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Land Rover Discovery. The Tame Side of Defender

Aug 17, 2007
The Land Rover Discovery has been available in Australia since the early nineties and has proven a popular choice judging by their numbers on Australian roads. Since its introduction, the Land Rover Discovery mostly retained its original stylin, until of course the recently released 2005 model.

If you are looking for a four wheel drive with a pedigree name then the Discovery, with its Land Rover badge certainly fits the bill. It is a good performer off road although not quite as good as the more rugged Land Rover Defender. But with its two range transfer case and low torque, it will perform more than adequately for the average off road enthusiast. The Land Rover Discovery also has good wheel travel and ground clearance and the underneath of the car is fairly well protected from anything that the off road track can fling up at it. For driving through those creek and river crossings, the Discovery also has very good approach and departure angles

On the highway, the Land Rover Discovery offers a smooth ride, but don't expect sporty acceleration. Even the V8 petrol engine is fairly unremarkable in its acceleration, thanks to the enormous weight of the vehicle. For this reason, the turbo diesel is generally a much better bet because it offers similar performance, but will cost you a lot less in fuel than the thirsty V8 petrol engine.

Inside the cabin, some will find the feel a little disappointing, especially taller drivers. Some of the controls are in hard to reach places and the height of the seat base means that some taller drivers may find it a little awkward and uncomfortable with their heads almost touching the roof.

Another problem that seems to afflict the Land Rover Discovery is that of reliability. The turbo diesel for example has somewhat of a reputation for snapping timing belts and cracking crankshafts. Turbochargers and starter engines have also provided problems for some Discovery owners. Other mechanical problems have included electrical faults and all manner of gearbox problems.

Tips for buying a one owner Land Rover Discovery
If you're in the market for a good one owner Land Rover Discovery, then make sure that you check for the following:
Rust and ill fitting doors in the earlier models.
Check the lower body for signs of water entry.
Check that the engine starts quickly and doesn't blow too much smoke.
Check underneath for any damage from serious off road action.
Check that the suspension has not been damaged and is in good working condition.
Go for a late model Discovery (1999 or later) if your budget allows.
Get a professional inspection from a Land Rover expert as the Discovery has a reputation for mechanical problems.
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