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Old September 3rd, 2016, 08:31 PM
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Should i buy a LR3 as a DD?

I love the look and have received some positive feedback but tell me why I should or should not buy an LR3?

Is it a myth that they are non-reliable and always serviced or is that just a general Land Rover meta thought?

Am I wasting my time trying to find a $7 to 10k low mileage LR3?

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Old September 3rd, 2016, 08:36 PM
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There are several recent threads on this. But I doubt you'll find a low mileage truck for under 10k
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 08:58 PM
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Everything in the 7-10k range is 100k+ mile wise.
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 09:10 PM
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I DD'd my LR3 for several years. Great rig. Just make sure you get an '08 or newer.
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 09:27 PM
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I have a 2007 LR3 that's our daily driver with over 130K on it now. I bought it three and a half years ago with 88K and its been the most dependable Land Rover of the eighteen that I've owned. Having a Land Rover with a dependable 300 horsepower engine is a revelation. This past spring I towed a 27 foot enclosed car trailer with my 356 Porsche in it to Amelia Island. Its a very comfortable car.
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 09:33 PM
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I've owned an LR3 for just over three years and put 50K miles on it. It's my DD and I love it.
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Old September 4th, 2016, 02:09 AM
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My '06 LR3 has 213,000+ miles on it and I still enjoy driving it daily. Just this week I had someone at the gas station tell me how great it looks. I've had no issues with it that I haven't had with other cars I've owned.
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Old September 4th, 2016, 05:42 AM
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DD a 2005 LR3 HSE. Over 100K miles and very reliable. For your price range you may be looking at 2005 MY examples. Don't hesitate to buy a 2005 if in good condition. Also, try to get an HSE as the extras are worth it and there is little difference in price.
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Old September 4th, 2016, 05:45 AM
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Chad, sorry I haven't called you back. I have 150k on my 06, including 5300 last month out to Yellowstone and back pullong a camp trailer. I could give you a list of all of the things I've repaired on mine over the last 120k, and of all of the Lr3's that have come through the shop. Many of them are not a surprise for a 3 ton vehicle-hub bearings, control arm bushings front and rear, differentials. Have several with more miles than mine but haven't had to replace a trans or engine. Comfortable, capable tow vehicle and people hauler, capable off road, to me, still a distinctive looking 'modern' vehicle. They make a great daily driver in my opinion.

------ Follow up post added September 4th, 2016 06:49 AM ------

Pretty much the same car from 05-09, and in 08 they freshened the instrument cluster, added 1 touch for the passengers front window, and body color on the bumpers and flares. HSE, Heavy duty gives you a full-size spare and rear lsd/locker, and a cold climate package includes heated seats. Even has seat heaters for the 2 outboard rear seats on mine!
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Old September 4th, 2016, 06:08 AM
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DD'ing an 06, she's barely touch 100k but that's due to location the past few years (I lived 1.6km from the Embassy, the commute was epic in how short it was).

You won't get better feedback on what will need attention than what Trevor provided-and if you incorporate that knowledge into the cost of ownership expectations you will get a great truck out of the deal.

I wouldn't worry about the model year, and if budget is driving it you may end up looking a higher mileage units-maint records are key there.

One thing to add to the discussion since the refresh in 08 comes up; once you get an IID tool you can change your instrument cluster to that style (clock in dash) and some other neat ticks like the 3 flash turn signals and such. The IID is worth getting for the ability to troubleshoot, but that just makes it a little better.
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Ray,
Where are you these days? My 06' would welcome an update from your OBD tool.
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Where are you these days? My 06' would welcome an update from your OBD tool.
The zip code comes back as Midland VA...but it really is more like an errant mortar round off the west side of Quantico.

Bad thing about the IID is it is VIN specific for some functions-need to check and see if you can update the CCF (car config file) and such with it on any truck-my guess is no; it will read your codes but the toys to change the laptop on wheels are behind the proprietary line.

If you don't have an IID it is prob worth getting-esp if you end up in any other modern Rover-i.e. go like Skinny Dave and get an RRS and such. Invaluable at troubleshooting.
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Old September 4th, 2016, 08:55 AM
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Appreciate the feedback - l have been trolling craigslist.

Let me know if you see any good ones out there. Enjoy Labor Day
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The zip code comes back as Midland VA...but it really is more like an errant mortar round off the west side of Quantico.

Bad thing about the IID is it is VIN specific for some functions-need to check and see if you can update the CCF (car config file) and such with it on any truck-my guess is no; it will read your codes but the toys to change the laptop on wheels are behind the proprietary line.

If you don't have an IID it is prob worth getting-esp if you end up in any other modern Rover-i.e. go like Skinny Dave and get an RRS and such. Invaluable at troubleshooting.
Ray - where can the IID tool be purchased?

What do they run?
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Old September 4th, 2016, 09:17 AM
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Hit Lucky 8 up, that's where I got mine. Price varies depending on if you get just the dongle that uses the dash or the blue tooth version that interfaces with your phone/iPad/tablet/laptop. I got the dongle version and am happy with it, think it ran me about $450 but Eric or Justin may chime in on current costs.

Seems like a lot but is a powerful diagnostic tool. If you DIY much at all it will pay for itself, like the first time you program a key...plus you can change your values on the EAS to give yourself a non-rod lift, update transmission software to stop the clunk/surge, etc.
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Old September 4th, 2016, 09:56 AM
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x2 for the the IID tool. It paid for itself with the one key I programed for my LR4. So much more capability than just programming keys too...
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some tips for when you're looking:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...r3s-71128.html

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...lr3-72535.html
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Ray is this the tool: https://www.gap-diagnostic.com/products/iidtool/
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Yes sir, with the primary differences between the standard IID and the IID BT (blue tooth) (and IID pro for that matter) being pretty well laid out on the link you sent. L8 is a US supplier for Gap Diagnostic.
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'06 LR3, 140K+ on it....no real issues besides what's described above, and I had to do a water pump maybe 10K ago. Other than that, very reliable. and great truck.
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