$2000 for a Super Charged L322?

A few months back, a friend offered us the opportunity to acquire a 2006 Range Rover, affectionately known as the "Full Fat Range Rover".

Upon its arrival at the shop, it was immediately apparent that this Range Rover had seen its fair share of miles, boasting an odometer reading of 173,000.  The air suspension system struggled to maintain pressure, resulting in a rather bouncy ride. Despite a few scratches on the paintwork and some wear and tear on the bumpers and rear light assembly, the interior showcased remarkable care, devoid of any sun damage.

Now, typically, we wouldn't be too excited about an L322, particularly given our familiarity with models from the BMW era.  However, the 2006 to 2009 models are hailed as the golden era for the L322.  This particular model boasted the supercharged 4.2L Ford-Jaguar engine, making it a joy to drive.  Despite some of the lingering remnants of BMW-era electronics, the allure is undeniable for these machines.

After some negotiating, we settled on a price of $2,000.

So, what makes this aging beauty so special? Firstly, the cabin is a sanctuary of tranquility, with minimal noise intrusion from the outside world. The convenience of lowering the vehicle to access height at the touch of a button is a boon, particularly for those of shorter stature or with mobility challenges. The heated windscreen, a feature harking back to the Range Rover Classic, remains a favorite for effortlessly tackling icy conditions.

Of course, let's not overlook the off-road capabilities. With just a push of a button, the Range Rover transforms into an off-road beast, courtesy of Extended Mode, providing ample clearance for conquering rugged terrain. And with features like low-range gearing and hill descent control, no obstacle seems insurmountable.

On the entertainment front, the audio system delivers a stellar performance, with crisp highs, rich mids, and deep bass emanating from the subwoofer. And who could forget the practicality of the split rear tailgate, offering a comfortable perch for tailgate gatherings or simply enjoying the great outdoors.

2,500 miles later, 2 front air struts and some refurbishment of a few items like the drivers door card and the front center dash speaker-  L322 ownership is a no brainer in 2024

If you're in the market for something different and fun.  The 2006-2009 Range Rover is a great choice.  Just remember to always do your due diligence before you buy a used vehicle.

In conclusion, despite its age and quirks, the 2006 Range Rover L322 edition continues to enamor us with its blend of luxury, performance, and off-road prowess. It's a testament to the enduring legacy of this iconic marque.



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