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Land Rover Discovery 4 (2009-2016) Questions & Answers

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Syn
Synasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Hi we are looking at purchasing a 2011 Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE. Should we be concerned with the 211000 kms on the clock? It test drove really well. Any assistance / advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance

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Khurram
Khurram

These cars are highly unreliable. Mine has been back many times and it was 2017 with 0 km.

Gary H
Gary Hasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Hi 2010 Discovery 4 sat nav screen frozen on Land Rover and will not turn of this drains the battery radio also doesn’t work I have to take fuse out so battery doesn’t go flat any ideas please

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Stu Hearn
Stu Hearn

take off the battery leads, hold them together 10 secs, this resets the ecu, worth a try

Gary H
Gary H

Hi Stu can’t thank you enough I tried almost everything with no joy . Took your advice and it worked thank you . Happy New year

Stu Hearn
Stu Hearn

so happy for you Gary

Katreace
Katreaceasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

I have just fallen in love with the idea of Disco 4 after never really considering it as a 4x4 option due to its price as a new/demo vehicle, but now I have found a few in my price range BUT they have 80-95000ks on them, we were looking more into newish Pajero's.
Our biggest concern is cost of maintenance when things breaks! I have read mixed reviews about the reliability of Disco's. Does anyone have any experience in this?

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Tony E
Tony E

Run Away as fast as you can if you have half a brain.

Stu Hearn
Stu Hearn

stay away from the 3l d4 and d5,because you need to remove the whole body to remove the turbos, the 2.7 is ok but it too is hard to work on, changing oils is easy, but timing belts are a major, i think the change is every 100000km
they drive, ride well,I towed 4000kg 1000km with mine, LR lost their way when they went v6, methinks they have gone to inline engines now

arunboot007
arunboot007asked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Hi I am looking to buy a discovery 4 2010.
At the moment two in my list
1. Tdv6 2.7 with 170000 km. Single turbo
2. Tdv6 se 3.0 with 180000km. Twin turbo.
Both are 2010 with $4000 more for the 3.0.
Is it safe to buy one after this many kms? If it is what are the things I have to look in to.Is turbo replacement common problem on any of this.
Which is better to maintain 2.7 or 3.0.
I only owned Japanese cars before and have done most of the works by myself(except removing engine parts) so any advice or information will be very helpful.
Thanks in advance
Aru

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Obie F.
Obie F.

Hi Aru, i recently purchased a Discovery 4,SDV6,Twin turbo 3.0. It is an amazing car very comfortable and powerful.The only major problem i faced recently was turbos failure & i had to replace them for about 5000usd both.

Stu Hearn
Stu Hearnasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

I have a Discovery 4 tdv6 2.7 I have a code reader which is very very good it is showing turbocharger problem my question is how do I get to this turbocharger I only have one hand can I access it by taking off the belly guard I know on the Land Rover 3 it is much simpler

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arunboot007
arunboot007

Did you find out how to do it

Stu Hearn
Stu Hearn

yes easy, take off the heat shields weld two welding rods together lengthwise, put a hook one end, you can just poke it thru to hook on the actuator arm, free the arm and no more trouble

MrsM
MrsMasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

We have a 2014 disco which has done 120,000ks. It has everything on it that we want and we love the car...our question is do we sell now and try to find a later model with low ks before its done too many more ks, or keep it forever. Trying to work out the best thing to do economically (newly retired)

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Stu Hearn
Stu Hearn

keep it the 3.0l models are a nightmare, remove body to change turbos

Paul
Paulasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

I have a Disco SCV6 HSE Lux petrol 2013.
I have a fault with the fuse for the drivers door control panel,
the drivers seat and the clock. it keeps blowing.
It has been to Land Rover and another mechanic but nobody
seems to be able to resolve the problem.
has anyone else experienced this fault?

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Yolanda
Yolanda

Hi Paul, no not this particular problem, our was a fault with the starter key . Our car would start at all. It would lock and unlock itself for no apparent reason. They totally stripped our car and had to test everything single wire in the car. After many weeks they found the problem, but couldn’t order the part as it wasn’t on their parts list. So instead of calling England to order part they took it out of another new disco. Can’t really understand their logic, but 9 weeks later we have our car back and thankfully it hasn’t missed a beat,YET. Maybe a call to fair trading or consumer protection. Good luck

Leah S
Leah Sasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

We are looking at a discovery 4 for my family. We have 2 little boys under 2, are the discos easy to get kids in and out of a car seat? I’m 160cm tall. Will it be to high to put the kids in?

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Johnny
Johnnyasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

I am thinking about buying a disco 4 with a full service history from Land Rover and one owner from new, it has 275000 kms on it but it drives like a new car any advice???

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HarryS
HarryS

Hi Johnny,
As an avid Land Rover owner for as many years as I can count. You don't mention if this is petrol or diesel, if it's diesel I would suggest you may have a good deal, but would suggest getting the air suspension checked over and the auto gearbox by Land Rover.
If you are buying it through a Land Rover dealer, they should be able to sell you an extended warranty, which in my opinion could be worthwhile option as it generally covers all of the mechanical parts except of course brake linings, tyres and fan belts etc.
Also worth checking is when the cam-belt was replaced as it needs replacing at around 200,000km. Don't buy it if it hasn't been replaced, or get it done ASAP.
Good luck with your purchase, it sounds like it should be a good buy.
Cheers Harry.

Keep walking and looking !.
Most modern cars will have a mechanical life of 250,000 to 400,000km’s. 250km’s for the small parts like an air-con compressor $2000 or alternator $1500 etc etc and the 400km’s for the engine @ $15k approximately depending on the model - but who would spend that much on parts or an engine rebuild when the car is 75% through its disposable life span.
Good luck

sandy
sandyasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

What mode should i tow my 3.5ton caravan in sport or automatic drive?

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Gregg
Gregg

Hi, when travelling on flat highways I usually leave it in Drive. But Sport is really effective on hills both up and down. Sport holds the gears for s longer time. Seems to be the same economy also. As you know there is plenty of power whatever mode.

Around town and on hilly roads sport mode would be best as it holds gears longer.
When on open roads that are reasonably flat, auto is fine.
Choice is yours really and there's no wrong or right as the discovery is a clever car and will work it out anyway.

Nomad
Nomad

My enquiries seem to suggest, Sport mode where strain is likely in the transmission, dawdling around town, slow moving, in steep country etc, the rest of the time D seems to work fine

Dingo
Dingoasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Have a discovery 4 2010 and doing trip up to port Macquarie from Melbourne but navigation system won't let me select destination outside of vic. Is there something small that I'm missing?
Cheers Dale

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Gregg
Gregg

Select the state you are going to before the address. Map and words available. Bach arrow.

Nomad
Nomad

Greg is correct,select the state first. GPS in Landrover is below standard. I've found it slow & often inaccurate I now use a Garmin as my primary GPS

Rod
Rodasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

I have a 2010 Discovery 4 with factory navigation system. Somehow it got to be in "off road mode" and I cant see how to exit & return to "normal" navigation. The option for " destination entry' cant be located. I am sure there's a simple answer but I cant find it for love or money. Anyone help?

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Gregg
Gregg

Go to extras and select on road at the menu

Blackjack
Blackjackasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Does the Land Rover Discovery 4 2015 model actually need a brake controller when towing?

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Tez
Tez

HI Mate', My Boat is only around 1250kg. so I just have the standard issue 7pin towing attachment which works fine. but i think if you were towing say over 1600kg you probably should have the extra and adjustable brake controller fitted.
Cheers Terry

Rohit
Rohitasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

What does brake pad worn mean it displays a warning sign does it mean i have to change the brakes?

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DNB
DNB

Yes, it sounds like the Brake Pads need to be replaced, you need to do this sooner than later. You may also need to replace the Brake Rotors if they haven't been replaced before or if the Brake Pads have caused damage to the Rotors, Cheers, Don :)

Mahmut
Mahmutasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

How much oil on discovery 4 is?

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Tez
Tez

Don't know 'cant see the engine ! same as that 2 wheel deathtrap you have there ! The oil leaking Land Rovers are a thing of the past.

Rob4
Rob4

If you are asking how much oil the engine needs, I cannot answer this without knowing the answer to several questions. 1. Which engine is fitted to your discovery? there is a choice of four. 2. Are you doing an oil change? if so are you changing the oil flter? 3. do you even mean the engine? there is oil in the main gearbox, the transfer gearbox & both the front & rear diffs. Have you tried the Land Rover forum? this is a good place to find answers tor any questions you may have about your vehicle.

JaguarBob
JaguarBobasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Have any Discovery 4 owners experienced excessive brake pad wear under normal driving conditions?
My 2012 SE has 58,000km and rear pads required replacing. More than half that mileage has been long distance touring where brakes not touched for hundreds of kilometres (read Nullabor etc). Around town I'm not a severe user of the brakes either.
Dealer says 30,000km is not unusual. I have difficulty swallowing this.

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Ian Llewellyn
Ian Llewellyn

Hi, I believe the Disc 4 has bigger brake drums. whether that makes any difference I don't know, however, I changed pads on my Disc 3 at a similar mileage.
Hope this helps.

JaguarBob
JaguarBob

Ian, the D4 3.0 litre has larger diameter disc rotors but the pads appear to be no bigger than usual. (I was surprised when I saw the small size of the pads). This provides greater braking power due to better heat dissipation but will still have similar wear characteristics.
Prior to this vehicle I had a 2010 Disco 4 2.7 litre and from memory the service reports (at 30.000km when I traded it in) on brake pad wear indicated I'd get 150k out of the pads. (The setup-up I guess is the same as a D3).
Frankly, I've already commenced to compile a pros and cons LR4 vs Land cruiser 200 but I won't go into it here. If any members are interested I will expand.

Ozwitch
Ozwitch

Haven't had any problems with brake pad wear front or rear, and I'm up to 69K kms. I do a mix of town driving and country roads, and I try to brake as little as possible. I bought mine in 2010 so maybe the pads are a different brand in yours? If the dealer is saying 30,000 he may be referring to some city folk who are in peak traffic a fair bit, and ahem, may have rather heavy feet . . .

rgm65
rgm65asked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Looking at replacement options for my Pajero. Love it but it is due for replacement and would like to try another brand. Jeep Grand Jerokee has quality and reliability issues even after 4 years. Not a fan of current Prado. Not keen on dual cab options either. I am looking to keep the next vehicle for about 10 years/150000 kms. Has anyone had a Disco 3 or 4 for an exrended time or kms to provide insight into issues and service costs?

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Kendall
Kendall

I have sold my Discos on after 4 years, with extended warranties so the new owners need not worry about service issues for a year or 2. They are complex beasts and expensive to fix if something goes wrong. Don't use a main dealer once the 3 year warranty is finished and you'll save a bundle. Go for a Disco 4 if you can stretch to one as they are a big step up from a 3. My advice would be to get a second-hand Disco 4 that has an extended warranty on it and then make sure everything is ship-shape before the warranty expires.

Toby
Toby

I also have a Disco 4 and love it!
No issues at all it's a 2010 2.7 diesel and their not expensive to service in fact the service cost is about $700 at the dealers where I take it once a year. All other services I do and their easy. Let's face it if you want your free services go elsewhere and then you'll be stung for the parts that aren't included usually filters etc which can be expensive.
We tow a caravan and my brake pads lasted 70k which I think is fine the vehicle is superb and one day in another 5yrs I'll buy another one.

Richard M
Richard Masked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

I have a Disco 4 with 3.0 lt diesel. Does Landrover recommend to use load levellers when towing a 2 tonne caravan

or are they not necessary. I have been told that officially Landrover say they should not be used

Richard

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Rangie Reviewer
Rangie Reviewer

Hi Richard, unfortunately I can't help with that question mate. I do know that the Disco has auto load leveling suspension so doubt anything in addition to this would be necessary, particularly as you're only towing 2T.

Toby
Toby

Hi Richard, no you don`t need load levelling devices, I tow perfectly without it.
We don`t own Toyotas!

Richard M
Richard M

Thanks Guys I have now been advised that Landrover say they must not be used

Tom Disco
Tom Discoasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

2012 Disco 4 SDV6, with 10000km, used 1.9l/100km on each fill, over the last 3000km, more than the trip computer average fuel usage. Also average fuel consumption seemed high at 10l/100km of rural free way driving. Has anyone had similar experience?

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Dumemay
Dumemay

Mine is usually 1L/100km more than the trip computer.

Sakif
Sakifasked
Discovery 4 (2009-2016)

Does anyone have a V8 disco 4? i just wanted to know about how their experience with the V8 version is because I also have a V8 disco 4.

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d3syd
d3syd

I wouldn't bother with a V8. The 3.0 V6 diesel has all the torque you need and much better fuel consumption. Though I must admit a V8 sounds gorgeous.

Jared
Jared

I have a V8 D4. Smooth as silk and oozes power compared to a SDV6. Reliability at 70k has been excellent, however, you get what you pay for as the V8 version was pricey (new) as it came with every conceivable option.

Frankly, I will not consider a Disco till they come out with an equally powerful engine...till then I'll keep the beast or buy a RRS.

DiscoDaz
DiscoDaz

I recently purchased a 2010 Disco 4 with the 5 litre V8 Jag motor and I'm extremely pleased so far. Smooth and effortless and quiet as a mouse! Until you lean on the throttle. Make sure you turn off the Harmon Kardon so you can hear that Jag V8 sing its song! It's a beautiful thing! Fuel economy isn't as good as the diesel offerings but I already knew that. I drive a diesel truck every day at work and I'm not interested in having one in my Disco. To me it's a lifestyle vehicle and the V8 suits my lifestyle perfectly! My last Disco 2002 D2 was a V8 and I loved it, but this Engine is worlds ahead. Also the features that come with the V8 Disco 4 are unbelievable! I could never afford a new Land Rover so I've never owned such a well appointed vehicle in my life. even at 6 years old it has every conceivable option I could ever use! I love my Disco 4 V8.

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