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NHTSA — Power Train: Driveline: Differential Unit Problems

3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,954 miles

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2004 Land Rover Range Rover drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Land Rover Range Rover Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 222004

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • 43,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No warning occurred. My front differential went out on my 2004 Range rover. This occurred on a residential street after stopping at a red light and trying to move forward. Fortunately I wasn't on a major hwy traveling at high speeds.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 052008

Range Rover

  • miles
I have a 2004 Range rover that has had the front differential replaced at 50K miles and again at 80K miles and now it has failed again leaving me stranded on the highway. The last time it was "replaced" was only 8 months ago.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 032008

Range Rover 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Failure of front differential of 2004 Range rover. These failures are chronic and due to a design failure, but Land Rover has done nothing to correct the problem. I've asked my local dealer to replace the front end as an 'extended warranty' but have not heard if they will. If not, its a $5,000 repair item.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 092008

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,340 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was traveling home on I-H201 when there was a loud gear cranking sound and the vehicle could no longer accelerate. The warning came on and said to put the vehicle in neutral. The vehicle rolled to the side of the road and needed the emergency brake to stop because it couldn't shift into park. It was towed in and the dealer said that it was a front differential failure which was common with this year. It's lucky that it happened in the middle of the night when there wasn't any traffic. There weren't any mechanical warnings prior to this incident.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #3

Mar 092008

Range Rover 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,340 miles
I was traveling in my 2004 Range rover with 47K miles on I-H201 in Hawaii at 55 mph with cruise control on when the engine suddenly revved up, the warning sign came on and said to put the car in neutral and it stopped accelerating. I put the car in neutral and rolled to the side of the highway. The car could not longer get into gear, made horrible grinding noises, and only could only stop with the emergency brake engaged (putting the car in park did nothing). The car had to be towed into the Land Rover dealership. They said that the front differential was completely gone and needed to be replaced, along with the drive shaft. This is an incredibly dangerous fault and should be addressed by Land Rover.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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problem #2

Feb 272008

Range Rover 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
My husband, son 10 yrs old, myself, and two pugs were driving on highway 31 at appx 65 mph when suddenly our car made a loud crack noise and suddenly stopped accelerating telling us to put the car in neutral. We were on our way on vacation appx 90 miles out of town. Fortunately the Land Rover dealer was open at 630 pm and when we described what had happened he knew exactly what the problem was. We had to wait 3 hours on barely what would be considered the shoulder of the road in the snow and wait for someone to tow our car to the nearest Land Rover dealer. The car has 54,000 miles on it and we paid 63,000 dollars for the vehicle. It was completely incompacitated and left us stranded in a very dangerous place with absoutely no recourse other than towing. Thank god we made it safely however this situation could have resulted in a very different outcome. To date my car is still out of service and I a, left without a vehicle.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 212008

Range Rover

  • miles
2004 Range rover front differential failure on highway, suddenly lost power could have been very serious in heavy traffic, had toddler and infant in car.

- Berlin, CT, USA

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