Finding an L322 Supercharged from 07-09 is annoying
I've picked up the gauntlet to a new quest. Finding a clean 2007-2009 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged full-size. It's quickly becoming harder than I'd thought it would be. Tons and tons of Sport models but fewer full-size and even fewer 07-09 trucks out there that don't have a butt-ton of miles on them.
So far I've probably browsed through 100-150 for sale ads for all Range Rovers from 2003 to 2012. I've driven one and inquired about numerous more. Not all have met the 07-09 criteria, but I'll get to that in a minute.
1st one I drove was an 08 RR SC with 80k miles in Buckingham Blue (dark blue) with a parchment interior (looks white to me) for almost $14k. It exploded one minute after it was fired up. A loud hissing and grinding was heard from the engine bay and gas being expelled. First, we thought a coolant hose blew, then maybe the starter suddenly came on for no reason. It turned out to be the A/C compressor committing hara-kiri by evidence of the warm air through the vents. Totally bonkers fast but the seller wouldn't budge much on price even with A/C work needed
2nd I inquired about a 2010 RR SC white on black with 100k miles for a mere $10k. It sold within hours for about $10k... I couldn't resist telling the seller that their car was by far the cheapest I'd seen...
3rd was at a dealer, black on black with 120k miles for $16k. The selling dealer emailed me the following day to say, "Sorry to inform you but this vehicle is in the shop and we will let you know when it's fixed and ready for sale..."
So two broken, one fire sale...
4th is also at a dealer and is a 2011 white on black with 120k miles for $16k. This dealer won't get back to me after I inquired... guess they don't want to sell?
5th is a 2007 with 130k miles Buckingham blue on black leather for $7000!!! BUT, it's at a tow yard with a dubious owner history and happens to be 6 hours away...
6th is a 2007 silver on tan with nearly 200k miles for right around $5k. It looks clean but its an absolutely massive butt-ton of miles and the seller is also less than enthusiastic about answering questions.
*My current attitude is a 07-09 SC would be the most desirable with those 10-12 SC trucks and their ticking time bomb of a timing chain guide issue in second, and just about any 07-09 non-SC trucks in third, and then anything else after that.
Finding a truck with Terrain Response would be highly desired and being that I drove a SC truck first, anything without forced induction isn't going to grab me by the loins (even with 375hp!)
And don't start with me about a Sport. I don't want one. It's out of the question. They sold 10:1 it looks like and I really want the larger, more off-road-ish, and fold down tail gate of the full-size.*
Can anyone guess which one I WOULDN'T buy?
Those wheels... begins to choke on his own vomit
MUSASHI66 last edited by
@M-T-Blake It is really ballsy buying one after these experiences.
beefchips last edited by
@M-T-Blake lolllll wow the AC compressor exploded on the test drive and the seller was completely unmoved??? That's amazing.
@MUSASHI66 I happen to be an automotive masochist, after all!!!!
@beefchips It was comical. Loud pressure release and grinding of the compressor. Turned the car off and on and it went away. Poor thing must have seized to stop making noise.
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facw last edited by
@beefchips Seller understands that a reasonable Range Rover buyer will expect such things and already have them factored into the price.
@dogisbadob Looking more and more appealing everyday.
@facw Reasonable and Range Rover don’t belong in the same sentence
Snakesm13 last edited by Snakesm13
The pull is growing stronger…
Don't be scared of a well maintained 5.0 or 5.0 SC. The NA 4.4 trucks aren't exciting powertrain wise but the NA 5.0 is pretty great.
EVERYONE knows the 07-09 is the most reliable, which is why you're having a hard time.
@facw of all the known issues these things have, that oddly isn't one of them.