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#3212 of 4548 Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default
Jan 12, 2006 (2:36 pm)
I bought an LR3 (Darien, CT, dealer; I live in NY) in April 2005. After 9,000 miles of flawless performance, I got my suspension fault today. Dealer says they can't figure it out and and are on the phone with Land Rover. Not very encouraging. Has anyone else had this problem and had it fixed by the Darien LR dealer?
This is my first high-end vehicle, and, while I love it, I'm pretty pi$$ed. If this is not quickly and permanently corrected, I'm selling this
#3213 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [jjgghh]
Jan 12, 2006 (2:57 pm)
One fault and it's a lemon? Sorry, it's going to take little more than that. It could be the compressor, it could be something else... regretably, it is sometimes difficult to diagnose. Since it's a newer vehicle... experience at some service departments, especially with smaller dealers, is often low.
#3214 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [jjgghh]
Jan 12, 2006 (3:12 pm)
Was it an amber suspension fault or red one? Amber is not so bad, will sometimes self correct and you can still drive the car. Red is bad and you should not drive the vehicle but have it towed to the dealership.
The LR3 is a pretty complicated vehicle and has not been out on the market all that long if you think about the lifespan of a model. It could be that the Tech at Darien has run into a problem he is not familar with and is checking with Land Rover to see if someone some where has seen the problem. By doing this he benifits from all of the Land Rover Techs in the whole world and hopefuly someone some where has seen the problem and reported the fix to Land Rover.
Give them sometime to correct the problem. I would not start calling my car a Lemon after a single trip to the dealer.
#3215 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [british_rover]
Jan 12, 2006 (3:43 pm)
The light was red and the message said don't drive over 30 mph. I understand that one service visit does not a lemon make -- and part of this is me venting -- but it's also not like this is a minor issue. Given the horrid experiences of so many others with this suspension problem, I'm concerned that once it happens it's hard to fix for good.
#3216 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [jjgghh]
Jan 12, 2006 (5:55 pm)
jjgghh, just curious, during the 9,000 miles that you have driven your 2005 LR3, have you on a regular basis adjusted the suspension from low to high and back to mid-level? I've been moving mine up and down to to make sure it works and to "exercise" it because I find when something is not used, it will break. Of course, I only have about 800 miles so far.
#3217 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [mark156]
Jan 12, 2006 (7:04 pm)
Well said Mark!
You need to move the system regulary. If you are in NY (New England) and Im in NH and the salt and other stuff tend to get everywhere. Suggest regular underbody squirts with the hose or carwash.
I now have 26,000 miles on my HSE7 and its been indestructible. Yes there are things I'd improve, but it's hard to find an equal! IMHO
The LR3 goes through a snow drift like butter, my Chevy Silverado HD in 4X4 gets stuck. Go figure!
#3218 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [johnmajor]
Jan 13, 2006 (6:08 am)
Yep, I've moved it pretty regularly (mostly between down and normal suspension).
#3219 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [jjgghh]
Jan 13, 2006 (11:51 am)
They're still trying to fix it and can't find the problem. How heartening.
To all of those wondering if the risk with the LR3 is worth it, here's the answer: It's not. Go spend your money on something else.
#3220 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [jjgghh]
Jan 13, 2006 (1:31 pm)
Its been in the shop what two days now maybe three?
Man I am glad most of my customers are more patient then that. One of the air suspension issues we had, on a sport not an LR3 but pretty much the same, took three or four visits over the course of about a month I guess and each visit lasted for a couple of days. Now that guy was fairly upset but we calmed him down as best we could and he hasn't had any problems with the car since.
He loves the car now and I have sold cars to a couple of his friends from his referals.
#3221 of 4548 Re: Pi$$ed in Darien -- Suspension Default [jjgghh]
Jan 13, 2006 (9:41 pm)
I had the same problem on an LR3 with 13,000 miles 2 weeks ago while traveling through Tucson. The local dealer diagnosed it as a faulty suspension pump and immediately replaced it. No problems since. The dealer commented that they have been replacing quite a few suspension pumps. Good luck!