LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4

Since the eldest grandkids and youngest child have their own cars, I'm happy with my little Civic. ;)

Or better known, due to the demographic of the main purchasers, as ''rolling roadblocks''... :p
 
I would second a Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe, which has same floor pan and running gear.
We had 2 old school Sorentos( separate chassis low box etc) and one of current style. We got the current Hyundai as it was a better deal.
194bhp and plenty of torque so good performance. Well equipped and reliable. Pretty good economy too.
We have had 7 adults in the Kia and the Hyundai, third row not too bad for 2 grown ups and you can slide second row forward.
We don't have kids but tow a caravan hence the big car. The smaller Tucson or Sportage would do us but we like the bigger car.
Warranty is really good and our local dealer is very good. No breakdowns in ours.
Do the Korean 4x4s come with emergency balaclavas just in case you see someone you know?
 

Fishsoxs

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Thanks for all the various comments. Since reading through them and considering alternatives I've certainly got a choice of three that would certainly fulfil my needs even though opinion is certainly divided on them. Namely the Discovery 4 and Nissan Pathfinder. The third for me is a bit different but liking the look, interiors and insane amount of space if rear seats are not used of Japanese imports in the style of the Nissan Elgrand.

Once restrictions allow I will certainly be having a look at them and hopefully getting a test drive.
 
I never did find out what the fault was, that happened at our southern station, I'm up at the top near the Scottish border.
 

ZW Clanger

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Thanks for all the various comments. Since reading through them and considering alternatives I've certainly got a choice of three that would certainly fulfil my needs even though opinion is certainly divided on them. Namely the Discovery 4 and Nissan Pathfinder. The third for me is a bit different but liking the look, interiors and insane amount of space if rear seats are not used of Japanese imports in the style of the Nissan Elgrand.

Once restrictions allow I will certainly be having a look at them and hopefully getting a test drive.
Since my Disco 4 I’ve had a RRS and a Defender (Puma) ‘14.
I enjoyed the Disco immensely and when it was stolen it was a blow, I drove the RRS but never felt for it but LOVED my Defender (Bones RIP)...unfortunately due to redundancy my financial situation meant that the Defender had to go (today) :-( but I’ve just taken delivery of a brand new L200 Barbarian (I have two hounds and need plenty of space) on a 3 year lease deal.
Impressed (on day one) so far.
 
Not mine, I drive it wearing diving boots. ;)

Good to hear! I always knew, despite what everyone else says and clear evidence to the contrary, that you are definitely almost not a cnut :p
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Ouch! Alternator or fuel burning heater?
Looks like it was in the cab, the bonnet is untouched in the locations of the batteries, FBH or alternator.
ETA:
The back end is down also, if it was under the bonnet I would expect the front air suspension or tyres to have let go before the back - maybe someone left the kettle on? ;)
 

colinmc400

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I bought a Disco TDV6 brand new as part of the end of 2013 model run out. I got a free 3 year service deal with it and after 3 years and 50k, it cost me absolutely nothing in running costs, bar fuel/insurance/tax etc. In fairness i never towed with it and bumped up on the grass verge was as close to offroading as it ever got, but still, was as reliable as any other car i have used for the same purpose. I had all sorts of laughing and pointing done at me when i bought it and all sorts of horror stories about blown turbo's needing the engine out, blah blah. But mine was 100% flawless.

There was plenty of room for even large peeps in the front two rows, but never had to use the 3rd row of seats, so dunno how they worked out. Only moan maybe was the boot wasn't huge for such a large car with the seat backs up. But was as big as my previous Scooby Outback estate with the seat backs down.
 

Fishsoxs

Old-Salt
Thanks to everyone for the replies and I appreciate it's been a while in replying. In that time the little one has safely arrived and have decided that I definitely do not want a Pathfinder for various reasons.

I do have one more question; is there much noticeable difference between the Discovery 4 and Discovery 3? I appreciate that the 4 has a better engine but apart from that and some styling inside the cabin is there really much difference?

Thanks once again.
 

OneTenner

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Not really, cosmetic differences & powertrain aside (the earlier autoboxes were six speed only and need oil & filter change at or before 150k) they are essentially the same vehicle. The 2.7TDV6 is a bit more 'hardy' IMO
 
I find myself needing to replace my current estate car that I've only relatively recently bought as my family is growing by 1 and very soon will no longer fulfil my needs.

My main requirement is to have three child seats in the back with preferably theree isofix points.

The other requirement is two extra seats that adults can comfortably sit in when needed on row three and with enough room for a pram and other things associated with a new born and two other young children.

4x4 would be ideal as I live in a reasonably hilly semi rural town which gets the snow and parking outside my house which is on a hill is difficult in those conditions.

So this leads me onto the Discovery 4 which on the face of things fills my needs, or does it? Are there any alternatives to the Discovery 4 that I've not considered and what pitfalls/common faults are there , parts/service prices excluded?

My budget would be £12k total including trading or selling my current car.

As always thoughts, comments and suggestions welcome.

If as you say, your family no longer meets your needs, why are you worrying about a bigger car?
 
Thanks to everyone for the replies and I appreciate it's been a while in replying. In that time the little one has safely arrived and have decided that I definitely do not want a Pathfinder for various reasons.

I do have one more question; is there much noticeable difference between the Discovery 4 and Discovery 3? I appreciate that the 4 has a better engine but apart from that and some styling inside the cabin is there really much difference?

Thanks once again.

Not a great deal of difference at all.
Essentially the 4 is an updated 3, lots of very nice updated bits but essentially the same car.

I bought a 3. the best one I could find and I could have bought a 4 for the same money but only a mediocre one.

No regrets at all and apart from service and maintenance hasn't cost me a penny since I bought it a little over a year ago.
Lots of bad press but actually a good car. Have a look on Feabay and see how many are on the market with over 200,000 miles on them and ask yourself how bad they really are outside of the hype.
 
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Fishsoxs

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Not a great deal of difference at all.
Essentially the 4 is an updated 3, lots of very nice updated but essentially the same car.

I bought a 3. the best one I could find and I could have bought a 4 for the same money but only a mediocre one.

No regrets at all and apart from service and maintenance hasn't cost me a penny since I buht it a little over a year ago.
Lots of bad press but actually a good car. Have a look on Feabay and see how many are on the market with over 200,000 miles on them and ask yourself how bad they really are outside of the hype.
Thanks for that @jagman2 I'm drawn between three; one is a specced up Disco 4 XS which is top of my now reduced budget and has what I would like namely leather, side steps and a reversing camera and the other two are Disco 3 HSE's which are well within budget.
 
Thanks for that @jagman2 I'm drawn between three; one is a specced up Disco 4 XS which is top of my now reduced budget and has what I would like namely leather, side steps and a reversing camera and the other two are Disco 3 HSE's which are well within budget.

Best advice I can give is service history from a reputable garage.
Many of the engine problems can be tracked back to cheap oil and insufficient oil changes.

Mine is a Discovery 3 HSE and I'm more than happy with it.

As with any used car the trick is not buying somebody else's neglected old crock
 
I have a mate who is in the buying and selling cars business. He loves Range Rovers, and Disco's for his own use. He does not buy either without the best warranty that comes along with one, because he knows he will need something doing at onetime, or another, usually sooner rather than later.

There is a reason that Toyotas are used as technicals.
They never used to let anything made by Landrover into parts of the outback.
Top gear tried to kill a Toyota hi-lux...........good sport.
SF use Toyota.
UN use Toyota.

Are we seeing the pattern?


Tenuous claim to fame...

I've sat in that.

A mate of mine was a security guard at Toyota, and they had that, and some very nice race cars stored there overnight for a show.
 
Best advice I can give is service history from a reputable garage.
Many of the engine problems can be tracked back to cheap oil and insufficient oil changes.

Mine is a Discovery 3 HSE and I'm more than happy with it.

As with any used car the trick is not buying somebody else's neglected old crock
Likewise, and for 'reputable' don't read LR Main Dealer.

I bought my D3 SE about six years ago and it came with a good service history, mainly from decent specialist independants once it was out of warranty. I've kept that up and it's now on a bit over 230,000 miles with nothing other than typical wear and tear issues.

As an aside, have a good poke at side steps if they're fitted - The D3 web forum and Facebook pages seem to be full of people complaining that they're chronically rusting away.
 
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