Pros: Just doesn't look like it can go off-road like most SUVs; it actually can.
Cons: Gas mileage, sparse number of dealerships, pricey parts and options.
I bought this used Discovery with only a few thousand miles on it. The owner traded up to a Discovery HSE or something. As one reviewer complained, the resale value on these Land Rovers is horrible. But it equaled a great deal for me, because I paid far less for a practically new SUV. That being said, the resale value really isnt that bad, but it just doesnt hold a candle to a Honda or Toyota.
I got the base model. The Discovery S. And boy is it a stripper. Floor mats are even an option! And the dealership charges outlandish prices on all options. So after I bought my baby, I added after-market floor mats, cd changer, step guards, and front mudguards.
Though it is sort of a stripper it did come with the following standard:
4-Channel, All-Terrain ABS
16 inch alloy wheels,
dual climate control,
duragrain (leather-like) seats,
and of course PERMANENT 4 wheel drive.
Why I like it:
You really can go anywhere in one of these. Ive only had the opportunity to take mine off roading twice and all I can say is wow. Ive rolled over streams, ruts, and bumps that ordinary car SUVs just couldnt handle. (Speaking of a car-like SUV, read my review on my Honda CRV)
I personally think the truck (thats what they call it in England) has plenty of power, especially low-end torque. I have no problem getting up to highway speeds or maintaining the speed even up hills. And this is with a large ski/luggage rack (sometimes with bikes too) on top of my vehicle.
? Tons of headroom
? Good sounding stereo system
? The theatre-styled seating for the rear seats
? Lots of available options (though pricey)
? Less affected by cross winds than other SUVs I've driven.
Now for the dislikes:
? Why is everyone complaining about gas mileage? If you wanted a gas sipper then dont buy this SUV. The gas mileage ratings given by Land Rover are pretty accurate. That being said, I still dislike having to fill up this beast. By the way, I usually get about 15 mpg.
? Bouncy ride on pavement. But I knew that before I got it. This thing isnt made to have a butter smooth ride like a Mercedes sedan; its meant to go on African safaris or something.
? I had a small leak around one of my window seals, which looks to have been fixed. (No other problems what-so-ever)
However, no matter how much I love my Rover, if you just want a SUV to pick up groceries from the store and pick up the kids from school, you'd really be better off buying a car-based SUV or mini-van becasue they are easier to drive around a parking lot and get better gas mileage and are probably more 'plush.' But boy, does that sound boring...
UPDATE: Just took it in for its 22500 mile check-up and oil change. No problems what-so-ever. And I failed to mention this but the oil changes/check-ups are every 7500 miles and FREE at the dealership until 50,000 miles. I thought since I didn't technically buy mine 'new' I wouldn't get the free service until 50K, but I do. Sweet.
I have also been able to go off-roading a few times. And all I can say is WOW. One of the trips was supported by the Land Rover dealership complete w/ spotters that would inform you how to drive over the hard stuff. The Disco was truly at home. I would love to see someone in a Toyo Rav4 or similar doing the things I did w/ my Disco.
I have almost 60k miles on my Disco now. So far all I have had to replace were some brake pads. My ABS/Traction control warning lights have also came on two times and it took the dealership a few times to fix it correctly. All under warranty. I have heard the warning light sensors are bad? So I've after putting 50k miles on it (I bought it was 10k or so) I've only had to purchase wipers and brake pads. Not too bad, not even a penny for oil changes!
My tires are in need of replacing now though.