Introduced in 2002 to replace the P38, it was a hit from the start. Known simply as the “Range Rover”, it was planned & developed under BMW ownership, they were given new BMW engines. A 3.0 TD6 and a 4.4 V8 as well as a complete set of new ecu’s. The cars came with new interiors, styling and a wide variety of specs. A version of both the Vogue and Autobiography cars was available with either the diesel or petrol engine. Manual versions were dropped altogether and the L322 is only available as an automatic. In 2005 a move over to Jaguar power produced a 4.2 V8 Supercharged version. Coupled with the highest trim spec to date this car was a massive hit. In late 2006 the car went through an upgrade to the front of the car as well as the interior, new Logic 7 sound, upgraded navigation and more changes to the console layout. A 3.6 TDv8 was introduced in 2007. More cosmetic changes were made in 2009 as well as newer more powerful engines being introduced. The L322 ceased production in 2012.
The early cars suffered from a few electronic issues and 2 recalls were done to try and cure these. The V8 engines have shown their age but the diesel has been a good investment. The later 3.6 TDv8 Jaguar powered units have also been problematic but the rest of the run has seen better overall reliability.
We have had quite a few of these cars through our doors now and overall it does seem to be a very good car. Our advice if you are looking to buy one of these is to make sure the recalls have been done and that service history is bang up to date. Also, check for servicing on the gearbox if around the 100,000 mile mark.