2006 Land Rover LR3 SE V6 Ford Cologne V6 from North America


Reliable, capable, comfortable


Transmission kind of shifts funky between 1st/2nd gear sometimes. The trans fault code comes up every so often too. My shop (a LR specialist) says it's probably a solenoid on the fritz or it's just dirty (there are ~6 solenoids IIRC on the LR3), as the ATF checks out OK and it's 'lifetime' fluid anyway. 99% of the time the trans shifts fine.

The rear hatch opening mechanism snapped right before a long road trip, literally, right as it was closed after packing up the car. That was an expensive and difficult repair.

California sun induced paint cancer and cracks on the dash around the passenger airbag.

Normal wear & tear items.

General Comments:

This thing runs like a clock. I got a good one, the previous owners took good care of it and I take it to the same LR specialist they used. I think mine is a stripper model, as there's no NAV, no heated seats, etc. but it does have the nice Harmon Kardon sound system. The Ford V6 they put in this just keeps going, it's only slightly down on power compared to the V8, so it's adequate for me. The 4WD system is super slick and works like a charm. Leather upholstery is holding up just fine. It's a really comfortable ride, and I think they're kind of underrated, because of the reputation LR has had in the past. Ford really turned them around when they owned LR.

Maintenance is on the higher side, obviously. Fuel economy sucks, no better than the V8 AFAIK. I'm used to driving cars that need more work and care, more often, this thing is practically boring in that sense, i.e. it's not a constant wallet drainer! It just goes and doesn't complain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2019

2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE from North America


Great SUV if you can afford it


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


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


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


Great, except for the tire issue


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.