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Land Rover LR3 Tires and Wheels



  • I bought an '06 LR3 SE 2+ years ago. It had the OEM wranglers which were very noisy and had a horrible wear pattern (inside rear was bald). Aligned vehicle at the dealer in Annapolis and had them install a set I ordered from (General Grabber AT/2). Hard to believe, but honestly a night & day difference on road noise! The All Terrain tire was so much quieter than the all-season Wranglers they replaced! Very happy with tires in 3 blizzards on the East coast, then we moved to California and have loved them in the record snow fall we had last year at Lake Tahoe / Sierra region. On road handling and noise are still like new (after 35,000 miles on them now)! Highly recommend the General Grabber AT/2's. We don't do "off-roading" on the Rubicon trail type stuff, but routinely head to the ski slopes and have even traversed "closed in winter due to no snow plowing" roads (inadvertently that is as we 'trusted' the GPS errantly down the "Mormom Emigrant Trail!") -- and we never got stuck... obviously a function of many things; tires, LR3!!!, etc.
  • After much research and comparisons, I am going to try the Toyo Open Country HT's. I have gone through 2 sets of Goodyears since Dec 2007 have pushed this last set as far as I feel comfortable.

    I am purchasing this set (4) of TOYO's at Tire Discounters and I am getting them mounted, balanced, and a 4 wheel alignment for $1K.
  • Which TOYOS did you buy?
  • Hi every1. I'm trying to buy a 06 LR3. I have researched ML 350 and X5. Don't like the look of ML 350 too female but it may be more reliable. The consumer reviews on X5 is worst than LR3 on 06 models. I heard bmw should be a lil better than LR but in this model probably not. I live in California around the SF bay area. If the previous owners are always been in CA, I think it should be fine right? The price range for the 06 LR3 usually around $12000 with over 130k miles to $16000 with 70k to 80k miles on it. I'm hoping to get one for like around $14000 with 100k miles on it. I read many reviews and it feels like a lot of complaints about being in the shop a lot fixing endless problems. I definitively need the extended warranty. Some mention about the factory ext warranty. Where to get the lowest cost factory ext warranty? But im not planning to use this car for my commutes. I will mainly just use it for like weekend get away type of trips. I have a 05 Honda CR-V, yea it has so reliable that you just won't believe. It survived a serious front impact that engine was off the engine mount when it got 90k miles on it. Now its 188k miles. I spent almost $0 to fix the car. Replaced the radiator once, oil changed, brakes and light bulbs that was it. Of course I will not expect the 06 LR3 will be the same as my Honda. But I still like the look of LR3 with plenty of characters. I heard that the ext warranty will cost $3500 for 6 years and cover most of the major stuff with about $200 deductibles. So that will make the car $14000+$3500 = $17500. Is it still a good deal. My credit is good so most likely my APR will be low like 3% to 4%. I know some credit union maybe even lower like 2%.

    Well....what do you guys think? Yea if $3500 for 6 years bumper to bumper, I should not worry too much right? Ill sell my honda and get a 06 toyota prius for my commute. Ill just use the LR3 for weekend hang out with girls or some mid range cross state vacation trips.
  • You should be fine. I've had two Land Rovers from new. The current one is a late 05 LR3 and the previous one was a Discovery. Both followed the same pattern of being in the shop a lot, but only in the first couple of years. In your case, someone else has gone through that stage for you :-) After that they've been super-reliable. In the last few years the only things that have needed attention have been replacing the tires and getting new front bushings, which are the kind of wear and tear items you'd expect with any vehicle. I can't recommend an extended warranty because I don't have one, but I do recommend finding a small independent shop with Land Rover expertise to have your servicing done at - you shouldn't have a problem finding one in the bay area, but if you do try asking other independent shops that specialize in Audi, BMW, etc for recommendations. Hope that helps.
  • I have 2006 LR3 V6 with 3rd seat. I'm happy with it and have 68k miles. I will not sell mine for $14k or even $20k. The tires are expensive around $1100, changed twice in 68k miles already, changed batteries 3 times already, brakes are expensive. This vehicle is expensive for maintenance. I think you should stick with your baby Honda CRV :-) Think twice about maintenance and gas guzzler. I spend $65-$70 for filling up gas and the avg is around 14-18/mile depends on you drive in town or hwy.
  • I bought a used 2005 LR3 and it needs new tires. The front tires are badly worn on the outer edges. While I was at the dealer having some work done I asked the Land Rover dealer what an alignment would cost and they quoted me $300 plus. That seemed like a lot of money to me. The Land Rover dealer said only LR should do the alignment for reasons I didn't understand. My question is this, are they just lookinf for the business or do I really need to have only LR do the alignment? Thx :mad:
  • Anyone can do it. My last one (which was a proper computer-controlled laser alignment) was $75 and the time before that it was free because I bought new tires.
  • I'm a college student that is considering to buy a 2005/2006 LR3. I'm looking at spending about $13,000 for LR3. I have a Honda Civic I'm going to sell on my own that will allow me to get a small auto loan for the LR3. Obviously I will have a much larger gas bill, but I have no idea if I will be able to handle maintenance costs. This LR3 would be at 80k miles or more. This would be the first car I buy on my own. My parents will be signing the loan with me. I'm at a minimum wage job but this car would be my only responsibility. Am I crazy? Would I be getting too far over my head? :confuse:
  • jblr3jblr3 Posts: 5
    I have a 2005 LR3 with 120K miles which I bought new. For many reasons, it's the best vehicle that I have ever owned but I would definitely NOT recommend it for you. In '05 or '06, Consumer Reports ranked as the "Most unreliable car in America". It was a first yr model and I would have agreed with that over the first several months but after that point, repairs were pretty routine. However, Land Rover repairs are very expensive and at the mileage you are looking at, repairs are inevitable. In addition to routine maintenance, I'll just give you an example of a few of my repairs between 80-120K. At 90K, transfer case replacement was $3K. At 110K, front end job was $2K. I can't see how a college student making minimum wage could ever handle repairs even close to what you may encounter in a vehicle like this. Hope this helps. Good luck.
  • I would recommend against it. There are too many things that could go wrong and when they do it's expensive. Even if you find a great independent shop with reasonable labor rates, the cost of the parts is still very high. It's fine when you have a chunk of money behind you and a decent income, but you're not in that position just yet (give it time!). My recommendation would be to find something that's fun and that you'll enjoy, but that is also a mainstream vehicle with good reliability and low repair costs. If you want a sport utility, you might want to consider a Jeep Wrangler - those are a blast and won't break the bank. Best of luck to you.
  • Yes, way to risky! Range Rovers are to expensive to keep running and has been previously noted have a terrible frequency of repair record. Terrible electrical issues that cost major dollars to trouble shoot!

    Your young, buy a Toyota FJ Cruiser! It will take you anywhere with good gas Milage and has a great record of reliabity, also will cost you less!
  • I'm probably in the minority here, but we have had good luck with General tires purchased online via They have a network of installers and I haven't found anyone beating their prices. I've probably bought seven or eight sets of tires; various brands, sizes, etc. from them and have always been pleased.
    Like most folks, our factory tires wore out at 27m miles. We just replaced our first set of General Grabber 275/70/18 size at 85m miles with another set of the same style/size. It's a highway tire and we don't get much snow down south. It's also not a "recommended" size for the vehicle, but we've not had a problem with alignment or cupping.
    Hope that helps.
  • You dont know how a college student can afford that? Man think again. I thought the 4 times tuition fees hikes will choke all the students parents to death in California. Haha...when I drive around SF State U dorm, you wont believe how many Benz, Bmw, Land rovers I see. And a lot of them still got money to smoke some weeds. Thats how they do college nowadays. Drive a Land Rover, smoke some good weeds, bang some random chicks, cheat on exams and still got an A.....hahahaha...thats sound a lot like you huh? I guess the students can't afford it, their parents can. Or they just took a huge student loan and know that they won't pay back anyways. Why not just use the student loan and have a good life. At the end, they GOV will bail out all the student loans anyways so you may as well get your LR3 for free on our GOV hahahahhahahah
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