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#3320 of 4548 Updates for my 2006 LR3 Suspension, Tires, Gas
Feb 04, 2006 (10:13 am)
Checking in to leave happy news:
When I returned from my longer-than-expected-weekend-in-VT-while-waiting-for-my-replacement-tire-to-be-s- hipped-from-OHIO trip, I brought the LR3 in for service to have the suspension compressor replaced by the new model part. Note to "29 days"...I accomplished this by calling Land Rover NA in New Jersey and escalating to the VP of customer service...this got my part on a priority ship list to my dealer and earmarked for me. I encourage you to use a "polite squeaky wheel" method for these remediation issues. It works.
About 1000 miles of metro/suburban NY driving later--no suspension faults. I'll keep you posted but I'm feeling good about it.
As for the full-sized spare...now my gas mileage is even worse The sensor read 40mph to go on the Merritt Parkway in Greenwich the other day...by the time I got to the Westchester Airport (where I figured there'd be gas at the car rental return) I was at 0. Poor me! It was almost 10 miles up to Exit 3 on 684 to gas and I ALMOST made it. Luckily, roadside assistance was sweet and not-at-all condescending as they dispatched my rescuer and 5 gal of gas . I'm posting in public so that no one can blackmail me on this to my husband. (I won't tell him if you won't!. Yeah! Roadside assistance! I may be an idiot, but I'm an upscale, Land-Rover-driving idiot!)
#3322 of 4548 Re: LR3 vs. Porsche Cayenne? [knucklehead]
Feb 04, 2006 (6:47 pm)
I suppose an honest question to myself would be "How often am I really going off-roading?" and "What do I see as the more bang for my buck factor?"
I think you get more options for your money for the LR3, but frankly the posts I've read here are starting to scare me away (Air suspension, front end looseness, steering wheel issues, etc) I know every car has it's ups and downs.. but the air suspension issue a lot of people are posting sounds like a scary one.
Another issue that came up when I was talking with my wife is the selection of colours... the LR3 has only 2 interior selections... and 8 paint colours? Cayenne's got 11 exterior, and 9 interior choices.. not a big deal, but I want a brown leather interior with silver exterior - silver and Beige don't quite sit well with me (IMO).
In either case, it's a hard decision for sure.. and I appreciate everyone's responses very much.
Thanks to all,
#3323 of 4548 Re: LR3 vs. Porsche Cayenne? [dandrews1]
Feb 04, 2006 (7:53 pm)
Your off-road question is no doubt the most pertinent. Many of the additional features you get with the LR3 are off-road enhancement features. As for reliability, my wife's LR3 now has about 30k miles on it and has 3 problems, 2 were electrical in nature(I know, electrical problems and LR are nothing new), neither of which left her stranded. Beyond that the vehicle has been outstanding. But still, that Porsche had eye-popping pick-up and slightly better on-road manner's than the LR3, both of which aren't bad for suv's by any stretch of the imagination. For me, a simple folk that drives a Ford F-350 as his daily driver, both the Porsche and the LR3 seem about equal in the confussing button, knob, and interior gadgetry department. So in summary, you're right, tough call.
#3324 of 4548 Re: LR3 vs. Porsche Cayenne? [dandrews1]
Feb 05, 2006 (11:04 am)
I purchased a 2005 HSE7 white w/tan interior (currently 4,500 miles)
Go with the car the fits your lifestyle and gives you that "mmmmmmmmm" feeling when you see and drive it. We currently still have are 99 Disco II 133,000 miles. Land Rovers give me that "mmmmmmm" feeling plus with three kids under 7 years old, we camp, we explore the Sierras, or any dirt road in the west. If my LR3 has issues it goes in the shop,"under warranty", and I deal with it!
#3325 of 4548 Re: LR3 vs. Porsche Cayenne? [knucklehead]
Feb 06, 2006 (9:06 am)
I will probably go offroading about 5-6 times a year, and even that would be only light off-roading (provincial parks, etc.)
Other than that, I've only got the Canadian winters and screwy road conditions to deal with...
My wife and I have got a really hard decision ahead of us.. One of the other factors is that the LR3 is a (relatively) new body and platform, while porsche is doing a new redesign for 2007... I don't really want to get into one now, and have it look dated within a year..
LR has an appeal because they don't overtly change body and platform styles all that much over time, so even if you have an older model, it is difficult to distinguish from a new one (for non-experts, of course.. )
Does anyone have an estimate or idea of what the sales numbers are for a LR3 and Cayenne in the North American market?
#3326 of 4548 Re: LR3 vs. Porsche Cayenne? [dandrews1]
Feb 06, 2006 (12:27 pm)
You can go to the www.ford.com and look under investor information; then look for sales numbers links. I have no idea about Porsche...I think they are a private company
#3327 of 4548 Re: LR3 vs. Porsche Cayenne? [pbrover]
Feb 06, 2006 (12:49 pm)
They are private so no idea at all. I am sure that Land Rover Sells probably a little more LR3's then Porsche sells cheyenes but the car has been out long enough now that you see many more of the porsches.
#3328 of 4548 Sales for the new year...
Feb 06, 2006 (2:14 pm)
In the U.S., LR3 sold 1369 units. Range Rover Sport sold 1400. Porsche Cayenne sold 1028.
#3329 of 4548 Grommet ?: Rear tires do not look like they are setting at right angles
Feb 06, 2006 (4:32 pm)
Yesterday when my wife was pulling away (2005 HSE7, it looked like her left rear tire was not setting at a right angle to the pavement;it looked like the top of the tire was tilted-in. Do you have any thoughts or history with what I am observing?