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5 Dirt Cheap Land Rovers You Could (But Probably Shouldn’t) Buy


February 4, 2020 Cars By Photo by via cars.com

We love old Land Rovers. They’re luxurious, capable and boxily beautiful, accruing charm and dignity as they age. They pair nicely with a Barbour jacket and the faint scent of pipe smoke in your pastoral, aristocratic fantasy.

The trouble with old Land Rovers, in reality, is they don’t last. They are notoriously unreliable. Something — the air suspension, a miscellaneous leak, an electrical gremlin — is bound to go wrong. And when it does, it won’t be straightforward or affordable to fix.

But, because they don’t endure like a Toyota Land Cruiser, Land Rovers don’t hold their value in the same way. Wait long enough, and they become exceedingly affordable. You can get a stylish SUV suffused with grandeur for almost nothing. You know you should resist temptation. You know it will break your heart and your bank account.

But, well…look how cheap it is!

Here are five used Land Rovers you can buy right now for less than $7,000. If you’re brave enough.

2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

This Range Rover Sport is a dapper-looking gent with a black exterior, gray interior, and some lovely wood trim. It also has a supercharged 4.2-liter V8. 128K miles on the odometer should concern you, but a sub-$5,000 price tag may alleviate some of those worries.

1998 Land Rover Discovery LE7

Here’s an exceptionally clean 1998 Disco with a blue exterior and tan interior. It has only 86,000 miles. Not convinced yet? Check out the rear jump seats.

2005 Land Rover LR3

Black detailing is all the rage these days. This LR3 owner was ahead of his or her time: this sinister beauty has a black exterior, black interior, black wheels and black tinting. It also has the LR3 badging removed, so it could pass as a younger, pricier Land Rover amongst commoners.

2006 Land Rover Range Rover HSE

Photo via Autotrader.com

This Range Rover has about everything one could want from a used car. California car. Older owner. Merely 63,000 miles. You just need to sort out whatever’s going on with that paint.

1996 Land Rover Discovery SE7

Looking for a used Land Rover for overlanding? This 1996 Disco may be your option. It’s a California car with some off-road accessories, and has had extensive maintenance performed. It’s not a Defender, but it does have Defender wheels.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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