How dependable is the Land Rover LR3?

I’m interested in the Land Rover LR3, but have heard a lot of bad reviews that they are always in the shop and have many problems.

Roberta G., San Diego

We often hear of people misleading others into thinking that an entire brand is unreliable. For example: “Fords are always in the shop. They’re horrible cars.” This, of course, is untrue.

Unfortunately for Land Rover, no one was misleading you — they often score low in dependability ratings.

J.D. Power’s 2007 manufacturer dependability ratings rank Land Rover at the bottom of the list, with owners reporting a total of 398 problems per 100 vehicles during the first three years of ownership. The industry average is 216, while Buick and Lexus got the top spot in 2007 with 145. Suzuki (324), Isuzu (322), Saab (319) and Volkswagen (298) sit directly above Land Rover in the rankings.

As for the LR3, Consumer Reports lists its predicted reliability as “Worse Than Average,” which is on par with the rest of Land Rover’s models.

These studies will give you an idea of what to expect. They may not necessarily be relevant to every owner, but they are a good indicator. There’s a chance you could get a problem-free model and enjoy it to the fullest. Then again, you could also get a lemon – but this can happen with any automaker.

We know that’s a kick in the head if the LR3 was your top choice, but most of the problems will be covered by warranty, if they do occur. Common issues are related to electrical problems, not major issues like engine replacements. If your nearest dealership is close by and this is a second car, buying the LR3 may be worth the hassle if you’ve decided it has the features and capabilities you want.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on January 29, 2008 in I'm Just Wondering , What Car Should I Buy? , What Does This Mean? | Permalink

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