Land Rover Discovery 2.5 Td5

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Land Rover Discovery 2.5 Td5

4 X 4, MPV - Four Wheel Drive (4x4) - 5 Speed Manual Gearbox - 137 bhp - Diesel

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Review of "Land Rover Discovery 2.5 Td5"

published 08/05/2001 | Elnoj
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Pro Excellent traction, driving good, bullet-proof, good residual values
Cons Heavy in town, fuel consumption, minor niggles
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"Land Rover Discovery 2.5 TD5 GS 5 seat"

My Land Rover Discovery 2.5 TD5 GS is the 5-seat model, first registered in December 1999. It was bought in June 2000 for £20,000, having cost approximately £27,500 new. It had nearly 5000 miles on the clock. Bodywork was and is immaculate and the previous owner (a rural chemist) buys a new one quite frequently (every 6 months!). This car had also had lamp protectors and fog lamps fitted over the standard spec, with floor mats and mudflaps also fitted. The point at which bought it was just after the start of the drop in new and used prices and appeared to be priced to keep cash flow going as it has only depreciated by £2000 over 1 year.

Main off-road use has been up rough tracks (to go hillwalking or visiting relatives). Otherwise its main off-road use has been up our gravel drive or mounting a pavement to turn or park. Needless to say perhaps it excels on the rough stuff, although has not been pushed to its maximum limits. Having completed an off-road course in a Land Rover 110 Defender I have an idea of what these may be, but someone else's vehicle is always useful in these situations!

The engine has been completely reliable and has had one or two oil top-ups since we got it. Having been provided with 2 free services, we have used one so far. It has had one recall inspection for a possible exhaust gas recycling problem which proved clear. Otherwise, mechanically there are no problems and in this respect it feels bullet-proof. Fuel consumption is not especially good in town at around 22mpg but it will average around 27-28 with 30 on a run - not bad for something resembling a small house on wheels.

As regards bodywork, we have had a windscreen chip from a flying stone which has been repaired. It appears vulnerable to this damage due to the upright aspect of the screen. Wiper blades have had to be replaced but this is a normal interval. The only niggle we have had is the rubber cushion on the rear door which has worked itself loose, but is not causing any problem. There was a minor leak early on, but this was cured by manipulation of the rear door seal and the problem has not recurred. Luggage area is enormous and can be even bigger with the rear seats folded - important for the golfers in the family and the occasional large awkward load.

Handling on normal roads is somewhat on the bouncy side despite the ACE (active cornering enhancement) facility, but much better compared to the old TDi version which rolled like a coaster in a storm. Steering is sharp and the power assistance is nicely weighted. Braking is strong and affective with ABS working well. Going through snow and ice has been very easy, but you have to watch for over-confidence since despite ABS, Traction Control, EBD etc. it can still perform a 4-wheel skid on ice and with 2.2 tonnes plus can make a nasty mess of anything it collides with.

As regards safety this one of the primary reasons we bought the car and it does feel very secure. The twin airbags are a good addition from older TDis. The high driving position is an additional bonus giving a very clear view all round.

Overall impressions are that under BMW control the Discovery quality problems just evaporated and this has been borne out by the very minor problems we hve encountered. Dealer service is good, although the local dealer (Tay Land Rover) service reception could be a bit more organised and betteron detail, but no major complaints there.

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  • disco01 published 29/07/2004
    Great info on the landrover discovery, want to go buy one know.
  • Connoisseur_Haggler1 published 09/05/2001
    an extremely informative and useful opinion. Yes, it is amazing how one gets used to ABS, Traction Control, EBD etc! This sounds like a good investment losing 2K per annum in depreciation is not bad, one loses that amt on new cars the minute it it is taken off the forecourt! I lost loads in depreciation on my alfa and am currently looking for another car, enjoyed reading this and found it highly useful. thank you.
  • Connoisseur_Haggler1 published 09/05/2001
    an extremely informative and useful opinion. Yes, it is amazing how one gets used to ABS, Traction Control, EBD etc! This sounds like a good investment losing 2K per annum in depreciation is not bad, one loses that amt on new cars the minute it it is taken off the forecourt! I lost loads in depreciation on my alfa and am currently looking for another car, enjoyed reading this and found it highly useful. thank you.
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Product Information : Land Rover Discovery 2.5 Td5

Manufacturer's product description

4 X 4, MPV - Four Wheel Drive (4x4) - 5 Speed Manual Gearbox - 137 bhp - Diesel

Product Details

Body Type: 4 X 4; MPV

Fuel Type: Diesel

Power: 137

Transmission type: 5 Speed Manual Gearbox

Range: Land Rover Discovery

Driven Wheels: Four Wheel Drive (4x4)

Range + Engine Type: Discovery 2.5 Td5

Manufacturer: Land Rover

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