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#4327 of 4548 My 2006 LR3 HSE
Sep 22, 2007 (8:26 am)
It has been a while since I've posted. My 2006 LR3 has 16,300 miles now with 21 months of ownership. Everything has been great, no problems.
I had Land Rover replace the rear view mirror. The buttons started to flake so LR replace the whole mirror. I like the new one a lot better as the garage buttons are on the bottom, not on the front of the mirror.
I'm very pleased to report that my LR has NO rock chips, NOT ONE! My previous Jeep Grand Cherokee's and Mercedes ML500 had them, especially the ML. My current Mercedes E430 sport has a lot of them.
Either I've been extremely lucky or LR has a better paint process or something (I certainly don't want to jinx it!)
My tires are wearing evening although they are making more noise than when they were new (not a problem so far). I'm very pleased as it has been smooth sailing.
lrsucks... sorry to hear about your new LR3, these are comfortable vehicles with plenty of power (I have the V-8) but when they are not working correctly, it can be frustrating.
#4328 of 4548 Re: My 2006 LR3 HSE [mark156]
Sep 22, 2007 (10:16 am)
It has been a while since I have posted on these pages. I am closing up on 12months of trouble free ownership and 28,000kms driving pleasure.
The only minor problems I experience with my 2007 LR3 HSE were as follows:
-Condensation in headlamps promptly replaced
-Vibration in passenger door front panel around speakers fixed
Took several long trips with the LR3 with kids and lots of luggage. Drove 14 hours straight once and the driving position and seat were both very comfortable. Yes the LR3 will never be known for its acceleration but the V8 provides plenty of power in all driving conditions including passing
I am also sorry to hear about lr3sucks poor experience. The dealership here in Ottawa is excellent. SO far this is turning out to be one of the better ownership experience
The only frustrating part was arguing with the voice recognition system because of my French accent but I was able to work around it. Love the awesome sound system, Nav and bluetooth integration.
My next vehicle will be either an LR3 or I might step up to the RRS HSE
#4329 of 4548 Re: Tire pressure question [tidester]
Sep 22, 2007 (10:30 am)
I agree with tidester. I'm also an Arizona owner (bought my LR3 from LR North Scottsdale, like you). On road, you should maintain cold pressure at the PSI indicated on the door panel. While you drive, heat build-up in the tire will increase pressure by at least 4 PSI.
I don't know why dealer service tends to over-inflate--my vehicle was delivered almost 10 PSI over in each wheel. While it may give a more precise feel while you're turning, it's not good for the tires over-all.
If you go off-roard and drive in sand or over rocky cobbles, decreasing cold inflation by 5-10 PSI can enhance grip and protect tires somewhat against damage. If you do any amount of off-road driving, carry a portable air compressor with you to adjust inflation on the road.
#4330 of 4548 My LR3 Update/Review
Sep 26, 2007 (1:46 pm)
We acquired our Chawton White LR3 in December of '04. This week, our 2005 SE7 V8 goes over 50,000 miles, so here is my update for drivers of lower mileage LR3s or those considering them.
To date, I would rate this truck a A- or B+. It has been very good but not perfect.
Issues: gas tank recall, battery died early, Goodyear tire life was very poor (rotation can extend tire to 22-25k maybe), low coolant sensor replaced, gas tank door latch replaced, few other minor items.
Enjoyment: Easily one of the most fun SUVs I've ever driven. It's a blast to drive this thing, even after all this time. Ours is normally used for suburban treks but I recently had the chance to really push the capabilities at a friend's farm. The LR3 took on trails that previously had been the domain of 4 wheelers only. It was unstoppable. There's something great about 4wheeling in air conditioned comfort in your massive luxo-SUV when it's 100 degrees out! This truck continue to turn heads and gets attention like something that costs twice as much. Hell, many Denalis and Expeditions sticker for more than this rig, but none have the "wow" factor because there just aren't very many LR3s on the road. Just put a new set of Toyo's on and highly recommend them.
Would I do it again?: My answer is a qualified YES. It's been a really fun truck and even though some have had problems, ours has been pretty reliable. My qualified answer is because it's a very expensive car to own and drive. If you're bothered by issues of value, don't get an LR3. If you can rationalize dropping $1,200 on tires every 18-24 months or $1,400 brake jobs at the LR dealer because you're driving something that few others have, then get one, you won't be sorry.
#4331 of 4548 Re: Thanks for the info. Some questions & comments [grendalfly]
Sep 30, 2007 (1:03 pm)
I CAN'T GET IT YET ( AND SO MY LR DEALER).
DOES THE LAZY ENTRY MODE MOVES THE SEAT BACK UPON TAKING IT OUT OF IGNITION AND FORWARD WHEN INSERTED?
HOW DO YOU PROGRAM IT????
Oct 03, 2007 (3:04 am)
My wife and I purchased a 2005 LR3 SE with 7000 miles on it last fall. By the time we reached 8500 miles I noticed that the inside of the tires had worn way more than they are supposed to in that amount of time. We took the LR3 to Chantilly Land Rover and pointed out the issue in May. We were told that it is the nature of the beast and that an alignment is not covered in our warranty. They did rotate the tires for us. 1000 miles later we had the same issue. I contacted LRNA about the tire issue and was told it is not their problem that we must speak with the tire manufacturer. I spoke with Goodyear and they said that there was a large number of complaints about this issue but unfortunately the tires are not covered when an alignment is the cause of the problem. I see that Land Rover did issue a memo LA 204-005 acknowledging that there is a problem and that there are to be adjustments made to the suspension of all affected LR3s (it list the range of effected VINs to include mine). There has also been a class action lawsuit issued in CA on this issue. Reading through all of the archives on here I have seen that some folks managed to get new tires out of LR and others have been told to pound sand. Does anyone have an update on this issue or a recent experience that they could share? My wife just took our LR3 in for service at Chantilly LR so I am going to have her address the issue with them now that the memo is out on this issue and see how they treat her about the issue. I wish we still lived in Richmond, Richmond LR was always great to deal with and probably would have found a way to resolve this issue. Other than the tire wear issue, a stuck sunroof (that was fixed right away), and trying to figure out the Blue tooth feature for the cell phone, we have loved this SUV. The LR3 does have limited space in the back seat for child safety seats. In order to make ours fit we have to put the passenger seat all the way up and forward.
#4333 of 4548 Does the LR3 have Bluetooth yes or no???
Oct 03, 2007 (3:15 am)
I have a 2005 LR3 SE. It has the little phone button on the radio but no volume adjustment knob on the steering wheel. I went to the Land Rover web site and looked up the blue tooth information. The site states that "All LR3s come equipped with Blue tooth", I tried all of the steps that were noted with my samsung and with my wifes Treo 650 and nothing happens. None of the dealers we spoke with seem to be able to figure out the answer for us. She recently asked Chantilly LR if we needed to buy additional equipment. The tech first told her how to pair her phone, she tried it (again) and still nothing. So the tech tried it with his phone...still nothing. Then he looks at my wife like she is stupid and tells her, "Well the reason it doesn't work is because your LR3 doesn't have Blue tooth". Now they he recommends we go to some after market place to get it done and it is going to be between $700 to $1000. The manual says we have it, the website says we already have it, none of the techs seem to know anything about it...does my LR3 come with this thing or nor? Has anyone else struggled with this issue? Is there a tech out there who knows what he is talking about with this issue? Is it even worth getting the parts and trying this? We test drove an LR2 and the Blue tooth function in the LR2 worked flawlessly on the first try, not sure what is going on with the LR3
#4334 of 4548 Re: Does the LR3 have Bluetooth yes or no??? [dickvanwrinkle]
Oct 03, 2007 (5:19 am)
IN 2005 LR3s did not have bluetooth. You can have it added at any Land Rover dealer and it is around 1,000 dollars installed.
When you are looking at the Land Rover website they are talking about 2008 LR3s and just about all of them have bluetooth phone connections.
You need to go to a different Land Rover dealer as the one you are going to seems pretty clueless. Anyone that has been around since the Launch of the LR3 should know that 2005 LR3s don't have bluetooth.
I suggest before you spend the money to get it put in to try the Treo with a LR3 on bluetooth and not a 2008. The treos before 2008 really struggled with connecting to all Land Rovers so not sure if the 2008 parts are backwards compatible with a 2005 or if they have just upgraded the Land Rover Kit accessories to 2008 specs. If the Treo is the only phone she wants to use then it would suck to have the bluetooh installed on your LR3 and then have it not work.
#4335 of 4548 Re: LR3 Tire wear issue [dickvanwrinkle]
Oct 03, 2007 (9:04 am)
I had the same issue but the response i got was as follows:
LRNA said talk to the dealer
Dealer ended up doing two alignments for free. I had only rotated the tires once in 18,000. at 18,000 the dealer replaced all four tires and charged me for one and a half. I have michelins on there now. have about 10,000 miles on them and getting ready to rotate a second time. So far no noise and no unusual wear.
I trust the courts will provide everyone who had problems with some $$ on this issue. I think land rover should have stepped up and solved.
I talked to about 5 tire places about the issue and read stuff online regarding tire wear. THe wieght of the vehicle and the tires seem to lead to the problem as much as the alignment issue does. Any independant tire shop said the same thing - expect 20-25K max on tires on this vehicle. I am fine with that. This car is expensive and still is amazing.
The dealer i go to is Land Rover Mission Viejo in Mission Viejo CA. They are decent, but have grown and added Jaguar to the mix.
#4336 of 4548 LR3 HSE update
Oct 08, 2007 (4:07 am)
Well, along with some other posters, I would like to add my 2 cents worth of praise for the LR3. Mine is a 2005 HSE with 26,000 miles and it is an A+ vehicle compared to the Toyota, Mercedes, and Mazda - or any other of the 30+ vehicles I've owned. My tires are wearing even and are good for another 10,000 miles after two rotations. I've also had a 2000 DII that was perfect as well, so no boo hoo from me. GREAT VEHICLE(s) all around !!! BEST SUV available !.