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#3994 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [avoncarguy]
Oct 09, 2006 (8:12 pm)
I have driven a 2001 LR Discovery and now a 2006 LR3. The 2001 went on long trips cross country, in snow, mud, heat and on rocks. Never had a problem on those trips at all. THere were some maintenance issues but those are particular to the Discovery not the LR3. I have driven my LR3 only 6,500 miles and at this point no issues at all. in fact the vehicle is so great I cant wait for my next longer trip. People who have driven in or driven my LR3 are impressed with the vehicle, and several friends own new land rovers and all feel good about them. I dont trust Consumer reports anymore, not because they pan land rovers but because they like a fixed set of cars and rarely deviate. Sometimes they like one car and dislike another build at the same factory.
I have read alot of criticism on Consumer reports about their evaluation methods and length of test drives. I think more time is needed to see if the LR3, RR Sport and 07 Range Rover (all have the same platform) measure up. For now the car is tops as far as i am concerned!
#3995 of 4548 Re: Recall Work / Upgrades [dandrews1]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:40 am)
no issues - just some air bubbles that worked themselves out, and lowered the coolant level...
#3996 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [avoncarguy]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:47 am)
I would say that the LR3 has been the best vehicles I have owned - previously I have owned Mitsubishi's, Ford's, and GM's, so this is my first real luxury vehicle.
The LR3 is an astonishing vehicle. Do yourself a favour and see if the dealer you are working with has any Wheels events. They are bit tame compared the the Experience centres, but they give you an idea of what they can do.
I just got back from the Montebello Land Rover Experience Center, and my wife and I had a hoot! It is absolutely incredible the punishment these trucks can take. Don't let the pretty looks fool you - this truck can work hard and do things other SUVs can only aspire to. I saw one LR3 recently with the bumper sticker: Jeep Recovery Vehicle. It was completel coated in mud, and was towing a Jeep Willys on a trailer - the Jeep had less mud on it.
#3997 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [avoncarguy]
Oct 10, 2006 (2:14 pm)
avoncarguy, I have exactly the same concerns you have. I have consulted 2 other Land Rover forums, and read the same horror stories about the LR3 quality: the car just spends a lot of time in the shop... which I could live with to some degree, but the tire stories really turns me off, having to replace tires after 12K miles on your own dime.... . I thought the JD Power initial quality survey was pretty objective, since they only look at dealer records demonstrating the number of repairs per 100 cars in the first 3 months.
#3998 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [ehnj]
Oct 10, 2006 (2:19 pm)
There is a new procedure for the tire problems with the LR3. It is much more detailed then the old one on how to correct uneven tire wear and it gives a break down on when tires will be replaced on Land Rover's dime and on how much they will pro-rate it.
I haven't really seen that much in the way of tire wear problems except on early build 2005 MY LR3s. I haven't seen any on 2006 MY cars that I can think of. They are very heavy vehicles so getting 30,000 miles out of a set of tires even with very agressive rotation scheduales is not going to be very likely.
#3999 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [british_rover]
Oct 11, 2006 (6:36 am)
I specifically asked my service guy about tire wear, and he said they had fixed the suspension geometry that was causing the issue, and that it shouldn't be affecting anyone anymore.
Besides - I expect to change tires on all my vehicles every 20-25 thousand miles anyways... just for the safety and grip issues. It wasn't something that I wasn't expecting with this vehicle.
#4000 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [avoncarguy]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:32 am)
Avon... I have had my 2006 LR3 HSE for 9 months and 7,700 miles. No issues so far.
Previously, I had a 2002 Mercedes ML500 that was a good reliable vehicle. I like the build quality, ride and roominess of the LR3 much better.
My tires seem to be wearing perfectly.
With the third row flat folding seats, the cargo carrying capacity is amazing. Recently, I bought a piece of furniture that I was concerned about it fitting in the back of the LR3. I thought I was going to have to put the second row down to accomadate the large box. I knew that my width was fine but the depth is what I was concerned about. To my surprise and amazement, this huge box fit without me having to lower the second row. I did have to remove the rear cargo cover as it blocked the height of the box. This box would have never fit in the Mercedes.
I'm a very happy Land Rover customer so far!!
I do wish I could get the 14 mpg's stated on the sticker for city driving as I'm getting about 12 in the city.
#4001 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [british_rover]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:44 am)
Is there a specific reference to this procedure if we do run into problems? From your emails it looks like a 2006 shouldnt have the problem.
#4002 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [ssp1]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:50 am)
The bulletin is called LR3 and Range Rover Sport Premature/Uneven Tire Wear Guidance. The bulletin number is SWA06-10.
I have never seen the problem on a Range Sport so I guess they are just covering themselves in case it does show up. The suspension geometry on the RRS is a little different then the LR3 and the RRS is a little bit lighter as well.
Under this bulletin they are assuming 30,000 miles is normaly tire wear. Tires that are worn unevenly and prematurly at 10,000 to 15,000 miles will be prorated at 50%.
#4003 of 4548 Re: LR3 Purchase Advice [british_rover]
Oct 11, 2006 (9:55 am)
Thanks thats helpful. I recall there is a web page where you can purchase or subscribe to get these bulletins? Is that so and if so can someone pass it along? Thanks