Why buy a used Land Rover Discovery?
The Land Rover Discovery has become a stalwart of the 4×4 family car. It first came on the scene in 1989; since then, there have been three generations, and in 2014 Land Rover also remodelled the Freelander after the Discovery creating the Discovery Sport; a mid-range SUV that is smaller than the original Discovery.
The Land Rover Discovery has been popular partially because it adapts well to the needs of growing families. Now, almost three decades on, Autocar has stated that “the Land Rover Discovery is one of the finest and best-value used family cars in the world.”
However, the rise of the Land Rover Discovery has not been smooth. There have been a number of recalls. The biggest and most famous recall was between 2005 and 2009, where oil was found getting into the brake booster or vacuum pump, leading to poor breaking. The best vintage to look out for is 2009, which was when the Discovery 4 was launched.
In February 2017, the third generation Discovery was let loose onto the market. The Mk5 Discovery arrived with a fresh design echoing the Range Rover and the engineers had managed to shed a significant 480kg in weight. While there might have been some changes, the Discovery is still a large SUV that marries practical usability with a hint of luxury.
The release of the all-new Discovery may see the prices of the previous models coming down. Of course, what you will pay for a used Discovery will depend on a number of things, such as:
- Seat configuration – seven-seaters tend to be more expensive than five-seaters
- Maintenance history
- Engine type
Part of the appeal of the Land Rover Discovery is its imposing looks and upmarket image, but no matter which model you choose to buy, each one comes with a sophisticated all-terrain response system.
Its four-wheel off-road capabilities do mean you will need to check the underside of any used Discovery before buying. While Land Rover prides itself on building tough all-terrain vehicles, there is only so much punishment a car can take.
As a rule, the Land Rover diesel engines tend to be more cost-effective and efficient, and the petrol engines are more expensive to run and difficult to find. The Discovery 3 was initially available with a 4.4-litre petrol engine, but it was dropped in 2007. The car is not famed for its fuel economy.
What to look for when buying a used Land Rover Discovery
Despite the Land Rover Discovery’s popularity, it has never had the best reputation for reliability. However, the Mk4 is known to be more reliable than the Mk3. When looking at a used Land Rover Discovery, remember to check the following:
- The adjustable suspension
- If there is a sunroof, check for signs of water damage -they are known to leak
- The electronic break – check that it holds the car securely
- Check that the air conditioning works
- The central locking system is a known weakness, so check that works
- Check the rear windscreen wiper – another known weakness
Despite its weaknesses, the Land Rover Discovery has lasted almost 30 years, because no other car delivers such a roomy drive that combines practicality, luxury and 4-wheel drive quite like the Discovery does.
Looking for used Land Rover Discovery deals? Take a look here for our latest stock of used cars, or you can visit one of our four Land Rover showrooms in Hull, Liverpool, Pickering or Shrewsbury.