Land Rover Discovery V8
- Mileage: 38,996
- Year: 2003
- MOT Expiry: November 2019
- Exterior Colour: Epsom Green Metallic
- Interior Colour: Cream Leather / Alcantara
- Top speed: 113
- 0-60mph: 11.5
- BHP: 185
- Transmission: Four-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 3947cc
- Engine Configuration: V8
The name "Discovery Series II" was carefully chosen to invoke the history of the original Land Rover Series vehicles. At first glance, the Series II looked very similar in appearance to its predecessors, but under the skin it included a variety of new features – some already fitted to other models in the Land Rover line-up, such as the Freelander's Hill Descent Control (HDC) and the Range Rover's air suspension at the rear – and some completely new options, such as Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE), which reduced cornering roll to insignificant proportions.
For the Series II both the interior and exterior were re-worked to be less utilitarian, although visually it was still quite similar to the Discovery I. In actual fact every body panel was in fact new, with the exception of the rear door outer skin. The rear body was also extended to improve load space.
Both on and under the skin, the new Discovery bodyshell underwent a major engineering and re-tooling programme to achieve the latest world-class standards. The structure beneath was also upgraded in light of new design and manufacturing technologies. Use of ‘Design For Assembly’ (DFA) techniques led to reduced panel count and simplification compared with the previous design. This contributed to a stiffer body shell.
The New Discovery was available with a choice of just two engines: the all-new, high technology 2.5-litre 5-cylinder direct injection diesel, or the latest generation of the famous V8 petrol engine, which was 4 litres in capacity.
In the rear the packaging of the two third row seats was the subject of a major engineering project in its own right. The Discovery has always been essentially a vehicle for families but even though children mostly commandeer the rear seats, they were in fact designed and dynamically tested to meet full adult safety standards.
At the front of the cabin fascia changes included a new passenger airbag module, and a new steering wheel with driver’s airbag. Where appropriate the steering wheel had remote switches for the entertainment system and cruise control. Improved switchgear was of the same pattern introduced for Freelander, and there was a completely new instrument pack.
Automatic transmission, Seven seats, Digital climate control air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, Integrated “Chevron” side runners, Front and rear mud flaps, Front and rear electric sunroofs, Electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors, Electric windows, Land Rover cassette radio, Roof rails, Body side mouldings with bright insert, Front fog lights, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Decent Control (HDC), Self-Leveling Suspension (SLS), Full size spare wheel with moulded cover, Discovery carpet mats.
This superb example presents really well in glossy Epsom Green metallic, a solid choice for a Land Rover of this vintage. The body remains in amazing rust-free condition and the underside is still notably clean upon inspection. As a facelift Discovery II the car boasts cleaner front and rear light clusters, all of which are nice and clear. You’ll also find handy side runners and a moulded cover for the spare wheel.
The airy cabin is equipped with two electric glass sunroofs and seven full size seats, with the second and third rows folding away completely for a huge rear load capacity. The seats are upholstered in handsome cream leather with alcantara centres. Given the car’s low mileage there are few signs of wear to report, the upholstery still extremely fresh and without any marking. Pale leather extends to the steering wheel and burr walnut finishes the dash. The carpets are protected in the footwells by a set of hardwearing Land Rover overmats.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 4-litre V8 idles up to temperature without fuss. With sufficient acceleration and plenty of torque on tap the Discovery delivers a refined driving experience, both on- and off-road. The engine bay is remarkably clean, the car having been well maintained from new despite its low mileage of just 39k. Power is transferred to all four wheels via the smooth four-speed automatic gearbox.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 16-inch alloy wheels present very well almost no curb marking to report. They are finished in their original coat of silver and are shod in a matching set of Bridgestone tyres, all with plenty of tread remaining. Out on the road the brakes do a fine job of pulling the car to a halt quickly and in a straight line; the front pads have just been replaced.
The Discovery was first registered in December 2003. The accompanying paperwork shows the car to have been well maintained from new, with services out at the following mileages: 1k, 6k, 9k, 14k, 21k, 23k, 29k, 31k, and 35k miles. Recent work includes the replacement of both front anti roll bar link rods, upper ball joint swivel gaiters, and front brake pads. The paperwork includes the original document pack with all associated manuals present. The MOT is valid until November 2019.
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