Well reading these reviews is getting me a little scared of owning my Land Rover. I just bought this car a couple of days ago and have already run into some trouble with it. Nothing too major - I just had to replace the window regulator.
I guess when you own a Land Rover that puts you into a higher paying bracket - but I never could imagine paying into the higher hundreds to make a window go up and down.
The car does have the room I need to haul my three kids around and the two sunroofs are nice inside the car. I am looking forward to driving the car on the mountain during the winter but am hesitant of the cost. I will keep you posted if anything dramatic happens.
This is my second Discovery. I bought it new in 2001, and it has now done 115,000 miles.
It is excellent for trips to Europe, and is very comfortable to drive with plenty of space for the children and all the luggage. Fully loaded with a ski box and sometimes four bikes on top, air suspension is a must.
Reliability has been pretty good. The gearbox is a weak point, though; the original was changed under warranty just before 60,000. The replacement left us stranded three days later and its replacement has remained notchy.
Tyre wear has been excellent, with the Michelins covering almost 60,000 per set.
Engine performance is adequate once up to speed, but it's now much better since a chip upgrade by our local Land Rover specialist at 90,000 miles. It has far more torque, and is able to keep 130Kmh/80mph on hills when fully loaded. There are also small improvement in fuel consumption. It smokes on hard acceleration, too, though!
Keep away from the expensive unhelpful main dealer network and find a local Land Rover specialist.
The only one available when we were buying was a facelifted Special edition with DVD, 1/2 leather and a pimped exterior (wheels/lights/A-bar). Perfect for us with 4 children living a long way from everywhere else. You can't fit any luggage in it with all on board plus the dog, but that's what safari roofracks are for. Converts to a big van with ease, unlike any MPV. Fully loaded and towing the self levelling rear air suspension comes into it's own giving a very smooth ride. It will never compare to a good small hatchback to drive, but that's not what it's for. No air con and loads of glass so can get uncomfortably hot, but I'll try some window air deflectors. Haven't taken it offroad to any great extent but I imagine soggy campsites will be dismissed with ease. Global warming means have yet to encounter snow this far north recently. Quite easy to spend money on servicing, but that's easier than dealing with breakdowns. Unfortunately our local dealer is utterly useless, so we go independant for bits and bobs, or 110 miles for regular services at quality Inverness dealer. So not perfect in any way, but perfect for what we want. Will drive it into the ground and then see if I can afford a TDV6.
I have owned this Discovery for over two years now and it is on its second engine. It cost over £5000 for a new one and it feels slower than the last one. I have had quite a few other problems, too.
As a workhorse, it's great. I tow 3.5tonnes frequently and it deals with it very well. The engine went pop before I started doing any towing. The car is also great off-road but its weight hinders it. It also has a large overhang which limits your off-roading. It will still keep going when other 4x4s stop. You normally give in before it does.
On the road, it's surprisingly good to drive. It turns in well and doesn't lean much, as long as you're not in a hurry. It's just so slow that it's dangerous. Overtaking is a no-go, unless you can predict the future to make sure there are no cars coming the other way for the next two days.
Overall, it's a really good car. Just be ready for some large bills.
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