Range Rover gets dug up after a year buried underground

Despite the luxury SUV once costing close to $100,000, a year spent buried underground has certainly taken its toll on the poor Range Rover.

by | Published on 13th May 2023

Widely known for its impressive off-road capability, the Range Rover is an incredibly robust vehicle.

How would one fare, though, if it was buried underground for a year?

It’s a rather strange question, but that’s exactly what a couple of guys wanted to find out, so they tried it.

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The story goes, a guy called Tyler Hoover from Hoovies Garage had a mechanically-totaled his 2003 Range Rover.

The once beautiful luxury SUV required around $8,000 of work to run and drive again, and even then it’d only be worth somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000.

So, rather than junking it, Hoover decided to bury it underground. 

With the Range Rover buried in a field somewhere in Kansas, Hoover returned a year later to dig up the SUV with his friend Tavarish.

In a video posted to Tavarish’s YouTube channel, the guys can be seen looking on as a digger removes mounds of earth to reveal the white Range Rover.

After pulling it from its grave with metal chains, the full extent of its time underground is laid bare.

The windshield and rear window had both caved in, there was some damage to the car’s hood, and the suspension was completely shot.

As well as being caked in dirt on the outside, the inside was thick with mud, too.

Even the engine bay was filled with the stuff, so the guys set to work with pressure washers cleaning it off.

After letting the Range Rover dry out, both inside and out, the guys returned the following day to assess the probability of getting her running again.

But, spotting water inside the gauge cluster, they had very little confidence it would run again.

Not only that, but when the dipstick was removed there was water in the oil, so clearly the engine had taken onboard water, too.

Before proceeding any further, Tavarish removed the spark plugs and put a borescope down into the murky depths of the engine.

Rust, oil and water had merged into a frothy mix, suggesting the Range Rover was a lost cause.

Despite this, he still hooked up a 12V to the car and – as expected – nothing happened.

Much to Tavarish’s disappointment, the Range Rover was too far gone.

It’s probably worth saving to the right person if you wanted to make it into a convertible or something, but even then it would require tens of thousands of dollars of parts and work.

The video still makes for interesting viewing, though.



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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