GEARBOX: oil seal failures, lost gears and very stiff selection issues from cold require serious attention, especially on manual transmissions. Delve into the service history to check records for possible gearbox repairs or replacement.
CHASSIS: beneath this body lies a serious off-roader with permanent four-wheel drive, adjustable rear air-suspension and a raft of electronic driver aids. It has high and low gearbox ratios, plus a central-locking diff option, too. Check the warning lights on start-up. History May Series II relaunched with changes. Centre-locking differential returns as an option. Oct Metropolis limited edition arrives, with special Java Black paint and safari lamps.
What to look for Build quality had started to improve under BMW ownership, and continued to do so when Ford took over in , but the Discovery is still not perfect. Check for leaks through ill-fitting sunroofs and door seals.
Most examples will have ventured off-road, so look for scratched paint, plus compacted mud and minor dings. Also, check that the gears change smoothly and the transmission operates quietly. The run-out models even wear the latest family face. The diesel engine is noisy and slow compared with rivals, although it can return 27mpg if used gently. We like the unfussy but bold styling, seven-seat option, towing ability and Harmon Kardon stereo.
Watch out for off-road damage, notchy manual gearbox, main dealer service costs and cramped second row of chairs on seven-seaters Apr Throttle can stick on V8s built in February and March Mar Throttle can stick open on cars built from January to March Aug Fuel line may chafe, causing leak on Td5s manufactured from June to April Engine misfire is likely to be caused by oil seeping into the injector harness and working across to the ECU connector — easily unplugged to see if oil is visible.
Starting issues may be caused by leaky injectors, while failed injector seals can allow fuel into the sump, detected by smelling the dipstick. The Td5 and 4. Long-lasting body and paintwork. Long and low front and rear overhang suffers damage off-road, though aftermarket steel bumpers are available to delete the valance assemblies. Chassis is rust-prone and needs wax protection. V8s with coolant problems are a big risk and may need a new engine block if the cause is a crack behind a cylinder liner.
V8 is thirsty, though an LPG conversion redresses the balance, but it must be a competent and certified job. Td5: 2. Updated Hyundai Ioniq 5 gets more power and mile range. Skip to Content Skip to Footer. Features Home Land Rover Discovery. The choices Discovery 2 is a wholly different vehicle to Discovery 1. What to check Unlike Discovery 1, the chassis is rust-prone. Car Tech. Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Email. Top 10 best 4x4s and off-road cars to buy After a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a bit more off-road clout than the average SUV?
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