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You will pray this car from my penny less hands
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By Blakslee
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2004 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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This car was a "gift" from my aunt and uncle. My aunt took very good care of it (dealer took good care of it) but my uncle did not. When my sister was in college they gave her an 04 expedition Eddie Bauer which needed very little work. Fluids, tires, lots of vacuuming and washing. The land rover was given to me by side I'd lusted after it for 9 years...and it needed a transmission for which they were quoted over $4000. So they said if I wanted to fix it up I could have it. So far (first 3 months of ownership)my dad and I have: replaced transmission, transfer case, power steering pump, high pressure power steering pump hose, an a/c line (that we broke), front pads, rotors and calipers, crank sensor position unit, alternator, battery, tires, minor interior trip, full paint restoration and detail, wiper motor, all fluids, abs shuttle valve, electric fan, (radiator not far behind), all the bolts that hold the headlights in because I sheared every single one while replacing the bulbs. However the car was neglected for several years and it is a joy to drive. I can't quite out my finger on it but I absolve driving this car. It handles very well actually (I'm on 18 inch wheels), is quite comfortable (although a bit bouncy. Maybe new shocks) and offers a very commanding view of the road. The car is very tall however the seats aren't that much higher than my zj. Steering feel is great. Forward and side visibility is great but the rear 3/4 blind spot is hard because the rear seats are a bit higher than the fronts. Also because of how hight the rear window is and the spare tire, rear visibility isn't great either. Many things underneath the car are much beefier than they probably need to be. For weighing the same as my zj, the sway bars are MUCH thicker. The best way I could put it is the driving experience is relaxing and very enjoyable. Now stuff I don't like. Parts can be expensive. Do NOT buy one of these if you can't do the work yourself or have enough money to pay someone else to do the work. Find a local land rover specialist mechanic and make him your best friend. Definitely get a code reader. Because I have 18s, snow tires are expensive so I'm looking as getting some 16s from an S trim level. The location of the window switches in the front makes no sense to me. The wing mirrors don't auto dim and are way to small. There are some features that my two previous cars (both older and less "high end" than land rover) have that this car doesn't. The wing mirrors don't dim and they're way to small. The window switches in the front are located in a really weird spot making them hard to operate and identify. The passenger seat only has power forwards, back and recline. No up down, tilt. No driver memory. Cruise control does not have a button to reduce speed and keep it engaged which my 02 Civic does. No CD in dash. Have to load the changer under passenger seat. Also, the car is SO SLOW. It really needs about 50-100 more horsepower. Features I do really like. Heated seats work very well. Car has 2 sliding sunroofs and two curved panes over the rear jump seats (car is a 7 seater). A/c works really well. Heated windshield is a godsend especially when it started to fog up when the a/c is on. It's a little thing but I really like how the doors feel when you open and close them. Car also has Hill descent control and perhaps one if the most sophisticated traction control systems at the time. This I think is the best looking land rover discovery generation and perhaps the coolest 7 seat car you can buy. I haven't been through a winter yet or taken it off road but those things are fast approaching. It is a joy to drive and I can't wait to take it on so many adventures. If you can find a good one, get it, just be ready to maintain it.


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By Holly Hughes
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2004 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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I won't lie maintenance cost is high if anything breaks it is really expensive to fix although I have a non dealer to your mechanic that is able to work on it for less. Even with the high cost of maintenance I still love this vehicle! I have four children and it's extremely easy to access the rear seats. Other SUVs are a nightmare to get to the third row! This vehicle gives you the ease of a minivan, but the cool appeal of an SUV. Smooth ride, and handles well. Is fun to drive. Could have a bit better gas mileage, and better acceleration, but it's perks make up for it's shortcomings.


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Never sell my Land Rover! Just pay the repairs.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By Ed
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2004 Land Rover Discovery SUV HSE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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Yep. I'll never give up my 2004 HSE Land Rover. Yep it requires research and big $$$$ to keep it going. I bought my Land Rover used in 2008 for $15k with 75k miles on it. Dumped a ton of money into it in repairs i.e. ($12K, head gasket, suspension airbags, braking system, front drive shaft, tires, steering arm, etc.) and have at least another $2k on the list right now (replace valve lifters and door mechanism and right ABS sensor). Now it has 82k miles on it. So if you run the numbers I got 7k (82k - 75k) use out of it and had to spend $14 ($12 + $2) in repairs. You buy this car and you better be prepared emotionally and financially, because its probably going to get really ugly especially if you are buying this vehicle used unless you are buying it from an owner like me that just didn't mind staying on top of it and dumping tons of money into all the problems. In that case at least you'd have somewhat of a fighting chance of getting some miles out of it before you have to dump thousands into it. I am an older guy (54 years old) and I just wanted to own a Land Rover and I enjoy it and its just a toy for me and I anticipated difficulties but to be honest I did not think it could be as bad as it has been nonetheless I am jut at the age where I don't get myself worked up about it and just enjoy taking my family on road trips for with it. But my sister called me because my nephew (age 18) wanted a Land Rover for his first car. I said he has to read all the problems and join a forum for Land Rover owners and anticipate all the repairs before they happen and really get into owning a Land Rover and that she should put $15k into an account as a reserve fund for any repairs. Well that was the end of my nephew getting a Land Rover.


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Will be buried penniless in this car
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By Mik
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2004 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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I bought my 2004 disco certified from Land Rover Parsippany almost 10 years ago. It is the vehicle that has brought my children home from the hospital and have loved it from day one. I first saw a disco at the Short Hills Mall and was in love. At 123K miles I have a 3 inch binder filled with all the receipts including: A new engine, head gasket, leaking everything, check engine lights and everything else. Yet, I love it - My family wants me to get rid of it but my comment is if your brother broke his leg would you get rid of him? It is a family member and ultimately it will be my downfall. Last year bought an Infiniti for my wife as she is done with the Disco. She still drives it in the winter - I put Blizzaks on her. Last thought, I serviced the car religiously and it still doesn't matter.


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Best...and...Worst Vehicle You Could Ever Own
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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By Rover Rover
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2004 Land Rover Discovery SUV S 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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This Land Rover will run forever...as long as you keep fixing it. First off if you can't work on your own (and I mean not just small stuff but in depth engine work) or can't afford to pay for frequent repair don't drive one. You may fall in love with it as I did. The ride (heavy vehicle which lets it ride smooth with a little roll), the 4wd (works great in slick mud/snow as long as sensors are working), the comfort (great interior), stereo, and just general coolness of the vehicle (even though it's kind of ugly in it's own way) will make you love it after driving it. Take your time looking for one that has been well taken care of inside and out with records and has head gasket issues....yes this way you will get a good deal...you can do the repairs yourself fairly cheap. Biggest problem is if it is leaking around the sleeve which is a $4k - $6k fix. The vehicle drives and handles great no issues with braking as others speak of...even at 5,300 lbs it will stop on a dime. Corners great with no tip over or feel of it as I've heard others mention. Back doors do seem a bit small for getting in and out of so keep this in mind. Only complaint I really have is the clock...why would anyone put a clock over by the passenger seat. But even with all that said I love it and will keep it...but again I can work on it and have a backup vehicle....Good Luck


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