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Should I sell my 2005 Land Rover Discovery?

Asked by Karen

I've had my 2005 Land Rover Discovery 3 since new, and have done 470, 000km. It has had a replacement motor put in at 400,000km and is doing fine. As time goes on, other parts are wearing out and need replacing. Is it worth continuing to replace parts or would I be better selling and getting a more recent, slightly smaller vehicle? I know it's not worth much given the kilometres, that's not the issue; it's the servicing costs. Are Land Rovers more expensive to service than other 4WDs?

Answered by CarsGuide

4 Jul 2020 David Morley

Land Rovers of this era seem to have a few more reliability problems than other off-road vehicles from other makers. That said, they’re more complicated to start with, so that explains some of that phenomenon.

As you’ve correctly identified, Karen, a vehicle’s ability to keep on keeping on is down to far more factors than simply the age of the engine. These are big, heavy, complex machines and they suffer wear in many areas including the driveline, suspension, brakes and general body condition.

Parts for things like air suspension can be expensive, but it’s worth keeping in mind that no off-road four-wheel-drive is cheap to maintain. It comes down to how much you like the car and whether you can justify the on-costs. If you do decide to keep the old girl, finding a specialist Land Rover workshop can often save you money as these businesses specialise in the brand and know all the common problems and the servicing tricks to keep your spend down.

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