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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,770 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Land Rover Range Rover transmission problems

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2003 Land Rover Range Rover Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 152007

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Land Rover, Range rover HS3. While driving approximately 80 mph, the transmission failed and the contact attempted to accelerate but to no avail. The vehicle then down shifted to a lower gear and as the accelerator was engaged, the vehicle became more resistant. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and they replaced the front differential, propeller assembly and the yoke. The contact stated the failure had previously occurred and the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V635000 (power train: Driveline: Driveshaft). The failure mileage was 78,000 and the current mileage is 82,000. The consumer stated the drivetrain was replaced twice, before the recall was announced. The consumer believed the failure caused the engine to fail. Oil became mixed with the engine coolant. Updated evoq 08/04/10 updated 8/9/10 updated 08/11/10

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 162008

Range Rover

  • 100,000 miles
I had to have my 2003 Land Rover Range rover repaired for this very same problem in December, 2007. The dealer wanted much more than what I had paid for per the attached repair bill from euro car. When I received this letter, I called Land Rover North America and was told that I had to go through an authorized dealer to get reimbursed. I went to per the recall letter and they show that plaza Land Rover St. Louis, 11830 olive street road, St. Louis, mo 63141 is the only retailer here in St. Louis. I called them and they refused to submit any paperwork because I did not get it repaired there. I find this very unacceptable as St. Louis is a huge metropolitan area and I do not believe that plaza motors should have sole claim on getting a Range rover fixed in order to get reimbursement for recall notices. That would mean they would have a monopoly. Land Rover North America customer service said they will not do the reimbursement either. I want reimbursement of $$2,400 for repair for recall P041.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 062008

Range Rover 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
My 2003 Range rover with 36K miles has a defective front end differential which is a known problem in models from 2003-2005, yet no recall. Orig my extended warranty refused to cover claim.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 112008

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles


At traffic light I heard a grinding sound in transmission, moved gear from drive to N to hear it again. As light changed the driveshaft disengaged from the transmission, coasted across traffic to service station, but unable to move rear of vehicle out of traffic. Passersby helped push me and my child out of the intersection. I believe this is the 2nd differential failure for this vehicle.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 052007

Range Rover

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
2003 Range rover hse, loud knocking noise when going from reverse to drive, 5 minutes later a grinding noise happened that was very loud. The car responded with a loud grinding sound when trying to apply gas. I was lucky that I was not on a highway and could pull the car over. The check engine light illuminated, there was a radiator leak and the left rear tire had a slow leak. Updated 10/11/07.

- Fairview, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 222005

Range Rover 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Driving on I-280 and the car made a metal-to-metal grinding noise (very loud), pulled over torwards the next exit (barely made it to the median) and the car would not move. Other than "park", the car made a terribly loud grinding noise in all gears and sport mode. The car would not move/drive. Had the vehicle towed to dealership. Told this morning by service adviser that service bulletin was issued that should have been done last time in for service re power train:driveline:differential unit. Appears from my research that tsb 540103 issued 1/31/03 applies per conversation with dealer's service adviser. Trying to get a copy of tsb now. Also, called roadside assistance on evening of incident to get assistance with removing vehicle (and myself, wife and daughter) from the highway median. Land Rover could not locate a tow company to assist and we were forced to call chp and seek their assistance in getting a tow and paying the same - in other words, no "roadside assistance" really existed when this happened.

- Woodside, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 132005

Range Rover 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,391 miles
While driving approximately 65 mph vehicle inadvertently lost power. Consumer pulled to the shoulder of interstate, avoiding accidents. When taken to get serviced it was determined that driveshaft split. Prior to this incident the consumer had problems with the front differential and the front sway bar. The transmission also malfunctioned prior to this incident, downshifting by itself and then failing to come out of third gear for the remainder of the day. Shuttering sound from front end at slow speeds. The dealer attempted to rectify the rattling problem by replacing several suspension and steering components. Found low power steering fluid level due to leaking input shaft, replaced rack and pinion then performed 4 wheel alignment.

- Northport, NY, USA

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