Long-term update: Our Range Rover takes the rain in its stride
The rainy season is finally upon us in Dubai, if you can call it a season. It hardly rains around here, but when it does, it pours and brings parts of the city to a standstill. With mini-floods building up on dipped roads and certain underpasses, it’s one of those times when we really appreciate our Range Rover.
On our way back from dropping off a test car today, a sudden downpour started that caused half-metre tall waves on some roads, aside from the mini-rivers on the sides of the roads. Our car went through these just fine, with only a minor twitch before the all-wheel-drive system gets its bearings and powers the car through.
Just to make sure we didn’t get water where it didn’t belong, we even raised the air suspension, although that only works for speeds below 50 kph, otherwise the suspension comes back down to normal height automatically. Just check out the impressive ground clearance at maximum height in the above photo. We also liked the speed-dependent wipers that run faster automatically at higher speeds.
Now for the bad news. We just picked up our Range Rover today from the garage after getting that very suspension’s computer reset, which cost us Dhs 500. It was stupid of us, because we had the software and OBD cable to do it ourselves (having bought the set last year), but we instead thought it was a hardware problem when the suspension got stuck at normal height about a month ago, and went straight to a garage this week, before we got busy with the Dubai Motor Show. It’s working fine again so far, ready for airport duty this weekend.
Original Mileage When Bought: 99,980 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 116,500 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 19.1 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 500
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 38033