2003 Land Rover Discovery Consumer Review: 90K miles - time to replace ev

2003 Land Rover Discovery - Consumer Review

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90K miles - time to replace every gasket
By BarryC on


2003 Land Rover Discovery SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


I loved my 03 Disco until year 5. After 90,000 miles (147,000 km) every gasket in the engine had to be replaced. What originally appeared as a simple oil pan leak turned into the replacement of the head, timing assembly, and oil pan gaskets, plus radiator leaks and other miscellaneous hoses at the cost of CAD $2000 in parts and $1,300 in labor. Other annoying items: the passenger window motor self destructed, premature fading of wheel well fenders, excessive engine knocking even with regular 94 octane use, seat heater failing. The vehicle was serviced religiously. My advice - sell before the warranty expires. I'm used to high maintenance vehicles but will never buy another Landrover.

Best Features

Dual sunroofs, seats, high seating position, view of the road, luxury feel for an SUV, general look of the 2003-4.

Worst Features

Design an engine that doesn't leak! More horsepower, less knocking, smoother transmission (ok, this is all too late now).
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