Potential Purchase of 05 LR3 with issues

Discussion in 'LR3' started by maskedmonkey2, May 17, 2018.

  1. maskedmonkey2

    maskedmonkey2 New Member

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    May 17, 2018
    Hi all, I have been an admirer of the discoverys for many years. I have come across what I think may be a hell of a deal, I'm interested to see what those of you experienced with the platform think.

    I found an 05 LR3 V8 SE that seems to be fairly clean with 115k miles. The issues as relayed by the seller are:

    Sunroof leak
    Radio works intermittently
    Battery dies after a few days of sitting
    Transmission shifts "rough" in and out of neutral
    1 tire has a flat spot from sitting

    I looked at the carfax for the vehicle and it appears that this is it's 3rd owner since 2010. It doesn't appear to have been to a dealer for service since late 2009. The owner has replaced the air system with BA coils.

    The seller has accepted my offer of $1500. I'm fairly confident that I can sort out the electrical gremlins, but it is the transmission issue that concerns me the most. I'm hoping that it is also an electronic issue related to the sunroof leak but would like to get a bead on what you fine people think, I know it's probably impossible to diagnose with such little information. My assumption is that for that kind of money I can't really lose, but I have no experience with this platform.

    Thanks for any insight!
  2. Houm_WA

    Houm_WA Full Access Member

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    Jan 6, 2006
    I think your assessment is spot on. I'd be all over it except for the transmission shift issue. Would resetting the adaptations help? Mechatronics sleeve? Or is it a whole new tranny? That's the $6000 question!
  3. eloist

    eloist New Member

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    May 19, 2016
    At that price if the rest of the truck is in decent enough shape, you could part it out and make some money if the transmission is shot.

    Of course, you'd have $1500 tied up for a bit.

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