1998 Land Rover Discovery XS 2.5 (300TDi) turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Great if you can control the rust
Where to begin? After all, it's an old Land Rover.
First were the brake discs, then a radiator and intercooler (upgraded it at the time) all within the first 4,000 miles.
I then needed new injectors and a diesel lift pump.
After that I replaced the headlining and the front and rear sunroof seals.
Then at 170,000 miles, new steering box, drop links, front wheel bearings and diesel overflow pipes after they burst on a long journey, leaving diesel all over Ireland!
Had a seemingly endless oil leak from somewhere that I just could not find.
You will never break the land speed record in one of these, and don't overly expect to have too many conversations with your passengers when travelling over 70mph.
HOWEVER! If you have the patience, this will take you wherever you need to go, and I mean wherever! The biggest problem is rust, as the 300TDi engine is bomb proof.
The cabin is huge and airy, and if you are happy at 60-65, you'll get great mileage for a vehicle of its size. It will tow anything.
I live by the sea, and the salt ate the underside of the vehicle beyond economic repair, but for a utility vehicle that looks great next to the "posh" cars, and has kudos and ability off road (which my kids loved!), you won't get better, but you will have permanently scuffed knuckles and ongoing maintenance. Surely that's half the fun though eh?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2012