2003 Land Rover Discovery Consumer Review: The good in the bad

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The good in the bad
By saharatj98 on


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


Oh, the stigma... You always hear the complaints and not the praise. Land Rovers do have their quirks. I have to say though that I will never own an American made car for reliability, resale, dealer professionalism, quality and just general engineering mediocrity. That said, the Land Rover shines in comparison. Many of the complaints are due to mis understanding as far as how it is designed. Reliability is a crap shoot. Mine have all been great. 288k on a 89 Rangerover is above average for any make. You have to maintain them to keep them happy as any European car. Off road these things are incredible and I've owned Jeeps of all types. These were never intended to compare to a highway SUV.

Best Features

off road prowess. High ground clearance with a flat bottom (everything is tucked up unlike a Jeep). Diffs are both of center and in line and use fixed yokes unlike a Jeep, lower gearing in low range, over built frame and suspension components, drives great for a solid axle on frame truck.

Worst Features

fuel mileage. There is no excuse for a 4.6 V8 to only have 220hp and get 12- 16mpg!lack of a center diff lock in some models although traction control is very immediate even with a tire in the air.
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