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Land Rover Discovery Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 217 hp @ 4750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 11/14 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Land Rover Discovery

  • There are two reasons to buy this truck: either you need incredible off-road capability or you need to show off to the neighbors. If you have different needs, you'll likely want to consider another SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Great off-road ability, unique exterior design, advanced handling features.

  • Cons

    Difficult entry and egress, quirky interior design, not much cargo space, poor gas mileage.

  • What's New for 2003

    Land Rover has made a number of updates to its 2003 Discovery. In terms of mechanical components, the company has installed a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine and has improved the steering, brakes and suspension. Styling is revised front and rear, including headlamps that mimic its bigger brother's, the Range Rover. New interior treatments grace the cabin, and a rear park distance control is now an option. Finally, Land Rover has dropped the "Series II" nomenclature, and it's now simply called "Discovery."

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 11
  • cty
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  • 14
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Whatever you do keep it

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

I was the second owner at 38k miles with existing warranty paid 16.5k from Private seller about 5 years ago. At first glance I loved the car but after driving it for 6 months, a Nightmare!! The gaskets went, luckily I had warranty but still had to pay labor. Every little thing started to break down, cheap plastic pieces would break off and cost expensive for something that should cost very cheap & actuators go alot. Make a long story short after replacing the rear hydraulics (paid 4k & 2 months in the shop) I took the car to a dealer that took it in at a value of 4700 and traded it in for a 2012 Toyota Sienna SE. I'm very happy with that vehicle. A Land Rover...Never again in this lifetime!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Engine damaged after overheating

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

Bought with 29k and whole year of warranty left for $22000.Used for 4 years and put on only 11k due to terrible gas mileage.Loved the ride and apperance.No issue for 3.5 years then 3 amigos appeard but did not fixed. Engine overheated due to coolent tube leak and seems to be head gasket blown or engine cracked.Sold it to carmax for $7000.




Looks good, reliable, well-built

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

I am very pleased with my '03 Discovery after 95k miles. It adopted the 2002 Range Rover's silky 4.6L engine, and is as powerful as it sounds. Shifting is smooth and quality- sounding. Sharp- looking inside and out. My friends, neighbors, and client like the luxurious look of it and think it costs much more that it did. Vehicle rides tall on the road. I get a good view of the road and feel safe in the vehicle. Surprisingly quick acceleration, plows through heavy rain and snow. I have had the vehicle for 4 years and have only had to do regular maintenance on it.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Run from this! land rover

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

There is not a seal on it that does not leak, in 90,000 miles: new motor (twice), transfer case (three times), both differentials, rear driveshaft, power steering pump, power steering box, hydraulic hoses, starter, replaced plug wires (twice, due to sparking between wires), Brakes only last 10,000 miles. I averaged $900 each month in just repair bills. Not to mention 8 miles per gallon. My wife has a Jaguar that is the same way. No wonder every car company in England has to be sold every few years.




Discovering excellence

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

I love driving the '03 Discovery! I got an HSE, and it's amazing! Even though all the gadgets are in strange places, it is definitely a luxury vehicle! It handles all sorts of weather wonderfully, and it drives very smoothly! The 2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE is overall a great vehicle!




Land rover discovery not comfortable

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

Drivers seat does not sit back far enough nor does the steering wheel lift up far enough for me to get comfortable. Also - gas and brake pedals are too close together... 6' 1" - 220 pounds



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Full 2003 Land Rover Discovery Review

What's New for 2003

Land Rover has made a number of updates to its 2003 Discovery. In terms of mechanical components, the company has installed a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine and has improved the steering, brakes and suspension. Styling is revised front and rear, including headlamps that mimic its bigger brother's, the Range Rover. New interior treatments grace the cabin, and a rear park distance control is now an option. Finally, Land Rover has dropped the "Series II" nomenclature, and it's now simply called "Discovery."

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Talk About The 2003 Discovery

2003 Land Rover Discovery Discussions See all Started By

alacey007
alacey007
12-09-2007
Also, do you know if you can get an extended warranty for a discovery 2003 HSE7 for over 100,000 miles. I saw somehwere that landrover has warranties up to 120,000 miles. Has anyone ever heard of it, ...


kelesmom
kelesmom
03-09-2007
As I've stated, this is my 3rd LR;1 2005 Discovery-loved but ex- husband has it, and a previous Freelander with never a problem. If there is a Class Action Law Suit, I want in. I am now taking it ...


unpolire
unpolire
07-31-2002
This is actually the official name of the 2003 Range Rover. I would recommend its use for future new columns on the topic. Accordingly, the name of the face-lifted 2003 Discovery is, you guessed it,...



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