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Land Rover LR3, SUV
#4168 of 4548 Re: 2007 LR3 Reliability [crestonave]
Feb 26, 2007 (1:16 pm)
It's all relative. Operating any vehicle that has fulltime 4WD and the electronics that go into a Land Rover is likely to generate more maintenance needs than a vehicle (can anyone say Toyota?) that is not so equipped. It's just good sense to make certain the lubricants and filters are changed out regularly and you keep the tires properly inflated. The best way to avoid excess maintenance from off road forays is not to do anything stupid while you're out in the boonies. I have seen more damage done to perfectly good 4x4's by hairy-chested real men!
In my driving days, I have owned a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, a P38 Range Rover, and now an LR3. They were all pretty good vehicles to own and drive. I didn't think the maintenance on any of them was excessive although you wouldn't get that impression from some of the posts on these forums. Remember also that these forums have a lot in common with restaurant reviews--you're more likely to hear from someone who had a bad experience than all the rest of the visitors who have no problems.
#4169 of 4548 Re: 2007 LR3 Reliability [crestonave] followup
Feb 26, 2007 (3:50 pm)
Thanks to those of you who took the time to respond for your input. A couple of other things: the vehicle will never be used off road, and we always maintain our vehicles, scheduled maintenance being the bare minimum we will do. We've been considering a Mercedes GL 450 but the msrp for a GL 450 equipped comparably to the HSE V8 is like $10k more. Why spend what you don't have to?
Is this a true 7 passenger vehicle? Can 7 average people comfortably spend a few hours in the car?
#4170 of 4548 Re: 2007 LR3 Reliability [crestonave] followup [crestonave]
Feb 26, 2007 (4:53 pm)
On the GL you are paying for the Three pointed star and subsdizing the massive incentives that mercedes has had to put on the R-class to keep it moving.
The LR3 can fit 7 average to above average size adults comfortably.
Check this chart out...
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The GL does handle twisty roads a little better then the LR3 and that is mainly because the LR3 weighs several hundred pounds more then the GL.
Feb 26, 2007 (7:57 pm)
have you heard of LR bringing a diesel powered LR3 to our side of the pond?
#4172 of 4548 i can't view the chart]
Feb 27, 2007 (3:48 am)
can you send me a link? what's the chart show?
#4173 of 4548 Re: chart, never mind, i got it to open, thanks
Feb 27, 2007 (4:05 am)
#4175 of 4548 Re: 2007 LR3 Reliability [morocco2]
Feb 27, 2007 (9:25 pm)
I have a 2005 LR3 SE and so far I have clicked 22000 km without any major problems. I have done some back country driving and its been great so far.
Initially had some tire wear due to a Tongue and grove type washer which was unable to hold the wheels to the axle (front) resulting in too much free play. Land Rover has came up with a better design and more stronger washer. This has certainly reduced the Tire wear to normal.
Feb 28, 2007 (8:20 am)
No brainer- the GL. I have driven many, many LR3's because of my RR being in the shop for warranty work. As a result of these experiences, I walk from the LR3 feeling it is inferior to a Ford Explorer when you consider price/drive/dependability/overall quality.
#4177 of 4548 My 2006 LR3 HSE
Feb 28, 2007 (3:55 pm)
I have had excellent performance from my LR3 (14,600 miles; owned a year and 2 months). It seats everyone comfortably, has great power and handling.
I have had NO issues with my tyres, they are wearing evenly. I am getting a little more noise out of them from when they were new but I have lots and lots of tread left.
The Mercedes GL came out about the same time I was looking at the LR3. My past experience with Mercedes (2002 ML500) was mediocre and I was not excited about the styling of the GL... looks boring. The LR3 has a distinctive look... much nicer!