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i had this vehicle on test for 2 weeks around christmas in 2008 and i must admit the ride was good i had the es tdv6 auto and my daughter thought it was great riding in the 3rd row seats, i used it as a commute to and from work for the majority of time i had it but regular trips out with the family and many stuff packed in, on boxing day i decided to go for a little greenlaning for those of you slight off road but not at a pay and play site type off road, it is along tracks and roads that are not often used but is legal, i used the vehicle in rock crawl and obviously with suspension lift with the hydraulics over the rocks with ease even with a few loose rocks moving underneath, next hard inclimb in sand and trenches coped with it ok, however tried an inclimb mud ruts and was wet and the whole terrain response crahsed with warning on dash board, i brought it all down to the fact that the vehicle had only road biased tyres on it, i would sujjest that if any one gets this vehicle if they are going to use it as it should be used ie off road the please fit all terrain tyres, overall brilliant vehicle now with the generation 10 vehicles now on market land rover are sure to come out on top for sure.
Well what can I say we were loaned a Discovery not just any discovery a brand new Discovery 2 HLS.
This was because we had a small accident in our beloved Range Rover so it was not that we were not used to driving such a large vehicle that I write this particular review.
I have to say I hated the whole experience, it was to say the least with a very glad heart when we had to give it back.
Where to start.?
The outside looked the part nice shiney new reasonably good looking for the squarish shape.
The inside well that was something else entirely, Plastic dashboard and fittings vinyl everywhere with bits of leather in some places. Leather seats which were hard to keep clean being cream, in fact the whole enterior was cream. In my view totally the wrong colour for a 4 by 4.
The Dashboard had more dials and knobs than a spacestation and looked as if it could have driven itself if given the chance it really reminded me of KIT the car from Hasslehoffs tele program.
This car had loads of space to be fair though and ample airbags which probably was just as well as it wallowed on the road like a flailing hippo. It was hard to manouver and I felt truely unsafe in it.
It had Power assistance and the usual airbrakes and all the finery imaginable but I really do not think it would have done the business off road had it needed to go that way. It was bad enough trundleing up our small country lanes.
No I am sorry Disco Lovers but you can keep this model give me a rickety Range Rover any day beats it hands down.
Fuel consumtion aside as it did do better than our range rover but bairly.
Insurance and tax could be extremely high so you would need to shop around for the best deals.
I bought a '97 300TDi 18 months ago with 72,000 miles on the clock. Replaced the timing belt, water pump with P gasket as preventive maintenace. New alternator 10 months ago. As an all round vehicle I'm very impressed. I regulalrly make the journey between Devon and Manchester and it copes with everything really well. Once warmed up I don't see what the advantages are with the newer models as it's quite economical to run.
The driving position is what makes it for me as this is the real world we drive in. Visibility is panoramic and I find I can drive a long distance without tiring as was the situation in saloon cars.
I'd recommend buying one with a full service history and MOT and you should be off to a good start. Take it for a test drive and make sure it drives well.
I also replace oil and filters at 6000 miles and this keeps the engine sweet.
The Land Rover Discovery has been around for 2 years now, and is a phenomally popular car, many people think of it as the best 4x4 car on the market. I know many people have critisised it for its enviromental issues, but I will not express any issuses in this category throughout the review.
As it's a 4x4 I think I better start with the off road area. The car handles very well in off road situations and holds its own. The suspension on the car manages to make for a better experience in comfort while off road.
Inside the car there are many different types of material available for the seats and other interial parts. If you are considering buying one of these then I suggest you go for the cream leather, which is very lush.
The car drives very well. The turning is smooth and subtle, while the suspension I mentioned earlier provides a very comfortable ride and does not manage to find many potholes and bumps in the roads. The car tops out at 130 miles an hour for its top speed, which is brilliant for a car that weighs somewhere inbetween 2-3 tonnes. I would suggest a v8 engine, which can chugg out some real power, the v6 deisel just does not cut it and apparantly needs servicing too much.
There are many nice little extras that can be bought with the discovery. Among these are an inbuilt sat nav, tvs and ps2s, a bose surround sound system (which by the way is brilliant) and heated seats. There are many other extras and the discovery really can come with almost anything.
The car can come with either 7 seats or 5 seats. Even if your family does not contain more than 5 people, I still suggest that you get the 7 seater version as the price is not much more and if you ever need the seats you have them. Also the seats apparently keep the cars prestige and value buy a noticable gap compared to the 5 seater.
All in all I agree with all those who say this is one of the best 4x4s on the market. The car looks great, drives brilliantly, comes with many extras and the interior material is really nice. If you have the money and are not bothered about the enviromental side and need a family car, then get this.
I am loving it!!
We were in the market for an estate car 4 years ago, and whilst the choice is massive, I decided that I wasn't ready for the flat cap and driving gloves just yet!!
My first was a 300 tdi 97/R. A cracking car. One of the last tdi's made, so all the niggles had been sorted out.
The engine was good, until the head gasket popped, and then the garage bill was very high, £1300.
But we still loved it.
Doing 24k miles per year was costing a lot on servicing, a tip:
YOU MUST GET 300 tdi's SERVICED EVERY 6000 MILES!!!! It is not good to forget, the older cars were not designed to do such high miles in a short time. 4 services per year at 450 a go, and the monthly service bill is about £150!!
So time to change, 24 x 4 = 96k, and it was begnning to show.
Some rust in the lower rear panels, and in the B frame. But other than that it was a monster!
Now got a TD5, 2003/03. It has all the bits I wanted and more, air con!!
But the biggest shock was filling it up, the old car had an 80 litre tank, which was big.
THE NEW ONE HAS A 97 LITRE TANK!!!
But then the fuel does last forever, well 700 miles, but then my old Focus took £45 for 280 miles. So not too bad!
However if you want a cheap to run car, you need to go for a VW TDi 130, for 55mpg.
But the Disco is the best, good visablity, good solid ride, air suspension, auto leveling, 7 proper seats.
And servicing every 12k! Brilliant!
I brought mine from Trinity Land Rover in Hinckley, miles from home, but Bill Doyle provided the best customer service that I have recieved in a long long time. He even drove the 3 hour round trip in the car for me to test drive!
He is a legend!!
* INITIAL NOTE * As many people may already know, I travel to a from the UAE, and often travel to Oman and the desert of Dubai, and by many 4 x 4 standards, truly off road (not dropping the kids off at school - the typical stereotype of the 4x4 use in Britain) In the UAE, A 4 x 4 although not essential, is generally purchased so that you can travel about freely (not all of the roads are tarmacked, and therefore if you have a low to the ground car it is likely to become damaged after rapid driving) * OUR CAR HISTORY * We travelled in a 1998 model, which was recently bought for AED 42,750 ( or approximately £7000). With a good service history, and 40 000 KM on the clock. It had never been used on any truly challenging terrains (only road use), and had an impeccably spotless body. Everything had been working perfectly leading up to the trip. * THE TESTING * Firstly, when driving over the flat sandy and rocky terrain of the Hajjar Mountain plains and Mussandam Peninsula ( EAST COAST OF OMAN AND UAE), the car stalled on 3 occasions, for, which in my opinon for no apparant reason. We also, on one of the occasions became stuck after stalling. Now, understandably within a mound of thick sand, yes, but amongst rocks, where surely the car should have enough traction and power to pull itself out. (bearing in mind that we had measured the correct tyre pressure for the terrain, and driving with a highly expreienced driver in the terrain, I was extremely embarassed of this piece of junk). Preceeding this, we had scrambled on the side of the mountains on dirt tracks (which, in terms of the amount of rocks that spit back up at the car from the road, is not much more than a resurfaced road). Now, as we had driven to one paticular point, there were many other people there, with a range of different 4 x 4s ranging from a Nissan Patrol and a Jeep Wrangler, to a Ford Explorer and Mitsibushi Pajero. Now when these ca
rs proceeded to go down the side of the mountain, they experienced no problems. In the Land Rover Discovery, we nearlly died. I am not exaggerating. The braking system is appaling, which is essential for travelling up and down steep gradients. The driver had applied the breaks, and almost had no effect. The traction on the wheels were appaling! The car was sliding all over the place, almost falling off the edge of the mountain side. The differentiation kept slipping out of gear, meaning that the car would suddenly accelerate (heart clenching when going down a mountain side), instead of slowly taking you down. Due to the amalgamation of the poor controls, the car had been bounced around a bit ( seriously, not much). * CONCLUSION * After a trip lasting over 6 hours, with, some moderately rough terrain the car failed miserably. We managed to travel back to Dubai with; - A broken Axel, - a sheer plummet in steering quality, - and tyres that had been worn to the bone (bought new from Land Rover), looking as if they had been used for over 15 years. The original parts are also extremely expensive, and now have a bill for over AED 4,500 (£700). Bearing in mind that this is dubai, where generally everything in relation to cars are approximately 30% cheaper than at home. Therefore, after testing, what truly a 4 x 4 should be used for, I strongly advise against the puchase of this car. If you live in a flat area, where you are not going to use this car for off road, sure, its a great car (Has lots of room in the boot, and has additional seats for extra people - going up to 7), but otherwise a BIG NO NO. The best I have come across so far, is any of the jeep wrangler range. If youre going off road, get one of them.
We have a touring caravan and two children and so when we changed our car last time we needed somethng that had the pulling power combined with the room to accomodate all the gubbins that comes with a couple of sprogs. Another consideration for us was economy becuse we do use the car quite a lot around and about town,days out, hols etc. The Disco Tdi has it all. With about 32 to the gallon most of the time solo and around 25 towing our Disco comes close to our previous ordinary family saloon. It has plenty of room both front and back so long journeys are a dream because leg room is never compromised. Perhaps the only downfall is the boot which, although very spacious does have the problem of a door as opposed to a lid and so things falling out as you open the door is a regular occurance - careful packing of the boot is a skill quickly acquired! When we began to look at different vehicles many people said to us that the Disco's break down frequently ( as much as once every thousand miles was quoted on more than one occasion)which, coupled with reports of faulty gear boxes made us sceptical. However, 16 months down the line, our 1994 model has now covered 142,000 miles (20,000 of them by us) and is still (touch wood) going strong. It has never let us down even in extreme weather conditions. It tows like a dream, makes you feel safe and is a pleasure to drive. I never want a saloon car again.
I've been driving a 1992 Discovery Tdi from new and have now covered around 94,000 miles. Although most of this has been on road, it has also been used off-road. Well surprisingly enough, very little has actually gone wrong. One weak point on the car has been the power steering unit which has had to be replaced twice in this time. From a non-franchised dealer, the replacement cost is around £300. The front swivel hub oil seals have leaked in the past, but this has now been cured because Land Rover now specify a lifetime grease rather than an oil. The car has let me down twice in use. The first time was due to the battery failing, and the second was a split oil hose which was easily replaced. Overall, I have been very pleased with the car. Depreciation has been low, reliability has been good and it returns around 30mpg.
Don't bother to expect service from landrover main dealers unless you are very rich, although you probably are if you re in a landrover main dealer. The have no interest in your satisfaction unless it leads to them selling you a new car. Of course most Landrover owners will have problems and surely the main dealers should be working to try and iron these problems out. But I gather they don't even report to landrover even when they have a problem that every owner has. I have a discovery with a peeling dashboard, a problem with all pre "R" reg discos and even though landrover advertise they will get it fixxed for free my main dealer is not interested in playing ball. Watch out they are the archetypal car dealer crooks.
For the last 3.5 years I have been driving a Discovery Tdi Commercial and have found it to be a really versatile vehicle. It is ideal for travelling long distances having a comfortable driving position with an excellent high position which give much better visibility of the road and surronding terrain than most other cars. In bad weather it handles well and easily. For transporting a boisterous dog round the grill between driver and rear compartment makes for much safer driving. The load capacity and load weight is good. The main disadvantage with this vehicle is that the model is no longer in production and I have been spoilt for any other commercial vehicle
During the last 20 years I had all sorts of cars; Opel GT, Audi 80 and 100, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Porsche 111...(I had a rich boyfriend once, you see...), but I never dreamt of driving a Landrover. I came to England some 4 years ago and a friend of mine introduced me to his Landrover. Hmm, quite comfy, I thought...but nothing for me. This friend offered me his landrover for a good price a while later. I was in need of a new car anyway, so I bought it. The first driving-hour was weird. The Landrover Discovery TDI sounded like a truck and felt somehow different. I was a bit frightened to be honest. But after one hour I was hooked. I love it! It's the best driving-experience ever! You feel so secure in it. No back-ache anymore, plenty of space for hubby, mum-in-law and dog, no claustrophobic feelings on long tours... I never understood why somebody loves his car. But believe me, it's possible! I'm in love with my Landrover. Okay, insurance and Diesel aren't cheap, but it never is... My beast is 10 years old now and I have it since 2 years. It drives, and drives, and drives. No problems in the coldest winter, no problems when I didn't drive it for a while, no problems at all. Wonderful quality, wonderful driving-experience. Well done England! By the way, did I mention the off-road experience...? Uuuaahh, I love it!