2003 Land Rover Discovery Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2003 Land Rover Discovery XS 4.0 V8 petrol from United Arab Emirates

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 kilometres
Most recent distance27000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

Solidly built, comfortable and roomy 4x4 with a luxurious skin covering a utilitarian body

Faults:

When I bought the car, the Passenger Electric Seat was not working.

After about a week of owning the car, the Passenger Electric Window experienced problems. It made the most frightful noise and would refuse to go up or down and was stuck half-open. The dealer did not have the necessary parts to fix it so it was secured permanently closed.

It is difficult to see out the rear view mirror effectively when the headrest for the center seat is up. Even if it is down, the rear view visibility is a bit on the bad side and takes a bit of getting used to.

General Comments:

This is my first 4x4 and I am extremely happy with it. It is extremely comfortable and I love the high ride-height. It has plenty of power on tap (for a huge beast), and I would be stupid to compare it with the 325bhp 5.7l V8 car I owned prior to it. I mainly bought it for my wife and it more than adequately serves it's purpose.

I was completely aware of what I was getting myself into buying the Discovery, and one of the things you should consider will be the higher running costs. Although I have not had any yet, repairs will cost you on the higher side. I understand that brake pads wear out fairly quickly and will cost a fair amount to replace.

If you are moving from a sedan to a 4x4, then you may take a bit longer to adjust to it's size, especially when parking or moving around small spaces. The park-distance control sensors help very much in this, though.

I have not taken the car off-road yet, but will be doing so soon. I will either update this review or add a new one when I take it off road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

2003 Land Rover Discovery S from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Very satisfied with the Discovery S

Faults:

The gas mileage is atrocious. 12 mpg on the road, and 16 mpg on the highway. It is hard to get into. The key has to be inserted just right, in order to go in.

General Comments:

I had several reservations about the Discovery, but as soon as I test drove one, I knew I had to buy it. It is very comfortable and has a luxurious feel. It feels solid like a tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2004

2003 Land Rover Discovery S from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance4000 miles

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Poor/dismal gas mileage.

General Comments:

I have no negative things to say about this SUV, except for the poor gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2004

2003 Land Rover Discovery S 4.6L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired8500 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Excellent vehicle for the road less traveled!

Faults:

Cruise Control - a very annoying problem with the cruise control pulsing around the set speed.

General Comments:

Engine has excellent torque at low gears, still slow on acceleration.

Drinks a ton of high octane fuel.

Back seats difficult to ingress/egress.

Traction control and hill decent are extraordinary.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2004

21st Feb 2011, 20:30

To fix the surging cruise control, tighten the cruise control cable to take out the slack. It should have almost no slack when in the idle position. Works like a charm.

Zipser.

2003 Land Rover Discovery SE 4.6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Value and style

Faults:

Flimsy rear wiper arm broke (plastic) while I was brushing snow off of the car.

General Comments:

The car seems to be very well built, the seats are very comfortable and the interior has a good feel to it.

The 4-wheel drive is excellent, very capable in snow and also off-road.

This is a tank, it is huge and lumbering with a turning radius that is at times difficult. Of course that's what you get when you buy a big SUV so I am not faulting the car itself.

The value is awesome- for under $40K new you get a high-class image, traction control, sunroofs, other goodies.

Drinks lots and lots of gas, in the city I get around 10-12MPG, highway is better. Not a car for commuting or everyday transportation, unless you're already used to driving a big gas pig.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2003

5th Oct 2007, 22:35

Here in Colorado the "heat strips" don't cut it; you do have to scrape. Also if you turn the rear wiper on and its frozen to the glass it will break-- the dealer fixes mine gratis under the warranty, but its still a pain and very unelegant to have it broken and hanging loose. I noticed the new LR3 has a metal wiper arm now.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 8 reviews