Land Rover LR3 Reviews

2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Great SUV if you can afford it

Faults:

Hatch support weld broke, not under warranty.

Tires replaced every 25-30k miles.

Air suspension failed.

Rear hatch lock disabled, won't open.

Rear seat pockets ripped.

Seat warmers disabled.

Rear wiper inoperable.

Brakes replaced twice.

Trailer wiring faulty.

Sun/moon roof leaks.

General Comments:

Of all the faults listed, none were under warranty, and all Land Rover repairs were very costly when compared to previous and other current vehicles. I probably won't get another Land Rover, despite enjoying the ride and feel of the vehicle. Perhaps a different dealership would be better, but right now I just want to leave it on the side of the road.

If you are looking at one, budget just as much for repairs each month as you would a normal car payment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th July, 2010

2005 Land Rover LR3 SE V8 4.2L Jaguar V8 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.2L Jaguar V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Great SUV, as long as you get it early on and take care of it!

Faults:

So far, amazingly (considering the reliability ratings on LR's), the biggest thing that went wrong was the wiring harness for the hydraulic suspension. It was about a 600-700 dollar repair out of warranty.

2 other minor things are the black plastic panel on the bottom of the driver's side front door came loose. No big deal, though, I ripped the rest out and bought new plastic clips from the dealer and put it back on in 15 minutes.

The other thing was a piece that goes on the back part of the door handle. It broke off (although it was already loose from the previous owner) and still needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

I thought that the LR3 was one of the best looking SUV's on the market today. Tough, rugged, roomy as hell, utilitarian.

I also thought that it was going to be a maintenance nightmare, but turned out to be otherwise. We must have gotten a good one, but other than the above listed items, the car has been great. Repairs are relatively expensive at the dealer, but I would recommend finding someone who has worked on Land Rover's for a while and will do the labor cheaper. I believe in using the manufacturer's parts in about 95% of the circumstances, but when a Joe's Land Rover Repair is going to do the same labor for 75-80 bucks in labor as opposed to 140 dollars in labor, I'll take the parts from Land Rover over to Joe. Front brakes (complete set) ran about $430 - not too much over any other large SUV.

As far as the ratings are concerned, 7/10 performance because 300 HP is a little low for a monster of this size, but it can get out of its own way.

8/10 on reliability for the reasons explained above.

9/10 on comfort because I have taken so many 1500 mile trips in that car and for a 6'1" 200lb man, it's very comfortable; the only reason it didn't get 10/10 is because I have felt softer leather on more plush seats.

6/10 on dealer service because they take their sweat F*&%ing time to do anything. 3 hour oil changes, etc.

7/10 on running cost because I would take it to Joe's and bring LR parts. Plus, it really hasn't cost us more than any other SUV would cost us.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2009

2006 Land Rover LR3 SE V8 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance14100 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Great, except for the tire issue

Faults:

Gas cap broke and need replacement.

Tires bad at 14,100 miles - kept making noise.

General Comments:

Except for the tire issues we would own another one. But, replacing the tires at $1,000 a set every 15,000 miles is out of the question. There must be a design problem with the suspension.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th November, 2007

26th Nov 2007, 00:23

I had the same issue. We needed new tires and an alignment at 16,000 miles. The dealer covered 75%, but I still didn't think we should have to pay anything. There is an apparent recall if you bring it to the dealer before 15,000 miles.

12th Jan 2009, 10:27

Has the tire issue been addressed by Land Rover yet? Thinking of buying one.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews