DIS­COV­ERY 3

Land Rover Monthly - - £5000 Buying Guide -

Come on, ad­mit it. You didn’t re­alise you could pick up a Dis­cov­ery 3 for £5000, did you? But it’s true. It seems like only yes­ter­day, but it is 14 years since the D3 was launched and the early models are now within our price range. The third-gen Disco got some bad press early in its ca­reer when wa­ter got into some vi­tal electrics, but this was soon fixed and ev­ery­thing went swim­mingly there­after.

Make no mis­take about it: this is with­out doubt the most ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cle ever built by Land Rover. It has three rows of for­ward-fac­ing seats, seat­ing seven adults, which can be folded flat into the floor to cre­ate an awe­some load space com­pa­ra­ble to a Tran­sit van.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Dis­cov­ery 3 boasts as­ton­ish­ing off-road abil­ity and is a peer­less tow ve­hi­cle.

Un­like its pre­de­ces­sors, this Dis­cov­ery does not have any rust is­sues, but what it does have is a pow­er­ful V6 diesel en­gine sup­ply­ing 190 bhp and 324 lb-ft. Bet­ter still, it looks as fresh to­day as it did when it was un­veiled in 2004. Many would ar­gue that it’s a lot bet­ter look­ing than the fifth-gen­er­a­tion model, launched last year. It is a time­less clas­sic – and it can be yours for £5000.

TIP: Check the pa­per­work / past his­tory. Like all Land Rovers, the Dis­cov­ery 3 thrives on metic­u­lous ad­her­ence to rec­om­mended ser­vice in­ter­vals.

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