2005 LR3’s

Tugela

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Having recently purchased an LR3, I would suggest that model year is less important than service history. I would feel more confident about buying an older one with higher miles if it had a well documented service history than a newer, lower miles example that came with no background. If well cared for the LR3 can run for a long time, but if neglected it can be a frustrating ownership experience. I paid a little more for mine because it came with a folder of service receipts that included known wear items and preventative maintenance as well as big ticket component replacement.
 
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discostew

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Because of changes in some of the CAN networks and wire harnesses, I would have to disagree violently about the model year not making much difference. '08 model year would be better.
 

jymmiejamz

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At this point in their age I don’t really see any disadvantage to having an 05. One nice thing is that they have a Schrader valve on the fuel rail.
 
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discostew

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Great! That's the year I bought.
The diffs have been updated and don't fail like the early ones did. They started putting a better tape over the splices, it's black and almost looks like it could seal out water. Kinda. But in the CAN networks you don't see as many pass thru modules. T case is still a pass thru all the way up to the last LR4's. Not having pass thru modules on the networks make it a lot more durable and easier to diagnose.
 

Howski

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Interesting to learn the small differences over the years. Feel like I remember there being an issue with the diff breathers on the earlier years too
 

Tugela

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There was a TSB for the front diff breather filter. It's about a 2-minute swap using the updated part, that was one of the first things I did on mine.
 
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