Last post on Nov 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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#4540 of 4548 Re: LR3 2006 Unsolvable problems a mystery to LR mechanics and LR production. [lr32006]
Jul 31, 2011 (10:41 am)
I also had a similar problem with my 2005 LR3. And it was a rat had crawled up in the engine copmaprtment and chewed up the wiring harness. Apparently Land Rover and other auto manufacturers in their effort to "Go Green" have started purchasing wiring and cabling with insulation made from Vegetable oil based plastics insted of petroleum based plastics. So the insulation is basically a hearty vegetarian meal to the critters. The harness was not covered by the extended warranty, but my insurance company re-imbursed me for the cost of the $600 wiring harness minus my deductible. I suspect 1 of 2 things. Either your LR mechanics are trying to milk your extended warranty, before actually fixing the problem where you, or your insurance company has to pay, or there is an intermittent problem with the Computer. A loose or "Cold" Solder joint could cause it. So could a loose ground wire somewhere in the mix. My first step would be to go over the wiring harness with a fine tooth comb and check all wires and grounds. The second would be to reload the software package on the computer to rule out a corrupted file. Third would be to replace the computer.
#4541 of 4548 2005 LR3 HSE service
Aug 18, 2011 (11:01 am)
My 2005 LR3 HSE is going to hit 100k miles soon and my extended warranty is going to expire. Does any one know of a good service place in Southern Cal(South Orange County)out side LR3 dealership which does a great job at servicing the vehicle? I used to own a BMW in Bay area and there was a place started by folks who worked at BMW dealership which provided exactly the same quality service, but at a cheaper price. I just spent $900 on my front breaks and rotors at the dealership and it is starting to add up. I will appreciate any advice.
#4542 of 4548 Re: 2005 LR3 HSE service [thalys300]
Aug 30, 2011 (4:53 pm)
Not sure if they have them in So Cal. But I had the brakes and Rotors on my 2005 LR3 SE done by Les Schwab. They give you a 3 yr/36000 Mi Warranty on them. I use mine to tow a 6000 lb boat and have not worn down the brakes in 2 years. And it definitely did not affect brake performance. Overall what you need to look for is mainstream mechanics that can still service LR. It doesn't really have to be a LR specialist unless it is something that requires them to connect to the LR software. For example an oil change can still be done at Jiffy Lube or Oil Can Henry's. Just tell them to use synthetic. Costs a little more than organic oil, but LR actually uses Castrol Syntec, which is a synthetic blend, and not pure synthetic. Just take your receipt to LR and have them reset the service minder for about $20. after if you don't like keeping track of those things yourself.
#4543 of 4548 Re: 2005 LR3 HSE service [discoman]
Aug 30, 2011 (5:58 pm)
Hey thanks for all the great information.
#4544 of 4548 LR3 Repairs in Scottsdale/Phoenix
Aug 31, 2011 (8:18 am)
Anyone know of a quality/reasonable priced service center for Rovers in Scottsdale, Phoenix or surrounding areas?
#4546 of 4548 Excited to Buy 2005 LR3 / Seeking Owners Feedback
Sep 29, 2012 (2:45 am)
I have primarily owned only Japanese SUVs. I am looking to buy per-owned LR3 2005-06 with around 70-90K miles. I do have mechanic very efficient with typical Japanese made. Of course I will do my through research before buying and have it inspected by mechanic.
Feedback of existing owners would be great help in anticipating as to what to expect. I have few repair concerns as following:
- 70-100K life, what maintenance are due that would prevent major break down? if you could share parts/cost
- Beside overall mechanically soundness , what specific known major issue I should look for during driving test?
- Research shows tires wears out very quickly on this, any trick to prolong them?
- While drive testing, I noticed this car has suspension lift. What is expected suspension life and repair cost when wears out?
- How difficult/expensive are repair on this car relatively to Japanese (Toyota, Nissan) and German made (Benz/Audi/VW)?
- Are non-oem parts easily available? or owning LR requires monthly dealer visit???
Anything important I should know beforehand... By knowing what to expect will minimize/remove any buyer remorse.
Your response will assist me to forecast total cost of ownership and decide whether I should but it. I am looking forward to enjoy owning LR3.
#4547 of 4548 Re: Excited to Buy 2005 LR3 / Seeking Owners Feedback [ccuser]
Nov 18, 2012 (10:04 am)
My background similar, so keen to see responses. I love what LR seems to offer and only have recently considered. Used to japanese reliability (owned a 82landcruiser,a 95 Pathfinder and a 02 Xterra). I am looking at two low mileage LR3 models, 2007 and a 2008, each with less than 25,000 miles (at different high end dealerships, but neither are LR dealers). Both are SEs with the V6 so also some concern about power, but will see when I drive.
#4548 of 4548 Re: Excited to Buy 2005 LR3 / Seeking Owners Feedback [gordr]
Nov 18, 2012 (11:21 am)
I can only say the word CARFAX check it out off the vin # to assure all past history on any car for that matter but mainly because LR3 is a higher maintence SUV. I love my LR3 2008 but must say it has had two suspension problems one while under warranty which it was covered the second was a minor problem which I highly reccommend you search a good reputable Land Rover mechanic not on Land Rover Dealership prices to have your LR3 checked over by a professional. My V8 rocks on the beach and on the road and can't really give you an idea except from loaner cars from Land Rover that the V6 will not provide the power I have on my V8 test drive both to get a feel of how much power each LR3 has and decide. My V8 gets around 15MPG in comparision to my Chevy Equinox 2012 at a 27MPG another factor to figure into expense. LR3 is a luxury vehicle that is worth the expense in my book.