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2004 Land Rover Discovery

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 11/Hwy 14/Comb 12 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V8, 4.6 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United Kingdom Country of Assembly: United Kingdom

2004 Land Rover Discovery Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.2
Out of 10

Based on 159 Ratings for the 2003 - 2004 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.5/10
    Quality
    7.5/10
  • Reliability
    7.3/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Amazing, with a disclaimer

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "virtually unstoppable, incognito, elbow sits well"

Cons: "repair, repair, gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I bought my Disco in 2007 with 40k miles on it in St. Louis. It's still my daily driver in 2015. And I haven't been easy on it. It's been to Moab, up trails in the Appalachian, through swamps in Florida. I've put it through some seriously questionable situations and it never failed me when it mattered. That said, all of the repair concerns are true. Window regulator went out, $800. Radiator system failure, $1200. Windshield wipers, $50 a pop (and they aren't even that good). It's been a nightmare at times. Leaks oil like crazy. But, overall, it's certainly been the most capable vehicle I've ever owned. I knew when I bought it I wouldn't resell it. At 155k and entire regions of the U.S. under its belt, I'd be lying if I said it hasn't been anything but amazing."

14 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Plan to Replace the Engine

By on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great in the snow. As it should be."

Cons: "Maintenance Pit."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Head gaskets will go around 120k. Then the block will crack if it overheats, or the liners will start to slip. The engine will tick. The stock coolant bleed valve will leak. Just don't do it unless you're willing to spend 6-10K getting a refurbished top-hat block dropped in. My engine is worth more OUT of the truck than the entire truck is worth, even with the engine in it."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Mechanical Fears Came True

By on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great in snow, fun to drive, provided confidence"

Cons: "Mechanical problems, high cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I bought this car with my parents as my first car, at 15, with the hope that it would be the ultimate car for safety, as I was to be in charge of the school carpool to school as well as to Stevens Pass. Granted, this car was fantastic for poor weather, especially for a new driver. It went through snow like shaving cream and always got me home safely during surprise blizzards on Stevens or Snoqualmie Pass, even with ice on the roadways. However, after buying the car we discovered that the 2003 Land Rover Discovery II was notorious for problems concerning the automatic windows and head gasket. Within a month of ownership the windows fell into the door, which required a visit to the mechanic. Very recently, after four years of ownership, smoke started to appear out of the hood and the temp. gauge light came on. The next day I took it to a mechanic. My nightmare of having head gasket problems came true. The mechanic told me that I could replace the parts to essentially make it stop smoking, without fixing the cause of the overheating, for around $4,000 with the risk of further problems soon. The alternative would be a total engine replacement for $4,000-5,000. Ultimately, I was told that I would never make the money back on this car if I hoped to sell it. In addition, the fuel economy throughout ownership was terrible and the vehicle took premium gas only. Seeing as the vehicle is British, some parts may need to be shipped from overseas (such as the replacement windshield wipers from England that were $80 a piece). All in all, this vehicle was amazing, but very expensive to maintain and fix. I do not necessarily regret buying this car as a first car in terms of driving quality, but I do wish the mechanical problems had been less in number and cost."

33 people out of 54 found this review helpful

only good for sport. bad for travel

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "looks good, fun off road"

Cons: "poor engine that is not reliable, guzzles gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"It drives okay and looks good, but the car is not reliable at all. everyone I know including myself who has owned one has had major engine trouble. Also, it is not very comfortable to ride in. There is very little leg room. All in all if you are looking for a vehicle to get you around or travel in, this is not a good choice. On the other hand if you are looking for a sport vehicle to go off road or just have fun in, this is a reasonable choice."

18 people out of 24 found this review helpful

A reliable Vehicle that has served me well.

By on Saturday, May 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Not the best on Gas millage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I have recently had the complete Head liner replaced. Both rotors on the front, and brake pads on front. The rear were ok. Had the front and rear oxygen sensors replaced along with the exhaust manifold gaskets. All the above has cost me over $3000.00. I am single and have decided that I do not need two vehicles. I will be trading in my 2010 2500HD with all goodies. Allison trans. and the Duramax engine"

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Drives smooth, Sits High, Drinks Gas

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,750

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drives smooth, You sit high"

Cons: "Gas Gas Gas milage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great Car if Gas was 2. dollars but a 32 gallon tank at 4 dollars at really 13 miles per leaves me broke"

18 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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