Used Land Rover Discovery 4x4 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

1998 - 2004 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Land Rover Discovery 4x4?

The good news is that the series II Discovery is much more reliable than most other Land Rovers. However, it's still below average for its class, although only by a little.

On the positive side, the engines have proven very reliable, but the weak points are the suspension, transmission and electrics, together responsible for over 60% of all claims.

Also worrying for potential Disco drivers is the car's poor performance in JD Power surveys. Only once has it managed to get into the top 100. Worst of all, the car has consistently scored badly in certain important areas - below par for mechanical reliability and poor for exterior build quality in recent years.

There have been no fewer than 15 recalls on this model, concerning everything from the airbags to the brakes, engine and transmission, so there's plenty to check in the logbook before you buy.

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