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#122 of 4548 LR3 impressions
Nov 09, 2004 (12:22 pm)
My wife and I recently test drove and then purchased a 2005 LR3 SE with all the options - total MSRP was $53,295. Traded in an Infinity FX35.
We looked at several other SUV's and all I can say is drive them back to back - we did'nt think anything else had the same combination of on street ride and handling and off-road performance.
The LR3 has a fantastic street ride, good performance from the V8, nice streering, not too lite and can cruise at 85 all day long. As for reliability, I am hopefull, but I did note that Land Rover did extensive testing of this model and it does use a lot of proven components (engine, transmission, Nav system are all from Jaguar re-do of XJ8 in 2004).
We went back to the Land Rover dealer and I got to drive our new LR3 on the off-road test track. I have never driven off-road before and the LR3 made it so easy! Even the instructor who has a Disco II was very impressed with how well it did! I was told a lot of other vehicles (like the BMW X-5, Volvo XC-90) will not make it around the off-road track - the dealership owns almost every car make dealership and they tried them all on the track.
There are a lot of SUV's out there from all different manufacturers, but I think you would do yourself a disservice if you did not at least test drive the LR3 along with your other choices. We think you will be quite surprised.
About the price - it isn't cheap, but you should buy what you want and like, not buy whatever car you think is the best deal - nothing is a deal if you really don't like it, no matter what the price.
Nov 09, 2004 (1:52 pm)
My local dealer now has over 40 LR3s in stock. I assume they are ready to deal sooner rather than later.
Nov 09, 2004 (8:40 pm)
The X5 V8 non-sports feels similarly to the X5 3.0 sports. The V8 sports package is much stiffer than the 3.0 sports package.
I sure hope the heated windshield does not conflict with the radar detector. What attracted us to the winter package is the heated rear seats which my son likes and GX 470 doesn't have. However, radar detector has got to work. Without the winter package, there goes another advantage that LR3 has against the GX.
#125 of 4548 Dealer inventory
Nov 09, 2004 (8:41 pm)
Great info for the consumers. Which region are you in?
#126 of 4548 Re: Dealer inventory [ypshan]
Nov 10, 2004 (5:42 pm)
I am in Northern New Jersey.
#127 of 4548 Re: Dealer inventory [davidc1]
Nov 10, 2004 (8:25 pm)
Your message IS very promising. I'm in NJ too, so what dealership you meant-Paramus?
#128 of 4548 Re: Dealer inventory [yoreet1]
Nov 11, 2004 (9:54 am)
Yes. Their website listed 43 LR3s the last time I checked. They also have over 150 Discos. I suspect they'll discount them heavily.
#130 of 4548 Re: 4,000,000 Miles of Testing for LR3 [xchicagoan5]
Nov 11, 2004 (2:08 pm)
Interesting post of the testing on the LR3.
However, I can't help but notice things that make one wonder if this is mor marketing hype than true quality control R&D:
"Italy—High-speed testing was carried out at the Nardo bowl, where LR3 test vehicles raced around the track continuously for 20 hours a day at, or near, maximum speed. In all, testing there totaled twelve weeks and 31,000 miles of maximum-speed driving.
Let's see, let's assume by "test vehicles" they meant two (2). At a "continuous" 20 hours a day for 12 weeks, that's a total of 3,360 hours of "at or near maximum speed" driving for both vehicles. They went a total of 31,000 miles. Meaning the maximum speed of an LR3 must be somewhere in the neighborhood of 9.2 miles per hour. Pretty impressive.
I just wonder if Land Rover's marketing department put more time into puffing up their tests than their engineers did in performing them. One thing's for sure, they need someone who is at least as good at math as my 4th grade daughter to proof read their next press release.