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Land Rover Discovery Overview

The Land Rover Discovery is part of the British manufacturing company Land Rover. It is classed as an off road mid-sized luxury SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). This vehicle is very classy with a well designed interior, very spacious and it looks great from the outside too. Although not as luxurious as Land Rovers Range Rover this is still a high class 4x4 off road vehicle. The Land Rover Discovery performs great both on and off road.

Land Rover Discovery History

The Land Rover Discovery series 1 (1989-98) was introduced in 89 to provide a more affordable, downgraded version of the Range Rover as it used a lot of the structure used to design the more upmarket Range Rover. This was aimed at reaching a much larger section of the luxury SUV market. In 94 the vehicle received some changes to the exterior, engines and gearboxes. The initial design used a lot of different components taken from other Rover vehicles.

The Discovery series 2 (1998-2004) was claimed to have 720 differences from the original series 1 by makers Land Rover. It was claimed to have changes to the interior, exterior and both the petrol and diesel engines were upgraded. In 2004 it received a face lift which mostly affected the exterior lights.

The Discovery series 3 (2004-09) had new gearboxes installed; changes to the suspension were made and upgrades to the engine. Upgrades were also made to the interior and exterior which received good positive feedback from the media. In 2008 this series received a facelift for additional components within the vehicle.

The Discovery series 4 (2009 - present) is the current series in production and was more of an upgrade from the 3 series. The lights, grill and bumper were upgraded and most of the changers happened on the mechanics of the vehicle. The interior received a bit of a makeover as well.

Models (Discovery 4)

3.0 SDV6 GS
3.0 SDV6 XS
3.0 SDV6 HSE
3.0 TDV6 Commercial
3.0 SDV6 Commercial
5.0 V8 Petrol

Fuel Economy

As the engine sizes are so big, ranging from 2.0 in the early series up to a 5.0 version in the series 4. They come in both petrol and diesel engines and are very greedy on the fuel consumption. The petrol engine usually gets around 17mpg and the diesel 30 mpg. These vehicles are not made for there economy, they are all about power and style.


The two earlier series had a four speed automatic and a five speed manual gearbox, where as the third and fourth series have both 6 speed automatic and manual gearboxes. Breakeryard have a section dedicated to Land Rover gearboxes; have a look for your Discovery gearbox parts.


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