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I'm looking to purchase the 2016 LR4, but never had a Land Rover vehicle before either personally or within my family/friends. Really trying to get the pros and cons before putting down the money. Any advice you have would be appreciated.

My main concerns are safety and overall maintenance. I was recently in a bad accident and the only reason there were no injures was because I was in an SUV, but I have panic attacks now in that vehicle so I can't get one...

...and I don't want to spend all this money just to put a lot more into it for constant repairs...(accessories are more than fine...lol)

Please help!
 

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If you don't mind me asking, what was the vehicle you where driving? It'll give us something to compare with. Very sorry about the accident, I was a bystander in one last week. Shook me up, and I'm not one that happens to because of my past.
 

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I was in a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and haven't felt ready to get behind the wheel again. It's not my car so I've been able to drive (I currently drive a RSX). When I got behind the wheel of the LR4 it was amazing - felt protected, which was a nice change.
 

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Have you tried the Audi Q7 yet? Same price range. Seeing that it was a Jeep is that your lifestyle? Like to get off road, hike camp, that sort of thing? Or are you an urban pathfinder just wanting security from weather, better view of traffic, roadway?
 

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The LR4 is very well rated for safety and is an extremely overbuilt SUV.

Maintenance costs are going to be higher, especially if you are paying to have someone else do the work. If you do it yourself it's not as bad.

Reliability has improved 100 fold from 10-15 years ago. That said they are highly computerized and things do go wrong. I however would have no issues with putting my wife and daughter in a LR3 or LR4 and honestly would if she wasn't so attached to that stupid Benz ML lol.

If you do like to travel a bit off the beaten path a GAP tool is invaluable it can get you out of a lot of system failures especially suspension.

Someone else will be along shortly to tell you that if you trust a Rover and go off road God will kill puppies :D
 

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I test drove the Audi Q7 and while it was nice, it just wasn't me. I like the more classic, low key and off-road style...no need for all the high tech. I do like to go off-road and go on long road trips...so I thought rather than getting another Jeep, which my Husband has, I'd get something a bit more me. A mixture between the off-road box-style of a Jeep, but a bit more luxurious for me.

For simple maintenance like changing the tires, oil, brakes, etc. I can do myself. We did them on our Acura and Jeep without a problem saving lots of money, so I imagine I'd do the same regardless of whichever vehicle I buy next.

I know with any vehicle you'll have a couple issues - you can't get away from them, not when everything is getting so techy. I just want to make sure I'm not in for a giant money pit of constant issues.
 

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With the Rover you are going to get a unique vehicle with some great capabilities and attributes. You are going to pay a premium for this. You just need to decide if it's worth it to you.

The Rover is a very capable vehicle off-road. But it's an expensive truck and taking it off road is going to probably scratch and dent it, so the Rover's you see on trails are usually pushing a decade old. I'm guessing that's not up on your list very far. If you live where it snows, the Rover is going to do better than just about anything else. The Rover is very unique, which appeals to some people. These days, cars all pretty much look the same, which is sad. Rover has been at the absolute bottom of the JD power quality ratings for as long as the rating has been around. As you state, all cars break and will need service. But the Rover is going to be pretty much the most expensive to repair and will likely need those repairs more frequently that any of the others. The dealer will have a very high hourly rate. Unfortunately, the few qualified shops willing to work on it will probably be euro specialists with about the same hourly rate. Your worst-case is a shop that says "sure- we work on everything" as they probably don't know what they're wading into. Parts availability is also a problem as alot is stocked only in the UK.

Your prospective '16 is probably still under warranty. If you choose to buy it, I would absolutely recommend getting an extended warranty. I don't know what LR's coverage entails on their extension, but I hear the CarMax one is pretty good :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJNO6p54bUI

I have driven BMW's for almost 40 years. My first was a new '77 320i. my wife has pretty much always driven one and when my kids started driving they both got 5series (who doesn't want their kids in an ultra-safe tank of a sedan masquerading as a sports car?) I've bought my last. They have become way too complicated to work on, the parts have skyrocketed in price and the increases in complexity have negatively affected the reliability. Anyone that owns one of these newer high-end euro vehicles that isn't under warranty is in for a shock.
 

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I just want to make sure I'm not in for a giant money pit of constant issues.
With an LR4 your not. It's one of the most reliable and practical Rovers ever made, not being overly dramatic. The LR4 has had a lot of time to mature starting with the 2005 LR3, which the LR4 is based off of, that's eleven years of honing. Being that it's a 2016 model I don't think you have much to worry about at all. Let us know what you decide.
 

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Thanks everyone! This is SO helpful!

I know it's a lot of money - hence why I'm doing as much research as possible. When dropping nearly $60K on a vehicle, you want to make sure it's one you REALLY want!

I was planning on 'negotiating' the extended warranty as it will cover 7 years / 100K miles bumper to bumper...as I know they won't budge much on the price. I just want to walk away with my LR4 and feeling like I got a good deal.
 

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Last I looked, they're still showing the LR4 as a current model on their website. If there are still new one's out there that might be worth investigating. Run the numbers.

I would examine that warranty very carefully for exclusions and requirements. Bumper-to-bumper can often times be followed with several pages defining "except..." Also there may be some significant requirements put on you as far as service intervals and other qualifications. Better to find out now.
 

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