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2003 Land Rover Range Rover Review
The best British SUV.
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The 2003 Land Rover Range Rover continues a legacy. The Land Rover uses iconic British engineering. These iconic vehicles scream heavy-duty use, strong off-road capability, and beauty. The new generation isn’t any different. However, the 2003 Land Rover Range Rover proves a bit better for daily use. This vehicle feels comfortable both on and off of the road. If you can afford it, get it.
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Range Rover S, Land Rover Range Rover SE3, Land Rover Range Rover SE, Land Rover Range Rover HSE
The 2003 Land Rover Range Rover marks the third generation of the Land Rover Range Rover during a 31 year period. Why mess with success? The new models focus more on drive-ability and daily use than utility, which marks the focus of earlier models.
The exterior of the Land Rover Range Rover has the iconic Range Rover design that has come to define the British brand. Some of these characteristics include a horizontal split gate, a simple grille, clamshell hood, and a high roof on pillars that seems to float.
Standard exterior features include 19-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, skid plates, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, a power glass sunroof, a rear liftgate, a manual liftgate window, remote power locks, power mirrors, four one-touch window controls, and a trailer hitch.
The 2003 Land Rover Range Rover has room for five passengers with space to spare. You’d think that a vehicle so comfortable off-road might have a more rugged interior: think again. Tons of luxury components truly befit the huge price tag. The interior features wood inlays and leather throughout. A video entertainment system and voice activated audio controls provide just a few of the luxury items.
The interior offers cherry wood, burr walnut, or an alloy-metal called foundry, depending on your taste. The only real complaint concerns the entertainment system and audio controls, which seem challenging to get the hang of—pretty frustrating when going through rocky terrain.
Standard features include rear ventilation ducts with fan control, a cargo net, front and rear cup holders, front seatback storage, speed-proportional power steering, a universal remote transmitter, front and rear parking sensors, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, three-zone climate control, leather and wood trim, front and rear reading lights, front and rear mats, memory settings for the driver, Harmon Kardon stereo speakers, and a CD-based entertainment system.
Performance & Handling
The 2003 Land Rover Range Rover comes equipped with a 4.4-liter, 32-valve, V-8 engine that produces 282 horsepower with 325 lb-ft of torque. The engine uses a ZF five-speed automatic transmission that has the BMW CommandShift ability. The engine of the Land Rover Range Rover uses special insulation so that it runs even when partially submerged in water. The engine also handles steep inclines and heavy tugging.
Driving the Land Rover Range Rover provides an experience like no other. It has the ability to handle itself in almost all off-road situations, including going over rivers, driving up mountainsides, and kicking dirt up in trails. The Range Rover comes with full-time four-wheel drive with a mechanical center differential, and a center limited-slip differential, to keep the vehicle stable when going over difficult terrain. The MacPherson front suspension, double wishbone rear suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension keeps the ride fairly smooth.
The big curb weight, now totaling 5739 pounds in comparison to the previous 4894 pounds, keeps the Range Rover from being a quick vehicle, but it also keeps the vehicle well grounded.
You’d expect the Land Rover Range Rover not to handle itself well on the pavement, but it does just that. That means the Land Rover Range Rover marks one of the few SUVs that seems truly great on and off of the road.
The 2003 Land Rover Range Rover comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear head airbags, child seat anchors, a remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency brake assist, ventilated front disc brakes, solid rear disc brakes, rear-door child safety locks, an engine immobilizer, front fog lamps, headlamp wipers, xenon high-intensity discharge lamps, two front headrests, three rear headrests, a rear center three-point seat belt, front seat belt pretensioners, stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, and self-leveling headlamps.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Superior build to previous models
- Great interior
- Off-road capability
You Won't Like
- High price
- Iffy build quality
- Challenging stereo and navigation systems
The best British SUV.
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