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#4519 of 4548 Re: Break Pads [travnsocal]
Dec 10, 2009 (9:15 am)
If you replace the rotors with the pads you will get more then 15k-20k of life out of the pads. That is why they told you to replace the rotors too. The rotors on most euro cars are soft and wear with the pads. Unless you are spending all your time driving stop and go in the city with lots of hills you should be able to get mid 30,000 miles out of the pads. Even if there are a lot of hills in your area down shifting with command shift will significantly reduce brake wear.
#4520 of 4548 Re: Break Pads on LR3 [british_rover]
Dec 10, 2009 (6:03 pm)
I went to check my bill and I had the pads and rotors done at 23 000 miles for $1100.00. I had so many things fixed on the truck it's hard to keep track...
#4521 of 4548 Re: Break Pads on LR3 [outdoorsman1]
Dec 14, 2009 (3:48 pm)
I had my brake pads changed at a Les Schwab in WA. They guarantee them for 3 years unlimited miles. Also they checked the Rotors and they were able to be resurfaced instead of replaced. Land Rover Northwest told me they replace them anyway. I paid arouind $600 to have all 4 rotors resurfaced, new calipers, and new pads. You do need to check with them in advance so they can pre-order the calipers and pads since they are not normally stocked. They resurface the rotors while they are still mounted to the vehicle. They have this portable lathe that they latch onto the undercarriage and it turns the wheel while it is still in place. They said this helps keep the proper alignment. I have around 65K on my '05.
Coincidentally my wife just got rear ended last month while stopped at a feeder light at a freeway on ramp. He was going around 35 and accelerating and never saw her or braked. New rear bumper, new lower half of the tailgate, new brush bar and tail light guards. New front bumper cover and both tail lights. The car who hit her was completely demolished. Nobody was killed or seriously injured, although my wife has some back and neck pain still. LR forever. You can dent it, but not kill it. And it looks like brand new.
Mar 20, 2010 (7:17 am)
Turned 125k miles this week.
Got 62k on the first set of front pads and 47k on the second set. Changed rotors at 109k. Front only. Rear on stock pads. Rear rotors show no wear (wonder if the rear brakes work?) Changed the pads and rotors myself at 109k. Really easy if you have ever done a brake job before. Otherwise log on to LR's service web site and download the instructions. I think they charge about $14 for 3 day's access. Don't forget to get the wear sensor for the brake pad!
Over 50k miles on the Nitto Grapplers. They still run great and look like they could go another 50k miles. Rotated them for the first time about 10k miles ago. They shuddered when braking from 30mph+, but have settle down and run normally again.
Getting some wear in front suspension bushings. Dealer says $2200 fix. I will live with it for now. I notice it over speed bumps, but no one else in the truck hears it. I get a small drip leak coming from the LED light above the center console in a really hard rain. Has happen twice in 24 months.
This truck has been all over Colorado's off road trails, boulder climbing, forging 36" deep streams, bottomed out in snow and mud and even raced on a frozen lake. I take it into strip mines and coal yards at least once a month. It is still quiet at 90mph on the highway. Pulls our 4800# boat like it is not even back there. Interior is pristine as we have had the LR fitted seat covers on all three rows since new. Take them off and wash them every 6 months and treat the leather. Carpet is a little stained from kids and coal dust, but the LR rubber mats have been great. Would probably go after market on those again, looking for better coverage of the carpet.
The truck has been a pleasure to own and will be with the family for a long time.
Getting ready to purchase a 2010 or 2011 RRS SC for the wife. Can't wait!
#4523 of 4548 Re: 05 LR3 Update [colorado4x4]
Mar 20, 2010 (7:27 am)
Great post. It is good to see someone actually experiencing the unique capabilities of the car Isn't Georgetown a hoot?
#4524 of 4548 Re: 05 LR3 Update [colorado4x4]
Mar 20, 2010 (8:36 am)
Hey thanks for the info about the break pad replacement. Next time I am going to wait till the light goes on till I replace the breakpads. Next time I will check out the Nitto Grapplers.
My center console light has had a drip too only a couple of times. I spoke to the dealer and the said that there are gutters that run up an into the roof that need to be cleaned out. Leafs and so fourth clooged it up and the water can't drain properly. They told my at the dealer it would be about 100 bucks.
#4525 of 4548 Re: 05 LR3 Update [lrguy44]
Mar 21, 2010 (3:18 am)
Georgetown is great! My wife was a much better driver on ice than I was though, truth be told. We were running Nokian tires then. Great snow and ice tire for the truck if you are ever looking for one. I have a full set here in Florida with at least 5mm left on all for sides. Might run them again if these Nittos ever die.
#4526 of 4548 Re: 05 LR3 Update [travnsocal]
Mar 21, 2010 (3:32 am)
Thanks for the info on the gutters. I found this on the internet and will give it a try next weekend:
"I had the water leaking problem also. It's coming from the sunroof. A little water always leaks from the sunroof of any car and goes down the rain gutters in the track. Yours probally got filled with crap. I used a thick 14 gauge soild core electrical wire and stuck it down the two front holes located on each side of the track. Once the clog is cleared out you there won't be any more problems.
The drain tube runs out behind the fender and the plastic wheel moding so once you stick the wire in it'll stop that's the end of the tube. You should be able to stick about the height of the LR3 worth of wire down to clean the drain tube."
Can't give the dealer $100...have to save money to fuel new RRS SC!
If you go to the Grapplers, note that they are much bigger than stock. You can NOT drive the truck in access mode. If you turn the wheel hard in access mode, you will rip out the suspension height sensor in the wheel well. This will cause a suspension fault, but you can still drive the truck at normal height. For some reason they ran this wiring in wheel well, outside of the plastic shroud. This is for a 2005, not sure if they changed it later. I cut both wiring harnesses and rerouted this sensor wire behind the plastic. Have not had problem with it for two years.
Grapplers are not a quiet as stock rubber and will impact fuel economy on the highway, but that is not what I bought them for. They are awesome on the trail at about 24 psi. I run them at 46 psi on the highway vs. recommended pressure on the door label. That gets me about 2 mpg better than the lower pressure and MUCH less noise. Don't get me wrong, it is still a quiet truck on the highway, considering what it can do off road.
The Grapplers make the LR3 look like it belongs off road and not in a garage in suburbia somewhere. I get compliments on the look everywhere I travel in the country.
Jul 28, 2010 (9:37 am)
So just changed brake pads at 35k, light came on. The firm also insisted the Rotors were changed......
35k.....Does anyone think that was a bit quick to go through rotors?
Jul 28, 2010 (2:16 pm)
I had to change rotors and pad at 30k, and now again at 52k. I didn't do any unusual driving, I don't even pull a trailer, just a bit off road. I just traded the LR3 for a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I really enjoyed the Landrover but I was tired of the repairs, and most of all, the brutal service from my local Landrover dealer. Also, the LR3 does not keep its value, I went to different dealers for trade in and all would offer me only a fraction of what I paid. I'll miss driving it, I'll miss the confort and all, but the problems with repairs and bad service far outweight the enjoyment of driving it...