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Old June 6th, 2016, 11:11 AM
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ISO: Feedback on LR3's

I have a friend looking to purchase a LR3. I've seen a few posted from time to time. I didn't know what year to tell him to buy and or avoid. Can anyone comment on the best year to buy!? What issues they have or are known for...

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Old June 6th, 2016, 11:12 AM
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Great ride & get used to 16.4 MPG.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 11:20 AM
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Great ride & get used to 16.4 MPG.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 11:42 AM
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There is no bad year, anecdotally avoid the 05 but that's more now a facet of mileage and maintenance. Known issues are nowhere near previous generations of truck so be mindful not to think of them akin to Dii head gasket failures, P38 BeCM issues, Defender oil lines and spontaneously corroding cross members as the drivetrain and such has seemed to bear out far better.

They will eat tires, brakes, lower control arms-b/c they are heavy.

They will need a compressor rebuild/update at some point as the system ages.

Some can have dif issues but see my note above.

They love good voltage so a weak battery will cause fits.

Check the passenger side floorboard for water from one of a few sources (a pillar, sunroof drains, pollen filter). Corroded wiring there can cause issues.

All told they are fantastic trucks that can be had at good $$$ these days, just find one with a good history and don't be scared to pass several by as there are plenty of them out there.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 12:37 PM
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Notice an 05 on eBay with 8k original miles. Think they were asking $25k.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 01:15 PM
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Lots of clean examples out there, and some that have been rode hard and put up wet. I'd have a dealer or Indy shop look them over closely for a PPI. I have a used 06 with 75k miles and it's solid.

Here is what appears to be a clean truck...

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...620720885.html
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Definitely keep an eye out for water - I've had the front sunroof drains clog up on mine and the AC vent drains decided to clog up on a trip over the weekend - I unclogged after I got back yesterday and the floor is already dry fortunately.

The front (at least) air shocks are likely to need replacing at around 10 years/100K.

As mentioned, the differentials can be an issue - the locking rear diff, if equipped, is more expensive to replace. LR has gone through several iterations of breather caps for the front diff. I'd listen carefully for whining diffs on a test drive.

Also, the transmission really should have the fluid changed at around 100K. Its a bit of a job.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 02:09 PM
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As mentioned, the differentials can be an issue - the locking rear diff, if equipped, is more expensive to replace. LR has gone through several iterations of breather caps for the front diff. I'd listen carefully for whining diffs on a test drive.

Also, the transmission really should have the fluid changed at around 100K. Its a bit of a job.
Couldn't agree more. I heard a whining rear diff on mine during test drive. Had PPI done, sure enough it was rear diff going out. Seller had it replaced prior to my purchase, which was huge cause it's not cheap.
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Lots of clean examples out there, and some that have been rode hard and put up wet. I'd have a dealer or Indy shop look them over closely for a PPI. I have a used 06 with 75k miles and it's solid.

Here is what appears to be a clean truck...

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...620720885.html
That seems like a lot of truck for the money. Tempting.
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Thanks gents this is the helpful info I knew you'd be good for! Cheers
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Dont worry about the edges of the Steering wheel that curl up. I've havent seen one that hasnt done it. Also, the Parking Brake can sort of get stuck on. They are unfortunately electronic. I would like to know who thought that was a good idea.
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Dont worry about the edges of the Steering wheel that curl up. I've havent seen one that hasnt done it. Also, the Parking Brake can sort of get stuck on. They are unfortunately electronic. I would like to know who thought that was a good idea.
agreed on the steering wheel cover. Maybe we'll all get them replaced by Takata...

everyone is moving to electronic parking brakes for packaging reasons.
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