Pros: Great off road/rough road capability. Handsome interior and fixtures. Great towing capability.
Cons: Horrendously bad resale (lost $19K in value in 10K miles) and awful gas mileage.
The pros of this vehicle are that it can go just about anywhere. Neither I nor my husband is an off roader but we used ours for long distance trips over questionable roads and in often poor weather conditions. At this task the vehicle performs perfectly.
The leather interior is gorgeous, on par with other top European marques. We liked the "stadium" seating for the rear passengers as well, they look over the front passengers shoulders rather than ahead at the dash. If the dealer offers you the all-weather floor mats instead of the primo lambs wool...take the all weather mats, they hose off and trap grit and sand perfectly.
The 11 speaker HK stereo is very very good but will rattle the interior trim panels with any "headbanging" volume; this might not bother some people but it bothered us enough to have the speakers removed, packed in foam, and re-installed. The navigation system is a very overpriced option but also quite useful. I wish it had a pretty color LCD screen instead of just voice direction although that doesn't really reduce its overall utility.
well, it won't win any beauty contests but it does look rugged with the optional, and overpriced from the dealer, brush bars and guards.
You will not win any drag races with this monster but then if you drag race, go buy something else. The car can cruise quite nicely at 75MPH for hundreds of miles and can do it while pulling a 6500lb trailer (its rated higher to 7700 but 6500 is what we pulled). The car really can ford 20 inches of water which I discovered by accident one day and if the dealer offers you an off road class, take it since it will improve your bad weather driving even if you never take the thing off the pavement. The hydraulic cornering assistance is a fantastic feature and will save the neophyte SUV driver from bad situations. It uses hydraulics to negate lateral body roll up to .45G of turn and then lets the car slowly lean over. It does make a bit of noise, sort of like a power steering pump but its worth it.
The buying experience was good, no haggle but free maintenance and service under warranty and they washed it free on demand at any of the dealer's chain of Rover and BMW dealerships.
Horrible...this is the real problem with the LR. Ours cost $47K off the lot and when our family circumstances changed less than 10K miles later, still within the 2003 model year, the car had a wholesale value of only $28K despite being perfect. not a ding or scratch, hand washed weekly by the dealer. Thats makes the car not worth buying unless you have a concrete knowledge that you're keeping the car for 5 or 6 years; since no one can be absolutely sure that their family won't grow or shrink or jobs will change or whatever...you assume the risk of eating an enormous chunk of change with this car. A BMW X5 or Mercedes M-class has far better resale value and unless you really need to go offroad, and can't stomach a nice 4x4 Jeep which also has leather and a stereo and such, then avoid this truck. If you need to tow something...get a fullsized pickup for half the price.
It of course doesn't help that it gets 13MPG in the city and around 17 on the highway (15.5 with the 6500 trailer) and it absolutely will only accept 91 or better octane in the tank so figure on that expense as well.