I have owned my 2008 LR2 for about 4 years now. I love the car, as it wasn't so expensive I hesitate taking it off road. Quite to the contrary. I live in Utah and have done multiple back country trips down in Moab and Zions National Park without issue. We also drive up to Spokane once or twice per year 2 visit the wife's family. I have not yet had an issue while on a trip.
However, in the interest of full disclosure, I have had some issues come up.
- Power steering issues. I have had 3 power steering pump replacements. I paid for the first, and the rest were covered by the dealership warranty on the first replacement. Even after the change I had persistent pump whine, and was told by the dealership I would need to replace the rack, as it most likely got debris in it when the first pump failed. The rack is about $2800, so I started researching other possible causes of persistent pump whine. It ended up being a clogged filter in the reservoir causing the pump to starve, Used some CRC carb cleaner and a toothbrush and have not had any pump whine since. Going on about 4k miles since then. You can replace the entire filter/resevoir for about $40 bucks pretty easily if you wanted to though.
- Brake failure. Sprung a leak i n the brake line on the front driver side. I had the dealer do the repair, but only because it was winter and I don't have a garage. Replaced the other 3 lines myself in the spring for under $50 bucks and 2 hours time.
-Lean Engine CEL's: I am still troubleshooting this one. I have had persistent P0171 and P0174 codes for a few months now. Car runs fine, but I have to get it fixed for emissions next month. So far I am about $700 in at the dealer, and still no remedy.
All of that aside, I love the car. Super comfortable on road trips! I have driven an XC90 and X5, and they felt more like cars to me. The LR2 with its high seating position felt like an SUV. It has been perfect for a wife who had never driven in the snow before.
2008 Rimini Red LR2. Such a love hate relationship