2004 Land Rover Discovery

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Land Rover Discovery. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Offroad capability
  • Reasonably manageable size
  • Separate-body construction
  • Long-standing reputation

The Bad

  • Price
  • Fuel economy
  • Uncertain reliability

Notable Features of the 2004 Land Rover Discovery

  • 217-hp V-8
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Permanently engaged 4WD
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • Midsize dimensions

2004 Land Rover Discovery Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Land Rover’s midsize sport utility vehicle earned a fresh look, akin to the larger, newly redesigned Range Rover, for the 2003 model year. The interior was refurbished, the V-8 engine gained power, and improvements to the braking and suspension systems were introduced.

Three versions are available: base S, midlevel SE and top-of-the-line HSE. For 2004, a manual locking center differential has been added to the standard four-wheel traction control. A new Aero Roof Rail System is installed, and a DVD player is newly available for the S and SE trim levels.

Owned by Ford, Land Rover is part of the Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover organization. In addition to the posh Range Rover, Land Rover offers the smaller Freelander.

Exterior
Even though the Discovery retained what the manufacturer calls its “iconic profile,” the new “family face” was inspired by the redesigned Range Rover. Turn-signal indicators appear on the upper vertical light cluster for improved visibility by traffic to the rear. Last year’s new front bumper improved the Discovery’s cross-country ability over rocky ground by providing a better approach angle.

The Discovery has a separate body mounted to a ladder frame at 14 rubber-insulated points. The quarter panels, rear door and hood are composed of aluminum alloy.

Four-wheel Electronic Traction Control and Hill Descent Control systems are standard. Options include Active Cornering Enhancement, which minimizes roll t...
Vehicle Overview
Land Rover’s midsize sport utility vehicle earned a fresh look, akin to the larger, newly redesigned Range Rover, for the 2003 model year. The interior was refurbished, the V-8 engine gained power, and improvements to the braking and suspension systems were introduced.

Three versions are available: base S, midlevel SE and top-of-the-line HSE. For 2004, a manual locking center differential has been added to the standard four-wheel traction control. A new Aero Roof Rail System is installed, and a DVD player is newly available for the S and SE trim levels.

Owned by Ford, Land Rover is part of the Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover organization. In addition to the posh Range Rover, Land Rover offers the smaller Freelander.

Exterior
Even though the Discovery retained what the manufacturer calls its “iconic profile,” the new “family face” was inspired by the redesigned Range Rover. Turn-signal indicators appear on the upper vertical light cluster for improved visibility by traffic to the rear. Last year’s new front bumper improved the Discovery’s cross-country ability over rocky ground by providing a better approach angle.

The Discovery has a separate body mounted to a ladder frame at 14 rubber-insulated points. The quarter panels, rear door and hood are composed of aluminum alloy.

Four-wheel Electronic Traction Control and Hill Descent Control systems are standard. Options include Active Cornering Enhancement, which minimizes roll through bends. Rear fog lamps are installed on all models. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the S model, but the SE and HSE ride on 18-inch tires. The Discovery rides on a 100-inch wheelbase, measures 185.2 inches long overall and stands 76.4 inches tall.

Interior
The Discovery seats five people in standard form and up to seven when fitted with optional equipment. The SUV features powered front seats and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat. Duragrain upholstery goes into the S model, while the SE and HSE are equipped with leather seating surfaces.

Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, keyless entry with central locking and an auto-dimming inside mirror. The SE edition has burled wood interior trim, a premium 220-watt audio system with 12 speakers, a six-CD changer, dual tilting and sliding sunroofs, and headlamp washers. Automatic leveling, a Park Distance Control reverse warning system and a 320-watt Harman Kardon audio system with Becker GPS navigation capability go into the HSE model.

A Rear Seat option package for all models consists of forward-facing third-row seats and a hydraulic rear step for easier access. Cargo space totals 63.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

Under the Hood
Land Rover’s 4.6-liter V-8 engine produces 217 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque. The automaker says the Discovery can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds. A four-speed-automatic transmission teams with permanently engaged four-wheel drive, which includes a two-speed transfer case. The Discovery’s towing capacity reaches 7,700 pounds in Low range for a trailer with brakes. No-brake trailers are limited to 1,650 pounds.

Safety
LATCH child-safety seat tethers, electronic traction control and all-terrain antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard. A collision-activated inertia switch unlocks the doors, turns off the fuel pump and activates the hazard lights. Side-impact airbags are not available.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 9/26/03

Latest 2004 Discovery Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(3.4)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

I loved and hated it.

by Robsyb from CA on July 10, 2018

Loved : the utilitarian design, the features, the space, the transmission and GO ANYWHERE four wheel drive. It was cool looking and different from other suv?s. Hated: made by drunken Englishmen the ... Read full review

(4.0)

Sporty SUV

by DJR from Arizona on April 24, 2018

The pro's for the 2004 Land Rover Discovery II model is sporty, stylish, handles well on the road, powerful 4.6L- V8 engine, 4 doors for easy access, long standing company history, off road & towing ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Land Rover Discovery currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Land Rover Discovery has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Discovery received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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