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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,475 miles

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2003 Land Rover Range Rover drivetrain problems

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2003 Land Rover Range Rover Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 152009

Range Rover

  • 88,000 miles


I was driving my 2003 Range rover that I just bought used 2 weeks earlier. As I was driving, the car started making severe grinding noises and lost power. I could not steer that well and was in the middle of the road. I managed to get barely enough power to make it to the side of the road and pull into a parking lot. This event was without any warning and the car made the worst grinding noises in the world. I had it towed to a local repair shop and they informed me that this vehicle has a recall on it to address the problem, which is a failed driveshaft / axle / differential operation. Because it was recalled, I had it towed to Land Rover and they are now saying that they can't fix the problem until the axle is repaired, which they say is not part of the recall. I believe it is part of the recall and they should be covering this at no cost. I had my child in the car and I think this could have been a very dangerous situation. Also, when I bought the vehicle in costa mesa, ca (house of luxuries), they assured me the car was totally checked out and had no mechanical or other issues. Now I am very angry with them for placing my life (and others) and my child's life in danger by not disclosing these problems, or at least telling me that this vehicle has a recall and to repair it before I drive. I am happy that I was told about the recall later but feel that the business I bought the car should have known this prior to the sell of the car and it could have placed our lives and others at risk had I been going down the freeway, which is in la and heavy traffic. Thank you.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 222006

Range Rover

  • 53,471 miles
I received a letter from manufacturer for safety recall. Part of the program is to reimburse for money paid in the past to repair part. The manufacturer has stated that the local dealership must be involved to reimburse me but the local dealership is not assisting. It is Land Rover safety recall P041 - front differential to propeller shaft spline wear. I no longer own the vehicle now.

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 192008

Range Rover

  • 82,000 miles
2003 Range rover front differential failed and tore off.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 082008

Range Rover

  • 68,000 miles


Complete front drive shaft failure - sudden, without any warning, while driving. 2003 Range rover hse.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 282008

Range Rover

  • 66,000 miles
My front differential has failed on my Land Rover Range rover. There was no warning just an instant loud grinding noise and front wheel lock. I could have been killed.

- Arvin, CA, USA

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problem #6

May 242008

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Sept 2003 my wife was driving 50 mph in Washington DC, and the car started to make loud noises, and stopped on the highway at rush hour. The car would not go into drive without making screeching noises. Land Rover annapolis said it was a front differential failure and they had to replace the transmission/ front differential. Warranty covered the costs of this. May 2008 my wife was driving 60 mph on a 4 lane highway, rt 45 in houston. The car made the same noises as in 2006, so she pulled over and could not put the car into drive without the screeching noises. Range rover houston North said it was a front differential issue and it needed to be replaced for $2500. This is the 2nd time this happened, and according to rang rover houston N, there is a future recall on this because it is an issue with all models

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #5

May 262008

Range Rover

  • 58,000 miles


In 2006 our 2003 Range rover experienced a failure of the front differential. On 5/26/2008 it experienced the same failure after being in for service just a month prior.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 062007

Range Rover

  • 56,440 miles
Front differential and drive shafts failed on the 2003 Land Rover Range rover. The car was inoperable and put me in a very dangerous intersection. If this incident occurred on the highway, I believe it would have caused an auto accident.

- Highland, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 272008

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • 91,110 miles
Land Rover Range rover mk 3 2003 model year front differential failure. Vehicle was being driven on interstate 59 South near richmond at 65mph. A grinding noise was heard from transmission tunnel and there was an immediate loss of drive to both from and rear axles. It was necessary to coast the vehicle across traffic on a busy highway to come to a stop on the hard shoulder. This was a potentially hazardous situation. A wrecker service was called and it was necessary to load the car on the back of the wrecker because of a total loss of drive rendering the vehicle inoperable. This is the second incident since I have owned the vehicle and is a known fault with these vehicles. The Land Rover dealer is replacing the complete front differential for the second time on this vehicle.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 282008

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,700 miles
No notice or warning. Virtually instant failure. The front drive shaft and the differential input flange splines stripped. I was stranded in traffic.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #1

Dec 202006

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,500 miles
Without any warning, I started to hear a "metal-on-metal" loud grinding noise coming from underneath the vehicle while it was moving forward, regardless of whether the brakes were applied or whether it was in drive or neutral. This was immediately reported to my Land Rover dealership in warwick, ri. Land Rover advised that the car was not safe to drive. So, it was brought to the dealership to be diagnosed. It had front differential and drive shaft failure. Previously, Land Rover had inspected this front drive shaft and differential under a Land Rover technical service bulletin, to prevent the drive shaft and differential failure. This occurred when the vehicle was under warranty. When the failure ultimately occurred, the vehicle could not be driven and it was out of warranty. Cost to fix by the dealership was $2,700. The dealership and Land Rover North America (including appeals board) refused to provide out of warranty assistance even though they are all well-aware of this systematic failure for 2003 Range rovers. The tsb delayed the failure long enough so that it was no longer covered under the vehicle's warranty. The failure could have lead to injury if we were traveling at a higher rate of speed.

- Barrington, RI, USA

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