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    Question Discovery 4

    Hello;

    I am curious - is it true that the discovery 4 is incredibly unreliable? there are a few with just over 100k km for well under 300k and you cant beat the value for money;

    Proper off roader and beautifully equipped inside, even the diesel is very economical all things considered.

    so is it because well its just going to spend more time in the shop than on the road?

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    Just google Discovery 4 crank failure.

    and decided if you are up for the risk

    the petrol V8 is a safer bet.

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    There were more crank issues on the D3, but D4 has had problems. I own two - a 2012 with about 230,000k, and a 2017 with 50k.

    the 17 has been faultless - completely.

    the 12 has had its share:

    - water manifold failure
    - EPB failure
    - Air compressor failure
    - Rear door lock failure
    - intermittent wipers (rain sensor) do not work

    no major mechanical. Runs beautifully- tows beautifully - most comfortable car I’ve ever owned.

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    Default Re: Discovery 4

    Please please don't rehash this on a new thread. There are plenty of these already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karol View Post
    Just google Discovery 4 crank failure.

    and decided if you are up for the risk

    the petrol V8 is a safer bet.
    Experience on the 2012 V8 SE. Acquired about 100,000kms, currently 165,000kms. Been very very lucky I think. No-issue to report.

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    Agree, use the forums search function. This discussion is starting to get a bit boring to be honest.
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    I'd love to know how many D4's were sold in SA over the years. There are literally hundreds in my neighbourhood.
    Only a handful of D5's though.

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    Ja nee Jo.....this is getting worse than one of my 346 "I just found my Dream Car" Threads...……….
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    Quote Originally Posted by dph View Post
    I'd love to know how many D4's were sold in SA over the years. There are literally hundreds in my neighbourhood.
    Only a handful of D5's though.
    Wild guess at about 30,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD_Crafford View Post
    I am curious - is it true that the discovery 4 is incredibly unreliable?Regards
    Indeed lots on the topic, but essentially the answer to your specific question is no.

    D4 not nearly as risky as the D3, but not even the D3 was incredibly unreliable. 100% of the ones with issues, were incredibly unreliable yes. Read that statement carefully. The convenient stats doesn't include the thousands of perfectly running ones.
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    I have a 2013 XS from new, turbo went at about 120kkm , cost was 25k. Was not left stranded, limped to the workshop.

    Other than that it has been 100% reliable. Fantastic vehicle.

    I service every 10kkm , services aren't cheap. Problem is, what do I replace it with ??

    My current mileage is 160 000
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Indeed lots on the topic, but essentially the answer to your specific question is no.

    D4 not nearly as risky as the D3, but not even the D3 was incredibly unreliable. 100% of the ones with issues, were incredibly unreliable yes. Read that statement carefully. The convenient stats doesn't include the thousands of perfectly running ones.
    Uhm, that's not quite how statistics work.....

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    I have had Discoveries now for 25 years, no major repairs.

    Current D4 SDV6 has been reliable, and has been all over Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. Often towing a Bushlapa.

    I have some back issues, I don't think that I could have done this in another vehicle.
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    Default Re: Discovery 4

    Any brand can have occasional problems. Toured Khutse and Mabuasehube last year with 100 reliability. I suspect most problems on all brands is due to lack of decent servicing and maintenance.

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    a million rand 4x4 is at some stage going to cost you money. do they have problems, sure they all do at some stage , are they huge ronds to fix. well that depends what huge cash to you is to you. so if your budget is just 300k. stay away if you don't have spare cash to fix something that might break on it, the crank comes to mind on a diesel, and about 150k to fix. the v8 petrol is a better buy, just change the water pump, thats its weak spot. i would love to try a diesel , but can't afford that sort of repair bill if it goes south.
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    Default Re: Discovery 4

    Strange all the critics own cruisers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desdrake View Post
    Strange all the critics own cruisers.
    Nope, not all of them. Some critics even drive Land Rovers...

    @OP - If it's a diesel, stay away.. if it's a petrol - carry on as you were (but still do the history on the vehicle).
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    Default Re: Discovery 4

    Originally Posted by desdrake
    Strange all the critics own cruisers.


    this cruiser driver has had three of them, just out of interest, so i do know enough to comment. in fact i still have one.



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    Quote Originally Posted by peter bee View Post
    Originally Posted by desdrake
    Strange all the critics own cruisers.


    this cruiser driver has had three of them, just out of interest, so i do know enough to comment. in fact i still have one (my SWAMBO let me say that).



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    Quote Originally Posted by douglash View Post
    Nope, not all of them. Some critics even drive Land Rovers...

    @OP - If it's a diesel, stay away.. if it's a petrol - carry on as you were (but still do the history on the vehicle).

    Very interesting that you mentioned the diesel vs petrol as I just quickly did a quick search on Cars.co.za and searched country wide for Discovery's (4) from 2010 to 2014 and found the following:

    Petrol - 20 vehicles available
    Diesel - 142 vehicles available.

    I'm just wondering if this is normal trend when comparing diesel to petrol engines?

    Please don't kill me as I haven't own any Landy's but was wondering if this info is relevant?

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