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Land Rover LR3, SUV
Apr 24, 2006 (8:22 am)
I have almost 3,500 miles on my 2006 LR3 HSE. I looked closely at my rear tires and they seem to be wearing evenly. No sign of inner tire wear and I hope that is stays that way.
I installed the metal door seal plates the other day... they look really nice as they have the Land Rover insignia on the edge and will protect the painted area when entering and exiting.
Happy Rovering! Mark156
#3542 of 4548 Had it for one weekend
Apr 24, 2006 (10:35 am)
Well I have about 350 miles on my 06 V8 SE. I gotta say I love it. Any uneasyness I had before I bought it is now gone. It rides great and is very quiet. Smoother and quieter than my Mercedes ML was and that was pretty good.
I got 16 MPG on my first 220 miles, including stop and go, lots of city use, and 2 climbs up and down Flagstaff mountain near Boulder Colorado where it was steep and twisty and you had to slow for each curve. Also had some dirt road travel too. The tires are set to 33 psi front and 42 rear as per the door label.
I then took it over Guanella Pass near Georgetown. Got it stuck trying to climb up through deep snow, forgot I had the locking rear differential and I didn't raise it up. Just backed out and had no problem. Seems like the MPG on this tank will be 20 or more based upon the miles so far, the gas gauge now, and the trip computer. I know it can change, but we'll see.
I loaded CD's into the player. I'm not an audiophile but I think the system sounds great. I did have slightly weak reception in the mountains though. I think some people like to whine or are overly critical.
#3543 of 4548 Sunroof Operation
Apr 24, 2006 (12:10 pm)
My sunroof operates a little different from described in the owner's manual.
To slide mine open, I press the back of the switch once to tilt open, then again to slide open. To close it I push the front of the switch once to slide closed but still tilted up, then hold this switch to close the tilt.
Can anyone else close their roof with just one or two pushes of the switch as described in the manual?
#3544 of 4548 Rear Parking Assist Operation
Apr 24, 2006 (12:15 pm)
It was stated in an earlier post that LR was remiss for having the rear parking assist delaying 15 seconds after shifting to reverse if the parking brake was not released manually.
Well I tried it on mine, and there is no delay. I released the parking brake automatically by shifting to reverse and applying throttle. It beeped within a second or two because I was positioned just out of range from my wife's car and it reached continuous beeping at about a foot away.
My build date was Feb. 06.
#3545 of 4548 Re: Sunroof Operation [lr3maybe]
Apr 24, 2006 (12:18 pm)
Thats how I remember always closing the sunroof in an LR3.
Side post in MPG numbers.
I dropped off a LR3 V8 service loaner for a customer of mine a few days ago. According to the trip computer I got 16.8 mpg for about a 50 mile trip. My average MPH was around 40 mph.
I talked to one of my customers this past Friday who recently completed a 500 mile one way trip to visit family down south. He got 17.8 mpg going down and used cruise control at just over 70 mph the whole way. His return trip was about the same as well.
He had the car loaded up too. Wife, three kids and himself plus a bunch of luggage.
#3546 of 4548 MPG/tire pressure/oil change
Apr 24, 2006 (2:30 pm)
My '05 V8 HSE is awesome 12,00 miles. For those of you wondering about MPG, my experience is I always get better gas mileage with 93 octane (19mpg/hwy)as opposed to 91 octane (17-18mpg/hwy). I also only buy Mobile. My wife had me purchase at some off-brand station during a trip and 93 octane only produced about 17mpg for a full tank in which Mobile produced 19mpg for a full tank for the same trip.
Tire pressure discussions- note there are 2 options: MAX load and NORMAL load. You will find the 2 different readings on the back of the QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE. DO NOT use MAX load PSI for an empty vehicle, your tires will not wear evenly!
I performed my own oil change 11,000 to avoid the long drive and wait at the dealer. I like to make sure it's good and drained too, sometimes dealer service are in a hurry. The 8 bolts to remove protective tray and the 2 to remove the tray covering the oil filter in the front were very easy to remove, but obviously more time consuming than anything. It took a little more than 7 1/2 quarts. 8 would have been too much.
#3547 of 4548 Test drove V8 back to back with XC90 V8
Apr 25, 2006 (11:15 am)
Well, the V8 SE was a huge improvement. The passing power was very good and the ride was excellent at highway speeds. Cruising at 80-90mph was pleasure. I am liking more and more with every testdrive.
The dealer is trying to sell me a LR3 V8 SE and aside from a couple grand off MSRP, they are willing to throw in the running boards and metal/chrome trim or wood trim, whichever I choose. With the Bonatti grey, the metallic trim looks stunning.
Then I got into the XC90 V8 and it accelerated like a monster. Loud, snarly V8 catapulted this car down the highway. I have to say though, the LR3's ride was more planted, more stable and I was not completely comfy in the XC90 either. they are close, though and it boils down to what I like more because price wise they are close.
Decisions, decisions! The sensible man in me, the mor elogical says XC90. I have owned a Volvo before, I ilked the experience, it is a good vehicle and does carry some panache. The emotional side of me says that the LR3 is the truck for me. It looks so much better, has real panache/presence and has a little more space inside. It is a cool vehicle whereas the XC90 looks like a jacked up wagon.
It's tough. The dealer says I will always have a loaner, X-Types or Freelanders and my only reservation is reliablity.
#3548 of 4548 Re: Test drove V8 back to back with XC90 V8 [cmnott]
Apr 25, 2006 (11:34 am)
Which Rover Dealer still has Freelanders around to give out as loaners? We have been using LR3's now for over six months.
I like Volvo Cars because they feel solid in my opinion the XC90 just is not as solid as it should be being a volvo. That platform has been stretched too much to become a 7 passenger SUV.
Apr 25, 2006 (3:08 pm)
I keep hearing about all kinds of things but doesn't anyone actually use the LR3 for off roading??? I am very interested to know if anyone has changed the tires and wheels so that it can actually go up mountain. We have an LR3 HSE - Tonga Green - we love it - but as summer is coming we are aching to get up in the high country (We live in southwest Colorado) and do some serious four wheeling. Please if you have any info on changing wheels/tires let me know.