Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004–2009)

Model History

March 2004

Land Rover launched new Discovery

Priced from £27,000 to £48,000. 4,848mm (15' 11") long x 2,190mm (7' 2") wide. Kerb weight 2,494 to 2,504kg. Standard wheel and tyre size: 17" with 235/70 R17 tyres.

Genuine seven-seater, pleasant to travel in for seven full-sized adults. Production debut for Land Rover's innovative Terrain Response™ and Integrated Body-frame architecture, six-speed transmissions and air suspension.

Terrain Response system optimises driveability and comfort, as well as maximising traction. The driver simply chooses one of five terrain settings via a rotary switch on the centre console: a general driving programme, plus one for slippery conditions (known as ‘grass/gravel/snow’) and three special off-road modes (mud/ruts, sand, rock crawl). Terrain Response then automatically selects the most appropriate settings for the vehicle’s advanced electronic controls and traction aids – including ride height, engine torque response, hill descent control, electronic traction control and transmission settings.

Integrated Body-frame structure has allowed Land Rover to deliver all the comfort, refinement and on-road attributes of a monocoque, while continuing to set new standards in off-road performance. Adaptive headlights swivel with the direction of travel to illuminate the road ahead.

The top-of-the-range engine was a specially developed 4.4-litre version of Jaguar’s acclaimed V8 petrol engine. Changes for Land Rover use include increased capacity (from 4.2 litres), more low-end torque, enhanced dust- and water-proofing, and revised breathing to enable the car to wade rivers as well as cruise highways. In Land Rover guise, the engine must also be able to run at acute angles for extreme off-road use.

Top-selling engine in Europe was Land Rover’s new, smooth and flexible 206bhp, 320lb ft torque 2.7-litre V6 turbodiesel (not available in North America), a common rail unit that uses variable geometry turbocharging.

The third engine in the line-up (for selected markets only) is an American Ford petrol 4.0-litre V6, a version of one of the world’s best-selling SUV powerplants now further developed for Land Rover use. Both petrol derivatives are matched to a six-speed automatic ‘intelligent shift’ transmission, also available with the diesel though this was offered with a six-speed manual as standard.

On-road driving and refinement are enhanced by fully independent suspension all round, using air springs on most models. This is height adjustable, to assist with entry and exit, and to boost ground clearance to help off-road performance. Large doors provide easy access, with both second and third rows entered from the centre doors.

Rearmost passengers site higher 'opera style' with clear glass beside them and a good view forwards which makes a huge difference when travelling distances. Cleverly designed seating further improves the versatility, including fold-flat rear seats in both second and third rows, to give huge load-carrying possibilities.

TDV6 5-seat 6-speed manual £26,995 IG 13E 30mpg 304g/km CO2
TDV6 7-seat 6-speed manual £28,995 IG 13E 30mpg 304g/km CO2
TDV6 S 7-seat 6-speed manual £31,995 IG 13E 30mpg 304g/km CO2
TDV6 SE 7-seat 6-speed manual £36,995 IG 14E 30mpg 304g/km CO2
6-speed automatic transmission extra £1,495 27.2mpg 350g/km CO2
TDV6 HSE 7-seat 6-speed automatic £41,995 IG 14E 27.2mpg 350g/km CO2
V8 S 7-seat 6-speed automatic £37,995 IG 15E 18.8mpg 493g/km CO2
V8 SE 7-seat 6-speed automatic £42,995 IG 15E 18.8mpg 493g/km CO2
V8 HSE 7-seat 6-speed automatic £46,995 IG 15E 18.8mpg 493g/km CO2

Standard spec 17" alloys with 235/70 R17 tyres, coil spring suspension, no Terrain Tesponse system.
7 seat adds 4 corner air suspension and Terrain Response
S adds 18" alloys. cruise control, climate control, park distance control, bi-xenon headlamps
SE adds touch screen satnav, leather, automatic headlights and rain sensors
HSE adds 19" alloys, premium navigation system, moon roof, harmon/kardon LoGIC7 sound system.

February 2007

Discovery 3 Commercial (van) and the Discovery 3 XS Commercial announced. Standard features include 2,130 litres of loadspace with a full length phenolic floor, privacy glass, two-piece bulkhead, four corner air suspension and Terrain Response.

March 2007

300 Discovery 3 Pursuits on sale . Based on the TDV6 GS 7 seater with Java Black paint work and Ebony interior, 19” alloy wheels, body coloured wheel arch surrounds, manual leather seats and chrome finish mirror caps. Also have Hill Descent Control, air suspension and Terrain Response. £29,995 OTR for the TDV6 manual and £30,995 OTR with automatic transmission.

August 2008

2009MY Land Rover Discovery 3 on sale in the UK, priced from £29,950. Exterior revisions for 2009 incorporate new front and rear body colour bumpers, body coloured wheel arches and revised exterior detailing. Re-profiled front bumper, (body coloured on all models), and revised rear bumper and wheel arches, which are body coloured (standard on all passenger carrying derivatives).

The distinctive, asymmetric two-piece tailgate now comes with body coloured tailgate lift handle and the attention to detail continues with the revised 'tungsten' coloured side vent, 'tungsten' door handles, and clear-lens side repeaters across the range. New 19-inch 7-spoke wheel style and three new exterior metallic paint colours – Santorini Black, Galway Green and Bournville [black with a hint of brown] – complete the exterior changes for 2009. Interior upgrades include a new ‘almond’ trim colour and an updated Bluetooth system.

July 2011

Forge Motorsports has been busy creating further enhancements for the TDV6 2.7 litre Land Rover Discovery 3. Its new EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) blanking plates will improve the performance of all 5A or 6A chassis models (up to 2006). Machined from stainless steel billet, these precision engineered components have been made in Forge’s Gloucestershire factory and are over-engineered to ensure a perfect fit without distortion or leakage. So why remove the EGR valves anyway?

Well, even blanking off a perfectly functioning valve will increase engine power and drivability. Factor in the partial blockages suffered by most as a result of time and repeated short journeys – and the improvements can be quite noticeable. Blocked EGR valves can lead to power loss, poor running and sub-standard fuel consumption, meaning these plugs are an essential modification to any Disco 3. All four components are priced at £41 + VAT and bolt up as direct replacements. ATE Teves electric parking brake on the Land Rover Discovery 3 and 4 and Range Rover Sport has always been an emergency brake, applying the hazard warning lights and applying 4-wheel maximum ABS-governed braking.

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

List Price from £47,745
Buy new from £43,464
Contract hire from £500.92 per month