2003 Land Rover Discovery SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)
Good approach and breakover angles, but poor departure angle will have you dragging your rear bumper on steep inclines. Very fun to drive, especially off-road. Reliability lives up to the Land Rover reputation, terrible. Several major and minor repair problems. Thanks to the extended warranty I have saved about $5,100 in total repair bills. It is now back at the dealership again with transmission and engine problems, total cost? Land Rovers are great if you literally have money to burn for gas and repair/upkeep costs.
Seating position/visibility, rugged live axles.
Build and mechanical quailty need to be vastly improved. Improved approach and departure angles are also needed.
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.
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.
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.