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Old 10-12-2014, 11:30 PM   #1
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I've found a low millage one of these for sale locally. It has a rated towing capacity of 7716. But I was shocked by two things. One, apparently the manual advises against WD hitches. I then noticed that the rated tongue weight is only 550.

Is this a deficiency of the factory hitch? Would an aftermarket hitch provide better specs?
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:08 AM   #2
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:38 AM   #3
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If the maximum hitch weight is only rated at 550 lbs., that is a pretty good indicator that all they want you to pull is a utility trailer with a lawn mower on it.

I would steer clear of that particular vehicle for a host of reasons. In particular, you would need a second LR3 to use while the primary one was in the shop being repaired. The LR3 has to be just about the least reliable vehicle made, probably why there is "such a good deal" on it.
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Thanks for the info. I see now the reliability complaints. I'll look elsewhere.
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I really like these vehicles. I purchased my Discovery new in 2003 and have been everywhere in it. About two weeks ago it failed me for the very first time in 12 years. It quit and had to be towed. I have had it repaired and would depend on it to take me anywhere. Matter of fact we depart Alabama for Ft. Bragg, NC in about two weeks puling a 23ft FB Flying Cloud. Again, the LR has pulled this AS to the beach a few times, to Ft. Campbell, KY twice and to Ft. Bragg back in January. I use WD and anti-sway (friction). There has been plenty of power and I drive about 60-65 mph. The stiff suspension of this vehicle gives it the stability in addition to the 18 inch Yokohama tires. The suspension is coil springs, not air ride. We have reservations at AlumaFeista in Tucson in January. We will see you there.
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I really like these vehicles. I purchased my Discovery new in 2003 and have been everywhere in it. About two weeks ago it failed me for the very first time in 12 years. It quit and had to be towed. I have had it repaired and would depend on it to take me anywhere. Matter of fact we depart Alabama for Ft. Bragg, NC in about two weeks puling a 23ft FB Flying Cloud. Again, the LR has pulled this AS to the beach a few times, to Ft. Campbell, KY twice and to Ft. Bragg back in January. I use WD and anti-sway (friction). There has been plenty of power and I drive about 60-65 mph. The stiff suspension of this vehicle gives it the stability in addition to the 18 inch Yokohama tires. The suspension is coil springs, not air ride. We have reservations at AlumaFeista in Tucson in January. We will see you there.
Hi Tom, well you are indeed "lucky!" All the Disco-owners I know would have a much less glowing history to recount.
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I've found a low millage one of these for sale locally. It has a rated towing capacity of 7716. But I was shocked by two things. One, apparently the manual advises against WD hitches. I then noticed that the rated tongue weight is only 550.

Is this a deficiency of the factory hitch? Would an aftermarket hitch provide better specs?
This is our car and we are getting the 23D (I don't know what the right smilycon is for this situation).
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If the maximum hitch weight is only rated at 550 lbs., that is a pretty good indicator that all they want you to pull is a utility trailer with a lawn mower on it.

I would steer clear of that particular vehicle for a host of reasons. In particular, you would need a second LR3 to use while the primary one was in the shop being repaired. The LR3 has to be just about the least reliable vehicle made, probably why there is "such a good deal" on it.
I would say my LR3 has been very reliable. No vehicle is without problems, but I have never been left stranded by my LR3.
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I would say my LR3 has been very reliable. No vehicle is without problems, but I have never been left stranded by my LR3.
Ours has too. I think the super bad repair record applies more to the older Discos.

Have you used your LR3 to tow though?
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