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Old September 1st, 2014, 12:03 PM
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Best year of LR3

Again in the market for an LR3 and would greatly appreciate the opinion of the well-informed defendersource members on what is the preferable year to buy..or as importantly, which year(s) to stay away from. I am an informed consumer and understand the variables that play into reliability, just looking for experiences that may push me one way or another. Thanks in advance. Brian
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Old September 1st, 2014, 12:40 PM
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Old September 1st, 2014, 12:45 PM
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As an owner of an '05 LR3 HSE, I certainly had my share of "first model year" pain. I will never own a car that's just started production again.

That being said, I think the general consensus is that the 06-07-08 trucks (before the mid-08 facelift) were all pretty much the same. If you get a post-upgrade 08-09-10 it's just some body work and minor electronics changes.

The 05 did not offer a lot of the little creature comforts like Bluetooth, Chiller cubby, Sirius radio, etc. Those were all on the 06 and later.

So short story... if you can find a post facelift truck, that would be great, but really the 06-07-08-09-10 trucks are all the same minus small electronics and trim changes.
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A quick search yielded this thread:
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I believe all years are susceptible to the more common failures/ short comings.
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05 has limited seat movement on driver side

08 gets the supple leather if its equipped with luxury package

09 gets the body color moldings and bumper similar to lr4

10 is the first year of the lr4 which is a drastically different truck, and much better truck in my opinion


As Clay mentioned, all of the lr3's are susceptible to the same problems. Very reliable trucks by Land Rover standard though...
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Old September 1st, 2014, 01:19 PM
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Thanks all, I was hoping to spend around 15k...appreciate the info..maybe I'll try and snag a 2010 LR4.
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I don't think you can go wrong with one that has been maintained-with the caveat that the 05's may be slightly more troublesome but that's as much anecdotal as anything. From my hunt, what I'd say is look for one that has the stuff you want/need; i.e. if bluetooth is a big deal make sure it has it...retrofit is problematic.

I had a list of things I wanted, and when I found the top 3-4 in one truck (Green, 7 seater, black interior, HID headlights, cold wx package) I grabbed it. I wish it had bluetooth...not stressed about the absence of nav, happy with the 18's, etc.
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Not a problem in the US but the TDV6 model here suffer from breaking crankshaft, almost epidemic and often in the same spot.

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My 06 was a tank, very solid truck. Only issue was rear hatch release failure. I'd take it back in a heartbeat.
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They are all good, but I hate the shitty rear view mirror in early trucks, and also the fact that you can't move the driver's seat cushion up in the front part of the seat. '05 trucks have a schrader valve on the fuel rail for checking fuel pressure which is nice.
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My 06 HSE has been safely trouble-free in 7 years and I'm up to 125k miles. Brakes, Alternator, battery, and control arm bushings have been the most common maintenance items. Its never left me stranded and would not hesitate buying another. Thought about selling mine last yr for a low mileage 08 but I know the LR well and all service is documented since new. It's quite practical transporting the Fam around to beach, school, trails and on road trips.
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10 is the first year of the lr4 which is a drastically different truck, and much better truck in my opinion

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I completely agree with this. Although the changes were relatively minor on paper from LR3 to 4, the impact to the drivability and reliability of the truck are significant. Not to mention, the interior styling is just way better, IMHO.
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2008 on.

I like the LR4, but not as many places to put stuff.

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I completely agree with this. Although the changes were relatively minor on paper from LR3 to 4, the impact to the drivability and reliability of the truck are significant. Not to mention, the interior styling is just way better, IMHO.
On the other hand, oil changes for an LR4 cost how much?
(At least that's what I recall hearing from someone who wanted to buy a pallet of filters...IIRC)
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On the other hand, oil changes for an LR4 cost how much?
(At least that's what I recall hearing from someone who wanted to buy a pallet of filters...IIRC)
They are still probably cheaper since an LR4 has a 15k mile interval where the LR3 has a 7.5k interval.
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They are still probably cheaper since an LR4 has a 15k mile interval where the LR3 has a 7.5k interval.
The thought of waiting 15k miles to change any Rover's oil is horrifying. If you say so.
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The thought of waiting 15k miles to change any Rover's oil is horrifying. If you say so.
The motors don't start to knock until you go about 40k miles without changing it.

My mom has a Range Rover with the 4.4 Jag V8, and she changes it every 5k or so. I would probably do 10k miles with the 5.0 if I had one.
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