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Land Rover LR3



  • pfolkpfolk Posts: 70
    Would be a shame to lose sales to Jeep. Looks like the new Chrysler corp. has maintained agreements with MB to use their Bluetec diesel. It's a nice engine and will help Jeep compete for sales to consumers who care about mpg.

    The sooner the better for LR to get a diesel qualified for the North American market. I'm wondering whether there will be reason for Tata to continue joint development with Volvo on engines. There could be some good synergies there as Tata certainly has other markets that will take diesel engines and it could provide some outsourcing capabilities for Volvo. Also, I don't think they would be directly competing, but what do I know? I'm just a consumer.
  • dmelnik1dmelnik1 Posts: 11
    I would not assume that. I own LR3 2005 and i updated my DVD already once, back in the middle of 2006. I think the version land rover advertise on its web site is newer then mine.
  • Good point, did you find an easy way to update the GPS, or do you suggest the version on the LR site?
  • dmelnik1dmelnik1 Posts: 11
    At the time i updated mine, that specific site did not exists and dealers were charging over $300 for the DVD, so i found latest on E-Bay for $100. You can call LR- North American and fins out the part number of the latest DVD release. I think LR site has it for $200 which is more reasonable, but it depends on how current you want to be. I think those maps updated at list every year to keep up with new addresses, so paying $200 a year is kind of pricy, at list for me.
  • lroverlrover Posts: 2
    Any Opinion on getting the extended warranty from Land Rover or Warranty4Wheels or one of the other third parties.

    Quotes for 4 or 5 year extension are about 4K.
  • ssp1ssp1 Posts: 115
    I would get the extended warranty from LR. I just bought my 06 LR3 out of the lease and got it. from my reading of the policy besides the 200 deductible you are in good shape. it gives me the most comfort and having owned land rovers , paying (i think i paid 3.5K) 4K for 100,000 miles is a steal
  • jmgmdjmgmd Posts: 4
    Getting a certified preowned LR3 in July. Assuming both cars have a clean history, is one model year better than the other reliability-wise?
  • pfolkpfolk Posts: 70
    Get the 2006. First year teething problems were worked out by then. Or if you have the option to get an '07 model year from someone bailing out early on a lease get that one.
  • ssp1ssp1 Posts: 115
    I bought a 2006 in May of 2006 and its been great. i wouldnt get a 2005; agree that perhaps a 2007 if there is the best bet. get the extended warranty if you plan on keeping it and then drive all over the continent with it - well for me at least the western US
  • gsapnargsapnar Posts: 5
    I have just over 30,000 miles on my 2006 LR3 and recently had the engine fail on me while driving in a snow storm with 4 kids in the car. A white knuckle experience. Land Rover is not taking any responsibility for the problem and have come up with some rediculous story about the engine failure. Has anyone had this happen??
  • dmelnik1dmelnik1 Posts: 11
    I guess i am missing something. Isn't the car under warranty? What does it mean "LR is not taking any responsibility"
  • jmgmdjmgmd Posts: 4
    I'm thinking about the Lexus rx 400 H now based on these reliability issues with the LR3. If the extended warranty with LR is not great, then I have to go with the lexus. any comments?
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,458
    Yeah I am confused as well the car is under warranty so as long as you have done the services on the vehicle, which you should be doing since they are pre-paid services, then the engine should be getting repaired.

    What exactly happened to the engine? We haven't had any problems with LR3 engines, some transmission and suspension problems with 2005 and early 2006 LR3s yes but no engine problems, and the 2007 and 2008 LR3s have been problem free so far.
  • dmelnik1dmelnik1 Posts: 11
    I don't think i will be able to give any voluble advice mainly because I would never compare Lexus RX 400 H to LR 3. First does not have any off road capabilities, second does, first is a Hybrid, second eats tone of gas, in comparison. First can pull 3,500 lbs , second 7500 lbs. This is my third Land rover starting with 2000 model, and I did not have any big issues, not to say that over all LR quality is great. I had some minor issues and service was always excellent. I am not sure what your reasons to compare these tow cars, price? Regarding extended warranty, usually it is rip off, I never get extended warranty, it is not worth the money.
  • ssp1ssp1 Posts: 115
    I would get an extended warrnty on any car IF its offered by the manufacturer. i had a disco II that had problems with its transfer case. the cost of that was the cost of the extended warranty. wouldve been better to be under one than not. the Lexus is nice but its apples and oranges or apples and nuts comparison. two diff vehicles
  • ssp1ssp1 Posts: 115
    Dito everyones comment. - what happened? did the car just not start again? and the warranty question? let us know more, thanks
    i have 36500 on my 06. just finished a 2500 mile road trip from sandiego to montana and back. snow, ice, rain, cold and then heat. all went well no major problems.
  • gsapnargsapnar Posts: 5
    They're not taking responsibilility for the damage done to the car. We hit a snowbank and guard rail because I had lost the fuel injection, brakes and steering.
  • gsapnargsapnar Posts: 5
    The car started up again and drove ok. When I took it in to get checked they said it needed updated software for the transmission. That was it. No we're sorry. We'll take care of the damage.

    As far as your trip.. I had never had this problem before and I think it 's rare that it happens. But the guy at Service has seen it before. He wasn't surprised by it. In fact he asked me what warning came up after that?

    I'm trying to find other owners who've have it happen to see if it's worth persuing. I really just don't want anyone to get hurt. We're very lucky no one was hurt.
  • ssp1ssp1 Posts: 115
    Im guessing that they are all trained not to take responsiblity beyond whats covered by the warranty. i would guess again that you have to sue them to show proximate cause. You may be sucessful because the car failed due to something covered by the warranty so there wouldnt be a dispute as to the failure of the vehicle.

    a pain in the [non-permissible content removed] to do but its the only way i think you will get compensated for the loss. there may be an appeal process you can follow. i would suggest placing a formal written demand for payment of damages as a caused by the engine failure. the appeal procedures in your manual books may behelpful but this may be outside of that as well
  • dmelnik1dmelnik1 Posts: 11
    You might also want to contact Land Rover North America, and start the ticket with them. Of course if you are in North America.
  • derrickh22derrickh22 Posts: 4
    I recently acquired a 2007 LR3. It is almost perfectly designed, except for a couple of little things. One is the sun roofs: the shade is simply not dark enough to block off the Florida sun. The car already gets extremely hot now; I can't imagine how bad it can be in the summer! I checked with car tinting shops, and they told me not to dark tint the sun roof glass because of glass breaking danger (which is true based on experts). Does anyboy know of any way I can block off the sun from directly shining into the cabin through the sunroofs? I would really appreciate any suggestions you mght have!
  • ssp1ssp1 Posts: 115
    The old discovery had the same type of shades. I did see someone install a new shade that was opaque on a 200 Discovery. I believe the work was done at California Rover in Encinitas. You can at least ask them where they got the parts to do so (and i believe they came from the east coast) and if something for LR3 is available aftermarket

    However I would imagine the car at 135 degrees doesnt feel much cooler than 165 degrees
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 2,006
    I agree with you about the perforated sun screens. I wish that Land Rover would have made them solid. As a quick fix, just on those days when the sun is shining directly over the LR, I thought about just slipping a piece of computer paper between the shade and the glass just to keep the rays out.

    2010 Land Rover LR4, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2009 Bentley GTC, 1990 MB 500SL, 2001 MB S500, 2007 Lincoln TC, 1964 RR Silver Cloud III, 1995 MB E320 Cab., 2015 Prevost Liberty Coach
  • beargator56beargator56 Posts: 28
    Anyone interested in a tow hitch for the LR3? I just turned my lease in, and would like to sell it.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
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  • discomandiscoman Posts: 110
    I believe there is also a spray on tint you could use. But that still leaves you with the breaking problem. You could also find a custom shop that will take off the perforated ones and put in solid shades. But it's $$. Another option is to get some thin cloth that matches your interior (Not Black or it will build up heat), and 3M spray on adhesive (The kind used to re-attach headliners like I had to do on my old 96 Disco) and cut the cloth and spray the glue on the cloth and attach it to the blind while it is shut. I did this on my Disco when I lived in Jacksonville, FL and it worked fine. Even retracted OK since it wasn't that much thicker. And it is easy to peel off later if you want to trade, Just make sure you spray the cloth, not the blindm and wait for he glue to be tacky before you put it up. Now I live in Seattle, and have since traded the old girl for an 05 LR3 so it's no longer a problem. Hope this helps.
  • discomandiscoman Posts: 110
    Does anyone know if I can gt the bluetooth added to my 2005 LR3? I have the navigation Package and was wondering if anyone has had it done afterwards
  • dmelnik1dmelnik1 Posts: 11
    When i purchased mine 2005 LR3 with Nav Package i looked into it and found on various LR forums that people did that, so it is possible. Some posts mentioned figure around $700, it could be cheaper now, but number of posts mentioned all kind of issues after installation, so be careful in choosing an installer. In the end I decided against it, could not find anybody i would be secure with. Pretty much the only functionality I am missing from my LR3.
  • discomandiscoman Posts: 110
    Yeah, I looked into having a Motorola unit installed. It's about $400 installed at Best Buy. But I was more into whether or not I can take it to LR to have them install it there. I didn't know if maybe I just had to get the module installed and a new steering wheel or what. I might get the aftermarket just because my wife drives it most of the time and refuses to use the bluetooth headsets. She already got a $400 ticket and still insists on talking on the phone in the car.
  • dmelnik1dmelnik1 Posts: 11
    I was talking about LR native integration, not third party. But if you are thinking of going third party why don't you just get Bluetooth speaker/microphone device. I think Motorola has something like that. It will be cheaper and no installation required, of course you might have to run power cable to the cigarette lighter so it does not look as nice
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