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Land Rover LR3, SUV
#4155 of 4548 Re: Fog Lamp Covers [pfolk]
Feb 13, 2007 (10:26 pm)
pfolk, funny that you mention about a broken fog light... I don't have one myself and have noticed that I have NO rock chips either.
Britishrover... is the paint on Land Rovers thicker or better than Mercedes? My 2000 E430 sport has a few rock chips... my 2002 Mercedes ML500 (traded for LR3) had plenty of rock chips. My 2006 LR3 has NO rock chips after 14,500 miles. I hope I have not jinxed it!
#4156 of 4548 Re: Unbelievable tire wear [ssp1]
Feb 14, 2007 (5:36 am)
I have a 2005 LR3 SE - my Goodyears started getting very noisy at about 10K miles, at about 18K they were to a point where they were way too loud. When I mentioned to my dealer that I had heard about LR replacing these tires, he reluctantly informed me that LR was replacing 1 for every 2; he also said there was a service bulletin to correct factory alignment/camber settings that were causing some uneven wear. I pushed for different tire makes/models (from what I heard on this forum), but LR's deal was Goodyears or nothing. Unfortunately they charged $300+ for each tire, so I was still stuck for almost $700 when it was all said and done.
I wrote LRNA to push for full reimbursement; I received a form letter back saying that a rep would call...I have traded voicemails a couple times, but they are in no real hurry to get a hold of me. Obviously I'm not a happy LR customer. Good luck.
#4157 of 4548 Re: Fog Lamp Covers [pfolk]
Feb 14, 2007 (8:22 am)
I used adhesive backed headlite shields from www.griotsgarage.com for my fog lights and headlights. Be forewarned before looking at their catalog or website - it will get very expensive because you will see lots of other products you will want. The headlight shields are like a clear bra for your lights but is much thicker. I used the large sheet (part number 10228), cut myself, though I don't recall if it was big enough for both headlights and both fog lights or if I used some left over from another vehicle. They also sell pre cut kits (part number 10232). This is a very good company and offer excellent customer support. They have even replaced these covers for me when I had a problem installing one and ruined the piece. The fog light install is extremely easy. The headlight install is a little harder. It is best to heat the headlight a bit - I used a heat gun and warmed the covers too.
#4158 of 4548 Re: Fog Lamp Covers [mark156]
Feb 14, 2007 (8:24 am)
My 2002 ML320 had a fair amount of rock chips in about 40K miles, but wasn't as bad as other people on the ML forum made it out to be. My LR3 has only 7K miles but no chips yet either.
#4159 of 4548 Re: Fog Lamp Covers [mark156]
Feb 14, 2007 (10:57 am)
They are located low on the front bumper, so they are bound to get hit. I expected this to happen; just didn't think it would happen on the Interstate.... I haven't found anything yet on the parts websites specializing in Landrovers, so there may be no aftermarket product available.
I can't comment on the relative merits of MB v. LR paint, but I always keep a tube of that touchup paint handy. You will need it sooner or later.
#4160 of 4548 Re: Fog Lamp Covers [mark156]
Feb 14, 2007 (4:45 pm)
Err not sure. Mercedes always had some of the best quality paint as far as color and lack of orange peel.
Not sure about chip resistance.
#4161 of 4548 Maybe it's a guardian angel?
Feb 15, 2007 (8:56 am)
A few weeks ago, I was on the interstate and BAM.. a rock hit the windshield just left of my center view. I just knew I was going to get a crack but there was nothing. I know I dodged a bullet that time.
I expect to get rock chips or something as I use my LR3 for hwy driving. I really thought I would have 'something' on the front but I can't find even a small blemish. I know, I know, tomorrow is a new day.
I use 100% cotton baby diapers to 'soft-wipe' my LR down if it's not in need of a true full wash. Recently, I drove to Las Vegas when I pulled up to the valet to check in, he said "your Land Rover is so clean"... I told I had just washed it yesterday. I said, when I keep it clean, I get 40 miles to the gallon.... he looked at me and we both laughed. I like it when folks admire my vehicle.
Happy Roving! Mark156
#4162 of 4548 New MB paint is not the best!
Feb 20, 2007 (4:56 pm)
My wife just recently got rid of her '05 LR3 because of on going problems with electrical bugs/faulting (and having to send it 250 miles to the nearest dealership each time it did fault). She replaced it with an '07 MB CLS550 (why she chose a car, I'll never know).
The paint on the LR3 still looked pretty much brand new when it was traded, even after 40k miles and hundreds of runs through the local car wash with drying by the same group of people. Even at an angle in direct sunlight the paint had no rock chips, very few micro scratches in the clearcoat, and no swirl marks. The MB on the other hand has only been washed a few times and those small scratches in the clearcoat are already everywhere. Even a 100% Polymide microfiber towel manages to leave those scratches in the clearcoat.
I'd have to say the LR paint is far superior to MB, regardless of how much MB sings the praise's of its new "nano-particle" paint.
#4163 of 4548 Re: New MB paint is not the best! [knucklehead]
Feb 21, 2007 (8:07 am)
I will have to start paying attention to the New MBs we get in trade now and see how the paint looks. We got a lot of new MBs in trade all the time so it won't take long to get a good sample. Just before the winter we took in two 06 CLS500s.
#4164 of 4548 2007 LR3 Reliability
Feb 26, 2007 (12:09 pm)
So are all those stories out there about this truck being a maintenance nightmare true? Are yours always in the shop for repair?