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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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LR3-Any Feedback?

I'm looking to buy my wife a new Landie, anyone own a LR3 and can provide some insight as to;
gas mileage, ride, handling, etc...,

Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks. gh
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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:24 PM
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I'm looking to buy my wife a new Landie, anyone own a LR3 and can provide some insight as to;
gas mileage, ride, handling, etc...,

Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks. gh
Take a look at this thread, from a few weeks back. http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=11812
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Old June 13th, 2007, 10:11 PM
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Some of our club members have LR3's and are pretty happy with them. More power than the Discovery.

On a side note; the latest Car & Driver magazine did a comparison test and the LR2 didn't fare very well. I think its overpriced for what it is.

Automobile Magazine reports that BMW will be introducing two diesel vehicles for 2008 - one is rumored to be the diesel X5 which should be a really nice vehicle. Honda is rumored to be introducing a diesel CRV in 2009 and there are reports that Toyota will have a couple of diesels by 2009 - probably Camry but maybe they'll put one in the FJ cruiser?
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:01 AM
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Gas mileage = 13 around town 16-18 on the Highway. YMMV but the EPA estimate is fairly close to the real world.

Ride = Excellent! I love the ride, 8hr road trips are no problem.

Handling = OK, nothing special here, but good enough for a large SUV.

Power = V8 has good mid to high RPM power, very poor low end torque etc. The V6 is a better around town drive, but the V8 is far beter on the highway.

I would have bought a V6 except I needed the HP for towing my boat or D90.

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I'm looking to buy my wife a new Landie, anyone own a LR3 and can provide some insight as to;
gas mileage, ride, handling, etc...,

Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks. gh
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:26 AM
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It rides great and handles great on the road and it is very impressive offroad for a stock vehicle. It has a lot of room in the third row (far more than anything else that is roughly the same ext. size). You will go through a lot of brake pads...all rovers do b/c they are so heavy. The LR3 is not any worse in this respect than a p38, 4.4 or Disco but compared to a BMW for instance, they go through brakes quickly. I wouldn't expect to get more than app. 13mpg avg unless you do a lot of highway driving in which case you may see an avg. of about 17. I would recommend negotiating a discount on an extended warranty at the same time as the purchase. There is also a considerable savings if you purchase the warranty early in the vehicle's life (less than 15k miles I believe but you should ask to be sure). Get the factory installed bluetooth...don't let the dealer talk you into the dealer installed version b/c you loose many functions including the dashboard dialing on the radio face and the caller id function. If you get a used one GET THE 3rd ROW! Even if you don't think you need it, you don't lose any interior space, you may want it some day, the rear climate control that is included with it will be great in FL summers and the resale value will be MUCH higher. Lastly, I would recommend the HD package that gives you both the locking rear diff and the full-size spare. If you have any questions let me know...I know these things inside and out.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:30 AM
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Gas mileage is more like 10 mpg for me around town.

anyhow, other than gas mileage and lack of "magic" it's the BEST minivan money can buy.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 12:56 AM
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Yeah, with a lot of stop and go stuff it can get to 10 pretty quick...
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Old June 14th, 2007, 01:14 AM
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hey Gary, enjoying your Defender I see.

AWESOME!
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We purchased one for the wife about 6 months ago. Great truck so far. Bout 14 around town and about 19 on the highway for road trips. 3rd row is exceptional and very functional folding into the floor.

I have taken it bird hunting several times and really liked it off road. Nothing extreme but performed great in sub zero temps on ice, rocky climbs and decents, and very smooth on wash boarded dirt roads at speed here in ID.

Stereo, bluetooth, center console cooler, locking diff all work great. Towed a 14 aluminum fishing boat this spring and never knew it was there.

To be honest, I didn't think I would like the truck as much as I do. Got it because it made the wife happy.

As they say, happy wife, happy life.

YMMV.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 01:24 AM
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The Defender is great! It is fun learning a new truck, and I have a lot to learn about them....

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hey Gary, enjoying your Defender I see.

AWESOME!
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Old June 14th, 2007, 03:00 PM
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Gas mileage = 13 around town 16-18 on the Highway. YMMV but the EPA estimate is fairly close to the real world.

Ride = Excellent! I love the ride, 8hr road trips are no problem.

Handling = OK, nothing special here, but good enough for a large SUV.

Power = V8 has good mid to high RPM power, very poor low end torque etc. The V6 is a better around town drive, but the V8 is far beter on the highway.

I would have bought a V6 except I needed the HP for towing my boat or D90.
Note that mileage is heavily foot-dependent. I have a very light foot and get 16-17 in mixed driving.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 11:48 PM
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Got an '05 V8 for my wife as well. It's been problem free with the exception of an out of spec allignment issue at delivery that caused us to rip through a set of tires in 18k. Gas mileage is what you would expect from something that is equally heavy. It's comfortable and quiet. My only complaint is the interior finish could be better for a truck with a MSRP north of $50k. There is lot's of hard plastic everywhere. Overall....its a nice truck.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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. Towed a 14 aluminum fishing boat this spring and never knew it was there.



YMMV.
that is because nothing was there.
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Old June 30th, 2007, 03:24 PM
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Thanks for all the help, this forum is truly time after time incredibly helpful, insightful, and honest. We picked up my wife's LR3 yesterday and without your help I'm certain we would have gone with the XC90. Thanks a bunch. gh
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Congrats! Which one did you end up going with?
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