Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE problems – are they that bad?

Common HSE problems and things to look out for

What are the most common Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE problems? The most common problems for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE are transmission issues, electrical system issues, suspension problems, and engine issues such as overheating and oil leaks.

As an experienced Range Rover owner, I’ve had the opportunity to own a Range Rover Sport HSE. While I’ve enjoyed the luxury and performance of this vehicle, I’ve also come across some common problems that I believe are worth discussing.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Range Rover Sport HSE problems, reliability, and some of the most common problems I experienced as well as what other owners I know have faced.

Is the Range Rover Sport HSE reliable?

The reliability of the Range Rover Sport HSE is a topic of debate among owners, and I would still debate it. Some people I know of that owned an HSE model said that their experience of owning one was very reliable and have had few problems, while others have reported more significant issues.

In general, it seems that the Range Rover Sport HSE is a reliable vehicle, but it is not without its issues. I think it’s honestly down to the luck of the draw when buying it second-hand, who you are buying it from, how well it was looked after in regards to servicing and if it was badly treated in general.

Common problems with the Range Rover Sport HSE

  • Electrical system issues: There were also problems with the electrical system, including issues with the radio, navigation system, and power windows.
  • Suspension issues: I thankfully never had issues with the suspension, but I know of others that had problems with the suspension, including uneven tire wear and a rough ride.
  • Engine issues: The standard HSE problems everyone should know about with the engine, include overheating and oil leaks.

How long does a Range Rover HSE last?

The lifespan of a Range Rover HSE will depend on various factors such as maintenance, driving conditions, and how the vehicle is used. With proper maintenance, a Range Rover HSE can last for over 200,000 miles.

However, it’s worth noting that with luxury cars like Range Rover, costly repairs may become necessary around 100,000 miles like timing belts, electrical problems and suspension faults.

What does HSE mean on a Range Rover Sport?

HSE stands for High Specification Equipment. This is the Range Rover Sport’s luxury trim level, including leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a rearview camera.

How many miles is too many for a used Range Rover Sport HSE?

When purchasing a used Range Rover Sport HSE, it’s important to consider the number of miles on the vehicle. While a vehicle with a high mileage may still be in good condition, it’s also important to consider the cost of repairs and maintenance as the vehicle gets older.


The Range Rover Sport HSE is a luxury SUV with high-performance capabilities, but its reliability has been called into question by some owners. The most common problems reported by owners include issues with the transmission, electrical system, and suspension. Proper maintenance and regular checkups can help keep these problems at bay.

Additionally, when purchasing a used Range Rover Sport HSE, it’s important to take into account the number of miles on the jeep, and the cost of repairs and maintenance as the vehicle gets older.


Can I do the repairs on my Range Rover Sport HSE myself?

While some repairs and maintenance can be done at home, it’s highly recommended to have a professional mechanic work on your Range Rover Sport HSE, as it’s a luxury vehicle and requires special attention.


  1. Gday
    Thanks for a great overview on Range Rover . I sadly have an addiction to them and about to buy a 2006 HSE Sports with I think the Jaguar 4.4 V8 with only 1 owner and only 138000klms on it . Hoping it’s a good buy . What’s your opinion on this one and overall 2006 models . Much appreciated any feed back good or bad . Cheers Graeme

    • At that milage I would be looking to see has it had the main elements of the engine that starts to cause problems at that milage. That being the timing chain, crankshaft, how often the owner changed the oil and look thoroughly through the service history. If there are any massive gaps or key service items that should have been done between 90k and 120k miles – I would steer clear!

      Overall, I love the HSE models, especially the old boxy style – they’re still an extremely well performing SUV so I can totally understand your addiction!


  2. The is no car is bad, only have bad mechanics and auto electricians, for instance my bought a Nissan maxima 3.5… which was giving him issues such as jerking, starling, and so many more, he kept spending money on this car basically because of bad mechanics, one day, I get an obd II scanner, scanned the car three different times to ascertain the issues and it reads that some sensors faulty especially air Flow meter sensor and speed sensor, upon changing just the air Flow meter sensor the same car wanted to sell off due to the stress it has been causing him bounced to life, 95% of the mechanics we in Nigeria don’t read and this is a big challenge, because if a mechanic don’t read he will depend on trial and error, or little knowledge experience gathered from practicals with another mechanics who knows it but will never teach them all they need to know

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