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Hello,
I am new to the world of Land Rovers. I just know they are the vehicles for celebrities and the Queen. I am interested in purchasing a 2008 LR2 and one popped up in my local listing carfax. I was looking for a little advice from previous owners of the LR2.

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$12,990
26,737 miles
no accidents
2 previous owners
VIN - SALFP24N08H031360
More can be found - Carfax LR2 SE
Dealer window sticker -Sticker price

I have been frantically reading reviews on Reddit and forums about the poor reliability issues for the Land Rover brand. I test drove the car today both on the freeway and on city road. It really rides well, quick acceleration, nimble getting out of corners, braking & gear shifts are on point.
Tomorrow, I am taking it to a land rover specialist mechanic to get a summarized inspection report. The mechanic told me generally all the vehicles they get from this particular dealership are well maintained and pass inspection.

The dealership google reviews photo is attached.

The three cosmetic flaws I could pick out were - 1. The Panoramic roof is missing a blind cover 2. The front windshield wiper always stopped in the middle of the windshield. 3. Attached under the front seats, I noticed a steel plate/cover which had minor rusting. The dealer told me it may be due to condensation.

What do you all think? Am I getting into a trap of spending a lot of time and $$$ due to a poor reliability record? Any particular and common issues I should be aware of for the 2008 LR2 model? I read 2008 models might have had an issue with the rear differential... Any advice or wise words you all have for me?
 

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Can you take it to a trusted mechanic of your choice before you commit to buying it? Have you test driven and seen it up on a hoist? Buying a used vehicle is somewhat of a leap of faith, gut feeling & personal experience. The 2008 LR2/FL2 is a very reliable and well made vehicle in general, there are still many on the road. I am personally amazed at that extremely low mileage.....if it drives well, the transmission, the engine is sound to the best of your knowledge, I'd not hesitate but you are the one that has had direct contact with the vehicle. If you have a decent OBDII reader you can hook that up as well and run some diagnostics.

EDIT: The 3.2L short inline 6 Volvo engine is a solid sweet performer.
 

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Thank you for your response.
The very low mileage first got my attention.
I also read the drive train is also from a Volvo S60/80, is that correct? Are those reliable?

The mechanic shop I’m taking the vehicle to are specialized in maintaining European vehicles and Land Rover.
Link of their website -Mechanic’s website

I haven’t really heard any noise or howling or rumble from the engine. Drive is smooth even when I took the car over road full of potholes.
the dealer said there are new sets of tires on the vehicle - Michelin PREMIER LTX - SIZE: 235/60R18 all season.

my decision will come down to my intuition and the mechanic’s inspection. The dealer is selling it for $12k. What do you all think of the price?
 

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The transmission is shared with many vehicles, including some Volvos in that time period. It's an Asin 6 speed AWF21 model. Your mechanic is the best to judge the price point once they see it.
 

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4000 over is not a huge deal with the interval the volvo i6 engine is the best in the world of small land rovers. Dont ever buy a 2.0l lturbo evoque. The volvo powered lr2's come into my shop with well over 150k that I service every year and there fine cars. At that milage get the mechanic to check on the 4wd system that can leak and lead to problems also get the engine checked for leaks if its leaking from the rear drive assy. "Its weird look for where the alternator drive belt is and you'll see what I'm talking about" if its leaking in there it's an engine out job to reseal. What did he find to do for $3000?
 

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All prices below includes labor:

Battery -$299.42
Hood shocks - $131
Air filter -$109.5
Cabin filter - $118.32
Oil filter and maintenance- $131
Valve cover gasket- $1466
Panoramic roof molding and sealing of off - mechanic’s notes after he took it for a test drive - severe wind noise from sunroof also possible water leak as well noticed headliner trim sagging. He said 500$ but this is a ballpark number.

I told all this to the dealer and he busted returned my holding fee on the vehicle.

Should I negotiate the price or leave the car and move along with my search?
 

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I purchased the same vehicle 2008 LR2 HSE in 1 year I got to drive it approximately 3 months and steering column lock lights keep coming on replaced starter lasted 2 weeks ,then key fob went dead 400$ replaced key fob drove fine 1 week, and now the steering column lock light is back on when this light comes on the vehicle will not start makes clicking noise I'm going to try replacing F23 yellow fuse if this doesn't work I'm done I've sank a lot of money and time into this vehicle I have seen a lot of complaints about this issue, but Land Rover doesn't give a crap about the owners to call a recall on this issue my suggestion unless you have a ton of money do not purchase. Oh and mine only had 80k when I purchased it. This is an on going issue Land Rover does nothing about there are a lot of complaints on this issue. I did find out from a master mechanic its a volks wagen part under steering column that Land Rover put on the HSE LR2 that causes the issue with the steering column. Just my personal experience as a Land rover owner and I work For Ford they want do anything but an oil change on these vehicles its really hard to find a Land Rover mechanic without having to go to the Land Rover dealership and spending a fortune and very hard to get appointment the last time I called the Clearwater Florida location they wouldn't even schedule appointment stated they were to booked till the next month luckily I google a lot and found a mobile mechanic came out fixed my starter right in my drive way 350.00$
 

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Owning any LR is a labor of love (love = blood+sweat+money)

if you don’t/won’t love this truck, don’t buy it.
 

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I have one of these packed away as a JIC.
This may likely only work if it's installed while the lock code is not triggered. Maybe do a hard reset after install as described here:
 
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