Welcome to a long read.
Maintenance tips for a Discovery 3/LR3, look HERE
If you came for photos, scroll through this part for the eye candy down below. This thread is a repository for the history of the vehicle and documentation of the various hare-brained things I (or we) ended up doing to it. Very little here is what I came up with myself, I benefitted greatly from postings by others here and on various forums, and I hope this helps somebody with theirs and passes along ideas for cool stuff that I have collected here and elsewhere. If you need something just ask me, thread reply or PM.
Thanks to: BByer, TomR, houm_wa, Unseenone, cmb6s, Bodsy from D3UK, Patrick from GAP, Volkov, Zelatore, RayG and many others.
At work, California
Near Patterson, California
Reddish Knob, Virginia/W.Virginia Border
Somewhere in the hills west of Charlottesville, Virginia
I lived in Switzerland for a short time, and during my downtime outside of university, I would beg friends back in the US to send me things to watch since everything in CH was dubbed and Netflix had not arrived in that area yet. Buddy of mine decided to forward me some links to old Camel Trophy footage online, so naturally I fell in love with Land Rover. Details aren't super important to the rest of the story but I started hunting for my own vehicle when I returned stateside. Started with a search for a Discovery I SE7 SD, manual. I could not find a good D1 with a 5-speed that was not rusted out or on its last legs near me (found one in TN-broken, and one in NY-unknown/rusty). I like D2's but needed something way more reliable for day-to-day use, and I was running out of time before I needed to travel more and more. I read a few articles on expo before about used overlanders, and an earlier iteration mentioned the LR3 (was something like number 7… but hey that counts, right?). Okay was probably going to have to settle for one of these over a D1.
Long story short, late 2014, I found a used but loved example near me, a 2006 Discovery 3 SE. Number one thing to do with Land Rovers is to have them inspected BY a Land Rover Dealer. I had two inspected and got lucky on the second one. I got one for a great used price for the mileage. She remains my daily driver.
This is what I brought home:
>73k on the clock (the odo above was of course after joyriding around the first week )
>100% near-perfect records, serviced at one dealer nearby its whole life (a very good dealer).
>Dude absolutely loved his truck, he actually acted like I was his teenage son about to inherit the family car when I came to test drive it, easy on the gas, here's how everything works, be careful with this thing, etc. Asked me to take very good care of it when he finally gave me the keys and title. Says something to me about how he treated it for the last 8 years.
>Was almost-fully optioned-out for being an SE, which means it had the nice stuff that a lot of the early models didn't have standard, the Xenon headlamps, front/rear fogs (some 05's did not have fogs) rain sensing wipers, dimming rear view mirror, had the two rear jump seats, heated seats/mirrors (could be wrong, they might have all come with the heated seats), NAV, the pricey rubber floormats, etc. Stuff I appreciate for day-to-day use. It sadly was not an HD package model.
>Very little wear and tear on the vehicle and interior. It wasn't showroom, but very nice.
The Bad: (several of these are known issues for MY-05-09)
>When I bought it the parking brake was inop.
>Front differential was noted as bad during inspection
>Front lower control arms were shot
>Small oil leak at the oil cooler (it turned out to be the filter)
>One corner of the suspension was leaking air so it sagged overnight
>More than one red Kool-Aid stain on the TAN carpets (from PO's kids)
>Sunroof drains were (I swear) a day or so from being totally clogged
>Windshield cowl was badly warping away from the glass
>It spent its life in a state that salts its roads… it was rusty. Not as bad as I have seen on older jeeps in the family, but it was a shock for me having been from California where all used cars are magically corrosion-free.
>It had not gotten its 75k service yet (Diffs, T-case, lube hubs, etc.)
>Missing battery/fusebox cover
>It did not have the updated front diff breather... more on that later.