PH Buying Guide: Range Rover (L322)


Land Rover’s upwardly mobile aspirations for the Range Rover finally went into orbit with the arrival of the third generation model L322 in February 2002. Where previous Range Rovers mixed off-road ability with comfort, the L322 pushed comfort and luxury to the fore, though it also retained the full spread of off-road ability expected of a Range Rover.

This was also the first Range Rover model to ditch a separate chassis, instead using a monocoque design that heralded a shift in Land Rover’s thinking. The L322 also ushered in a new style for Land Rover, penned by Don Wyatt, that we can still see the effects of today in the L322’s replacement, the L405. As such, the L322 now competed against luxury saloons such as the Mercedes S-Class, as well as other SUVs, which is why the car has become beloved by so many for its dual-purpose ability.

Longer, wider and taller than the P38A it replaced, the L322 has a 2880mm wheelbase, generous cabin space and comes with permanent four-wheel drive in all models. There's also an automatic transmissions for every version, initially a five-speed ’box that was then superseded by a six-speeder for the 2006 model year, with an eight-speed auto for the diesel from 2010.

To begin with, Range Rovers came with BMW-sourced engines in the shape of a 184PS 2.9-litre TD6 turbodiesel and 4.4-litre V8 petrol with 290hp. These engines lasted until the 2006 model year when the V8 was replaced with a Jaguar-derived 4.4-litre V8 with 306hp, while the flagship was now powered by a supercharged 4.2 V8 developing 400hp. A new 3.6-litre TDV8 took over from the TD6 and offered 272hp and a heft 640Nm of torque.

Pre-2009 cars featured simpler headlights
Pre-2009 cars featured simpler headlights
In April 2009, the supercharged V8 grew to 5.0-litres and 510hp yet offered slightly better fuel economy of 19.0mpg and lower 348g/km carbon dioxide emissions. A year later, the 3.6 TDV8 engine was replaced by the 4.4-litre unit with parallel sequential turbocharging to deliver 313hp, 516lbft and 30.1mpg - making it the first factory Range Rover to exceed 30mpg. Land Rover also took the opportunity to fit the new eight-speed auto to the TDV8 and restyle the front end with daytime running lights that curve around the headlights. Improvements to the Terrain Response system were also introduced, with the addition of Hill Start Assist and Gradient Acceleration Control.

There’s a choice of HSE, Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography versions of the L322 Range Rover, which go from luxurious to downright sumptuous. There is also a wide variety of prices, going from £6000 for early, high mileage cars all the way to £80,000 for one of the last L322s before the L405 took over at the start of 2013. You can also spend even more on tuned models from the likes of Overfinch or Kahn, while armour-plated models command yet more based on their level of protection. However, we’ll stick with the standard models here that so many PHers use for a huge number of roles and reasons.


Owners Note:
"The best analogy I’ve ever heard for the ownership of a RR is: Ownership is a lot like being a drug addict. When you’re on a high, everything in the world is great but it takes more drugs/money each time to get that same high."
Dave Brennan


Buying guide contents:

Introduction
Powertrain
Rolling chassis
Body
Interior
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  • edc 07 Aug 2014

    5678 said:
    Going for a thread resurrection!

    Am I going to explode and die if I buy a ~100k mile 2004/2005 Vogue V8?

    It seems the engine and box on these are pretty solid. If I hunt for one thats been looked after then it doesn't seem too much of a bad prospect? I'd been looking at Cayennes but the V8 version has engine failures and the V6 seems to be too slow for a car of that size.
    Unlikley, I've posted on this thread already but had a 2002 V8 Vogue bought very cheap a couple of years ago with 155k on it. Did circa 10k+ in a year. It needed the usual servicing and consumables and a pair of front airbags and a lambda sensor. From memory it might have needed a front diff repair as well but if I can't remember it it hardly broke the bank.

  • 5678 07 Aug 2014

    Going for a thread resurrection!

    Am I going to explode and die if I buy a ~100k mile 2004/2005 Vogue V8?

    It seems the engine and box on these are pretty solid. If I hunt for one thats been looked after then it doesn't seem too much of a bad prospect? I'd been looking at Cayennes but the V8 version has engine failures and the V6 seems to be too slow for a car of that size.

  • AMDBSNick 08 Feb 2013

    Just got rid of my 2006 SC for a new 3.0 litre L405.

    It was really sad seeing her go after 85000 trouble free miles. What went wrong; Heated Steering Wheel packed up and "grand cherokee" sold me one he had spare. Also had to replace the reversing camera. There were a couple of other bits that I can't remember so not significant.

    An absolutely brilliant car thumbup

  • JREwing 07 Feb 2013

    Quoting PS rather than hp and newton metres rather than pound feet and mm rather than inches for the wheelbase does seem strange for an article which primarily caters to the UK - an area in which the metric system in this context is relatively alien (all being relative, of course). Also the mixing of imperial and metric measurements.

    But whatever, it's still a good article. I just found that curious.

  • Trommel 07 Feb 2013

    Early sat-nav is like an Etch a Sketch and about as useful. Do Dynavins work in the Vogue nowadays? Seem to remember they weren't compatible with the DSP stuff.

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