A possible problem could be the air bag suspension and a wheel alignment. There are a few steps that if a good mechanic is up on his Land Rovers should know. Bad alignment can cause wear on the tires, and eventually cause problems with the air bag suspension. I'm not saying that this could be the problem, but is definitely food for thought.
Hows the maintenance cost on one of these cars?
And how often is it?
Like I know BMW is every 15k for an oil change, and inspections are every 30,000 miles.
I have had numerous problems with my 2005 LR3. The lights keep coming on flashing HDC fault and park brake fault. This is the 6th time since I have owned the vehicle. I do not recommend the purchase of 2005. I had a 2006 and had no problems. The entire month of June the truck was in the shop. Upon called LR North America, they basically told me that they were not going to help, and that I was stuck with a crap vehicle and they didn't care.
My 2006 LR3 has given me problems since the warranty expired at 50K.
The tires will only last a year due to the weight of the vehicle and the alignment is always off.
The suspension broke on it and cost me over $1,100 and after 3 months of having it fixed, the lights are flashing again that it's at fault along with the HDC transmission lights and others.
As long as I was leasing it, I didn't have any issues, but since I've bought it, major problems are occurring. The vehicle is in the shop every month and the dealership is the one working on it, which is sad. The brakes are a big issue as well, they have to be changed constantly.
Make sure to get an extended warranty if you want to buy this vehicle.
Own a 2005 LR. Would I buy one again? NO. It has been with the dealer on and off for almost a month. I have extended warranty and have already paid the deductible twice trying to fix the 'check engine' sign that seems to resurface every time we get it back. Taking it back again for the third time. It is just not worth the annoyance of owning an expensive piece of junk.
Thanks for the input. We have had our eye on an '06, but aren't quite sure whether to get it or not. Any word on the '08 model?
STOP taking it to the dealer. They may be purposely messing with other stuff to make them fail, so that you will bring it back to them!
Sorry ah, no. I work for a Jag/LR dealer and we DO NOT do such things. Very typical for consumers to spread this type of rumor around the web, but what you all tend to conveniently overlook is the fact that we are all heavily audited by both manufacturers, who WILL slap massive fines on unethical dealers.
Why do most European vehicles have major problems so early on? An American or Japanese vehicle seems to be much more reliable on average