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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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27 reader reviews for Land Rover Discovery 4x4.
  • 2.5 TD5 Pursuit 7 seat 5dr

    Philip Swift , Kent . Date: 09/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    A few niggles during my ownership from new in 2004 - nothing that I would not likely have encountered with another vehicle, but the current problem is frustrating - the car is off road because there are no spare parts available! It is apparently known that the wiring loom can be problematic because it travels through the rocker cover i.e. is in oil ... unusual? Over time the loom has broken down, oil entered and reached the EMU, car misfires. No problem, my 3rd party warranty will pay (Land Rover’s would not have covered this - beware!) so I authorised the work on 19th December 2008. So far, the parts were unavailable on the 2nd Jan, now the 10th has been put back with a possible delivery of 10th Feb' 2009. I have sympathy for my main dealer; they cannot get the parts and in turn cannot work on my car, return it to me and be paid. I'm in the dealer's courtesy 2-wheel drive, no traction control etc. tidily Skoda - acceptable for a week or so but is now (particularly in the current climate) beyond a joke - no surprise the dealership does not sign-write the car as a courtesy vehicle! I will not be given a 'product car' because there are none available (presumably they are with other 'victims' who are awaiting parts, plus the dealer appears concerned about just how long I will be in their car ... hardly encouraging! I'm not in a Land Rover through no fault of my own ... other than buying a Land Rover (for the past 10+ years). Time to write to the company directors ...

  • 2.5 TD5 Pursuit 7 seat 5dr

    Richard Evans Date: 04/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Awful package placed over supposedly great drive train. The additional bad news is that the drive train isn't great either. There are easier gear changes on a Morris Minor.

    Buttons, storage etc are placed in the cabin as if by someone with a bindfold and the Austin Allegro parts bin. It's best to put the ignition key in before stepping into the vehicle unless you have an extra joint in your arm. A few ex Rover drivers swear by them. Normal folk just swear.

    Surpriringly didn't break down.... pity.

    Most enjoyable part of ownership is selling it.

  • 4.0 V8i ES 7 seat auto 5dr

    Rob Ferguson , Kent . Date: 06/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My second Discovery V8, after a '91 3.5, now used as an offroad toy.

    Yes - the V8's thirsty, but as another reviewer mentioned - if fuel economy is your primary concern, go buy a diesel hatchback!

    With LPG being much cheaper than unleaded, I average the "equivalent" of 32mpg, and nearly 40mpg (equiv) on the occasional gentle cruise - for a two-ton plus 4x4 that's impressive. DVLA class the car as "alternative fuel" rather than "bi-fuel" so I escape the worst of the "green" road tax hikes.

    Comparing the accelaration/handling/braking to a "normal" car is pointless. I'd trade all for the excellent all-round visibility! That said, if you don't mind the fuel bills, the V8 will push the car along at illegal speeds, and ACE means that she stays flat through corners too :-)

    Every Disco 2 I've driven (TD5 and V8) has a similar feel to the brakes - even the dealers say "they all do that"... I'll be flushing the brake system completely when I change the discs and pads, so maybe that will help, as the current fluid is two years old...

    Aside from service items, in two years I've replaced: rear suspension compressor (£130 for a new one off ebay!) aircon compressor (£300 - due to a failed electronic clutch). I've experienced none of the woes that other reviewers have mentioned, and I'm pleased with the reliability, given that my Disco can be daily commuter, tow car, van, MPV...

  • 4.0 V8i ES Premium 7 seat auto 5dr

    Julian Abraham Date: 14/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is our second Discovery ES V8. It's a very well equipped car. It likes petrol, but that was to be expected.

    Overall, it's been reliable, and has never broke down. It has had a couple of problems but only what you would expect at 47,000 miles.

    Overall, I would recommend it.

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