Review: Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004 – 2009)


Immensely competent in all environments from serious off roading and towing to motorways and country lanes. Handsome looks. Roomy, classy full seven-seater

Heavy and not very fuel efficient. Still suffering quality problems and demoted from four to three stars because of them.

Recently Added To This Review

24 October 2019

Sad story of Discovery 3 automatic suffering a "rumble" underneath, then losing power. Turned out the oil pump housing had fallen off taking the timing belt with it. Estimate for replacement engine £8,500... Read more

11 September 2019

Report of further spate of thefts of underslung spare wheels from LandRover Discovery 3s, Discovery 4s, Discovery 5s, Range Rover Sports and Range Rovers. The design had been changed so that the wheel... Read more

15 April 2019

Report of used 2007 Land Rover Discovery 2.7TDV6 sold by an independent Land Rover specialist not having had timing belts, tensioner and vulnerable oil pump upgraded as promised. Result was tensioner... Read more

Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004 – 2009): At A Glance

What does a Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004 – 2009) cost?

List Price from £46,995
Buy new from £42,448
Contract hire from £489.85 per month
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Real MPG average for a Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004 – 2009)

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13–34 mpg

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What should I do if I misfuel?

What will happen to a Land Rover Discovery 3 if it's misfuelled?
Depends on how much of the wrong fuel was poured in. Less than 10 litres, a dose of diesel treatment with lubricity enhancer and the use of superdiesel from now on and forever may help as long as you do not let the tank run below half full for 2000 miles. More than 10 litres, I'd start to worry and have the tank drained.
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