of people who had to pay for their driveshaft replacements, failures also occurred on cars not covered by the recall.

Mileage: Around 50,000-78,000 miles on average for differential failures, but occasionally as early as 36,000 miles.

Cost: Around $2,500-$3,000 for Land Rover to replace the differential. If the front driveshafts' splines are damaged and have to be replaced as well, the total cost can reach $5,000. Replacing even just a single driveshaft will still cost around $1,200.

How to spot: Grinding noises, thumping, and sudden braking due to seizing differential. The failure of the driveshaft splines will result in them shearing off and no longer transmitting drive to the wheels.

Suspension Problems

All L322 Range Rovers are fitted with electronically controlled air suspension, and as has been the case for years, Land Rovers with this system are prone to failures. A problem is usually announced by a "Suspension Inactive" message on the dashboard and the suspension may be slow to react to height adjustments, won't raise at all, or will refuse to engage Off-Road or Access mode. There may be any of a bunch of potential faults, from a faulty or leaking air strut or height sensor to a problem with the compressor pump, a suspension valve, or the reservoir tank. None of these problems are cheap to fix and can run into thousands of dollars. Take the air suspension through all its heights and modes. It should respond promptly and ride quietly and smoothly. The suspension air bellows usually fail at around the same time from 100,000 miles, so you'll probably save on labor by just replacing all of them.

Another suspension problem is the failure of the rear hub bushes that connect the wishbones to the hubs and when these develop play, you'll hear clunking noises from the rear suspension over uneven surfaces.

Mileage: The air suspension's airbags start to fail and leak at around 100,000 miles but earlier failures have been recorded. Some air-suspension problems like failing sensors can occur as early as 45,000-60,000 miles.

Cost: Replacing the air springs will cost around $600 for one corner of the car. Replacing the air compressor costs around $1,600.

How to spot: Problems with the air suspension will cause the suspension to be slow to respond, not go into specific modes, go into limp mode, or the heights at all four corners will not be the same. A failing air compressor is likely to get noisier as it gets closer to its end. Worn hub bushes will cause clunking from the rear suspension over bumps.

Brake Problems

The Range Rover is a big and heavy SUV and go through brake pads and discs rather quickly. There is nothing inherently wrong with the braking system, but the considerable weight, owners that ride the brake, and the failure to use engine braking on downhills when laden or towing will wear out the brakes prematurely and may require new brake rotors every 30,000 miles or so. This will cost at least $300. What does crop up as a recurring brake problem is an issue with the parking brake going out of alignment and then emitting screeching noises. This can sometimes be fixed with an adjustment, but repairs to the parking brake can sometimes run to well over $500. More than one owner has reported the ABS stopped working along with an air-suspension failure and Land Rover charging them to fix this. There was also a recall on 2006-2012 Range Rovers to replace defective brake hoses, so make sure this was done.

Mileage: Brake rotors wear out around every 30,000 miles.

Cost: Costs include frequent rotor replacements at a cost of about $300 each time. An out-of-alignment parking brake may cost up to $600 to fix if an adjustment doesn't do the job. If the ABS system fails along with the air suspension - which is apparently quite possible - the fix is likely to add $1,500-$2,500 to your bill. The Brembo brakes are more expensive to fix and even just the front Brembo rebuild kit with rotors and pads will set you back almost $700 before labor.

How to spot: Tired rotors will cause brake shudders. A faulty parking brake usually makes screeching noises when it is applied.

Steering Problems

Various 2003-2012 Land Rover Range Rover steering problems are reported. A lot of owners complain about popping and clunking sounds when turning the steering wheel, pointing to a failing steering shaft or steering-shaft bearings, the latter prone to corrosion and rust over time. Test the steering from lock to lock on your test drive. Steering effort should be consistent, there should be no popping or clunking noises, steering operation should not be sticky, and the steering wheel should self-center normally when letting go of it after going around a corner. Some other steering-related problems that are less common include the electric steering-column adjustment failing or coming loose, allowing the steering wheel to suddenly drop to its lowest position.

Mileage: Around 30,000-70,000 miles on average for the column-adjustment mechanism to fail.

Cost: Around $1,300-$1,900 to replace the steering column if the adjustment mechanism fails.

How to spot: Sticky steering action, a lack of self-centering, inconsistent steering effort, or popping and/or clunking noises when turning the wheel.

Less Common Problems And Problem-Free Areas

The liquid-crystal displays in the lower gauge cluster on early models can lose pixels as they age. Alternator problems can become apparent after 100,000 miles and might call for a rebuild or replacement. Quite a few owners have also complained about an incorrect fuel gauge. While it can be an ECU or fuel-pump problem, it's usually just a bad contact or corroded wire. If one of the more serious problems is causing it, a fix can be as much as $900, although it can usually be restored to action for less than half that amount. The ignition switch on earlier models before keyless start can fail, requiring the disassembly of the dashboard, so the labor charge will be big. If the key is loose or it gets stuck in the ignition, the switch is damaged. Having it replaced can cost you between $350 and $750.

Wheel bearings don't fail commonly but when they do, even just replacing the front ones will cost around $1,300 at Land Rover. Radios seem to fail quite frequently but often it's only a fuse, so check that first. Failing that, it could be one of the trunk-mounted modules, most often the Bluetooth module. It can be tested by removing its fiber-optic connection and putting it back into the same port to bypass the module. If this re-energizes the radio, the Bluetooth module must be replaced. Water leaking in through the sunroof seems to be a relatively common problem on some L322s and can start even before 60,000 miles. The sunroof drains can become pinched, no longer diverting the water away to be drained through special tubes, but allowing it to dam up and leak into the interior, potentially causing a lot of damage to the headliner, trim, and electrical components the water comes in contact with.

Despite being one of the earlier cars to make extensive use of LEDs for exterior lighting, the lights seem to be reliable and there are actually very few problems with Land Rover Range Rover tail lamps, LED turn signals, or daytime running lamps.

Which One To Avoid

The early 2003-2005 Range Rovers with the BMW V8 and five-speed transmission is to be avoided. The engine lacks power, it's heavy on fuel, and it's just beset by too many problems, both in terms of engine and transmission. If you're going to tow, avoid all the naturally aspirated models and just go for a supercharged one. The heavy 5,400-pound weight makes even the updated 305-hp AJ-V8 4.4 work hard. While many view the 2010+ cars with the 5.0-liter engines as the ultimate, we're a bit put out by the increase in running costs and the fragile chain drive compared to the earlier engines. Avoid a car without a meticulous service and maintenance history like the plague, because it will soon become a money pit.

Which One To Buy

We'd go for the 2007-2010 Supercharged as our favorite. It's a year after the new AJ-V8 engines were launched, so most teething troubles have been sorted. 400 hp is plenty and performance is good, even if you tow. It is also the most reliable two engines of all the model years - better than the preceding BMW engine and without the cam chain issues and direct-injection carbon buildup of the 5.0-liters. For normal driving, the naturally aspirated 4.4 is perfectly adequate and potentially less expensive to maintain. A flawless maintenance and service history with oil changes every 7,500 miles is your best bet.

3rd Gen Range Rover L322 Verdict

The Land Rover Range Rover L322 offers you the best - and worst - of the combined efforts of BMW and Land Rover, which means the lack of reliability is its biggest vice. On top of that, it is expensive to fix if anything goes wrong. The 2006-2009 AJ-V8 engines are quite reliable and the six-speed transmission is better than what went before, but as is usually the case with high-tech European designs, meticulous maintenance and 5,000-mile oil changes are needed to keep them operating reliably. If you're into the Range Rover philosophy of luxo-barging across a peat bog in comfort and style, by all means, go for it, but be warned, the upkeep will be expensive. Given its steep depreciation - a 2006 Range Rover can be had for under $10,000 - you do get a lot of value for money. However, you can soon spend the purchase price or more on repairs, so beware.

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