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Whatever you do keep it awayyyyyy!!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By thesonnyjim
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2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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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!


Best Features

The only thing I like about the car were the captain seats and the idea to go over sidewalks and snow banks(actually going over a big snow bank damaged and fractured the front grill and my rear bumper and dented the muffler). The double sunroof was cool but water was seeping into the car damaging the upholstery, had to get that fixed too. I have more unfavorable things then favorable about this junk. It looks pleasing from the exterior but looks get boring after awhile and dependability is just not there. I had the check engine lights and abs go on all the time.


Worst Features

Everything about this model spells money pit and headaches and stress and irate. There is nothing good to say about saving this model and year it was never a good car. Thank God my troubles are gone!!!


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Engine damaged after overheating
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jeevanga
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2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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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.


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Looks good, reliable, well-built
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By propertybroker
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2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

Luxurious looks, great comfortable ride, ability to drive it in any weather condition.


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Run from this! Land Rover is the worst.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Nitzervon
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2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

Off-Road is unstoppable, when it runs. I am scared to run it off-road now because I am not sure it will hold together long enough to get me back.


Worst Features

With todayís technology, you would think English engineers could make an engine gasket that would not leak, but apparently the English just arenít that smart. Donít change the vehicle just replace the workers on the assembly line and the engineers and then the vehicle will be much better.


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Discovering Excellence
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By Disco Dave
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2003 Land Rover Discovery HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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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!


Best Features

Navigation system, sunroof/moonroof, steering wheel features.


Worst Features

Backseat air conditioning


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