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Hello,

I own a 2011 LR2 so I am familiar with Land Rovers. The one I have is so nice I always feel guilty taking it off-road. ;) I have been thinking that I need an older one and V8 for adventuring. I see a 2008 at a dealer that is very nice, it is HSE (not supercharged as I don't want that). 100k miles and 2 owners, well maintained and I think a good price. I would be buying sight unseen as it is in OH and I am 10 hours away. I have done this 3 times and all was good so not too worried about it but I called the salesman last night and he said he had been driving it for 3 days and all was well but then some O2 sensors came on and when it idles it surges. Now on my LR2 I had one of those check engine things that turned out to only be the gas cap not on tight so I am wondering but the salesman will drop price....I think these O2 things are common from what I read. What is best and worst case estimate (cost wise). I really like the vehicle but don't want to get in over my head.
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There's no way to estimate with any sort of accuracy. It could be a loose wire or it could need an engine. So somewhere between $100 and $10,000+.

No one is going to buy it with the SES light flashing and a driveability problem, so let them repair it, which they're going to do anyway.

I wouldn't buy any vehicle without a qualified, independent inspection. Especially a Rover that's a decade old. The only way this one is "well-maintained" is if they have a very thick file of previous service records, which they most likely don't. The vast majority of trucks as you describe come from auctions as mainstream new car dealers take them on trade and wouldn't dream of reselling them at retail.

Keep in mind, this is a vehicle heavy on technology and very expensive to repair.
 

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Thanks guys!

I will take your advice! I went to talk to a LR mechanic today and he told me the same thing so I will have to pass on this one. OH but the color and seats were my perfect combo that I have not seen often....sigh!! ;)
 

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I don't think anyone said pass. All you need to do is have them find out what's wrong and fix it, then have a local independent look at it for you. Not a big deal. Any reputable dealer will be willing to do this and likely be happy to assist. They're in the business of selling cars. If they hesitate, that's a good sign it's time to bail.

Every Rover- and every used car you'll look at is going to present these same issues. If it was a block away, this problem could have happened 50 feet from the dealer's curb, 5 minutes after you handed him the $$.

Where is it at in Ohio? I may know the dealer that has it.
 

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I tried to post the link but it would not let me--It is Jim White Honda in Maumee, Ohio.


I think I meant PASS on it because salesman said he would reduce price due to issues, he did not say they planned to fix it. I cannot go see it and so I am hesitant about that. I must be lucky, I bought my LR2 2011 sight unseen and have put 40k miles on it, no problems. I also bought a Toyota Land Cruiser several years ago sight unseen and it was great vehicle. Like I said I must have just had good luck from what all I have heard.
 

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I tried to post the link but it would not let me--It is Jim White Honda in Maumee, Ohio.


I think I meant PASS on it because salesman said he would reduce price due to issues, he did not say they planned to fix it. I cannot go see it and so I am hesitant about that. I must be lucky, I bought my LR2 2011 sight unseen and have put 40k miles on it, no problems. I also bought a Toyota Land Cruiser several years ago sight unseen and it was great vehicle. Like I said I must have just had good luck from what all I have heard.
They pretty much have to fix it. The only way they'll ever sell a Rover with a driveability issue in a town like Toledo is to price it in the $3000 range
 

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Just to update everyone--I had been trying to reach the salesman at Jim White in Maumee, Ohio and he had not returned my call but I just called again and found out he is on vacation. I spoke to another salesman who checked with his boss and said NO, They do NOT intend to fix anything, he thinks that it is priced accordingly and he has it all over the internet and if it does not sell it will go to auction.
So that is that. I talked to a mechanic here who felt like those issues are probably minor but you can never know for sure so I will pass especially since they will not lower the price at all.
I have found several that are comparable to this for less so salesman was wrong about that but they didn't even try to sell me...Ohio must do things differently, LOL.
Sadly, I wanted this one because besides Blue it had blue interior and all the others that I find that are blue have white or cream interior.
Oh well, some of you up there in Ohio might get a good deal if it goes to auction as he said.
 

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That's hilarious. It'll bring no more than $2500 at auction. As I said, it could be a bad ignition coil or it could be a major problem. Auctions are for pro's and the pros all know this.

Thanks for letting us know back and good luck with your search. Remember, never buy a used car without an independent inspection.
 

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Thanks CT090.

I admit to not knowing much in talking to sales people but I certainly thought it was hilarious. ;)

If I ever find the right one I will post! Going to drown my sorrows in 4th of July picnic, haha. thanks again.
 

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It's rare to find one at a franchised new-car dealer, let alone one that age and mileage. They're a tough sell even in good running order. I don't know who's going to buy one broken. Craigslist always has a ready supply of them with "easy fix" problems selling for not much over scrap value. So $14K is a bit steep. If it's got a hurt motor, $4k is steep.

I see way more of them of that vintage in inner-city areas with 24" rims on them than anywhere. I guess you can look like a baller for low $$. For a little while, anyway.
 
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