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#2435 of 4548 Poor Manufacturing Quality of LR3
Aug 05, 2005 (11:45 am)
My 2005 LR3 HSE was delivered 13Apr2005, after waiting two weeks in the shop just to get the PDC working. New CJB was installed and problem was not fixed. Tie-wrap was too tight against frame on fiber optic line and was disrupting signal. Since then my LR3 has been in the shop eight times I believe. Here's the list: Rear interior passenger door handle and lock lever inoperable, glove box latch inoperable, Nav system boot failure (still not resolved after new Nav installed), intermittent stereo operation (still not resolved), rear locking differential sensor failure (diff replaced), compressor housing failure (replaced), fuel tank sending unit problem (tank assembly replaced), white hazing on all of the black interior panels, trip computer distance-to-zero inoperable (new instrument cluster), and voice-recognition system failure (new HSE stereo head-unit installed). About one out of ten times I start the vehicle the nav system freezes at the Land Rover Oval on the very bright LCD (that cannot be turned off), the stereo goes intermittent every 2 seconds, and the voice recog does not work. I have spoken to dealer and am returning the vehicle to LRNA because it has been in for the same item over four times in four months and is still not resolved. Now I have to decide if I want to try another one or a different model. They have started a "case" and I will find out what their plan is in a couple of days they said. Any other returned vehicles out there? Overall, I am very displeased with the supposed new high quality manufacturing facility in Solihull that Ford built for the new LR3/RRS chassis.
#2436 of 4548 Re: Long trip, etc [azstalz]
Aug 05, 2005 (2:03 pm)
does everyone mean "scuffing" in reference to hazing? The panels are just going to get that way, i'm afraid. My Bimmers are the same way. Back in the early 90's the cars had a glossy look to their vinyl interior panels, then somewhere along the way they stopped doing that. The best protectant i used was formula 2000 but that will make everything shiny and "wet" looking..plus if you still have that new car smell, it pretty much does away with it in exchange for a turtle waxy smell. Try water and a sponge first, then maybe meguiars vinyl protectant
#2437 of 4548 Re: Long trip, etc [kandg]
Aug 05, 2005 (2:21 pm)
It looks more like a dusting of white talcum powder all over the surfaces, then the powder wiped off... something that definitely shouldn't happen to interior panels in under four months!
#2438 of 4548 Re: Long trip, etc [azstalz]
Aug 05, 2005 (2:59 pm)
it sounds like a static charge buildup over all that vinyl (not surprising) considering the acreage of the stuff in the truck (causing dust and minute particles to cling to the panels). Is this possibly what it is?
it might help to have an air ionizer plugged in.
#2439 of 4548 Re: Any one else with a Lemon? [sunridgefarm]
Aug 06, 2005 (6:11 am)
Sorry about your problems. I had a check engine light come on right after I purchased the car. It referenced an emissions problem, but that checked out ok. Then they thought it was the computer, but that was ok as well. Turned out to be a damaged wiring harness giving a false signal. Problem did not return after this was replaced and I have had no further incidents. Hope you find resolution to your problems, one way or another.
#2440 of 4548 Owner Survey - Disco II trade in's
Aug 06, 2005 (8:42 am)
Out of curiousity, I am interested in asking some of the LR3 owners on this forum who were previous Disco II owners, to give their opinions on the differences.
I currently own a 2001 Disco II and am at a crossroad whether to keep my Disco II and purchasing the extenended warranty till about 90k or trade it in and get an LR3. Even with all the quirky traits of the disco...i do still like it very much.
#2441 of 4548 Re: Long trip, etc [azstalz]
Aug 06, 2005 (4:57 pm)
There is a proctetant they put on all the plastic, vinyl and leather services on brand new cars that are shipped. Its kind of a UV protectant stuff and if it is not cleaned off after a while it turns to a white haze. Sounds to me like the detail shop at your dealership did not do a good enough job of throughly cleaning the vehicle before delivery. Try and clean a section of it yourself with some high quality vinyl/plastic cleaner. I have found Meguiars NXT protectant does ok for Walmart off the shelf stuff. If that does clean it up take it back to your dealership and have them redetail the inside of your car.
#2442 of 4548 Re: Owner Survey - Disco II trade in's [photodisco]
Aug 06, 2005 (5:41 pm)
I was in your exact same situation a few months ago. I had a 2003 Disco II that I loved. I was coming to the end of my lease and was going to purchase it and buy an extended warranty for $2800 from Land Rover. I decided, rather than buy the extended warranty for the Disco II to just lease a new LR3. After a month of driving the LR3 you will forget all the things you liked about the Disco because simply it a superior car. It rides like a lux car, has tons of power and the ergonomics have been fixed. You will love it.
Aug 07, 2005 (7:35 am)
I have had my LR3 since December 2004. It has been at the dealer 5 times for a suspension fault.
They said vehicle was in transport mode by default. Picked up vehicle and within one day message returned. Took back and they replaced the compressor. Problem occurred again. Said battery was giving fluctuating voltage. Changed battery and within a week problem returned. Land Rover told dealer to replace compressor and relay. They said they drove vehicle for a few days and problem did not return. I picked up the vehicle and within 2 miles of leaving the dealer fault message returned. Vehicle has been at dealer for another week and I do not know what they are doing. They have been good to me in giving me quality replacement vehicles to drive, but I am concerned.
I have been offered 2 months of lease payments for my inconvenience but have not accepted because I an concerned I could not use the CA lemon law if I accept.
Perplexed in CA.
#2444 of 4548 Re: Poor Manufacturing Quality of LR3/how to file under Lemon law
Aug 07, 2005 (11:14 am)
I agree, I got my LR3 on Feb29th and have been back at the dealer 1or 2 times each month since for a variety of issues. Suspension fault(new sensor and compressor), knocking/rattling noise in roof(new sunroof assembly)after 4/5 tries, chaffing side panels, warning lights going on all the time, headliner out of place(pending), leaking water through front door and headliner(new).I cannot believe that such a prestigious and expensive vehicle can be so lousy. I am looking to return the car under the law and go elsewhere. Has anyone else had to do this.....HELP!!!!!!!