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Land Rover LR3



  • pfolkpfolk Posts: 70
    Thanks for the tip. Although I try not to use the words bra and Land Rover in the same sentence, ever, I'll give it a try. I haven't found any fixed covers in my search and this may provide enough protection to reduce the force of a rock hitting at highway speeds. Those fog lamps don't seem to have the same sort of lens cover as the main beams and they are located in a vulnerable spot.
  • ssp1ssp1 Posts: 115
    I have had my 06 LR3 SE7 since last May. Got 14500 miles on it. No issues at all except for the tire wear issue.

    Tires seem to be the only problem I hear recurring. You hear one off stories but as far as consitent issues it seems to be that the rear tires will wear out fast.
    I absolutely love the vehicle. Went down a road that was a sheet of ice with the Hill Decent control feature and it was amazing. Off road great, on road great. its got a great manual trans feature that I think works better than others and gets alot out of the Jaguar v8 engine.

    I am happy so far. So thats what I know.
  • pfolkpfolk Posts: 70
    It's all relative. Operating any vehicle that has fulltime 4WD and the electronics that go into a Land Rover is likely to generate more maintenance needs than a vehicle (can anyone say Toyota?) that is not so equipped. It's just good sense to make certain the lubricants and filters are changed out regularly and you keep the tires properly inflated. The best way to avoid excess maintenance from off road forays is not to do anything stupid while you're out in the boonies. I have seen more damage done to perfectly good 4x4's by hairy-chested real men!

    In my driving days, I have owned a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, a P38 Range Rover, and now an LR3. They were all pretty good vehicles to own and drive. I didn't think the maintenance on any of them was excessive although you wouldn't get that impression from some of the posts on these forums. Remember also that these forums have a lot in common with restaurant reviews--you're more likely to hear from someone who had a bad experience than all the rest of the visitors who have no problems.
  • Thanks to those of you who took the time to respond for your input. A couple of other things: the vehicle will never be used off road, and we always maintain our vehicles, scheduled maintenance being the bare minimum we will do. We've been considering a Mercedes GL 450 but the msrp for a GL 450 equipped comparably to the HSE V8 is like $10k more. Why spend what you don't have to?

    Is this a true 7 passenger vehicle? Can 7 average people comfortably spend a few hours in the car?

  • On the GL you are paying for the Three pointed star and subsdizing the massive incentives that mercedes has had to put on the R-class to keep it moving.

    The LR3 can fit 7 average to above average size adults comfortably.

    Check this chart out...

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    The GL does handle twisty roads a little better then the LR3 and that is mainly because the LR3 weighs several hundred pounds more then the GL.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,111
    have you heard of LR bringing a diesel powered LR3 to our side of the pond?

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • can you send me a link? what's the chart show?
  • I have heard rumors that it will happen before the end of the decade.

    No one will confirm or deny this rumor.

    Stories like this make me think it is true as well...
  • I have a 2005 LR3 SE and so far I have clicked 22000 km without any major problems. I have done some back country driving and its been great so far.

    Initially had some tire wear due to a Tongue and grove type washer which was unable to hold the wheels to the axle (front) resulting in too much free play. Land Rover has came up with a better design and more stronger washer. This has certainly reduced the Tire wear to normal. :)
  • No brainer- the GL. I have driven many, many LR3's because of my RR being in the shop for warranty work. As a result of these experiences, I walk from the LR3 feeling it is inferior to a Ford Explorer when you consider price/drive/dependability/overall quality.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    I have had excellent performance from my LR3 (14,600 miles; owned a year and 2 months). It seats everyone comfortably, has great power and handling.

    I have had NO issues with my tyres, they are wearing evenly. I am getting a little more noise out of them from when they were new but I have lots and lots of tread left.

    The Mercedes GL came out about the same time I was looking at the LR3. My past experience with Mercedes (2002 ML500) was mediocre and I was not excited about the styling of the GL... looks boring. The LR3 has a distinctive look... much nicer!

    Mark156 :)
  • bgsntthbgsntth Posts: 76

    Just to follow-up with the resolution to this issue. I took it to the dealer, who determined from the DOT # that the tires were suppossed to be on an '05 LR3, not an '06, such as mine. They also determined that the alignment was fine, but that the tires had the equivalent of 30K miles of wear on them. My 6 week old LR3 has 1.5K miles on it right now-hmmm?. After some not to happy back and forth the dealer is going to be replacing the front tires. How this came to be is, and probably will remain, a mystery. I always do a pre-delivery check on my cars, but never even thought to check if the tires were new too. I unfortunately did not notice this until I had the wheel cranked to one side, when parked, with the full tire exposed. Hence, my initial post.
  • crestonavecrestonave Posts: 219
    I paid a visit to my local LR dealer and inspected the machine. I found the second and third row seats rather stiff and hard and frankly rather chintzy. I couldn't see anyone spending much time in them. Looking more and more like the Mercedes GL 450.
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    There is more room in the second and third row of the LR3 then the GL by several inches.

    1.8 inches more head room in the second row of the LR3 then the GL450 42.4 vs 40.6 inches.

    1.9 inches more head room in te third row of the LR3 then the GL450 40.1 vs 38.2 inches.

    THe GL does have a couple of more inches of leg room in the second row but since it is almost 10 inches longer I would hope it would.

    Leg room in the third row is 36.3 inches for the LR3 vs 34.2 inches in the GL450.

    I didn't find the seats in the GL450 any more comfortable then the LR3 seats. The GL does have a more ritzy interior, with more wood and more leather but you have to pay for that. A base GL450 without a moonroof or leather interior starts where a fully loaded LR3 finishes at the mid 50k range.

    I did a quick review of the GL when we took one in trade back last spring. This was one of the first ones in the country so no one had really seen it yet when they bought it. They traded it in after about 1,600 miles IIRC.
  • lrguy44lrguy44 Posts: 2,197
    definitely see you in Cali 9-12 Apr - I look forward to it
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    Excellent I am looking forward to it as well.
  • lr3maybelr3maybe Posts: 134
    On a 2006 LR3 SE V8 there's a small (1/4 inch diameter) tube vertically just behind the left end of the radiator. The tube has a cap or knob on it, and goes straight down, jogs over, then goes out of sight. It is near the radiator coolant overflow tank. It is too small to act as a filler tube for anything. I'm guessing it is a vent of some kind. I can't seem to figure out how to post a photo.
  • dandrews1dandrews1 Posts: 184
    On the left side of the vehicle, or the left side when you're looking at the motor standing in front of the vehicle? (Vehicle's right side)
  • lr3maybelr3maybe Posts: 134
    Driver side of a US spec version.
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