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LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4x4 1998‑2004
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Landrover Discovery TD5 (51 plate)
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 2.5 Td5 ES 7 seat 5dr (Review date: 20th September '14)
A beautiful comfortable vehicle but cost a lot to run. It was used mainly for towing horse trailer and local trips, only doing about 3,000 miles a year. I found servicing and maintenance costs prohibitively high. The air suspension failed first, then the air conditioning radiator replaced, then misfire turned out to be something to do with electrical wiring loom(?). So I experienced a series of small, but expensive repair bills over the 5 years I owned it. I also found it was very underpowered when towing a horse trailer - I had to go up relatively small hills in second on many occasions. Fuel consumption not brilliant. On the plus side the towing weight is very good and you never feel the disco move even if you have two horses and they shift their weight in the trailer.
Overall, I think this vehicle is a very good work horse, but be prepared to spend money on it and look after it!
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4.0 V8i ES 7 seat 5dr Auto (Review date: 12th February '14)
The LandRover Discovery is a very powerful car and up to a point very releable. It is a workhorse and that is what it is built for, as long as you look after it , it will look after you.
The comforts are superb, the only downside is the fuel costs, its is quiet expensive to run around town and only just better on the motorway to bear that in mind is important but if you want the car to do the heavy chores, then you can't go far wrong with this car.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4.0 V8i ES 7 seat 5dr Auto (Review date: 7th January '14)
Bought a 52 plate D2 ### LPG V8 conversion from independent LR specialist in Cheshire. Added 50k miles in 4 years - nothing excessive. Cost me a fortune. two ( yes 2) replacement engines, full set leads. coil pack, Mass sensor, water pump, discs all round, oil pump..I spent more on repairs than i paid for it in the first place. Maybe I was unlucky but surely an allegedly premium reliable brand should do better than that. It was spacious practical, handsome versatile, fun, and I loved the high up view and presence on and off road but so unreliable...
So I guess its caveat emptor..buyer beware, you may be lucky as some here seem to have been ( and I am soooo envious) or you could get a lemon like mine and a massive hole in your bank balance and blacklisted by the RAC...and spend the holiday fund on fixing it with all the aggro from the wife that comes with that decision...
Fabulous piece of kit
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 2.5 Td5 Landmark 7 seat 5dr (Review date: 11th December '13)
I have now reached 150K miles and I still love it. The sunroofs leak so they have been sealed up but everything else is still going strong and looks good as well. It is a testament to the build quality that they last as long as they do. Do not be put off by the lists of faults on various forums - people only post problems so you get a distorted view.
This car is one of those that you never forget and regret selling.. wonderful to drive and it will take you anywhere you need to go.
Also spare parts are SO cheap and bits are easy to find so if you are handy with a spanner maintenance is no problem.
Best car I have ever owned...
Great family car!
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 2.5 Td5 Landmark 7 seat 5dr Auto (Review date: 7th October '13)
We've really enjoyed owning the Disco - a great family car. Really comfortable, great driving position (discover new views over hedgerows etc!), loads of room - we've often made use of the 7 seats. Great stereo, with an upgraded head unit, iPod connectivity, DAB Digital radio and Bluetooth phone connection. Really is in good condition; bodywork, chassis and interior. Has been well maintained with many key components replaced or upgraded - the full service history with Land Rover specialists details what we've done. Yes, it's a older design and would benefit from regular servicing but is a good solid & reliable family car. Fuel economy has been improved by replacing the viscous fan with a thermostatic electric fan. The perfect holiday car and great for towing. Great round town, for the daily commute and eating miles on the motorway. Fantastic in the ice & snow! It's loaded with toys and was the last special edition before they brought out the Disco 3.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 2.5 Td5 Pursuit 5 seat 5dr Auto (Review date: 30th May '13)
OK, about 10 years ago I really thought what was the point of these ### gas guzzlers but am now a major convert. The arrival children and seemingly the new ice age every winter made me change my mind. I have had a 2004 model Disco 2 since 2005 and genuinely love the thing. 7 seats for major outings, massive load capacity for trips to the tip, air suspension that will carry literally tons of cement, logs or bricks. With roof bars its been employed to cart roof truss' and scaffold planks without issue...so I can out blag any transit van builder! The need to never worry about weather conditions combine with occasional green lane fun too. My wife will not let me sell it...seriously we have have RR Vogue and also RR Sport in addition to this but both have been outlived by the disco. Yes, its a bit agricultural to drive but so what....its seriously more fun than a Audi, Merc or BMW estate. AND its been very reliable. I agree with others that they need to be well maintained but I now use a local garage that uses genuine LR parts and its cheap(isn) to keep on the road. General Grabber AT tyres and a decent tow bar mean I can pull my track day Caterham 7 car to test days without a problem or feeling vulnerable on the motorway. We just love this car...and can see my eldest son learning to drive it in in the next few years! Can't recommend these vehicles more highly!...
A Fantastic Vehicle For Very Little Money
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4.0 V8i ES 7 seat 5dr Auto (Review date: 20th September '12)
I have owned my Landy for 16 months now, having bought it to get to and from work in bad weather conditions. As it happened, last winter wasn't so bad, so I didn't get chance to really try it in the snow covered Gloucestershire hills.
I was a little nervous of buying the V8 Petrol version, due to the fuel costs, but since I only travel about 10 miles a day, I took a flyer and bought a used Disco 2 for very little money (less than £6K). My mother has a 2.5 diesel, but I find that a bit sluggish and you'll pay about £2K more for that engine option - that's a lot of trips to the garage! You do get a lot of car for this price, despite the petrol costs. I took it to a LR main dealer, once I'd bought it, to give it a thorough going over and it came out very well, with just a few minor issues to address.
I would advise that you find a non-dealer LR specialist to undertake repairs and regular maintenance, as LR Dealer prices are just plain silly. Do insist on genuine parts though.
I had owned a Series 3 prior to this one and although the driving experience is very different, it still gives me that special & undefinable Land Rover feeling when at the wheel. It's comfortable, mechanically bullet-proof and practical. The V8 is very smooth and has not given me a moments worry - the oil is still a golden colour, even after 6K miles.
Any other repair issues (bodywork, interior trim, light lenses etc.) are more than adequately taken care of by a plentiful supply from specialist LR breakers yards, where you can buy a virtually new full leather interior and carpets for less than £300.00. As an example. I found 4 new window sills (mine were just a bit rusty) for £20.00 each at a local yard, where a new one from LR was £120.00 + VAT!
And there lies the beauty of Landy ownership; If you have a set of spanners, they are still built 'meccano' style and even a mechanically inept buffoon like me can replace most parts with ease. Then there is the cars personality; I've driven and owned a lot of cars in my time, but never enjoyed them like a Land Rover - Be warned, you might just fall in love!
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 2.5 Td5 GS 7 seat 5dr (Review date: 31st May '12)
Reading the reviews, you either hate them, or love them.
I purchase mine in Jan2011 with 53k on the clock,with full service history.
Mileage to date 61k.
Problems. very little. sunroofs leaked , problem now solved, having cleared drain tubes/new seal, and re sealed units to roof.
Plus rear caliper sticking, new one fitted.
Mpg 28/30 with lower road tax, unlike disc 3(06) onwards
Comfort is fantastic,whilst being a solid/go anywhere vehicle, as i live in Snowdonia.
Before you buy, ensure it has FSH, and running/service costs can be ok, whilst using independant garages.
I LOVE IT
My partner says i suffer from OCD,Over Cleaning Disorder, but a vehicle like this, warrants TLC
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 2.5 Td5 GS 5 seat 5dr (Review date: 10th March '12)
I've had one of these for 7 years. Its been worked really hard in that time. yes its require repairs but i reackon nothing more thna other vehicles.
These do have a few foibles, leaking sunroofs for one, but if you need something that will really pull heavy trailers (like my 14ft triple axle) then these are hard to beat.
If you you just fancy a large 4x4 as a lifestyle vehicle thne you're best sticking to something much lighter.
Remember that most of the so called SUV's are really just cars with big wheels and raised suspension. If you only need to drive on road and need 40mpg, that's fine.
Its a case of horses for courses.
If you need to tow anything or to go off road then Land Rover leads to field - few other 4x4's can pull 3.5 tonne legally. Few others are real 4x4's, Land Rovers are permanent 4x4 so when it get slippery you don't need to stop and engage 4 wheel drive because its already there.
Yes they will need some repairs, but parts for these Discoverys are a fraction of the cost of The foreign equivalents. The country is full of good independent specialists who are a lot cheaper than then main dealers.
Mine - its still going strong with 205,000 on the clock and still on its original clutch despite all the towing.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4.0 V8i Adventurer 7 seat 5dr Auto (Review date: 14th February '12)
Very cheap to run on LPG and having 2 gas tanks only have to re fuel every 400 miles!!!, easily worked on by any mechanic and Landrover parts always available & sencibly priced. Roomy for children and adults front and rear. No longer good for our family as we need a pick-up for extra space in the rear. Has ACE system fitted so it corners and handles lovely even in the snow & ice. Automatic which is an easy comfortable drive and has sports mode button for the faster roads & motorways.