I have had my Discovery 3 for nearly three years and it is simply the best car I have ever driven. I can drive hundreds of miles in a day and actually enjoy the experience. I frequently travel with six adults and a dog and I know that not only are they all comfortable, they are also very safe. This vehicle is built to last, it is totally practical and really solid.
I would not be without the Personal Telephone Integration (PTI) option. It so integrates with the rest of the audio controls. Personally I also think that the back windows just have to be dark tinted, then it really looks outstanding! It makes the competition look dull.
Discovery 3 has broken the mould and just doesn’t have the historic problems associated with previous models. The V6 diesel engine is superb and partnered with the automatic box it is just heavenly to drive. It also delivers between 24 and 30 mpg and carries up to seven people in luxury.
I have had a couple of minor faults, a sticky door lock and a washer bottle warning light. However this car comes with a three year warranty and a nice man comes to your home from Landrover in his Discovery 3 and fixes it on your drive. What is the problem? The Discovery 3 is a very different Land Rover from what has gone before, so we really don't need to hear about how bad your old Range Rover was. This is a class act and for my money it has been worth every penny.
What can I say, mines a 55 plate which replaced our TD5, it has covered some 3500 miles since our ownership, been in the workshop for 4 days in total, been recovered from M5 once, been seen on driveway by LR Assistance once, had both front suspension arms replaced,2 no 4 wheel alignments, leaking n/s diff, ceased nut on track rod end, an annoying noise accompanied by a vibration through the steering wheel when coasting down from 40mph which our appointed dealer cannot find the solution for, customer support seem inept in co-ordinating any warranty repairs and the dealer inept in doing anything that would inspire confidence, Keeping until warranty runs out, then out the door it goes with my right foot up its backside!!
Would recommend a late 04 TD5 as an alternative and buy an extended LR warranty!!!
OK, I have held off writing this review because having read the comments on here I thought problems were inevitable but having owned and driven the car for a year and done 15000 miles I now feel entitled to comment. This car is fantastic. I have not had one single problem from new and love everything about it. I have three kids and regularly drive long distances and the Disco is the most practical car I have ever owned. This is my ninth car and nothing I have owned previously (including other SUVs and 7 series BMW)can compare with it in terms of quality, practicality and all round appeal. I also can't quite understand other reviewers' mpg estimates. My average is 28 mpg in urban use and on a recent trip to France I got 33mpg. It very much depends on how heavy you are with your right foot and if you push hard you will pay more. Mine is a manual and I am sure this helps considerably. For a large 4x4 you can't expect much better than this. I think the servicing costs are quite high but even taking this into account (eg see the What Car cost per mile analyses) this car still costs LESS than key rivals. So I had to speak out to set the record straight. All you can see here is individuals opinions and these clearly vary from one extreme to the other but I for one love the Discovery and would buy another without hesitation, based on my own happy experiences with it. It's a pity it has been slated so much.
The rating I have given relates directly to the problems I have experienced with the car and in dealing with Land Rover over this matter.
Since experiencing problems with my new Discovery 3 from day one of its purchase in April and the subsequent problems in dealing with Land Rover Customer Relations, I have been amazed at the number of people posting similar complaints.
The absolute arrogance of Land Rover Customer Relations in not being able to put their hands up and take responsibility for a car with major defects astounds me. They should perhaps be renamed the Land Rover Preservation Society, as Customer Relations doesn’t seem to figure in their remit.
Despite wishing to be loyal to British industry, I will certainly not be buying a Land Rover or Range Rover ever again. I would strongly urge anyone foolish enough to consider such a purchase, to think again.
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