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!
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.
Where do I start? We bought our Discovery 16 months ago from new and have had numerous faults with it. Firstly there was a continual oil leak, 3 or 4 attempts later Land Rover have just about sorted it (fingers crossed) although in total it has been off the road for months and in the Land Rover garage on numerous occasions. Secondly after the oil leak was fixed last time, on the very day we collected the car from the garage we got stranded, break fluid escape or something. So Land Rover assist were duly called to tow us back to Land Rover again! Most recent is parking break failure (for the 2nd time) and rear parking sensor failure. So this time we've had it, looking to get rid of this pile of **** and never ever will we buy Land Rover again.
Update on my previous review dated 14/03/2008 After buying the discovery and being really happy for a couple of days the problems started, failing suspension, knocks and clunks over bumps, satnav failure and numerous other faults. It is great to drive but just so unreliable, it got to the point where not even the kids were confident we would get to our destination. In 3 months I had the car about 4 weeks as it was always in getting repaired. Never again I had been loyal to land rover for 5 years but no more. I have since sold the disco at a huge loss and bought a Nissan Pathfinder, Not as flash but it gets where its going which is more than can be said for the Discovery.
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