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1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SD AWD SUVReview
Cameron writes:

An Icon —

Despite the entry of several excellent (mainly Asian) contenders to the 4WD market, the Land Rover name still stands at the pinnacle. Before Rover built the luxury icon, the Range Rover, it was building jeep replacements in the form of the Land Rover. A practical, cheap and indestructible work-horse, it soon became an icon. Top Gear rated the Land Rover as the best car of the century, mainly for the fact that more people in more countries have seen one than any other vehicle. The Range Rover came along and created a new class of 4WD - here was a car you could plough your paddocks with when the tractor broke down, then take to the theatre at night time. By the early 1990's, other car manufacturers had found a market for the cheaper, but comfortable 4WD buyer. People started buying them more for the commanding driving position than their off-road capabilities. The Land Rover Discovery was born. Taking the old standard-spring chassis of the Range Rover (now riding on air suspension) and even using the same windscreen, the Discovery became a favourite of people all over the world, and helped to keep Land Rover profitable. The 1997, 5 cylinder diesel automatic version I drove was a different experience to what I was used to. It rode high, but extremely comfortably, and took bumps and obstacles without blinking. Far from the rough 4WDs I had driven before, this was one of the smoothest cars I'd ever driven. The turbo-diesel engine is good on fuel and works well off road, but is far from the fastest machine. Crossing traffic and merging are exercises in caution. Fit and finish are much better than earlier cars, and the cult following is there for a reason - these are great cars.

Pros: Tough, good on fuel (diesel), comfortable, excellent off-road capability

Cons: Hard on fuel (Petrol), weak acceleration (especially diesel), some repairs expensive

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1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE AWD SUVReview
Nick writes:

Will Go Anywhere - But Slowly! — This was the top of the range 7 seater with a 3.9 V8 and an LPG conversion. When driving quickly, we used to get about 11 MPG! Filling up on LPG gave you a good feeling, as it was half the cost. It was awesome off road, but on the road, cornered like a sponge. However, the interior was fun... two electric sunroofs, 7 leather seats and heated at the front.

Pros: Go anywhere

Cons: Go anywhere slowly

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1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE AWD SUVReview
Bob writes:

True Off Roaders Vehicle! — Good looking car and comes with all the fully loaded bells and whistles such as twin power sun roofs and power everything as well as air conditioning in the rear etc but is not fo rth e average family person. Needs to be taken care of. Great vehicle in the snow and off road but be ready to put in some time and money in replacing parts.

Pros: Very comfortable to drive.

Cons: Gas guzzler and always replacing parts.

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1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE AWD SUVReview
Michael writes:
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Unless You Must Drive Through The Amazon Jungle, Don't Even Think About Buying It. — Never ever buy a Land Rover! This was the absolute worst vehicle purchase I have ever made. Lucas Electric, a British company, should never ever be allowed to make electronic components. Our Discovery was an oil leaking, exhaust leaking, electrical nightmare! It was an absolute money pit. i will say, it drove awesome off road and in the snow, sand, and mud, but that is all.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: If you commute in a jungle or swamp, this is a decent choice.

Cons: This vehicle is a repair shops dream come true.

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Reviews From Other Years

2020 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

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My 2020 Discovery has been a delightful car until today. Traveling west at 68mph on the Mass Pike , my Discovery literally shut down... all systems... including my FLASHERS to notify those behind of a... Read More

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2019 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Review By George

Great steering, handles well for a large SUV, comfortable, nice features, detailing and styling. Ability to switch off the Eco Intelligent Start/Stop System is nice. Very smooth ride. Read More

2018 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Review By Carrs22

Great vehicle. Super clean and spacious. Like the minimalist interior and the spacious third row seat. Read More

Review By Guru9HH89X

Wound up purchasing 2018 Discovery HSE Certified pre-owned. Have a couple thousand miles on it, and Im enjoying it so far. Coming from a previous generation Bmw X5 there are definitely differences.... Read More

2017 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Review By Guru218PT

The reviews on this car are horrible and it’s from multiple references. Darn I really liked the body of the car. Read More

Review By Guru9DXPC2

Lux or 1st edition model is the only way to go with this model. Wish it were a bit taller thus making it easier to get into. Other than that, great car. Read More

2004 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Review By GuruYDXKK

It’s a labor of love... actually the 04 TD5 Is great if you maintain it. Read More

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This truck is downright amazing in bad weather and less than favorable conditions and the ride is always smooth and responsive. The Trail Edition is a pretty rare find as far as trim packages go on th... Read More


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