• Dec 5, 2008



If you were fortunate enough to put a 2003-2005 Range Rover in your garage, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is delivering some bad news. According to a just-released recall, a total of 19,168 Range Rover models may have misaligned front driveshafts. If left unchecked, the increased wear on the front splines may cause them to fail... possibly leading to an accident. While this recall isn't exactly explosive in nature, it is an item that should be inspected and/or replaced. As a result, Land Rover will begin contacting owners after January 6, 2009 to schedule appointments for the installation of an updated design, if needed. In the meantime, if your beloved Range Rover is severely vibrating, or making a nasty front-end noise, please go have it checked before something ill happens.

[Source: Good Car Bad Car]



NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V635000 EA07012
NHTSA Action Number: EA07012

Component: POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19168

Summary:
LAND ROVER IS RECALLING 19,168 MY 2003-2005 RANGE ROVER VEHICLES. THE FRONT DIFFERENTIAL COUPLING SLEEVE AND THE PROPELLER SHAFT MAY BE MISALIGNED, RESULTING IN SPLINE WEAR OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. AS THE WEAR BETWEEN THE PROPELLER SHAFT AND THE DIFFERENTIAL SPLINE COUPLING PROGRESSES, NOISE AND VIBRATION ARE EXPECTED.

Consequence:
CONTINUED VEHICLE OPERATION CAN EVENTUALLY RESULT IN THE SPLINES SHEARING AND A LOSS OF DRIVE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A REVISED DESIGN OF THE PROPELLER SHAFT, THE FLANGE KIT AND HEAT SHIELD KIT. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 6, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT LAND ROVER AT 1-313-594-7688.

Notes:
LAND ROVER RECALL NO. P041. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      While it seems the Lexus LX is much more reliable, I'd still prefer to buy a new Range Rover. If I had the money and it's not my only car, I could put up with the nuances of owning this beast of a true SUV. Supercharged please!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'd think the whole falling apart and putting occupants in danger thing would negate any benefits of owning one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This recall has been out since Aug.
      I had the service recall performed on my truck in Sept.

      Side note: No other SUV has the class and sophistication of the RR. (okay maybe a MB G-wagon)
      but no other SUV can touch it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Serves them right for buying a gas guzzler.

      or

      Should have bought a Prius.

      or

      POS American .... oh wait...
        • 6 Years Ago

        "Serves them right for buying a gas guzzler.

        or

        Should have bought a Prius.

        or

        POS American .... oh wait..."


        That's the dumbest s#%& I've heard in a long time penguin. Should have bought a Prius...right, sure. And the last part makes no sense.



        • 6 Years Ago
        That's okay, Franz. That suboost character tangled with me and was summarily pummeled. Mess with the 'quin and get the beak.... or something like that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL. Poor penguin. I can't count how many times this has happened to you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aaron never lets me have *any* fun! :_(

        *sniff*
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not a recall action but a service action. Maybe letters are being sent to customers, but is not because of a possible accident, it is because Land Rover puts customer service at top priority. And this failure will not lead to an accident as it is said in the post, the worst case scenario is a loss of motricity. Period.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jesus.




      I'll take a Lexus LX in Pearl White.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think we all knew your preference, JDMLover.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Rubbish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about the Lamborghini LM 002, Americana edition perhaps? Looks, V12 power and that all important Lambo panache.

      Yup definitely my kind of SUV, however I have to say the RR is a top performer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with Devon, there's really no other 4x4 out there that can touch the Range Rover.

      I have a 2003 with over 90k miles on it, and it's been the best car I've owned, near perfect since new. And yes, I brought it in for the driveshaft service bulletin, pretty painless really. Considering it only requires servicing every 15k miles, def. think the car has been worth it.

      I've owned a Lexus LX470 as well, and it was a great car, but just lacked that the uniqueness, feeling and excitement of my RR. The Japanese just can't replicate the feeling a European luxury car gives you. Just my option though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People keep these beyond a lease? Love them... but would be really scared to buy one used, even if well cared for.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nonsense. I have a 95 SWB RR as daily driver in winter Tahoe and I'd drive it to North Pole without hesitation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Quattorfan...

        RR + North Pole = Fail

      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with Devon, there's really no other 4x4 out there that can touch the Range Rover.

      I have a 2003 with over 90k miles on it, and it's been the best car I've owned, near perfect since new. And yes, I brought it in for the driveshaft service bulletin, pretty painless really. Considering it only requires servicing every 15k miles, def. think the car has been
      worth it.

      I've owned a 2004 Lexus LX470 as well; it was a great car, but it just lacked the uniqueness, feeling and excitement of my RR. The LX just felt like plain vanilla. The Japanese simply can't replicate the feeling a European luxury car gives you. Just my option though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FINALLY!!! This has been a problem on 03-06 Rovers forEVER, and while LR issued service bulletins they never would recall it. Thank God!!

      PS -- market on used '03 or '04 Rovers is under $25k... and now you can own one worry-free!
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