Pros: Reliability, construction, capabilities, amenities
Cons: fuel economy, rear passenger door access
I recently traded my 2001 Discovery for a 2003. It had 53,000 miles and stilll had the original brake pads. Brake wear can depend on how a vehicle is driven. Between the customer loyalty discounts and savings on a 2003 versus 2004 I lowered my payments significantly. But you do not buy a Land Rover to save money for for fuel economy. These vehicles were designed as off road vehicles. They are not land yachts to drive across country. Though my partner who is 6'2" and I (6'1") drove from New Hampshire to Seattle with 2 dogs in good comfort. This is not a sports car, it is not a luxury sedan, it isn't a "soccer mom" minivan. It is a 4 wheel drive utility vehicle. I have taken Land Rovers off road numerous times for pleasure and purpose and have found them to be the most capable vehicles combining practicality, comfort, and safety. If you do a side by side comparison of similar vehicles, you will find that the Discovery is considerably more rugged and better built. Certain compromises were made to the vehicle to maintain its off-road worthiness. It has a high ground clearance. Since Ford purchased Land Rover a couple of years ago, the quality and vehicle integrity has improved. BMW, the former owners, were behind the initial design of the Discovery back in the early 1990's. For those considering a Land Rover - or any vehicle - think about how you are REALLY going to use the vehicle. Then make your purchasing decisions based on that.