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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Land Rover Discovery (98-04) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Improved quality, better on-road manners

CONS

Thirsty V8i, variable reliability

PROS

Improved quality, better on-road manners

CONS

Thirsty V8i, variable reliability

Verdict

Discovery's got two sorts of reputations, and both are deserved. The first is for being a go-anywhere, do-anything 4x4, happy to tackle snow, mud and desert. The other's not so marketing-friendly; patchy build quality, poor reliability and all-over rust. But the model from 1998 (with major revisions again in May 2002) was a big improvement, with better electronics, more powerful engines and improved safety.

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