Pros: Status Symbol of sorts, Leather seats, powerful engine
Cons: Reliability, build quality, very poor gas mileage
Owning a Land Rover was status symbol where we lived
in Vegas. Upon first inspection our Red Land Rover
Discovery SE with beige leather interior seemed like
a dream come true so we purchased it. The first year
with the Rover went fairly well and we enjoyed the commanding view of the road and the roar of the V8 engine
but our satisfaction went down hill quickly. We moved
to the East Coast and it seemed that the Rover was in the
shop continually... for electrical gremlins that affected
the lighting, seats, stereo and navigation system. It
would supposedly be fixed and then another problem would
arise. I think it was also in for recall items once or
twice. The Land Rover service here was absolutely
horrible (it was great in Vegas but terrible in New York)
which made matters worse.
I realize I did dwell on the negative a bit in the first
paragraph, so let me share some of the positive features
of the vehicle. The tall structure and high seating position are a definite plus, acceleration and feeling of power from the V8 is awesome. The heated seats are also
nice on a cold winter day.
As a four wheel drive vehicle... it would be hard to find
any that can handle inclement conditions and bad roads
better than the Discovery. I would imagine that would be
part of the appeal to a lot of consumers.
Our Discovery experience came to an end two years later
when it was traded in for a new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
At the time it was traded, the transmission was slipping,
the brakes and tires worn out and it only had 34,000
miles. The depreciation was steep... nearly $18000 in that
short amount of ownership. Good bye and good riddance
to the Disco. I hope the new model that is just coming
out is far superior to this one... I hear it promises to