Who dares buy a used V8 Range Rover? A car that comes brimmed with technology, leather and V8 goodness ought to be steal at just £11k. But the complexity of the L322 is considered roughly equivalent to that of the International Space Station - and twice as likely to breakdown. We'll admit there's a lot that can go wrong, but if you think an £11k Rangey is going to automatically blight you with £11k running costs, think again.
To justify taking a punt on a used Range Rover with a 4.2-litre engine, you have to truly understand what you're buying into. It must be thought of as several vehicles in one: a luxury cruiser, a high-powered road machine and, most obviously, an excellent off-roader. Especially when it comes in plush Vogue SE format with badges that say supercharged on the exterior. It's every bit the £70k car it was when new.
Now, we're not saying it's going to be as affordable to maintain as an £11k Fiesta. For starters, it weighs as much as a bungalow, so it will never be cheap on fuel. Land Rover claimed 17mpg combined when the V8 launched in 2005, which is bad enough. But we all know that if you buy a supercharged V8 Range Rover, you're going to want to hear the rumble of its muscular motor, so you can minus a few miles per gallon from the claimed figure straight away. Floor it and the 405hp Range Rover can hit 62mph in 7.1 seconds - and the fuel gauge will visibly drop in front of your eyes.
The motor is, however, generally considered reliable, even after 100,000 miles - so long as it's been well maintained. Full service history is therefore a must - and something our car thankfully comes with - as is confirmation that all work's been covered by a main dealer or specialist at regular intervals. Our car ticks both of those boxes.
It's impossible to know the state of an L322's air suspension without going for a test drive, which is something you'll want to do because when the system fails, it can be very costly to repair. A common fault is a dead pump that's been worked overtime by a system leak. Change the pump but don't fix the leak and guess what happens. Clue: it's expensive.
Still, if you find one in perfect working order - while still wearing a slashed sticker price - you could be onto a winner. One very much like today's Spotted is potentially what you're looking for; one that still looks the business from the outside and boasts an interior with no visible signs of wear (not to mention a functioning sat nav). One that's been cherished as a proper slab of British beef, in other words. Find it and you'll be instantly reminded of all the reasons why the Range Rover was considered a much-loved institution long before 2012. You just need to have faith. And maybe a pinch of luck.
SPECIFICATION - RANGE ROVER VOGUE SE V8 SUPERCHARGED
Engine: 4,197cc, V8
Transmission: 6-speed auto, four-wheel drive
Torque(lb ft): 420@3,500rpm
First registered: 2005
Recorded mileage: 77,000
Price new: £73,000
Yours for: £10,995
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