Land Rover has recalled a single 2023 Range Rover over a potential turbo oil drain pipe issue. The Range Rover has the BMW V8 engine, and with modern production tracking and reporting, it's now involved in a pinpointed recall. There is also a recall on some plug-in hybrid Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports, which may have an issue with water pump drive belts.
The new 2023 Range Rover's issue involves a missing gasket in the turbocharger drain pipe, which could allow the oil to drip onto the exhaust manifold and cause a fire. In February, Land Rover was notified that five BMW N63 V8 engines supplied for the Range Rover made it to England with the missing gasket. Three of them were rectified before leaving Land Rover's hands; two made it to the USA. Apparently, one of those two is no longer in the country. (It's not unusual for luxury cars to get exported from the USA to other countries due to our lower taxes and tariffs; it's borderline legal and automakers don't like it, but there is only so much they can do to prevent it.)
The single owner will be contacted and will get the turbo pipe and gasket replaced for free. This more targeted recall structure has been more common recently with automakers, as the degree to which their parts and supply chain are tracked means that they can keep track of exactly which vehicle got exactly which defective part, while suppliers can also similarly track which parts were made defectively and where they went.
A total of 2,300 PHEV prior-generation 2019-2022 Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports are also getting recalled for cooling system issues. They all feature the four-cylinder Ingenium motor, tied to a battery-powered chargeable hybrid system. The water pump belts may break on these vehicles, causing the vehicle to overheat and rupture a coolant elbow, starting a fire if coolant gets on the turbocharger heat shield. These vehicles will get new engine coolant elbows and new water pump belts.
Though recalls are always concerning, they do end up making the vehicle more reliable, as a now-known issue is repaired. With the level of detail in modern recall notices and decisions, it's also a comfort to know that vehicles outside the recall belt are somewhat certain to not have the same issue.
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