"Got Blue in '97. My mechanic is amazed at how little repairs she has needed and none major. Low mileage because of the worst kind of driving (short distance work commute). Now I'm retired and can see her with rod holders on The Point on the Outer Banks. See the new ones and say, "What is that"? No style, no defining looks. Just an old motor head who will keep the stagecoach until one of us goes."
"I picked up my discovery fairly cheap after Hurricane Sandy decimated the Jersey Shore. I live in a shore town, and picked this up for a couple hundred after it was drowned by the hurricane. Despite its age, having over 100k miles, and being hit and sunk by a hurricane, the car has been flawless. After doing basic maintenance that anyone should do when getting a used auto (change all fluid/belts and filters and plugs) the only thing to go wrong in two years of daily driving has been the water pump. That's also maintenance though. Let's talk performance. This is an off roading monster. No stock setup can beat this, maybe the 100k Mercedes G wagon. It's not particularly fast, but it can get out of its own way and has no problem doing highway speeds. Fuel consumption is high which was to be expected. With its torque filled v8 and locking centre differential, I'm always pulling out over ambitious jeep owners from the mud. The wheel articulation is also the best I've seen in any stock setup. This truck was designed and made to go through the roughest desert, and the toughest jungle after all. Speaking of design, the truck looks incredible. It's just a tough, go anywhere looking vehicle. Interior is also great, it has a utilitarian look but still has dual zone climate control with heated seats and room to fit 7 people. The raised rear roof makes it a dream to transport large objects, and did I mention the 4 Sun roofs? All in all, I wish everyone could own a discovery at least once in their lives."
Pros: "lots of fun, nice interior, great extreme driving"
Cons: "spare access requires two people"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"We bought this car and did a lot of extreme driving, the best car for off-roading! Although it spends most of its time running errands now, I still love this car. We've had the opportunity to sell many times over the years and it's tough to let go of-too much potential for fun.
I have found that now that this car is far from it's warranty, we have very good repair experiences with local mechanics. A trip to the dealership will result in repairs that are too steep! Keep with a mechanic you trust and you'll do just fine. Also the 800# at Land Rover is very responsive. Ours has not had major issues, but even the routine fixes have been very reasonable."
Pros: "Really fun, performance and extreme driving."
Cons: "Supre expensive repairs for mechanical or body"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"We first purchased this car while living in Colorado. The perfect car. So fun and super tough! We would drive up mountain washes and pass the Jeeps that were stuck along the way. Once we moved to Michigan we didn't use it for extreme driving as much. It's best as a second vehicle. Very bad gas mileage/efficiency. Also, once things begin to go wrong, due to normal age and wear/tear, the repairs are astronomical. Definitely one of the most fun cars, but best as a second car, and best for someone with deep pockets."