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LR 4 Retired

Discussion in 'LR4' started by horns, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. PaulLR3

    PaulLR3 Full Access Member

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    Totally agree as I had fun shopping for a vehicle to add to our motor pool for my daughters. Started out looking for used vehicles but most that had modern driver assist features like automatic braking were the same price as new. Alltrack rear seat was too small, Tiguan's engine is lethargic, RAV4 is ugly, Outback & CR-V CVT sucks. Worked my way up to a Passport and I'm happy driving it too. Not a rock climber but the Passport AWD system is very impressive in sand and snow.
     
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    Another LR4 owner here (2012, 78k miles), who will be moving on this year. I spent $5,000 on maintenance in 2019. There's always this nagging feeling of "what's next to fail?" whenever I'm driving the beloved LR4. It's most likely the Defender 110X in my future.
     
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    I'm at 112K miles and spent about $8,000 on repairs & maintenance in 2019. Every time I put more money into it I justify driving it longer. But then there is that "what's next" feeling always lingering. I feel like my transmission is shifting differently lately and I don't want to replace that. Waiting for a Defender demo to arrive for a test drive.
     
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    The redesigned RR might spike my interest. We'll see. But for now, it's the Defender.
     
  5. goblue95

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    Hey all, been on this forum for 8.5 years, since I had purchased my 2011 LR4 new. Not much off-roading, but lots of camping and ski trips over the years - always met the challenges and did so in comfort and style. Have found so much useful info on here, in particular the threads years ago to convert to HID headlights from DDM tuning, tire options (although I hated the Zeons), Mityvac oil change pump (saved me hundreds over the years). Had a full breakdown last summer on a road trip (water pump blew on highway, but no engine damage as I pulled over and shut down within seconds) and have had some of the other typical issues (no timing chain problems, as far as I know). Until a year and a half ago, most of the repairs were covered via LR warranty and then by my Geico Mechanical Breakdown plan, which was good for 7 years and was worth every penny (even with the $250 deductibles - peanuts on a big LR repair and they paid for dealer repairs using OEM parts). The water pump and related repairs last summer (including crossover pipe) ran almost $3k at the LR dealer I had it towed to. Since then, I’ve wondered what the next repair bill would be - $3k? $5k? Not so interested in making repairs that cost upwards of 50% of the vehicle’s current value - independent shops can do some of the stuff needed, but many of the parts can still be costly.

    Was pushing up on 100k miles and noticed things start to churn a little more in the engine, along with some new sounds. Radio reception was failing at times, and other minor issues (but all costly just to diagnose at an LR dealer, let alone repair). Considered exploring repairing any potential issues, but ultimately decided our time with the LR4 was up, since it’s our primary SUV for road trips, etc. It was by far the best car we’ve owned (mixed in with Audi’s, Jeeps, MB, GMC) and we’ll miss the unique nature of the truck - very little on the road has a similar ‘personality’. Traded it in for a new Ford Expedition Platinum, which is a bit different in many respects but somewhat luxurious, elevated ride height (we didn’t like the other 3-row SUVs that sit lower), massive inside and super comfy for road trips — I did cross shop the new Discovery 5 and it just did nothing for me, when comparing it to the LR4. Ride felt a bit ‘mushy’ (dealer would say ‘refined’) and the V6 didn’t have the ‘gusto’ of my 5.0 V8, and while I loved my LR4, other parts of the LR experience (i.e., insane parts/service pricing) were a bit of a turnoff to me. Granted, Expedition is ‘mushy’ as well, but I can seat 8 comfortably in it and still have space behind 3rd row...

    Anyway, good luck with your LR4’s, and I will glance at them fondly as I pass them on the road...
     
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    This thread makes me sad. I still hope the low miles will allow us to keep ours indefinitely.
     
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    In many ways this perspective applies to all newer vehicles where the long term cost can be much higher due to large increases in complexity. Trading in a LR4 for the latest model only defers the issue as the newer model is even more complex and costly to maintain.
     
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    I see a lot of figures being thrown around. I invested about $800 in different sets of tools over the past few years along with a $400 gap tool and now find myself maintaining my vehicle on a regular basis. Parts aren't that expensive... But self diagnosis, repair and maintenance isn't for everyone. I truly plan on keeping the rig until I can pass it on to my son
     
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    Or in other words..."Land Rover, turning drivers into mechanics since 1948"
     
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    This forum has me keeping my eye on my rig and though I haven't gotten a gap tool yet, it's in the works. I wish there was a similar forum for my aging xc90 that would provide as much useful info as I find here
     
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