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Old 13th-April-2010, 15:55
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Default Buying a L322 TD6 - What to look out for

Am looking to get a L322 TD6 in the next couple of months and am starting to compile a list of things to check and look out for, can somone please start us off? Any particular services that should of been done/parts changed at certain miles?
And any common faults to look out for?

Thanks in advance guys
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Old 13th-April-2010, 17:06
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Am looking to get a L322 TD6 in the next couple of months and am starting to compile a list of things to check and look out for, can somone please start us off? Any particular services that should of been done/parts changed at certain miles?
And any common faults to look out for?

Thanks in advance guys
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Old 13th-April-2010, 17:56
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Old 13th-April-2010, 19:20
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Old 13th-April-2010, 19:34
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Default Re: Buying a L322 TD6 - What to look out for

Make sure it has full Service History. Lots of L322s are expensive throughout their lives, so many owners have a stack of repair bills. It's re-assuring to see thes, as you can see if the car has been looked after.

Check service history, and phone the dealers in the book to confirm servicing was done.

Phone LR Head Office with Chassis No, and ask what the spec was, when the car was built. This will give you an idea of exactly what spec the car is, and what was added later. (bear in mind, some accessories are fitted at the dealers, and so are not on build sheet.)

Make sure if it is a vogue, then it says Vogue on V5. Some were HSE spec, but in the rush when RR was released, the dealers made some HSE's up to Vogue-ish spec... I saw one with all vogue kit (heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, sat nav, tv) but not the Vogue Seats. (the vogue seats have a strange shaped heatrest, unlike th HSE ones.)

Check tow bar, to see if the car has been used to tow much. Ideal situation is a shiny tow bar still in its wrapper, because the owner never used it!

Find out what the owner used it for, and try to gauge whether or not they were likely to have maintained the car....

Thats all I can think of for now...
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Old 13th-April-2010, 23:54
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Default Re: Buying a L322 TD6 - What to look out for

one more importent thing you guys missed out, the problematic gearbox on the td6. take it out when its cold and make sure its smooth as silk and changes quickly, sluggish/clunky changes could be some thing simple like oil and filter change or the start of a 2k bill for replacement. land rovers sealed for life actually means 60k but they fail to state that anywhere hence all the fooked up boxes they tend to get. oh turbos give trouble on em too, spanking cars really i love mine and wouldnt change it for anything. one bit of advise, service it more than the book or dash says.
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Old 14th-April-2010, 07:52
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Default Re: Buying a L322 TD6 - What to look out for

Blonde:

My checklist copied right from my iPhone:

Front diff. Fixed or fix available?
Instrument pack pixels
Transmission life on diesel?
Satnav accuracy
dealer servicing price
Check air suspension all heights
Driver's side door armrest condition
Battery drain
Does condensation clear from rear lamp?
Vibration in steering and CV joint rattle
Mirror slack, and operating?
Steering col adjust
Tow hitch extender if needed?
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Old 14th-April-2010, 07:59
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Default Re: Buying a L322 TD6 - What to look out for

Actually, Mr Blonde, if you PM me, I can give you a tel. no and I can tell you how my purchase went, what was wrong on the car, what was fixed and what I have found since. Most of my tips I got from here: Range Rovers and from wandering around these forums for a bit just seeing what people were talking about.

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Old 5th-May-2010, 12:29
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I have just purchased a 2003 Range Rover Vogue V8 Petrol last week so im asuming the things i have checked on mine will be the same for you. Heres a list off the top of my head.

- Full service history
- Has the front diff been replaced? This was a factory recall so should have been done. (The dealer took me to a local garage where they had a pit so i could go under the car and check all the chasis and the diff replacement. If they have nothing to hide they should let you do the same. Just ask them.)
- Check for cooliant leaks, the Range Rover L322 can leak like a sive!
- Check all fluid levels over and over again!! (I checked the levels on mine before i went for a test drive then checked them on return from the test drive, then came back the next day to check they were still the same and had not leaked overnight)
- I believe the TD6 can have a gearbox problem, but not 100% sure as i bought a petrol
- If the car has power fold mirrors when you press the button on the drivers door to fold the mirrors they should fold all the way in and unfold all the way out. If the mirror jumps or clicks you may need a mirror replacement.
- Put the auto box in reverse and if equiped the passanger side mirror should dip to show you the kerb and should go back to normal when taken out of reverse (this only works when the passanger mirror is selected on the drivers side door switch)
- Check that the air con goes all the way up and all the way down it should be ice cold if it is working correctly.
- Check all heated seats they have two temperature modes make sure they both work. (if its a vogue like mine it has rear heated seats to these have the same two temp modes)
- All the electic windows should go all the way up and all the way down with no sticking or stopping (except the rears which stop about 10cm before the bottom of the window)
- All the steering wheel controls whould work (take the car on a motorway to test the cruise control it should speed up and slow down by the + and - buttons on the wheel)
- The heated steering wheel can be a bit of an issue when i got mine i pressed the button to switch it on and the red light would not stay on, it had to be repaired.
- The electric memory seats need to be able to move on all axises and be able to rememeber your position.
- Memory steering wheel, it should go up and down and in and out with out sticking it should also remember your saved postion when you put your key in and should slide away when you take the key out) these steering wheel have been known to have problems with the up down and in out motors
- The low range gear box should work when selecting it (car has to be in N to make the change)
- Hill decent (put the car in N select low range and switch on hill desent, car should now creep down the hill on its own without you having to touch the brake or accelerator)
- Check all functions of the sat nav/radio/tv/cd etc... (sat nav/tv only on vogue not HSE)
- Check wipers and headlight washers etc... (rear washer can take a few seconds to pump the wiper fluid to the rear window)
- Check for water damage in passanger cabin especially around the door seals, also check for water damage in the boot and ESPECIALLY in the computer compartment (left hand side) this is known place to leak, just where you dont want it to leak where the computers and audio stuff is.
- Check air suspenstion car should rise and lower to all levels and be able to hold that height without falling (i went back the next day to check the car had held its height without falling overnight) failing can some times mean a leak in the air system.
- When you are under the car check the condition of the air suspension air bags, it can be a costly repair if you have any issues with these.
- The air compressor is in the spare wheel well you cant really see much but these are a common faulty issue, according to my cars service record it had to have a new one after only 4 years! So making sure the air suspension system is working corretly is a must!
- When you go over 60mph (i think thats the speed) the car should 'squat' in to high speed mode, basically this means the car lowers the air suspension to make handling better at high speeds. But remember what goes down must go back up again. When you slow down after a few minutes the car should rise to the standard ride height again.
- The message centre on the instrument cluster can have an issues with lost pixels (mine did but i have found a company that can fix this for around 220 with in 3 hours.
- Check the tailgate, the buttons are electric and should open first time everytime.
- Check for leaks and signs of rust around the bottom of the tailgate area.
- Read the full owners manual and get a copy of the RAVE workshop manuals, it really helped me when i went back the next day to test all the electrics (make sure you take these with you when you are inspecting the car they are an excellent reference as alot of the systems and options on the Range Rover are not clear how they work or operate or even where they are located! especially in the engine bay!)

This is all i can think of from the top of my head, if i remember any more info i will add it to my list. Basically what you need to do is check absoulty everything on the car no matter how small it is, i spent two solid days at the dealers and went out on two long test drives to make sure everything was sound before i purchased. Ask the dealer to take you too a workshop so you can inspect the underside of the car. These cars especially the petol have very complicated exhaust systems and can be very expensive to fix being able to go under the car allows you to check for any problems which you cant see from above ground level. Because everything on the Range Rover is electric it can be very hard and more importantly very expensive to fix any problems. If you do decide to purchase one try and get the dealer to include a full land rover level service before you buy it as this should test all the systems again to service standard and highlight any problems you may have missed.

Good luck!! in finding one they are brilliant cars but have to be looked after really well if you want them to last they can be very high maintenance but deffinality worth it! 100%

Good Luck!

Matt
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