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.
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