Review: Land Rover Discovery 2 (2002 – 2004)

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Fantastic off-road ability and a reasonable drive on tarmac. Excellent visibility. New Five-cylinder diesel engine. Can carry up to seven people.

Reliability is a constant worry. Heavily criticised by owners in 2005 JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey.

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30 December 2017

Report of significant rusting to driver's side chassis member of Discovery 2 TD5, apparently quite common. Some specialists claim to be able to fic it by partch welding, but a proper job costs about... Read more

7 October 2017

Report of LandRover Discovery 2 now at 125,000 miles requiring 3 replacement ECUs in 4 years. First time due to oil contanination. That one failed after 2 years 3 months. Next replacement failed in February... Read more

7 November 2015

Tips about TD5s from DCS: 1. Always have a spare cylinder head wiring harness and replace as soon as there is a misfire; BEFORE oil travels through the cable to the ECU. 2. Over 100k miles, fit a prominent... Read more

Land Rover Discovery 2 (2002 – 2004): At A Glance

Extensive facelift of Discovery 2 distinguished by new lights, new five-cylinder diesel engine and 700 improvements.

What does a Land Rover Discovery 2 (2002 – 2004) cost?

List Price from £47,705
Buy new from £42,927
Contract hire from £495.95 per month
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Who needs to pay for my rotten Land Rover chassis?

I bought a Land Rover from a local garage 20 month ago, after eight months an MoT was due, which it failed for chassis rot. I had it repaired which I thought meant the problem was corrected, however 12 months later the vehicle is condemned at the MOT as the whole chassis has rotted. I have only used the vehicle on the road and nothing else. I found out that the previous garage owner had been putting it in and out of salt water to launch his boat. Would he culpable to pay for the repair? I paid £5000 for the the vehicle in the first place.
No, absolutely nothing to do with the original owner because you did not buy it from him. And because the failure occurred more than six months from the date you bought the car the onus in court would be on you to prove that it was rotten when you bought it. You might win this one, but I don't think you will. It will sell on as a project car to someone who is happy to replace the chassis.
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