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Land Rover LR3



  • tdo123tdo123 Posts: 102
    I was surprised to see that some think that the LR does not a have a good turning radius. Does anyone have any trouble when parking the car or turning in a tight spot??
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    Who said that? I only remember someone slamming the Disco 2, which wasn't very good. LR3 is quite good.
  • jobiejobie Posts: 47
    I haven't run my LR3 through a winter yet. I've had sedans in the past and always put snows on all 4 wheels Dec - March (TireRack winter wheel packages). Snows probably aren't necessary on the LR3 (although stopping this thing in icy conditions is my biggest worry), but I realize it'll make my stock tires (Goodyears) last longer. TireRack doesn't have any packages for the LR3. Anyone have experience with the Goodyears on ice & snow?
  • Just put it in snow mode and I am sure you will be fine. If you really want to get snow tires though I have a bullentin from Land Rover some where that lists their approved winter tires. I don't know if they are the best priced but they are a place to start.
  • thanks colorado4x4, good pics.
  • tstidtstid Posts: 2
    picking up my first lr3 on the 19th...hope i have made the right decision...i am confident landrover continues to improve reliability...05 to tank, and electrical issues...will know in a few days...
  • lr3maybelr3maybe Posts: 134
    Hi colorado4x4,
    I liked your pictures too.
    It appears that the back upper corner of the hitch receiver could be cut off to clear a bigger spare tire but I haven't fully checked it out yet. From an engineering viewpoint I don't see why removal of this part of the receiver would reduce the towing capabiliy, but that would be a personal decision.
    Please let us know what tire model, size and supplier you end up using when you replace yours.
  • Your dealer is incorrect. My blade fell apart in the middle of a rain storm and I contacted my dealer just after it happened. He advised to bring it in and they would replace the wiper. In the 15 to 20 minutes it took to get to the dealer the half peeled blade on the drivers side left an arcing scratch which I found a few days later.

    The dealer advised there were some defective blades with most failures happening on the passenger side. I brought my LR3 back a few days later when I noticed the scratch which is also in my line of sight. They advised they would replace the windshield after I requested it.

    My HSE has the heated windshield and an inservice date of 12/10/04. The vehicle has never been in snow here in Wilmington, NC. I have lived in colder climates and understand what your dealer said makes sense. I would bet there is a TSB regarding this based on how familiar my dealer was of the condition. I would request a new windshield.

    Good luck,

  • lr3maybe,

    I do not think cutting the reciever will have any effect on the integrity of the unit, if it is interfering with the spare.

    On the tires front,I think I am going to put a set of winter tires on to buy some time on the summer (off road) rubber issue.

    Does anyone have experience with winter tires for heavy SUVs? I am considering two:

    Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3, 265/60 QR18
    and the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow, 255/55 HR18

    The Blizzaks are .5" larger (overall diameter) and the Scorpions are .8" smaller. I do not think either will be a problem on the install. Both are close on the load ratings.

    Most of my winter driving is on the western plains and over the mountain passes in CO and WY. My other vehicle is a M-B ML 320. It is awesome in the snow and ice with a set of Bridgestone Dueler Revos (35k miles on those tires and they barely show any wear!)

    Has anyone purchased and used the Land Rover approved snow chains?

    All thoughts and comments appreciated.
  • British_Rover,

    Any chance of finding that list and posting it?

  • I am taking the delivery of 2006 LR3 SE Tomorrow (Grey with Alpaca Interior, Third Row & Climate Pck). With limited availability of color & option choices I had to settle with the one without Lighting package. I don't really care about the other features in the whole lighting package. Is it possible to upgrade only the headlights to Xenon? I don't want to just change the bulbs. Can the entire head light housing be upgraded to Xenon?
  • lr3maybelr3maybe Posts: 134
    Hi colorado4x4,
    My current vehicle is an ML320. The LR3 will replace it. You're not from SilverJack/Montrose area are you? If you are, we've met before.
  • Here is the list that Land Rover approves for snow tires.

    I am sure others will work as well though.

    Dunlop Wintersport M3 235/65 R18
    Goodyear UltraGrip 255/55 R19
    Dunlop GrandTrek WTM3 255/50 R19

    Range Rover Sport
    Dunlop GrandTrek WTM3 255/50 R19
    Continental 4X4 Winter Contact 275/40 R20

    Range Rover
    Dunlop Wintersport M3 235/65 R18
    Goodyear UltraGrip 255/55 R19
  • The Nokian tires appear to have a following on the Discovery forum. Nanuq there has had good results with the Hakkapeliitas (AKA "Hakkas"). They list one size in 18" for the Hakka SUV.
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    Land Rover LR3 wins 2005 Truck Trend Ultimate 4x4 Challenge. Article here:
  • lr3maybe,

    I wish! Actually live just northeast of the People's Republic of Boulder. :P
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    I use Hakkas on my 4Runner. Lots of grip in snow. They are fairly noisy on pavement -- noticeably more so than the all seasons I run in the summer. But I guess that's to be expected of an aggressive snow tire.
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    british_rover, do you have any information regarding the availability of parts for the '06 Parking Pawl Guide Plate recall? I assume any cars that haven't been sold yet and that are within the impacted VIN range can not be sold until it's been replaced?
  • tdo123tdo123 Posts: 102
    A question about the dashboard for existing owners: How does the dash look at night? Is the lighting white, red, etc. Also, what info is available on the display between the gauges.

    It is very hard to tell from the on-line photos but I am curious to how it looks after dark!!

  • Hello!

    I bought my lr3 hse from Anaheim Hills in Southern California. I have 4500 miles on it. I have taken my car to the dealer ship twice for the following:

    1) Suspension fault - I really didn't have any major problems with it as I have seen with a lot of people in this group. Fault showed up for max 10 times. No issues with driving or anything else. Took it to the dealer and they put a new sensor and it has been fine.

    2) Passanger Side door speaker has a cracking sound when high base hits on certain CDs - Took it to the dealer in August and they said they have to order the part. The part has been on order since the 2nd week of August and till today no call back or anything on the parts.

    3) I just received a letter from Land Rover about the fuel tank replacement. I didn't have any issues with it, but I guess due to numerous problems they have had with this lander rover is doing this for everyone. I called the dealership during the 3rd week of October and shceduled an appointment for last Wednesday as there was an opening. When I took my car last Wednesday to the dealership the service rep told me that they sent out the letters to everyone a little early and they don't have the fuel tank in stock. I told them that one of the main reasons why I am here today is to get this fixed. Then he called someone and said now they have 2 fuel tanks in stock and gave me an ok to drop off my car. At this time I reminded him about the cracking sound on right passenger speaker and see if the part on order had arrived. Service rep had completely forgotten about this whole issue and since their computers were down they were unable to check anything further. He made a not of that. There were two other items I had to get fixed during this visit, i.e. a squeaking sound from the driver seat when I take a turn or move on the seat. Appears to be coming from loose plastic cover on the automatic seat adjustment knobs. Second item was second row left seat had leather detaching from the seat's back.

    I dropped off my car and the dealer gave me a loaner.
    I didn't hear any update on the progress of the repairs or anything for a day and a half so I called and left a mesg for the service rep who took the car. He called me back saying while they were fixing the fuel tank they accidently broke something and the car will not be ready until tomorrow i.e. Monday 11/21/2005. No update on any other items as the first item was not fixed.

    The dealer gives me a loaner car every time I take my car in, but it is just getting bit frustrating as it seems like they are not prepared most of the time and taking way to long to fix issues. I owned a bmw before this and really didn't have any issues with service or the car and I feel that land rover is disappointing me a little. I will appreciate any suggestion or input. I was thinking about escalating this to Land Rover and file a complain on the quality of the vehicle and service.

    Thank you once again for your time and assistance

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