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2003 Land Rover Discovery SUV

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Looks good, reliable, well-built
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By propertybroker
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2003 Land Rover Discovery SUV 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.


Favorite Features

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


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Tough trucks, but expensive to operate
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By Raoulduke101
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2003 Land Rover Discovery SUV S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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I've had my '03 Disco for just over 6 years now. Bought it used w/ 10k miles. It is a very capable off-road vehicle and can even tough a 4000 pound boat with relative ease (braking is not so great). The truck has held up relatively well, but I have had a number of major problems including a blown manifold gasket ($800 repair), blown axle seals (warranty), 02 sensor ($800 repair), and the window motor ($200, installed myself). Alot of annoying minor problems have occurred also. The gas mileage really stinks (11-12 town, 13-15 hwy) for such a small vehicle. The car is not very comfortable, as you feel pretty crammed inside it. I would not buy another one.


Favorite Features

Looks tough. Heavy duty drive train, capable off-road vehicle, powerful.


Suggested Improvements

Better mpg. More room inside for such a gas guzzler. More comfortabel seating.


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DONT GET SUCKED IN
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Pete
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2003 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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Don't let this vehicles awesome look bring you to purchase one. I bought a 2003 disco 4 months ago in pristine condition. Until after having it a weak the Lifters failed, the oil pump went and needed a total engine replacement at 58,000 miles. Local LR dealership put in a "used" engine in "good" shape and repair cost $8000. Two weeks after getting it back the head gasket blew on the replacement engine! Also a $3000 repair not covered by the warranty! I have never had a more terrible experience with a vehicle in my life. It's funny sitting in a million dollar showroom around all these high end vehicles,while they're telling you that these repairs are normal. I sold the car after 5 months


Favorite Features

Exterior and Interior design, The vehicle quality and it's features are awsome, I truly loved it, hated it's reliability.


Suggested Improvements

Pull the 4.6 V8 out and try and serve it for dinner, thats all it's good for. Stay away from 2003-04 disco's with this engine!


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absoloutely wonderful
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By loooooove it
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2003 Land Rover Discovery SUV S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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After doing much research on which vehicle I should get for my 16 year old I finally decided on a landrover discovery. I found one at a wonderful price and its still running strong after 120,000 miles. Regardless of what the other reviews say it is a very reliable vehicle... Those that have repairs all the time just don't know how to take care of a vehicle. My son loves the double sunroofs and the ability to haul his friends around town. This is a wonderful vehicle for any teen.


Favorite Features

2 sunroofs, size, safety features.


Suggested Improvements

gas mileage


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To be avoided!
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By sgriggs
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2003 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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I bought my '03 Discovery II with 75K miles after a local Land Rover mechanic (independent) gave it a careful inspection and discovered nothing immediately wrong. In the 1 year and 7 months since, it has spent more time in the shop than any other car I've owned (including a vintage Bentley!) and cost me a small fortune in repairs. When I bought mine, I figured that none of the horror stories I read about would happen to me, and that if I was careful and took good care of my LR, I would be rewarded with a reliable ride. I was wrong. These things are poorly designed and built. The only up-side is that it looks good when parked outside my house. Which is more often than not these days!


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