Man tries to fix Range Rover buried underground for a year and gets huge surprise

  • A Range Rover was buried underground for a year
  • It was pulled from the earth and given a clean-up
  • Sadly, its engine was too far gone to run again

Published on Jul 08, 2024 at 2:59 AM (UTC+4)
by Claire Reid

Last updated on Jul 08, 2024 at 8:33 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

A man dug up, cleaned up, and tried to start up a Range Rover that had been buried underground for a year. 

Range Rovers are known for their robust and capable designs and are very much made to last.

But, of course, general usage doesn’t usually include being entombed underground for any length of time. 

However, that’s exactly what happened in this case after the car’s owner  – a guy called Tyler Hoover from Hoovies Garage – was told that the car needed a fix that would set him back around $8,000. 

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How did the Range Rover end up underground?

Rather than coughing up the cash to have it fixed or selling the car for scrap – Hoover decided to bury it somewhere in Kansas. 

Oddly, Hoover isn’t the first person to bury a car – a Ferrari Dino was once found in someone’s backyard

After spending a year underground, Hoover enlisted the help of his pal Tavarish to dig up, clean and see if they could get the Range Rover going again. 

In a video shared on YouTube, the duo used a digger to lift huge mounds of earth from the spot to eventually reveal the once-white-now-very-grubby Range Rover. 

The car was carefully pulled from the ground using a set of metal chains, where you can see exactly what a year underground does a Range Rover. 

What state was the car in when it was dug up?

Firstly, it was – as you’d imagine – filthy. Both the inside and outside of the once-swish motor were absolutely caked in mud – even the engine wasn’t spared. 

But heavy layers of mud were no match for a couple of powerful pressure washers – and the men set to work getting the car cleaned up. 

Once dry, the two men discussed the probability of the car ever going again and it wasn’t looking good. 

When giving the car a once-over, they found water inside the gauge cluster. 

And when they removed the dipstick they were presented with more water, meaning the car’s engine had taken water on-board. 

The YouTuber decided to remove the car’s spark plugs and plunge a borescope down into the depths of the engine, where he found more bad news – rust, oil, and water had merged to form a weird frothy mixture all but guaranteeing the Range Rover would never ride again. 

Nonetheless, Tavarish hooked up a 12V to the car and gave it a go – but nothing happened. 

Much to their disappointment – and ours – the car was beyond repair. 

So we guess the lesson here is, don’t bury your car underground for a year…

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist who hails from the UK but is now living in New Zealand. She began her career after graduating with a degree in Journalism from Liverpool John Moore’s University and has more than a decade of experience, writing for both local newspapers and national news sites. Across her career she's covered a wide variety of topics, including celebrity, cryptocurrency, politics, true crime and just about everything in between.