So we bought a Range Rover
“Wait, what? You bought a Range Rover?” Yes, we bought a Range Rover. “Really? A Range Rover?” Yes, a Range Rover. The big one. It’s grey or green depending on what time of day you look at it. And it’s fun saying that we own a Range Rover.
Of course, nowadays you can pick up a 1990s Range Rover for less than the price of a tiny Kia. But those weren’t particularly good cars, and have aged rather rapidly. No, the best Range Rover of all time is the one developed under BMW ownership, launched in 2003 and continuing till 2012 virtually unchanged. We picked up a 2005 Vogue for less than the price of a Toyota Camry.
So if you could afford a Toyota Camry, that too with a bank loan, should you buy an older Range Rover instead and rule the road? Not at all. Maintaining one of these things is a whole other ballgame. Part of the reason we bought one is to see how much it costs to run one beyond the warranty period. While we picked up a really good example, it’s only been a week since we dropped the cash to buy it, and some issues that we thought were “minor” are turning out to be pretty freaking expensive to fix.
While we’ll talk more about those issues later, do we regret buying it? Not at all. The amount of presence it has on the road is worth it.
Ironically, Land Rover Middle East never thought we were important enough to invite us to their launch events, and even refused to give us a long-termer back when they were handing these out like fruitcakes to now-dead magazines. But we still love the Range Rover, and have now put our own money into one. This is going to be an interesting experiment on the costs of running a high-end luxury car.