Have been a Land Rover owner for twenty years. Currently own, since new, a 2012 model with 108000 kms. Serviced as required, Great car to travel in, comfortable. However have recently had to have both turbochargers replaced. On speaking with Land Rover Customer Relationships Executive (twice) I was informed that before Land Rover would consider any action the vehicle would have to looked at by a Land Rover dealership. Both executives agreed turbocharger problems with this model are reasonably common. As I explained to the Executive I am ...some 500km from the nearest dealership, the vehicle is not driveable, and the cost of getting the vehicle to a Land Rover dealer would be from $800 to $1000. Adding this to the cost of repairs and no compensation from Land Rover I have had the repairs carried out by the local RACV service centre. I am deeply disappointed with the performance of this vehicle, but even more so with the dismissive attitude of Land Rover Australia. I am fully aware the the vehicle is out of any warranty claims, but as Land Rover admitted there is a problem with turbochargers with this model, perhaps there should be a factory recall or at least a more sympathetic approach to any customer complaints.
Purchased in February 2012.
Best car I've ever owned.
I've owned 6 other 4WDs (Pajero, X-Trail, Triton (2), Hi-lux, & D-Max) and the Discovery 5 is in a class above. Unfortunately, so is the price compared to the others - but it is worth it! We tow a 3200kg caravan and this is the best tow vehicle we've ever had. The 4WD capability is awesome with all the electronics and rear diff lock. Only downside is the need to add AdBlue - it's a pain, and it needs heaps when towing. If you don't tow, don't worry.
I have had the 2017 Discovery 5 for under 2 year 45,000km and has been a disaster. Eight months in and the suspension had to be replaced, would have been a disaster if we were four wheel driving in the outback. 15 months and engine was leaking oil from timing seals yet another stint in the workshop, now a leaking windscreen soaking the car dash and electronics, not just a small leak and seems a common problem as they ordered the windscreen without even viewing the car. Two week wait for windscreen and then repair time. Engine smokes constantly ...and the reverse camera always playing up. Air con blows hot air instead of cold at times. Worst possible experience for my family purchasing this $110,000 car. I have had $20,000 car more reliable than the discovery.
Purchased for $110,000.00.
Landrover Ignores Safety Issue
My 2014 Discovery rotary gear selector locked itself in Drive resulting in an embarrassing tilt tray ride to the dealer who estimated 2000 dollars to investigate ($357) and replace the module (880).
A quick internet search reveals this is a common fault both here and overseas and may have caused crush injuries in the US.
I wrote to LR UK and LR Aus but was fobbed off saying they could not respond to mine ir other 3rd party diagnosis!
Beware...don't take your car with a rotary controller anywhere dangerous eg on a beach at low tide cause it may well lock up in D or P afterwhich you are stuffed!
LR is worse than dealing with Centrelink!!
Purchased in October 2020 for $40,000.00.
Wouldn't risk taking it off road
I use my Discovery 4 for both business and private, owning a Discovery 3 previously... should of listened to myself before buying the 4. Car is serviced regularly
5 years old now and just reached 102000km. Back in the workshop again replacing the other manifold now that has cracked, (yep its plastic) apparently this is a common problem and replacement part has been molded differently to avoid future problems but Land Rover does not tell you that!. Did I mention $1700 each replacement. At 50,000 the centre dial gear selector locked in reverse an...
Car has lots of problems after warranty expires
I purchased a new 2015 LR last year after warranty expired car had major oil leak. Took to dealer they fixed leak under warranty then few months later had oil leak again. Took to dealer they advised transfer box was leaking they fixed it cost $1400 LR refused to pay for it. Now I have new oil leak and dismal leak. Donot buy this car.. it falls apart after warranty.
Purchased in September 2015.
comfortable and quiet. yet to be tested off-road. very annoying is the list of options which be expensive.
I am stepping up from TD5 which has had its issues, which once sorted has be very good. I hope this one has had the bugs removed by now
Purchased in July 2020 for $102,000.00.
very enjoyable, albeit a few hiccups
purchased as a demo mid 2000 with 2000km. TD% 7seat with ACE and rear a/c, locking centre diff. haven't wanted to change it as yet because it is so nice to drive, could not see any advantage in getting a d3 or d4. currently 190K km.
few problems: head gasket(difficult to diagnose), oil pump fell off and blew up turbo, fuel pump suddenly ceased to work. regular services that are not too expensive. sad to see it go
Purchased in June 2000 for $50,000.00.
the best car ever
i use my land rover as a work car and weekend warrior and the best of road car i have ever had better the my 200 series land cruiser and better than me mates y62 Nissan patrol i use it very day it is a beast it has done 73000 and not problems at all
the cool thing is it is very luxury and a very good of roadier that is some think the 200 series and patrol can not match it for plus the airbags make it a better off roadier and give it better ground cleanse so the car goes up and down and the terrain select system is wicked
just by one
i have put 28 inch A/T on it
me mate patrol has 30 inch A/T on it
my old 200 have 28 inch A/T as well
I drove my Disco 5 SE Sd4 over 16,000+ kms on some of the roughest tracks/roads (including the Streczlecki Track, the Oodnadatta track, the Gary Highway and some really terrible PAR’s as well as the Mt McCall track in Tasmania) that the country has to offer - mostly towing my Patriot camper-trailer. Other than destroying the factory tyres, as expected, the car handled the corrugations, deep sand, rocks and gibber, rock hopping, bull-dust, pot holes and a dust storm and tropical rain showers with no problem. A post trip inspection revealed that a suspension bellows became loose.
Comfort and toughness.
- 4 HSE 3.0L SCV6
- Verified purchase
The best car I have ever owned, by miles. The auto transmission is smooth as silk and the fact that it locks into top gear (8th) and stays there, makes it beautiful for touring, unlike the Toyota 4wd’s that chop and change gears.
The 600nm of torque make towing a breeze, and the fuel economy is amazing.
On top of that, the interior noise is almost non existent.
A superb car.
Fault with EPB
The EPB or electronic Park Brake is not a serviceable part but after 4 years the motor or actuator that controls the hand brake seized making the vehicle immobile and the part needed to be replaced at a cost of $1590 plus minimum 4 hours labour so over $2000 to repair a park brake
Best vehicle I have ever owned
Our 2018 Disco 5 Is the best vehicle we have ever owned. My wife drives It every day and loves the auto suspension as she has crook knees .Tows our 3 Tonne caravan effortlessly and the electronic towing aids work perfectly . 4000 kms so far and only had software updates at first service . Rockhampton Land Rover has been exemplary in its service and we will not do business any where else.
I bought a 2011 Discovery 4 in 2015 with 55000klm on it . It now has 150000klm now and has proven to be a great 4wd. It’s towed a caravan around most of OZ easily and is a very comfortable economical everyday car. People we speak to with Discovery 3or 4s all are also very happy with them. Ours has the 2.7 ford diesel I changed all the trans and diff oils at 100000 The disco is a very good vehicle.
It you love it, it loves you back
We bought this car for off-reading adventures. Very good and comfortable for this. Great at pulling a trailer too. Slower on the quick uptake because it’s so heavy. Not good if you’re looking for a zippy 4wd but awesome for big trips. Pretty average on fuel depending. We have the diesel automatic.
Fuel Gauge never worked since new and Land Rover won’t fix it
Fuel gauge never worked from new, when parked on mild slope! Say they will fix it every service and haven’t. Now say it’s normal to not work if parked on a mild slope!!! Avoid Land Rover!!!!! If you have a problem, they will not fix it even though it’s a $70000 car.
Lemon, electronic fault, no parts exist apparently. Coming up 6 weeks in workshop no end in sight.
Only travelled 600 Klms. Car kept locking us out and wouldn’t start. We were traveling to cairns for family celebration. Made it to Gracemere. With only a few calls to road assist. Then car wouldn’t start again and couldn’t reprogram, smart key issue. Towed to Rockhampton where it is still today nearly 6 weeks later.
Land Rover can’t find a part to fix it. Nothing here in Australia or the UK. So what now Land Rover??
- 4 SE 3.0L SDV6
- Verified purchase
My Land Rover Discovery 2016
I’ve had my 2016 Land Rover Discovery 4 for 18 months now, and unfortunately believe the purchase was floored, and I should have stuck by replacing my 22-year-old 80 series Toyota Land Cruiser with a 200 series. While I liked the idea of a British Marque, the decision was my mistake, as I didn’t do enough research.
I did consider waiting for your newer model, but judging by the delays, uncertainty and no indication price or options, my instincts said No, which proved correct.
I took delivery of my 2016 Discovery, which was a run out vehic...le, in September 2016. In hindsight it lacked the options that I would now not accept for a modern vehicle. This is particularly the case with the GPS, which could not locate a street in Perth that had been gazetted more than five years earlier, and this is the market the vehicle was being sold into-very frustrating. Furthermore, where I live, I have totally given up on its reliability and nearly always use Google maps via Wi-Fi or my TOM TOM GO 5100 as the information is live and up to date. Furthermore, it doesn’t cost the earth, and it has lifetime maps for the whole world. (I appreciate there are updates now, but the hardware is hardly cutting edge, so lacking in any real usefulness) I don’t wish to dwell on my lack of judgement but we have holidayed in Europe recent years, and hired a standard VW Passat, and a Renault Kadjar. Each of these vehicles had All the top end features, including GPS Data, which constantly let one know whether we were speeding, including adaptive cruise control, which should be basic tools. And these vehicles are less than half the price of the Discovery, so why is this? Do their profits need to so high or your overheads so owner us. The Land Rover Discovery 2016 is a box on wheels, and the current vehicle looks like someone has set off a hand grenade and blown it out on all sides. But then the new local dealer in Bunbury said that you get used to it, and it grows on you.
Best Vehicle i have ever owned The 2006 Landrover Discovery HSE 4.4Lt
I could never afford a new vehicle, but this is then best one i have ever owned. Super smooth gear changes, powerful and very comfortable. Every possible luxury you could have, but no Bluetooth or reversing camera, only gives it a 4 star rating. LR want some $500.00 to supply an updated CD for maps for the GPS, really? I just bought a $70- GPS that updates from Google! Apart from that, it's regularly serviced, cared for and it doesn't cost me buckets of money to keep repairing like they are notorious for.
The fuel consumption is as good as how heavy your right foot is. In my case, i love the power so my consumption is high. If i wanted fuel economy, i would have bought a Prius!
Most versatile vehicle on the market. Air suspension makes sure of it.
Air suspension is a game changer in this market, once you have it, you won't buy another 4x4 without it.
Parts are expensive in Perth, although if you are within warranty you can relax knowing you have the best warranty service by far. Land Rover assist will go above and beyond if you ever need help(I never have).
Once out of warranty or fixed price service, you'll want to be ordering parts(bushes wear out after ten years or so), directly from the U.K from places like Advanced Factors(just get a part # from your mechanic, delivery takes 3 d...ays). Things to love: Comfort while on corrugated tracks like Gibb RIver Road, Tanami, GCR. The hardest thing to do is have restraint on the throttle as you'll feel like you're on the highway with the correct tyre pressure. Brakes that work- there's a reason why those 18" wheels are on it, because 3.5t doesn't stop quickly with anything less! Air Suspension- Not having to put 2 or 4 inch lift in which you will do to every other 4x4 once you bottom out a few times. Access height allows easy entry for pets & grandparents.
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