New Rangie’s out

Can’t wait to see the new Range Rover in the flesh (or metal?).

The thing I’d like to hear about most is reliability, both for the current version (secondhand prices probably set to improve) and what they’ve done to ensure the new version doesn’t fall to pieces as regularly as its predecessors.

I write this as Mrs Saul’s 2003 Vogue is in the garage once again for mysterious undiagnosable enginey geary issues. The car is nine years old and has not been trouble free, to say the least.

My top tips for Land Rover engineers, based on my experience, are as follows –

Don’t have a steering wheel gyroscopic system that breaks.

Don’t use unrepairable air suspension technology that constantly breaks.

Don’t coat door handles and interior surfaces with a substance that peels off in the heat, or when touched by hands (extra tip, handles tend to get touched a lot by hands).

Don’t cover the rear windscreen wiper with a plastic cover whose hooks die in the heat after just six years. That’s just really tacky.

Build in a way of switching the car off when leaving it for a couple of weeks, so that when you return the battery isn’t totally drained and causes the diagnostic system to return constant errors unless it’s at 100% fitness.

Use tires that are provided by more than just two vendors, so that customers aren’t faced with a cartel charging way over the odds compared to similar models.

Don’t put metal edges on floor mats that damage the interior trim.

Don’t place plastic seat edges in such a way as getting in and out of the car breaks them. The people in the driver’s seat will be getting in and out quite regularly.

Use quality components for things such as ignition coils, injectors, etc, so that the car doesn’t break down all the time. Same goes for alternators. And fuel pumps. And air conditioning fan motors. And the transmission. And the headlight covers. And the headlight windscreen wipers and the transfer box and and and and!!!!

Think a bit before launching the car – is it going to be reliable? Or at least as reliable as its Japanese competitors? Reliability has to be a critical factor here!

Mind you, none of these problems seem to have stopped Range Rovers selling well – I just think that they could do so much better. Mrs Saul’s car needs to go and once again my heart is saying another Range Rover, whilst my head is saying Japanese. Let’s see how the combo of common sense and wallet capacity ride this one out when we look at what’s on the used car market…

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