I purchased this vehicle new in march '07 and it has been absolutly superb. I had read various reviews regarding this model and if i'm honest I was a little sceptical about how reliability was going to hold up. It has only had two minor trim issues regarding the upper tailgate trim and OSR door seal attended to under warranty. Both fixed and have not returned. We did have an issue with the second row seat (left outer) losing a tiny peice of leather off of the side of the seat through chafing when you lift it up and down for access to the rear seats but our dealer just replaced the whole seat under warranty, no quibble. I have owned two Toyota landcruiser amazons prior to this vehicle and have to say the build is not quite there but pretty damn close. Excellent on road manners compared to the 'boaty ride' of the amazon and brilliant use of interior space. There is not another 4X4 with sevens seats that can seat 7 adults as easy as the disco does. I would happily buy another one. It does seem that if you buy an '07 model onwards the reliabilty does shoot up compared to older models.
Having owned 3 Shoguns, 5 L200's, 2 td5's, 3 Navaras, 6 Land Cruiser Amazons, 1 (06 reg) TDV6 S and the current (07) TDV6 S manual, with leather, I can say that the Discovery is definately one of the best all round cars I have ever owned. It has been "enhanced" (by Land Rover dealer) to 235BHP and about 420 "torques". It cruises effortlessly, is quiet, smooth and comfortable. It doesn't have the "growl" of the 4.2 Lt. Toyota nor does it rock the car when you rev it, but once you've got the rev's past 2000, it really goes. I have towed a 3 tonne boat to South of France twice, and the Disco does it with ease. It's not perfect, nothing is, but nothing has gone wrong with it. If I was to change anything in it, it would be the doors locking at 5 mph and the position of the clock (which they now have) Bob Grahamslaw.
Changed from the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD to the 2008 Discovery 3, 2.7TDV6 mainly for off road ground clearance. A great vehicle to drive . I pull a off-road 4x4 trailer and was highly disappointed to find that the standard tow bar is so low (& hideous by design)giving a departure angle of only 15 degrees! How can the so called leaders of off-road vehicles supply such a useless item? I am still trying to find a replacement tow bar to increase the ball height by 200mm.
Last year, two of my children and I test-drove the Discovery 4x4 2.7 TDV6 HSE 5dr. I was impressed with the ride, versatility and equipment level, but my boys very much preferred that we stick with our Volvo D5 XC90 because it was a more comfortable car. I was worried about the catalogue of woeful stories by many Discovery owners.
I wish to point out that the WHATCAR review of the Disco baffles and worry me. Its reviewer completely ignores numerous concerns by owners, which may be understandable; but why does it award an overall rating of 5 stars to the Discovery when in fact, the average score calculated from all 9 criteria assessed is less than 4 stars (i.e. 35 stars divided by 9).
Perhaps WHATCAR wishes to argue that its' overall criteria are weighted in favour of safety/security, space/practicality and equipment levels. My further question would be: why not apply same to other cars in the group, in particular the Volvo and BMW?
Most cars in your reviews are correctly awarded overall ratings based on what appears to be simple arithmetic average; but not the Discovery.
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