Which Land Rover models require the most maintenance?

Published October 5, 2022
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If the cost and time it takes to maintain your vehicle is becoming too much to bear and you want to explore your options, why not consider a robust yet luxurious Land Rover instead? While the amount of maintenance required for Land Rover models will naturally vary based on the year and model, we can certainly point you in the right direction – towards the minimal maintenance Land Rover of your dreams!

At ART Garage Crewe, we’re no strangers to servicing and maintaining a wide variety of Land Rover models, so why not trust us to do the research into low-maintenance Land Rovers for you? Thanks to decades of valuable experience working on Land Rovers in this industry, we can provide expert advice to anyone that’s considering purchasing one of these premium SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) vehicles.

However, before we dive straight into revealing the Land Rover model that requires the least maintenance, we cover some of the basics first to ensure even the most inexperienced Land Rover novices know what to expect. This includes exploring the three different Land Rover vehicle ranges and finding out which collection is deemed the least maintenance overall. From here, we’ll then highlight which Land Rover model requires the most maintenance and which model requires the least maintenance.

What are the different Land Rover models?

Currently, within the Land Rover family of vehicles, there are three different ranges. This includes the Defender, Discovery and the Range Rover collection. Within each of these collections, is a number of different models that vary in design, price, year of release and several other factors. Due to popularity of Range Rovers, this collection is normally viewed as a separate entity to other Land Rover models, but crucially, Range Rovers are still Land Rovers.

Before we take a look at which Land Rover models are most likely to require maximum maintenance and which can continue to run with only minimal maintenance, we take a more detailed look at the different Land Rover ranges below. While the amount of maintenance a vehicle requires is important, is just as important to ensure that the Land Rover model you choose can meet (or even exceed) your vehicle requirements.

Is there a difference between maintenance and reliability?

While there is a difference between maintenance and reliability, they do work alongside one another. In order for a vehicle to remain reliable, its recommended maintenance schedule (often set out by the manufacturer) must be adhered to. Land Rover, for example, recommend very similar maintenance/servicing schedules for both their Land Rovers (Defender and Discovery models) and Range Rovers.

If you don’t give your vehicle the required maintenance, it’s likely to only create more problems, rendering the vehicle increasingly unreliable. Not to mention, if you do your research into the common problems that Land Rover vehicles are susceptible to (such as oil leaks, airbag issues, electrical problems, steering shaft issues and parking brake failures), you can focus on these areas during servicing to help prevent these common issues from affecting the reliability of your vehicle in the future.

How much maintenance do Land Rover Defender models require?

All Land Rover models (except for the Range Rovers) are recommended by their manufacturer (Land Rover) to adhere to their set maintenance schedule. This works on a mileage/vehicle age basis and only differs from the recommended Range Rover schedule in that it doesn’t have a 40,000-mile maintenance marker.

Land Rover still suggests that their Discovery and Defender models require maintenance at 5,000 miles (or every six months), 10,000 miles (or 12 months), 15,000 miles, 30,000 miles and 60,000 miles. This guidance is recommended across the board for all Land Rover vehicles.

At each stage of the maintenance schedule, the manufacturer recommends which parts should be inspected and (if necessary) replaced. The initial 5,000-mile inspection, for example includes the inspection of the engine oil and air filter, tire pressure (as well as tyre tread and wear), chassis lubrication and the car battery and cables.

Involving more than 16,000 car owners across the UK, What Car’s 2021 Reliability Survey found that while many Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover models missed the reliability mark, some Land Rover models did gain ‘respectable ratings’. Due to the fact that not a single Land Rover Defender model hasn’t been listed as exceptionally reliable or unreliable, we can assume that these models fairly reliable, requiring fewer repairs and replacements.

How much maintenance do Land Rover Discovery models require?

According to What Car’s 2021 Reliability Survey, two of the six most unreliable Land Rovers were from the Discovery collection (while the rest were Range Rovers). This included the Land Rover Discovery diesel (2017-present) and one of the Land Rover Discovery Sport models – the Land Rover Discovery Sport (2014-present).

While these two Discovery vehicles have been classed as some of the most unreliable Land Rover models, this doesn’t mean that they require any less maintenance than other Land Rover vehicles. However, it may mean that they are more vulnerable to wear and tear, requiring more part replacements and repairs.

How much maintenance do Rover Range Rovers require?

Unfortunately, Range Rovers aren’t known for their reliability. What Car’s 2021 Reliability Survey results found that four out of the six most unreliable Land Rovers were Range Rovers. This includes the standard Range Rover (2013-present), the Range Rover Sport diesel (2013-present), the Range Rover Evoque (2019-present) and the Range Rover Evoque (2011-2017).

According to official Land Rover Range Rover maintenance guidance, a Range Rover should be serviced at set intervals based on the mileage and length of time the vehicle has been on the road (whichever comes first). This starts at 5,000 miles (or six months), then continues to 10,000 miles (or 12 months), 15,000 miles, 20,000 miles, 30,000 miles, 40,000 miles and then 60,000 miles. After this point, the vehicle should be serviced for every additional 15,000 miles that it clocks up.

Which Land Rover model requires the least maintenance?

While the results of What Car’s 2021 Reliability Survey found that the most reliable luxury SUV was the Range Rover Velar (2017-present), this doesn’t mean that it requires less maintenance than any other Range Rover model. However, it does suggest that it requires fewer repairs and replacements – as many drivers tend to include repairs and replacements under maintenance.

Which Land Rover model requires the most maintenance?

In general, the Land Rover Range Rover collection requires the most maintenance to keep these vehicles running smoothly. However, according to the same What Car research, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery all stood out as some of the most unreliable Land Rover models.

Just like the most low-maintenance Land Rover model, the high-maintenance models don’t require any additional upkeep (unless it’s a Range Rover that also requires a 40,000-mile maintenance inspection). However, this does give anyone that’s interested in purchasing a Land Rover an idea of which models are likely to cost them more time, money and effort when it comes to keeping them on the road.

Land Rover servicing at ART Garage Crewe

For reliable and affordable Land Rover servicing that you can trust, look no further than ART Garage Crewe. Well-known throughout the Crewe area for our dealership-level servicing and affordable local garage prices, we ensure customer satisfaction with every vehicle that we repair or service. In total, we have more than 75 years of invaluable experience in this industry, so looking after your Land Rover is no hard task for the expert mechanics at ART Garage Crewe.

If it’s time to book your beloved Land Rover into a garage for its annual service or the miles have been creeping up on the dash board, why not choose the experienced team of specialist Land Rover mechanics at ART Garage Crewe? Equipped with high-end diagnostic tools and genuine OEM parts, we’ll do our best to keep your Land Rover on the road.

To find out more about the services we have on offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team! You can either speak to one or our knowledgeable staff members by calling 0127 021 4445 or submit your Land Rover servicing enquiry using our handy online contact form. However you decide to get in touch, you can sure that one of our friendly and accomplished mechanics can help!

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