Third discovery and as yet, apart from the odd blown bulb, totally reliable. Does everything I throw at it transforming from pulling a large plant trailer one moment, through moving all the clobber assciated with kids and their bikes, through to luxury vehicle for long distance cruising.
The suspension does crash over some larger bumps and there is lag at low engine speeds, otherwise it would rate 5 atrs for driving. I get 28-29 mpg so again it loses out on 5 stars for running costs. I will change it for another as soon as the prices on the new one become more reasonable. Have looked at all the competition and nothing covers all the bases like mine.
I left a comment previously, and I would like to say this car gets worse over time. Now, paint keeps on falling off the bodywork at speeds over 50mph, and the rust on it is mind-boggling!
I was cleaning the car yesterday, as it was dirty, and the amount of rust around the sunroof was awful. I really would like to know how this car passes its MoT.
Our Discovery has just gone past 103,000 miles, and the engine isn't going well. It is now making more noise than a cat and dog fighting, and every warning light has been flashing every since it has gone past 103,000 miles.
The engine isn't doing well with regard to fuel consumption, either. We use this car most weekends and on Mondays to go shopping, and we always put £30 worth of diesel in - that can last for about three weeks, and now we have to refill it every week, and we havn't gone any further than we normally do.
I can't really afford to pay for the amount of fuel this thing uses and over £200 tax just to keep it outside my house! I am not poor or anything, but the running bills are through the roof - I really do think it is cheaper to jun a Jumbo jet than one of these things.
I work as the Head of the Electrical & Mechanical R&D department for a national utility. When the department was established I was provided with a new 52 reg TD5 GS 7 seat, just after the major facelift.
The work involves typically 48,000 miles per year, carrying a lot of equipment and a lot of off road work - some of the sites I have to visit are very much off the beaten track, one is 18 miles along a forestry commission road, so this vehicle worked for it's living, certainly not a Chelsea tractor.
The 136BHP engine has to work hard for its living, hauling over 2 tonnes around, but once you're up to cruising speed, it will hum along quite happily all day at 70MPH, although overtaking manoeuvres have to planned with care and there isn't a lot in reserve above 80MPH. Trips from Kent to Glasgow were never tiring.
Boot space wasn't a strong point and rear space was just about acceptable, but off road it was superb as were the standard headlights.
I completed 80,000 trouble free miles with only two blown headlight bulbs and one recall for a faulty ABS distributor, which given LandRover's less than glowing reliability record, I thought was very good. Overall it averaged 31.5 MPG in it's time with me which I think is very creditable. The dealers were very good and servicing was a pain free experience and a courtesey car was always available.
All in all, I think that it would be a good secondhand buy for private motorists
For a family car this is good with clever boot seats, but the rest of the car there is nothing good about it. Our Land Rover TDI is rubbish. The interior quality is appalling. Driving down the motor way just making the speedo hit 60, there are rattles and squeaks, and a massive amont of wind nosie.
Our Disco has 2 sunroofs and only 1 works but only goes " up " not the full way across. Both of our front seats have not support in them and this is a pain when we drive long distances.
I would have to like very hard about getting another one.
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