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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,167 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Land Rover LR3 engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Land Rover LR3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 282005

LR3 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles


We have owned the LR3 model of Land Rover since Dec. 2004, and since the car was six months up to the present day, the care experiences total system failure at any given random point in time. When this failure occurs one can not control the car, can not brake, can not accelerate, it just freezes, and stalls on you. I was driving on the highway in June when this first happened and this occurred to me three times in a row within hours. I had to wait for the car to kick itself out of its frozen trance and regained control. Took it the next day to the service and they could not re-create the problem so they did nothing. I also felt they did not take my complaint seriously. It happened again in August and then in September and they said the car needed software updating, or at least that was the excuse they gave to me that occasion. I kept expressing my concerns that it was more than software but to no avail. Then soon after, I could not turn the car on, the car would stall with frequency and some more complete failures. So again I took it back in, and they experienced this failure condition twice in their own service area. The car was in service for almost two weeks and they concluded it was "cable" troubles. There is no guarantee in our opinion that this will not happen again and if it does this seriously poses a threat of life or risk of injury not only to me, my spouse, but also to my children, or others on the road. I am not willing to take that gamble and we are in discussions on replacing the vehicle or if all else fails we will go to litigation.

- Old Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 132005

LR3 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Fuel leak while driving. I was driving through a mountain pass (during extreme fire danger btw) with the windows open. I smell gas... I pull over when I finally can about 2 miles later. I see gas pouring out the right rear of the car, on top of the hot exhaust pipe... causing the gas to vaporize and smoke. I opened the fuel door and removed the fuel cap. Sounds like a liquid was violently boiling came from the filler pipe. A passing motorcyclist who was behind me stopped to let me know he thought I was also leaking gas. The problem continued as I tried to drive another leg of 3 miles or so. Finally I stopped the car for about 30 minutes. When I restarted the car, the problem seemed to go away. Major safety issue here... to me it seems like there was some pump at work, pumping gas from the tank out to the overfill hole of the filler pipe.... I have no other explanation for what was happening. Apparently I am not the only one with this problem... others have talked about it on lore owner forums.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 312004


  • miles
The consumer's vehicle stalled on two separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they have not been able repair the vehicle (2005 Land Rover LR3).

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

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