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Land Rover LR3



  • norbnnorbn Posts: 70
    Just drove through our first big rain and the LR3 is confidnece inspiring. You feel so safe in the big brute and seeing the giant rain through the sunroofs is cool. Big puddles? No problems. Standing sheets of water? No problem. The AWD and the heavy weight makes this a comfy ride, with plenty of power too. I love this car! I was actually hoping for a flood.
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    It's shared with the "AUX" input to my knowledge. should have the LR3 OEM DVD installation guide pictograms if you are curious how the dealer install works. (Internet Explorer required.)
  • yamimanyamiman Posts: 1

    how would you rank LR3 SE with 2.7 liter V6 diesel vs. the new Mercedes ML 320 CDI ? I know that ML is not real off road car as LR3 is but mainly I'm driving on road. Which of these will be better:
    - sability in curves
    - 60-80 mph speed
    - which had less noise
    - suspension
    - comfort
    - value for money
    - reliability

  • rcdohrcdoh Posts: 7
    Your asking a group of people who are most likely bias to the LR3. Why don't you do a side by side comparison and look at both vehicles at dealers. (Then buy the LR3. J/K). You'll know what best fits your needs!
  • smarticussmarticus Posts: 37
    The UK motoring press have been testing the ML 320cdi quite a bit in recent weeks. Most appear well impressed and conclude that the vehicle is light years ahead of the old ML270cdi (which had been totally overtaken by more recent vehicles). However 4 out of 5 tests I have read conclude that they would still rather have the LR3 tdv6 as it has more style, better road manners a sweeter engine and a far more flexible and practical interior lay out (oh yes it also spanks the Merc offroad). The difference is probably fairly narrow though so it simply comes down to personal taste. Although if you want 7 seats then only the LR3 offers that, the Merc is strictly a 5 seater. If you just need 5 seats I suggest you wait to test a Range Rovers Sport before making a decision.
  • guess402guess402 Posts: 11
    Just wanted to let everyone know that I am over in london right now and just saw a discovery 3 with front park distance. I dont understand why they can have that over here but didnt put it in any of our cars even though we pay for it. Maybe this will be new for 2006 i know that I wish I had it
  • johnmajorjohnmajor Posts: 94
    There is a new LR Vehicle Kit Bulletin out applicable to USA & Canada regarding the Bluetooth Accessory Personal Telephone Integration Kit.

    Bulletin # VKP05-02
    Dated: May 11th, 2005

    It mentions as follows:

    "The system does not have any ability for controls through the radio. Also, no cradle is available for this system.
    This system is voice operated only and Bluetooth only"

    P/N: VUB501151 Installation Kit = $245.00
    P/N: XVJ500121 Cell Control Assy (English) = $176.00

    I guess aftermarket maybe the best way to go with something like TellPhone™ 4000 Blue
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    Yes, that's the retrofit PTI/Bluetooth "kit" that was available overseas for quite a while. Limited integration. It adds 2 phone buttons to the steering wheel and voice control only. Rumor was a "2.0" version might be available that was similar to the factory PTI, but I have no confirmation on that.

    You can do much better with a 3rd party kit until further notice. And those prices don't include labor, either. :P
  • awulfawulf Posts: 2
    Hey guys, Getting my LR3 this week, I still can ask for the nav system option if I want it.
    My question is, the AUX option what does this support ie. audio input from external source.
    My thinking is use an external DVD changer + nav. system & input the audio via AUX. and install a raw monitor in the factory spot or put in a 10" on actuator to push it out of the dash and retract back in, w/manual tilt up to make it simpler. I to would love to keep it all factory, since ALPINE makes the "ICE" "MOST" system maybe they can help with this video will moving issue. :confuse:
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    The actual AUX audio port for the stereo is on the rear of the center console. It's a stereo mini-jack. You can, of course, add your own bypass.

    Alpine won't "help" anything. Remember, it's illegal in most locations to be able to view video while driving. (In California, a video playback screen can not even be within the driver's view while driving.) FYI: The factory Navigation is a Denso design, but as with everything... LR is untimately responsible for the implementation.
  • azchrisazazchrisaz Posts: 4
    I have had my LR3 in the shop for the past 5 days with a SUSPENSION FAULT . After those 5 days they say that everything is back to normal and there is no fault. 30 miles after picking up car from the dealer the SUSPENSION FAULT is displayed again. Is anyone else having this problem? Please advise, thank you.
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    Enter "Suspension Fault" in the "Search This Discussion" box.
  • 3rdgin3rdgin Posts: 22
    grommet or anybody,

    I'm still considering the LR3. One accessory that is a must is the DVD entertainment system; however, LR's is pretty darn expensive. Has anybody installed an after market system and how does it work? also, what brand fits the LR3?
  • flownerflowner Posts: 42
    After 3 weeks in the shop and various loaner, I got the car back. No suspension fault this week. In summary they replaced the compressor and a relay. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

    The car has a slight pull to the right hopefully it just needs to be aligned (not sure why this was not done while in the shop), I have an appointment in two weeks to drop it off. I see a lot of Land Rover's on the road in St Petersburg. I hope this shop is just backed up and this is not their usual way of conducting business.

    Also I inquired about getting my software update since my vehicle was on the road before all the stalling problems. They told me it's up to date. Hard to believe.
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    Unlike the '06 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will offer a fully integrated factory Rear Entertainment System/DVD... the LR3 DVD system, which is dealer installed only, is just an "all-in-one" unit (Rosen) that isn't much different than what you can get from a custom installer.

    Talk to an installer and they can give you numerous options. Many will fit... and it'll be more affordable. It's too bad the LR3 doesn't get the RR and RRS system, which can be justified.
  • awulfawulf Posts: 2
    Hey guess what I found.
    ( Six to Eight weeks out on LR3 video controled by the touch screen factory nav system. Including BMW/ROVER tv-tuner, and direct in video/audio for mutimedia, auto switching, while moving or not. And just my luck there in the South Florida area. I will post any other info as I get it. :)
  • grommetgrommet Posts: 445
    awulf, are you sure? I thought their kit only supported the (less capable) BMW head unit, as seen in the older Range Rover. (NAV-TV sells the actual BMW factory video/tuner module and a harness/cable.)

    The LR3, Range Rover Sport, & 2005+ Range Rover does not use the old BMW system... so putting in a BMW video and tuner module might not be plug-and-play. :P

    I've seen their very popular video screen bypass/switching systems installed in many cars... works great for backup cameras, video, etc. But those aren't really "integrated."
  • freeflytimfreeflytim Posts: 20
    On other Disco/LR3 message boards I post links to this Edmunds board...
    If I post here a link to another message board, will you censor, err, delete it??
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  • webbuzzwebbuzz Posts: 36
    I hope six to eight weeks is true.... Called them in late march and was told a few weeks. this is after two local Auto Electronics shops suggested I call them. Both spoke very highly of their products.
  • dstolidstoli Posts: 5
    Okay, a dealer in my area is advertising a used LR3 SE with app. 3400 miles. The asking price is $45,900. I called and the thing is loaded with nav, lighting, rear reat, almost every option, probably stickering out at about $53K new. Then he told me why: The owner had a transmission problem -- fluid in the tranny, he said. So they replaced the transmission with a new one, but the owner didn't want the car. He said they bought it back and are now selling it. Am I insane to consider buying a car with this history? Or is it a good way to save some coin? How low would anyone suggest offering on the car? Thanks for any thoughts.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    .............The owner had a transmission problem -- fluid in the tranny, he said..........

    Do you mean water in the transmission? If so, I think I'd like to know how it got there.
  • dstolidstoli Posts: 5
    yes, you're right. He said water in the transmission. I have no idea how it got there, but I assume from your question that you mean there may be another problem with the car that caused it in the first place.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910 mean there may be another problem with the car........

    More likely a problem with the driver. Usual cause of water in the transmission is by driving into too deep water (or flood damage). There's no other way to get water in there that I can think of off hand. I'd be interested to hear the dealer's explanation. ;)
  • caldreamncaldreamn Posts: 1
    I had the same problem in a different brand of car, took it to the dealer, they fixed it for free under the warranty. Turns out when installed by the factory the leather had a crease in it that I would never have noticed.

    I realize my experience wasn't with Land Rover, but so long as the vehicle is under warranty it never hurts to ask.
  • dstolidstoli Posts: 5
    So if they replaced the transmission, would you think the car is good as new? Or is there a potential of this car being some kind of lemon? Just asking you opinion -- no one knows for sure, obviously.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    The answer really depends on how the water got into the transmission. What else got wet? Was it a quick splash in fresh water, or was it soaked in seawater? Ask what else has been repaired or replaced.

    It's impossible for the transmission to have ingested water without the axles and two thirds of the engine compartment being submerged. Possibly water in the interior as well.

    All of this points to the possibility of electrical problems down the line (as if dry LR3s didn't have enough problems of their own ;) )

    My opinion (you did ask) in the opposite direction.
  • tliagtliag Posts: 2
    I just got the suspension fault message last night on my LR3. Vehicle seems to run ok otherwise but cannot change height, as if the system cannot generate enough air to perform the function. What is the latest with your situation? Thanks.
  • tliagtliag Posts: 2
    The vehicle does seem to ding when the temp drops below 40, perhaps a potential icing condition warning message.
  • flownerflowner Posts: 42
    That's what happened to my vehicle. It drove okay at first but it got worse as time went on. They have replaced the relay and compressor. It seems to be working fine now. But the steering wheel in not centered when I drive. I think they just did not align it after doing the work. They'll look at it next week.

    It would be great if we can fine the underline cause of a compressor blowing.
    Was it an air leak. The relay, or something else. I don't want them to replace parts and not fix the cause.

    Also a leaking rear diff seal was replaced at the same time. .
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