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Old 01-09-2008, 07:49 AM
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If you're not looking for too much rock hopping, how about an Acura MDX?

We bought an '08 few weeks ago, I was very impressed during the test drives, handled like a sports sedan rather than a truck.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:19 AM
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I know quite a few people with a LR3 (or Discovery 3 as it is known here), I'm a paid up member of the Land Rover Owners Club (my DD is a 110 Defender).

Mechanical reliability seems to be very good. Indeed, nearly everyone I know has had software isuues, but one that got patched by the dealers they seem to be quite reliable.

Check the Tenessee Rovers board for info.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:25 AM
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This is one of the main reasons why I bought an LR3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STt7DmJeeVc&eur

First, I need to say that most of the SUV's out there look like "bloated ticks" to me and I wanted more of a tradiitonal "truck-like" look and feel. I bought an '05 with 10K miles on it. LR3's have frame on unibody design, making it very stiff with a smooth ride and feel. There is enough room for 7 with 3rd row and the interior is durable enough to hold anything from bags of cow poop to a dirty mountain bike without fear of ruining anything "pretty". Interior and control layout is nice from a design standpoint but might have too much plastic for some. Soundsystem is nuts!
The negatives: It's heavy and will not be good at any DE events. It's a gas pig. If you have a long commute-I would think twice. Mine is 4.5 miles so no big deal. The OEM tires are underated for the vehicle and suck-you will replace them at 20K. Unless you are into off-roading, there are not a lot of accessories available yet. It's tall. Hand washing is a challenge, the OEM roof rack might exclude you from some parking garages. Given this, I have had no problems with it after 35K miles and can't say enough good things about it.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:43 AM
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Mine is the 1st year model ('05), I have it since new. with 60K on the odo, and required not a single in-warranty repair, and have not need to spend a single surprise dime out of warranty. No major issues whatsoever.,with way less issues than my previous 2000 Audi A6.
For the 3+ years, I experienced only twice - some electrical grelims that just need a "reboot", and both case are probably resulted from water got into exterior electrical connectors and frozen overnight for the air suspension ( e.g. right after a 4 hours drive thru a huge rain/ice storm).

Was that a joke? IT IS NOT BASED on a Ford FOCUS. The V8 is a modified Jaguar V8 ( from 4.2 to 4.4L)
and has a very strong ( for off road purpose) uni-body and box frame combo platform.

I replaced the OEM good year tires at 39K, and running Michelin's which alone fixed the infamous uneven wear/scalloping issue !
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:49 AM
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Can't you guys get the 2.7 V6 diesel ? It only has 196 Hp, but more than enough torque, and returns in the region of 27 mpg !
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Peter R. View Post
Can't you guys get the 2.7 V6 diesel ? It only has 196 Hp, but more than enough torque, and returns in the region of 27 mpg !
Huh? for LR3? The V6 is more like 4L and is not that much better on MPG than the V8.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Novice View Post

I replaced the OEM good year tires at 39K, and running Michelin's which alone fixed the infamous uneven wear/scalloping issue !
I'm running BFG AT's they are awesome in snow and mushy stuff.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Franklin229 View Post
Huh? for LR3? The V6 is more like 4L and is not that much better on MPG than the V8.
Peter is talking about the Diesel V6 that's only being offered in Europe/UK, not in US (et)
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Novice View Post
Peter is talking about the Diesel V6 that's only being offered in Europe/UK, not in US (et)
Gotcha-Europe also gets coil spring suspension as an option as well-
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Originally Posted by Franklin229 View Post
Gotcha-Europe also gets coil spring suspension as an option as well-
the dealer near my work, imported a coil spring version to the US, I saw it up-close, but obviously you no longer have the advanced off road feature .... on one hand it can be a good thing, but with the double wish bone suspension, you don't get as much droop.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by doberdog View Post
Try the new Saturn Vue XR with the 3.6 litre motor. Like an inexpensive X3.
Isnt that the saturn that weighs almost 4000 pounds and gets 16mpg (recent car and driver test)? My 95 Land cruiser gets 15mpg. I cant imagine putting up cash for a saturn suv and only getting 1mpg better.
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:44 PM
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Buy It.I bought mine in Feb. 05(V8 SE) and have really enjoyed it,8500 mi. so far and
have not had a single issue.Likes:solid,refined,looks,quality,brand appeal,dealer,off-road capabilities(although I don't use).Dislikes:none.
Land and Range rovers are very popular in South Texas and everyone I know
is very happy with theirs.I don't read Consumer Reports for car advise,maybe for buying toasters,but I looked at every SUV and I'm happy I chose mine.I had
a 2003 X5,There is not enough time to list the problems and the three dealers
I dealt with could care less.I know of several people that switched from X5's to
LR3's and RRS's and are glad they did.
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:07 PM
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i just bought a new '07 LR3 HSE 3 weeks ago. good deals to be had right now on '07s. I love mine. The bluetooth and Nav is fantastic. The truck is a great compromise of utility and luxury.

I looked closely at the Range Rover Sport and really liked it. Had I not needed the added cargo space in the LR3 I would have gone with the sport. I don;t think you can go wrong either way.
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:23 PM
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I can pass anything on the road except a gas station
+100 We have an 04 Disco SE7 (wife's car) and the thing eats gas! Love the car, but econo box it ain't. Some friends of ours have an LR3 and love it but with the same issue. The new ones (LR3) are no better on gas. I would estimate ours get somewhere around 13 to 14 mpg. It's that bad. Great off roade and overall vehicle. Oh yeah and they leak like a White House insider.
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:40 PM
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Agree on the gas-guzzling. I have an HSE RR which is a stunningly beautiful truck...But watching the gas gauge needle drop like a stone is breathtaking. Wife uses the Volvo for daily kid hauling - Thank goodness.
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