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Unreliable Vehicles to Avoid: 2015 Land Rover LR2

BY: Larry Witherspoon Jr.
A Land Rover LR2 driving down a desert road.

With vehicles such as the legendary Range Rover, it’s no wonder that the automaker Land Rover is one of the most popular brands on the road today. Unlike other automotive giants, such as BMW or Mercedes-Benz or Ford, that began at the turn of the 20th century, Land Rover can trace its history back to the late 1940s. In fact, Maurice Wilks, Land Rover’s founder, sketched their first concept vehicle into the sand of a Welsh beach in 1947. Since then, the Land Rover brand quickly grew in popularity and became synonymous with quality, reliability and a safe driving experience across its line of vehicles that have become famous for their styling and off-road capabilities.

But, as with many other automotive brands, there have been hiccups in that reliability. In particular, the 2015 Land Rover LR2 was a vehicle that failed to live up to Land Rover’s high expectations, making it one Land Rover vehicle you should avoid when looking for your next new or used car purchase.

About the 2015 Land Rover LR2

The Land Rover LR2 was a mid-size luxury SUV introduced in 2008 and soon after discontinued during the 2015 model year in favor of a new model called the Discovery Sport. Overall, the LR2 was capable of seating five passengers and had decent fuel economy, capable of reaching 17 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 24 mpg on the highway. The four-cylinder, two-liter turbo engine was also capable of outputting 240 horsepower (hp) at 5500 RPM, helping to give it a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.

These attractive features made the 2015 Land Rover LR2 a popular car initially. Still, long-term downsides, such as the expensive $895 average annual repair cost coupled with an overall reliability rating of 3.0 out of 5.0 that ranked it 8th out of 11 luxury vehicles, made this vehicle lose its charm.

According to RepairPal, some common repairs owners could expect with their Land Rover LR2 can include:

A Land Rover LR2 repair chart.

As the LR2 was discontinued in 2015, any used vehicle you come across during your search for a new car will not be covered by Land Rover’s initial factory warranty. That means without the help of an extended auto warranty (also known as a vehicle service contract), you would be left paying thousands in repair bills. Instead, protect yourself and your LR2 with an auto protection plan like Supreme for Highline Vehicles. This comprehensive plan will allow you to rest easy knowing you’re Land Rover is covered from the cost of unexpected breakdowns and repairs not covered by your typical auto insurance, mechanical breakdown insurance or gap coverage you may have. 

2015 Land Rover LR2 Safety Recalls

While a less-than-stellar reliability rating played a significant role in the 2015 LR2 being an unreliable vehicle to avoid, it isn’t the only reason. A serious recall occurred for the 2015 Land Rover LR2 that affected the vehicle’s airbags.

More specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued this recall for the passenger airbag of the vehicle. Citing that in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of airbags, the passenger airbag may not deploy properly due to a disabled setting. The NHTSA and Land Rover determined that this was a severe enough malfunction that risks passengers’ health and safety, resulting in the recall.

It is also worth noting that there is an ongoing investigation as of August 31st, 2020, into reports that there is a loss of brake power assist when stopping. The investigation team has stated no conclusion as of early 2022, meaning any used LR2 you may purchase could be impacted by this potentially dangerous issue.

Consumer Complaints

Along with the recall and point of investigation listed above, there have also been a number of consumer complaints regarding the Land Rover LR2. These have included:

Seat Belts/Airbag Problems

As discussed, a lack of airbag deployment has been an issue seen in the 2015 Land Rover LR2. Additionally, reports from consumers regarding the seat belts within this vehicle have also stated that they prove to be unreliable and sometimes unclip or fail to tighten properly. Should you notice these issues with your Land Rover LR2, do not hesitate to take your vehicle to your nearest licensed repair facility or ASE Certified mechanic as soon as possible.

Suspension Issues

Another commonly reported issue with the Land Rover LR2 is its suspension. Signs of this issue have been reported as an extremely bumpy ride as if you were driving over gravel. You may also notice that your vehicle seemingly tilts towards one tire rather than being evenly spaced.

Drivetrain Problems

Finally, drivetrain issues have been reported with this 2015 Land Rover. Consumers have cited issues ranging from a burning smell under the hood, a failure to shift gears, leaking fluid, slipping gears, and a general grinding and shaking feeling while driving the vehicle.

Stay Protected with Endurance

Regardless of whether you own a 2015 Land Rover LR2 or another vehicle such as a Honda, Lexus, Jeep, Audi or Acura, it’s vital to handle preventative maintenance to keep your vehicle running smoothly for longer. It’s also important to protect yourself and your Land Rover or other luxury vehicles from expensive auto repair bills with Supreme for Highline Vehicles. This comprehensive auto protection plan is an extension of our Supreme plan and is designed to protect a select number of luxury vehicles up to eight years old and with less than 80,000 miles from the costs of unexpected breakdowns and repairs, including select vehicles from popular automakers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche and more. 

A chart listing off eligible makes of vehicles for Endurance's Supreme for Highline Vehicles coverage plan, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

Not only that, but every Endurance protection plan also automatically comes with 24/7 roadside assistance, rental car reimbursements and trip interruption coverage for free. You’ll also have immediate access to a full year of Elite Benefits. These benefits, which you can activate for just a small fee, will include extra perks and savings such as key fob replacements, collision discounts, total loss protection and more.

To learn more about how an Endurance protection plan can help you or get started protecting your vehicle from the cost of unexpected breakdowns and repairs, request a free quote or call us directly at (800) 253-8203. You can also discover even more helpful, fun and informative articles on various automotive topics, including DIY maintenance tips, road trip planning guides, extended warranty comparisons and more, by visiting the Endurance blog.

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