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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Land Rover LR3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 216 hp @ 4500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Land Rover LR3

  • A powerful V8 engine, cutting-edge suspension technology and interior appointments fit for royalty should land the LR3 in the top tier of luxury SUVs, especially for those who actually plan on traveling off the beaten path.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Highly advanced suspension well suited for on-road cruising and off-road adventures, fold-flat second- and third-row seats, opulent interior, optional 600-watt stereo, powerful V8.

  • Cons

    Only one engine available, priced higher than its competitors.

  • What's New for 2005

    Thanks to a new platform co-designed by Ford, a 300-horse V8 borrowed from Jaguar, sumptuous interior appointments and a wide array of high-tech gadgetry, the all-new midsize LR3 promises to be one of the best Rovers yet.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 18
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Overall a great vehicle!

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Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover LR3 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

Bought a used 2005 LR3 V8 with 75,000 miles. Now just about to turn 100,000. Overall I love this vehicle and (knock wood) have not had any mechanical issues. Besides it's amazing appearance, it was cheaper than a used Tahoe 4X4. It rides very smoothly and has just the right amount of power. The a/c ( I live in Phoenix) works great. I'm hoping that it stays reliable. It hasn't however been problem free. The glove box door broke, the little door that covers the cigarette light won't stay up ( I don't smoke), the handle for the back storage area floor board came off and my side molding has come off twice. Once while four wheeling and once in a car wash (poor design). Still love the car!




Can't find a better vehicle

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Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover LR3 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I use to go through vehicles every 2 years or less. The first thing I look at when getting something new or thinking of getting something new is what compromise will I make when getting this? I have owned my 2005 LR3 SEV8 since 2007 (when gas prices were high) and so far after 6 years of ownership I have done regular maintenance, changed the bushings in the suspension, thermostat housing, water pump, had all the recalls. You would do to any other vehicle just like an LR3. But, I have NEVER had this vehicle leave me stranded on road or trail, never had an electrical glitch, or had a major issue. Best vehicle I have owned and I would have to compromise to get anything else out there.



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Purchased '05 in '10 (lr3se)

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Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover LR3 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I absolutely love this vehicle. I've owned two 4-Runners, a Land Cruiser, an Audi and two BMW's. This LR3 is far and away my favorite vehicle. I will never own any other type of transportation. Ease of use and it's generous driving proportions are a delight to the hands and feet. I purposely sought one that did not have the navigation as they just a pain overall. Especially when my iPhone can take me anywhere.... anyhow. This vehicle has the cold weather package which I recommend if you live in the north. I've been out in the boonies with this man-car a few times and have driven it cross country twice. Did its duty and worked like a manly man car should. I dig it.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Still holding on to my

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Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover LR3 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

In 2007, bought my 2005 LR3 used at about 45,000 miles and also bought very expensive extended warranty from Fidelity due to its bad reputation of reliability. Ending up never needed the extended warranty. Never have had any major problems except a few minors like the rear window wiper and brake cable corrosion. The "Check Engine" light occasionally came on and was told by my dealership that I needed new battery more than a year ago. My local Interstate Battery store checked the battery out just fine, and I am still running with it. I did changed 4 brakes with brake rotors twice for the 4 years and 50,000 miles that I have owned it so far for almost $3,000 each time. That's expensive!!!



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Things to look for in

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Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover LR3 SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I bought this LR3 in 2008 when gas prices skyrocketed, and everyone was dumping their SUVs for better fuel economy. I bought a 2005 LR3 V8 with 30k miles for $20k with a full bumper to bumper warranty. Once I took it off- road with the dealership mechanics, I fell in love with it. I don't care that the sunroof leaks - at least not that much. If you buy one, make sure to buy it during a rain storm and drive it aggressively. That's when you'll notice a leak problem if there is one. Also - look for signs of leakage below the VIN number plate. There is a piece of paper below it (likely from the factory). If it is discolored, it is probably from one of those crummy sunroof drains.




The good, the bad, and

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Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover LR3 HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 6A)

I bought this 05' model in 07' with about 19000 miles. It now has about 65,000 and I have to say overall I have been very fortunate. I've heard lots of things about reliability and to be honest and here my experience, tranny is starting to jerk a little when I slow down and speed up so I'm a little concerned but I bought the 6 year 75,000 mile warranty so we'll see whats up. I had to get the rear tailgate fixed...NOT CHEAP..latch broke and would not open. Also sunroof leaks out of overhead dome light... not covered under warranty. BUT this thing rides like its on a cloud, and handles anything off road and looks are timeless. Overall I think I got one of the decent rovers and keeping it.



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Full 2005 Land Rover LR3 Review

What's New for 2005

Thanks to a new platform co-designed by Ford, a 300-horse V8 borrowed from Jaguar, sumptuous interior appointments and a wide array of high-tech gadgetry, the all-new midsize LR3 promises to be one of the best Rovers yet.

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Talk About The 2005 LR3

2005 Land Rover LR3 Discussions See all Started By

ccuser
ccuser
09-29-2012
I have primarily owned only Japanese SUVs. I am looking to buy per-owned LR3 2005-06 with around 70-90K miles. I do have mechanic very efficient with typical Japanese made. Of course I will do my thro...


orangepeel22
orangepeel22
12-04-2013
I'm a college student that is considering to buy a 2005/2006 LR3. I'm looking at spending about $13,000 for LR3. I have a Honda Civic I'm going to sell on my own that will allow me to get a small aut...


british_rover
british_rover
05-01-2006
Put the LR2 in the three trim system just like the LR3 is....



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