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L322 Bought cheap

Discussion in 'Range Rover' started by gazdon, May 3, 2021.

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  1. The Mad Hat Man

    The Mad Hat Man Well-Known Member LZIR Despatch Agent

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    @gazdon welcome. Hopefully you get it sorted soon. Although you may soon realise there is no such thing as a 'cheap' L322. No matter what you buy it for ;) :)
     
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    I'm sure I will learn lol
     
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    I'm getting replies as there is no such thing as a cheap l322 and things go wrong expensive ect ect so I take it these are crap Porley designed motors I like the look of it but makes me think should I keep the bag of problems I have a 2001 330i 6cyl petrol bmw touring with 20500k miles on her I look after it makes a great work horse always passing a mot never let me down everything works so very reliable and still rust free im beginning to think these were built to last
     
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    gold rover Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Well that went south rather quickly
     
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    gold rover Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I have to say that had I known the problems the Golden Girl would throw, and the cost involved, over the last 11 years, I would still have bought her. I would have not have used some of the garages I have used, or that she was given to without my permission.
    Can she be expensive, hell yes. Would I want something else , hell no. Not even my only other car I loved, as much, my Volvo 7 series. I would have a 7 series with her though :D
     
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    Not really Mine still has the scars. Couldn’t of done it without the help from people here. They just telling you how it is, sooner or later you will find yourself agreeing lol
     
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    gstuart D3 Grandad

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    Picture showing the best description of ur new purchase , lmao

    ur find this forum and the members extremely helpful , like any motor , go through it step by step starting with the basics

    get urself the best code reader and multimeter that u can afford , will pay for themselves very quickly , members here can advise u according to ur budget

    lastly welcome to the asylum, lol

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    Stufer FFS do I look like a robot? Full Member

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    Some Jame Taylor Essential Buyer's Guide book quotes that I've previously sent to a mate thinking of getting an L322...
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    There is no doubt that it will become appreciated as a classic of its kind in the future, but it's worth saying here and now that if your idea of classic car ownership involves a lot of tinkering with a spanner, an L322 is not for you. It was designed for wealthy owners who could afford to have it regularly maintained by a Land Rover dealership, and not for servicing at home. An absolute minimum requirement for working on one of these is a special electronic diagnostics kit - plus large amounts of patience, of course. Things do go wrong, typically with the complex electronic systems, and owner maintenance can be very frustrating and time consuming.

    The Range Rover L322 is an enormously impressive vehicle when everything is working as its manufacturers intended. Unfortunately, reliability is a long way from exemplary. Faults do develop over time, and if they are not attended to immediately, they may develop into bigger faults that will actually immobilise the vehicle rather than simply being an irritation. It has been said that the older these models become, the more they suit an enthusiast rather than an owner who wants everyday transport.

    The L322 does not take kindly to being run by owners who skimp on maintenance, and will reward them appropriately. But when it is maintained as intended, it is quite a remarkable piece of machinery, and one to enjoy and treasure.

    An L322 Range Rover is not a vehicle that can be run on a shoestring budget. It is an expensive vehicle to own, and there is no way of reducing the bills except by neglecting it. Total neglect will quickly result in a vehicle that develops a rash of faults and becomes unusable.
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    Plenty of help on here if you keep it.
    Your BMW came from a time when they were still making decent vehicles, so maybe that is the better option? But I know which I'd want. RR every time.

    Stu
     
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    A luxury Range Rover at a bargain price is a dream that I expect many of us have had once or twice, I know I've been tempted....If only life were that simple.
    A couple of years back a friend of mine bought a very cheap diesel Sport, a bit long in the tooth ('02/'03 or thereabouts IIRC) but in nice, looked after condition. The engine however was completely knackered. His plan was to get it repaired or replace it with one from a write off. Of course the prices being asked for a motor and the age of the car meant that he could buy an mot'd runner for less money and no hassle. His next bright idea was the old school favourite of sticking a big torquey Jap or US diesel under the bonnet. To make a start he removed the engine and advertised it on freeads or ebay or similar for spares or repair:eek:
    When it was pointed out that the electronic systems/sensors that the car requires to run would make installing an older, simpler engine very difficult, if not impossible he gave up and it sat forlornly in his yard for 18 months or so.
    Then one day, Fate delivered another starry eyed dreamer with an eye for a 'project' to his door. "Is it For Sale? Because I have a plan" Needless to say, it was:)
     
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    What are the rear wheel arches inside the doors like?
     
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    Just pointing out another thing to look for,they are boron steel and become brittle if welded like mild steel,JLR's brilliant idea to reduce weight on a two and a half ton brick.:rolleyes: ;)
     
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    Chap next to me at caravan site the other week had a lovely TD6. He admitted to me it was looking so good cause he'd just forked out 2 grand for having the rear arch fwd corners replaced and resprayed. Oddly the car wanted to shown them off, by suddenly sinking to the front bump stops but jacking its rear end up to max height for no apparent reason, whilst we stood chatting. He just sighed and pulled out the Hawkeye to try (in vain) to sort it. I helped by pulling up a chair and opening a beer. :D
     
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    This is why we love them. They may be electronic nightmares, but they have character. Which reminds us of when all cars had character, and ran on TLC plus fuel. Rather than the soul-less modern vehicles, that all look alike and run perfectly, even without TLC :)
     
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