• Jan 18, 2007
What's with all these class-action lawsuits lately? Land Rover was just slapped with one thanks to Attorney Mark Anderson in California who filed suit on behalf of all 2004 and 2005 Land Rover LR3 owners in the state. Turns out that the tires on many of these LR3 SUVs are allegedly wearing unevenly, which causes them to make loud noises when the vehicle is moving. The piece we link to from KGO-TV Channel 7 in the Bay Area highlights the trouble of one man, Lew Colon, whose LR3 developed the noise after only 5,000 miles. After some complaining, Colon got Land Rover to give him three new tires, though he had to pay for the fourth. After another 6,000 miles, however, the tires started to wear unevenly again and the noise returned. At 25,000 miles now, Colon's still on that second set.

Land Rover has issues a technical service bulletin about the abnormal wear with instructions for service technicians to use new suspension settings. It would seem that the company at least acknowledges the rapid and uneven tire wear can be traced back to a flaw in the vehicle's suspension design, but so far it has not issued a recall to fix the problem. In the meantime, Colon and the rest of the LR3 owners in California will be filing suit against the automaker to seek a solution.

Thanks for the tip, Oliver!

[Source: KGO-TV Channel 7]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      JL - you are a crappy driver my friend
      • 8 Years Ago
      "What's with all these class-action lawsuits lately?"

      An attorney with nothing better to do smells money, more money for them, not us.
      • 8 Years Ago
      uneven wear as in 'I am too stupid to rotate my tires on a regular basis (every other oil change)?

      or

      uneven wear as in 'I am borrowing my front suspension design from a 1997 Exploder, and I have the crappy ball joints to prove it'?

      Define 'uneven wear' please. If we are talking about cupping, the manufacturer should not have to waste any time/money/effort battling crap like this.

      Guess what everybody, Attorney Mark Anderson in California just added $500 to the cost of every LR sold...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Waaah! I bought a 5,500 lb truck and it goes through tires quickly! And it's noisy! Waaah!"

      I'm sorry. I realize there are certain expectations when you shell out $40-50K for a new vehicle, and there are multiple sides to every story. But sheesh. This reminds me of the folks who complain when their high-def cell phone/word processor/internet browser/MP3 player/game console goes through batteries... shock... more quickly than their old Nokia brick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well I can tell you from experience, this isn't limited to the LR3. I had a 2002 Discovery that the tires cupped horribly. And it was becuase they were Goodyear Wranglers. Horrible tires. I called Land Rover corporate and they conceded that the tires weren't good for the truck but they continued to put them on the Land Rovers anyway. They even told me that Michelin would be a better fit.

      But they wouldn't buy me new tires, despite the fact that I had had other cars that I hadn't destroyed the tires on so quickly (so I doubt it was my driving style). I called other Land Rover dealerships to see if they knew of the problem, including the dealership I purchased it from in Hinsdale, IL, and they said they knew from experience that if you put Michelins on the truck, the noise went away and they didn't wear out nearly as fast. It's a combination of crappy tires and the truck. The tires weren't a good fit for the truck.

      But on tire sites I've visited, these particular Goodyears had the same problem on other SUVs and vehicles, not limited to the Land Rover. They wear quickly because they're crappy tires.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Keep in mind the LR3 comes with Goodyear Wrangler HP tires which, in my personal experience, aren't the greatest tires to begin with, good suspention setup or not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate to burst all of these "Whaaaa" bubbles, but after 2 years, and 22000 miles I have yet to experience any problems with my early 05 LR3 HSE - it's been perfect. The tires show normal wear and have at least 50% tread left with no cupping - after one rotation.

      Not so for my Toyota, Mercedes, and BMW....they are POS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would like to hear from any Canadain Land Rover buyers who are having trouble with tire wear on the LR3. I am at 96,000 and need another set of 4. This will be the 4th set. Let's talk.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's American lawsuit which immediately deems it "frivolous".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Same thing happened on my Nissan 350Z on the front tires. Nissan bought me two sets of tires in 25K miles, but I sensed that they wouldn't pony up for the third set. So I traded the car in on an M3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One major reason for all the class action lawsuits is that they can be very lucrative for lawyers. One that Honda recently settled netted the lawyers $5.8 million, far above their expenses of $290,000. Pretty good ratio.

      Details in this thread I posted at the odyclub.com:

      http://www.odyclub.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=36223

      Plenty of meat in that forum for people who get off on Honda's transmission problems as well.