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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:09 PM
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LR3 good car or not?

Hi Guy's,

I am thinking of getting a land rover LR3 for my wife. She drives a vw touareg for now. Good car but with 2 dogs a little bit small. She drove it with a lot of fun and no problems! So i would like her to drive a LR3. But she thinks they are not reliable! So i need to convince her that this is the best option

So are there any big things/ problems that i need to watch out for? I know the defender very well but not the LR3.

Any info is welcome!
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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:20 PM
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They're great - and reliable - as long as you don't have the BMW years. I did a bunch of research on them when convincing one of my buddies to get one (a 2008) and he has had zero issues with his. They go through rotors and some other things a bit quicker than some other SUV's, but aside from that, I didn't really see many horror storis. The dealer told us they really only had problems with the ones from the BMW years.

Here's what you can expect from a 100k mile one.

http://forum.roversclub.org/forum/sh...2-06-lr3-se-v8
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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:29 PM
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LR3? No thanks.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:33 PM
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LR3? No thanks.
I had read that months ago as well, but never saw it happen again.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:38 PM
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My buddy who ones a shop has nothing but good things to say about them... I am thinking of selling our RR to get one later this year.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:20 PM
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That is what i mean. Some have great stories about them and love them And some hate them? I don't think there where manny recalls on the lr3? I have heard lots of good things to and i like the space and its a land rover!
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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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That is what i mean. Some have great stories about them and love them And some hate them?
Well not entirely. I'd say just about everyone one of the accounts coming from actual owners have been quite favorable, but the friend of a friend comments seem to be the ones of catastrophic failure. My friend and I did a lot of reading, I called the place formerly known as Roverlab (Trevor owns an LR3 as his daily driver) to get his take on it (I posted a link above to one he was selling for a customer if you haven't read that yet for an honest look at one at 100k miles), and spoke to other LR techs, and like I said the only bad years were the BMW ones. My buddy has had zero issues with his.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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My wife drove an 07' untill early last year when we bought a LR4. It was a great truck. No issues other than brakes and rotors. We bought new and serviced reguarly. I think we were at 75K. It was a great truck. I have no issues recommending it! Lots of room and cleans easily. I have 3 kids and they know how to make something really dirty.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 05:18 PM
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I have a 2005 LR3 that just rolled over 125k on the odo, with many of those off road getting banged up. I would say skip the 2005 year as they were the first of the line and had minor issues, plus there was a minor upgrade in electronics for 2006+.

If you keep up on the maintenance, they are spectacular trucks. There were no "BMW years" for the LR3, they were all Ford.
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I have an 06 that I picked up on a whim...and I love it. Ditched the Sport a couple months ago as I have a hard time spending that much more for the exact same truck with a different shell...they at UGLY but I for over that after a while.
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I have a 2005 LR3 that just rolled over 125k on the odo, with many of those off road getting banged up. I would say skip the 2005 year as they were the first of the line and had minor issues, plus there was a minor upgrade in electronics for 2006+.

If you keep up on the maintenance, they are spectacular trucks. There were no "BMW years" for the LR3, they were all Ford.
Hmmm weird the dealer described the early years as the BMW years that BMW had used for the X5 4x4 and didn't back up any warranty issues properly - must have been talking out his ass.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:30 PM
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05 LR3 currently 87k on it. Wife's daily driver. No major problems and most issues were fixed under extended warranty.

things of note that have been fixed or replaced:
Air compressor for suspension system
Bushings for the control arms

The Goodyear tires seem to wear pretty fast, but I've heard there are better wearing tires than those that come from the factory.

A couple rattles here and there but nothing major. Probably just age related. I foresee the rear tailgate to be a problem in the far future as it doesn't close as well as it used to. Everything else seems to be very solid.

Probably getting a LR4 next year as the warranty is ending. We might be keeping the LR3 as a spare or I'll sell my FJ and drive the LR3 as it a much more kid friendly/grand parent vehicle.

We like it as it serves it's purpose well. Ours is a 7 seater and I've sat in the back myself and I was actually comfortable there. We don't treat it with kid gloves and it's holding up pretty well. Only "mods"are a push bar and remote start which is priceless on cold mornings.

I'm pretty sure it will be a good daily driver for years to come. I would never take it on anything I wheel my defender on. Just my 2 cents.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:42 PM
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I would try to skip a 2005 without a warranty but any year they are great overall.
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Thanks guy's a LR3 it is! I will avoid to o5 and try to get a 06 or 07.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 09:20 AM
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Wife has had the 05 since new. Only problem we had is the compressor for the air suspension (she uses it all the time). Other than that it's still running strong.
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They are pretty good cars, especially compared to older rovers. The common problems are...

Control arm bushing failures
Leaking pinion seals and axle shaft seals
Compressors need to be rebuilt regularly

We also see a lot of parking brakes that get locked up when owners do the rear brakes themselves, or take it to an independent shop that doesn't know what they are doing.
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Thanks guy's a LR3 it is! I will avoid to o5 and try to get a 06 or 07.
If you can work an LR4 into the budget I would look hard into getting it over the LR3. My wife moved from the 3 to the 4 a little over a year ago and the difference is material enough IMHO. Better interior, more power, tighter handling. The LR4 corrected the things that bothered everyone about LR3.
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06+ try for an HSE or a vehicle equipped with the HD package...it will have a rear locker and full size spare.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 12:01 PM
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06+ try for an HSE or a vehicle equipped with the HD package...it will have a rear locker and full size spare.
That basically sums it up. I also have the Adaptive Headlights, which give you HIDs that swivel around while you drive. It's one of those things that once you get it, you kind of wonder how you lived without it.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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I will agree that lr4 is much better than lr3 since its more powerful and has the same gas mileage. Ive had my lr3 since 07 and ive been happy with it. It feels very safe inside since the chassis is so strong.
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