Assuming that you drive Land Rover in a city, original pneumatic suspension will be highly durable. With the new car, its buyer shouldn’t worry much – revision of the suspension is likely to be handled by the second or even the third owner. However, malfunctions still happen now and then, so when it comes to repairing the air suspension, the joy of possession changes to a little shock from official Land Rover price tags and the inability to find all necessary parts easily in one place.
Pneumatic suspension features
The pneumatic suspension of Land Rover consists of pneumatic springs (air springs), which are made of rubber and plastic and inflated with air. Pneumatic springs are additionally equipped with sensors, airborne air compressor and electronic control system. The undeniable advantages of air suspension are the possibility of being adjusted, adaptability to the load and road unevenness.
Thanks to its elastic elements, the air suspension guarantees you a perfectly comfortable and smooth ride even when crossing an uneven road. For example, in the Range Rover Sport, the air suspension ensures that you will feel only a slight wiggle, while other SUV with independent suspension might give you a sense of strong shaking.
One of the main features of Land Rover pneumatic suspension is the ability to expand its settings and functionality. With it, you can adjust the rigidity of car’s suspension as well as change the vehicle's ground clearance. For instance, pneumatic suspension allows you to increase the clearance by 125 millimeters when crossing over the rough terrain and to reduce it by 50 millimeters when driving on-road.
The whole suspension system in Land Rover is under the control of a microprocessor that monitors the position of the car and constantly aligns the body with the horizon when you are driving off-road. In addition, the microprocessor provides a function of hit mitigating during the extreme ride, which is especially suitable on Range Rover Sport.
Land Rover pneumatic suspension parts
Land Rover pneumatic suspension is installed initially in such models as Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. For other models, you have to pay an additional cost for the comfort. Thus, pneumatic suspension can come installed in Land Rover Discovery 3, Land Rover Discovery 4, Land Rover Defender and Land Rover Freelander 2 at the additional fee of around 2000$.
Compared to the cost of an advanced multimedia system and other options, the cost of initial installation of air suspension seems to be quite adequate. However, how much will it cost to replace all air suspension elements that the British automaker is so proud of? The price varies depending on the type of the parts you are looking for. For example, for the Land Rover Discovery 2017, the genuine front pneumatic springs will cost around $1,700 each, when rear air bags are estimated in around $700 each, and rear shock absorbers – another $900.
The total figure, of course, isn’t small, although there are some positive arguments to mention. The similar repair of air suspension will be much more expensive not only for Mercedes-Benz GLS, but even for much cheaper and old Volkswagen Touareg. Moreover, the good news is that in our online store you can find the best price on Land Rover air suspension parts choosing from the range of genuine, OEM and aftermarket Land Rover parts.