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Which car to get - Land Rover LR3 vs. MDX vs. Ford Explorer?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by whusurdadi, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. whusurdadi

    whusurdadi Senior member

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    My wife is expecting our third kid in April, and I need a 7 seater now (you can't fit 3 car seats in the back of a sedan since the carseats are so big)...

    I plan on gettting a used (most probably a 2006-2008) with low mileage, and I test drove all 3...

    Any thoughts?

    I'm leaning toward the LR3 since I've always wanted a Land Rover...
     
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    My wife is expecting our third kid in April, and I need a 7 seater now (you can't fit 3 car seats in the back of a sedan since the carseats are so big)... I plan on gettting a used (most probably a 2006-2008) with low mileage, and I test drove all 3... Any thoughts? I'm leaning toward the LR3 since I've always wanted a Land Rover...
    Land Rover is a shit, I recommend you must not to buy this! Is better you must to consider other!
     
  3. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    Did you check Consumer Reports vehicle reviews on these vehicles? Honestly, that's going to be your best source for real information about these choices. You'll never get a reasonable answer from the rest of the internet.
     
  4. whusurdadi

    whusurdadi Senior member

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    Did you check Consumer Reports vehicle reviews on these vehicles? Honestly, that's going to be your best source for real information about these choices. You'll never get a reasonable answer from the rest of the internet.

    I have checked...just curious if anyone here has any experience with either...good and bad...
     
  5. grundletaint

    grundletaint Senior member

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    i love land rovers but prob won't ever own another one after all the shit my range rover had go wrong on a pretty constant basis.

    ford my ass.

    i guess the Motherly Driving Xperience is probably the safest bet out of the three. a buddy of mine had one and never had issues as far as i know.
     
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    Out of those three, MDX for sure, Rover second (buy the warp around extended warranty) and the Explorer last. I had an LR3 and it performed flawlessly. Still, I'd not trust having one without the warranty.

    MDX is a very dependable vehicle, and the 2010 even looks decent.
     
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    Out of the three, the MDX is the most reliable and has the best resale value. If you get a Land Rover, you'll get to know your service manager very well.
     
  8. JayJay

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    I really like the looks and features of the LR and was admiring them last Sunday, but for reliability, the MDX would be the safer choice. Nevertheless, if it were me, I'd get the LR.
     
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    I have a 08 Land Rover and just had the whole backend replaced because of problem with the differential, under warranty fortunately. I agree you will get to know your service manager quickly, do not get a LR without an extended warranty. Having said that, i love it...
     
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    Why do all your choices suck so bad?

    Of the three the MDX is the least mediocre.
     
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    I would go with the MDX without question.

    Land Rover LR3 will offer the most features and be the most luxurious, but it is also insanely unreliable. You'll have sensors and electronic mishaps on a frequent basis.

    Fords Explorers have generally become above average reliability wise, however, they're not the smoothest or the most refined out there.

    Acura MDX won't have too much offroad capability(not that you would go offroading in most cases) but it is the most reliable, has great handling/power distribution and looks great.

    However, if you could afford to run it(gas, main. costs) I would consider the Lexu GX470. It combines the positives of the LR3 and MDX, without any of the negatives from either.
     
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    The MDX, of the 3 choices you posted.

    Regards.
     
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    Out of the three, the MDX is the most reliable and has the best resale value. If you get a Land Rover, you'll get to know your service manager very well.
    This ^^^. End threak. You should take a look at the X5, BMW has the best warranty maintenance / program of any car brand.
     
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    This ^^^. End threak.

    You should take a look at the X5, BMW has the best warranty maintenance / program of any car brand.


    He's not looking for a new one.

    A used one is fine, but just keep an eye out on whether the maintenance has ended. I don't remember when, but BMW switched from a 3yr/36k to a 4yr/50k free maintenance program recently. And it'll likely be more expensive than the MDX for the same year model, all else being equal.
     
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    I'd go for the MDX out of the three you have listed. I haven't heard anything good about Land Rovers and Ford is, well...Ford. I'd also second the recommendation for an X5. Volvo's XC 90 is a good choice too. I have 3 friends who own XC 90s and have nothing but good things to say.
     
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    All 3 are seriously ugly. Why not a fj cruiser.
     
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    mdx

    id also look at the lexus rx
     
  18. Steve Smith

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    My wife is expecting our third kid in April, and I need a 7 seater now (you can't fit 3 car seats in the back of a sedan since the carseats are so big)...

    I plan on gettting a used (most probably a 2006-2008) with low mileage, and I test drove all 3...

    Any thoughts?

    I'm leaning toward the LR3 since I've always wanted a Land Rover...





    I, myself, enjoy luxury. That's why I drive the finest motorcar in the world. "Jag-u-ar."
     
  19. chas

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    With three kids an MDX might be a bit tight. But that is definately the nicest of the bunch. I agree the Land Rover is very cool and great to ride in, but the fact is the quality is rubbish.

    I know it is ugly as sin but the Ford Flex is huge inside and very nice with the Luxury package. I know because my mother has one. My stepfather is in a wheel chair and it is one of the only cars that is low enough for him to transfer into and that can fit his chair in the back without breaking it down.

    The Flex may be a non starter because it is fugly but I can tell you that the interior is nice and it drives great.
     
  20. KBW

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    I have checked...just curious if anyone here has any experience with either...good and bad...

    At different times I've had a 99 Discovery, 2003 Discovery, 2006 RR SC (SC=supercharged), 2010 RR SC, and recently bought a NAS Defender 110 that needs some work. I still have the 03 Discovery, 10 RR, and D110. If you follow the maintenance guidelines you have ZERO problems with landrovers. Shit breaks because dumbasses don't realize you HAVE TO (absolutely have to) do the services when you are supposed to. It is a full time 4x4 vehicle and most people aren't used to have their differentials, transmission, etc serviced like you have to service them for a 4x4. I do all of that work myself and it is easy. Many LR forums that can show you how to do all of that in under an hour and you get to know your vehicle. I'd definitely go LR as there's seriously nothing else like them.

    Whether I'm driving my 03 discovery that is only probably worth 10K or so or my new RR SC everyone loves them and talks to you about them when you pull up somewhere. Nice conversation starter, comfortable, luxurious, and right at home anywhere you take it. I can't wait to finish building the D110. I was going to buy a Porsche GT3 or something similar but I'd probably kill myself with one of those and I'd be afraid of working on it myself. When I finish the NAS defender i'll have 30-40K in it to make it absolutely perfect and it'll be worth 60 easy.

    Go for the LR3. My neighbor has one that he has modified a little bit I could shoot some pics of tonight if you'd like. He absolutely loves it
     

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