LR3 Fatigue

Be glad this is your complaint

two weeks ago, my wife crashed/totaled our LR4 (curiously, the F350 that was traded for an Evoque was mine, but somehow, the LR4 was hers???)

I am still suffering from bruises and a likely broken rib

worse yet, she is replacing it with a subaru

on the good, my new day job has me driving about 2500 miles a month and my ‘98 DI is serving me well

last week while in Chicago, I fixed the rear windows and cruise control (which is handy driving 500 miles a week minimum)

I figure I will get the A/C fixed as the first snow hits
 

Odin0311

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I’m feeling ya with the LR3 fatigue. I picked up what seemed to be a decently sorted 2008 LR3 at the beginning of the year. Since then I’ve been through a battery, 2 complete sets of TPMS sensors due to a miss-diagnosis at an independent shop, then correct by the dealership. A new TPMS module yet the warning light came back on 20 minutes after leaving the dealership, a new suspension compressor (again wrong Indy shop diagnosis) and both front air struts. Yesterday is gave me the slow suspension raising message and deflated over night. Guessing the original rear struts need replacing (175,000 miles). I acquired the vehicle specifically for the suspension adjustability (transporting elderly family to doctors). Kinda kills me the cost difference between switching to coil springs vs keeping air suspension going.
 

Eliot

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Bozeman, MT
Kind of getting to the end of my rope with the LR3, conveniently after just dumping some money into it on preventative-ish maintenance (LCA’s and front air struts). We moved to a smaller city last year and am learning how much of a pain in the ass it is to keep the LR3 going without a reliable local indy shop. One shop is a month+ wait to get in and the other is a high end Audi/BMW place that charges $$$ and won’t budge on parts. I feel bad taking my old indy shop back in Greenville for granted now…

I have almost 180k on mine, and I’m seeing the same thing. Lots of small repairs due, plus the AC compressor.

I’m going to get a low mile LR4
 
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MM3846

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I have almost 180k on mine, and I’m seeing the same thing. Lots of small repairs due, plus the AC compressor.

I’m going to get a low mile LR4
Good to know I’m 100k+ miles out from this sort of thing. Just rolled 70k, only nagging issue has been an EVAP related CEL. I’m waiting to see if it goes away after the fuel pump flange recall work before digging into it.

180k on anything 15 years old except for a Camry or 4Runner is gonna give you shit.
 

Eliot

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Good to know I’m 100k+ miles out from this sort of thing. Just rolled 70k, only nagging issue has been an EVAP related CEL. I’m waiting to see if it goes away after the fuel pump flange recall work before digging into it.

180k on anything 15 years old except for a Camry or 4Runner is gonna give you shit.

It’s been very reliable and cheap to run.


Right now I need to do LCAs, AC compressor, the driver seat cushion needs replacement (the leather is also cracked), and the sunroof drains are leaking into the cabin.

I’m still driving on the original air springs, those must need replacement eventually.

Cosmetically, it looks pretty good, but the paint is pealing from a few of the wheels, and I need to replace the center console cubby lid.
 
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Howski

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I nearly pulled the trigger on a clean 50k mile LR4 a few months ago but it didn’t work out. I’m at the point I’m inclined to reserve the LR3 to 3rd vehicle status and get a cheap-ish sedan as a daily
 
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discostew

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I’m feeling ya with the LR3 fatigue. I picked up what seemed to be a decently sorted 2008 LR3 at the beginning of the year. Since then I’ve been through a battery, 2 complete sets of TPMS sensors due to a miss-diagnosis at an independent shop, then correct by the dealership. A new TPMS module yet the warning light came back on 20 minutes after leaving the dealership, a new suspension compressor (again wrong Indy shop diagnosis) and both front air struts. Yesterday is gave me the slow suspension raising message and deflated over night. Guessing the original rear struts need replacing (175,000 miles). I acquired the vehicle specifically for the suspension adjustability (transporting elderly family to doctors). Kinda kills me the cost difference between switching to coil springs vs keeping air suspension going.
I think it sounds like you have a mechanic problem. The vehicle is probably ok.
 
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discostew

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I nearly pulled the trigger on a clean 50k mile LR4 a few months ago but it didn’t work out. I’m at the point I’m inclined to reserve the LR3 to 3rd vehicle status and get a cheap-ish sedan as a daily
I’ve been driving cheap Chevy products for years as a daily driver. The more clapped out they become the less I care about them. It’s great. I find that when you buy a new vehicle and maintain it and don’t abuse it they last forever. I’ve got 240K on a ‘12 Cruze and I’m not replacing it till I absolutely have to. My plan is when it finally takes a shit I’m buying a low end pickup truck. Like a base model Ford or Chevy.
 

discostew

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What's that? 17 Litre diesel, 14" head unit screen, 22" titanium wheels, reverse camera, blah, blah.. I think my brother in law has one. Only 70K or so...
No a stripped down pickup truck with a V8 should cost about 36 or 38 grand.
Sounds like your brother in law has a really nice truck……sorry about his penis.
 

BDM

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Just my .02, those issues you refer to seem pretty minor. A solid weekend could knock all those out may be aside from the parking brake issue. Consider taking care of those little things and you’ll have a solid, paid off very comfortable and capable truck that’s hard to compete with. I have friends that have 400k on theirs. Mine has 180k and prior to our trip across the country, I dropped about $1k into little stuff like yours above like cowling etc. It towed our 32ft camper (5200lbs dry) across the country no issues. It’s also done 3 x cross country trips and 2x seaboard west and east. I think you’d be hard pressed to find something as reliable with performance for the money.
 
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Howski

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You’re right, they are generally minor but can add up to be annoyances on a daily driver. They are a good value still and think they likely hold up better than many vehicles with that high of mileage