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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

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

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169 reader reviews for Land Rover Discovery 4x4.
  • 2.7 TDV6 7st 5dr

    Charles Royden , Beds . Date: 22/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.7 TDV6 S 5dr

    Brian Monroe , County Antrim . Date: 19/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my Discovery for two years now and am pleased to report that it has been a flawless experience, only visitng the dealership for its scheduled services.

    The car is a fantastic all-rounder - it covers motorway miles effortlessly, with the seats down can be a real workhorse and can handle the rough stuff (albeit rarely with me driving) without breaking into a sweat.

    I really cannot fault the car, even thought runnning costs are beginning to become excessive - but you can't blame Land Rover for a 33% increase in the price of diesel since I bought it.

    All in all, it's a very practical and comfortable car that handles anything a family can throw at it (including a very wet and dirty Labrador!).

  • 2.7 TDV6 HSE Auto 5dr

    Tony J Walker Date: 10/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had Range Rovers in the past with very poor reliability but wanted to go for a Discovery in the hope that things had improved. We have a Porsche Cayenne and wanted to add another car that could take Chloe our Great Dane! We had also had 5 years trouble free motoring with an Isuzu Trooper. The Discovery looks great and is nice on the inside. It drives well and is smooth and I liked the Tiptronic box - but on a test drive the handbrake failed - so we went back and they got us another one to try. We never did take that one back -and for all I know it might still be where we left it stuck in second gear on a roundabout. Literally! Hence, went for the 204 bhp Landcruiser Invincible - I told them on the phone we would buy it and we also asked for an Aygo (even though no one in the family ever did test drive it!) After 24K miles in 18 months the Landcruiser has never seen a dealer for anything other than servicing. Last week we took delivery of our fifth Toyota - and the next investment goes to their V8 diesel. Funny how the magazines tell us how wonderful Land Rovers are - By the way, I am all for supporting British Industry but not at the expense of lying to the general public. Who was it who said 'if you want to go to the bush take a Land Rover - but if you want to get back take a Landcruiser' .... I can vouch for that!

  • 2.7 TDV6 SE Auto 5dr

    Nigel McBurney , Hampshire . Date: 06/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My high-spec, manual ex-demonstrator is now three years old with 23,000 miles.

    It's very good for driving, towing, luggage space, rear seating, sat-nav, seat adjustment, comfort, and economy - I get 27mpg, 22mpg with a big trailer.

    It's good off road but I consider a mark 1 Range Rover V8 is better in difficult conditions.

    It's a surperb vehicle to drive but I do not own one. Reliability is the problem, you always have that feeling it may not get to the end of the journey - warning lights are always flashing.

    It's just too technical - it's the first vehicle in 45 years that I could not service, the handbook is useless. It cannot be fixed without a lap-top - ridiculous for such a good off-roader.#

    A major fault developed suddenly in December 2007, which made my wife and dog travel-sick - the four-wheel-drive was alignment adjusted, the software updated on warranty, and tyres were severely scrubbed and new tyres fitted.

    The dealer, after another check, found no fault,and my wife was still ill after 50 miles. The dog would not go near the vehicle. The warranty was due to expire so I bought a Nissan X-trail yesterday - depreciation was one pound per mile.

    Disco faults, dealer lacking the skill to fix faults, the electric handbrake is a pain in the backside, the detachable towbar is too low, and reliability is awful. Build quality is good, but it is the detail electronic/mechanical design that kills this motor.

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