Guide to Purchasing Used Cars - Land Rover Discovery
|   Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The land Rover Discovery grabbed a lot of attention when the car was first launched in 2004 and till date this vehicle manages to grab eyeballs and manage decent resale value considering its high off road capability, low maintenance cost and great comfort level. While the latest model of the Evoque is highly in demand, the Discovery manages to hold its own in the used car market.

The Discovery's perfect balance between refinement, off road power and flexibility has earned this vehicle its right to stay in the market and this is the reason for this vehicle's extended life span in the market.
The luxury and comfort of the Land Rover Discovery, tempts customers till date. Although the Discovery is a little high on the price segment, but the level of detail and specification that comes with the vehicle is unquestionable.

Use of premium quality leather on the interior is another positive aspect associated with this vehicle. The five seated versions of the vehicle received much popularity since its launch due to the higher amount of available booth space, although the seven seated version is also available for sale in the used market segment. Therefore, the choice is completely yours whether you want to go for the five seated or the seven seated models.

The seven seated versions of the Land Rover Discovery have three distinct features – Terrain Response Control, air suspension and two extra seats. The Terrain Response Control controls the ride height and suspension settings of the vehicle depending upon the terrain and this massively affects the handling and overall performance of the Discovery. The vehicle is powered by a 4.4 liter turbo charged petrol V8 engine displacing 295 BHP but with a fuel efficiency of a meager 18.8 MPG.

The more powerful 3.0 liter diesel engine is not available on every model of the Discovery and is limited to the Discovery 4. However, despite the low fuel efficiency, the Discovery is much in demand due to lower premiums that the second users have to fill in and the low cost of maintenance and ownership.

These factors have lent this vehicle an additional lifeline. However, the Discovery models post 2008 have better fuel efficiency and weigh less due to the use of plastic panels on the exterior of the body. Land Rover came up with this idea to reduce the weight of the SUVs, enhance fuel efficiency and performance of their cars. The vehicles were also face lifted and this renewed general interest in the Discovery.

Servicing is quite cheap and can be done from the Land Rover authorities. The service network is well stocked and hence servicing should not pose a major problem. This is an advantage of owning a Land Rover. However, while purchasing a used Discovery, make sure that the engine is clutter free and the vehicle has been well maintained. No noises should emerge from under the hood and the vehicle should be as clean as possible. If these aspects are fulfilled, feel free to go ahead with the purchase.
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