Land Rover Disco 4 or Defender

Submitted: Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 15:50
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My first post on the forum so be nice please guys!

I'm trying to decide between a new land rover defender or the discovery 4.

I've looked through the specs and there's parts of both I really like

http://www.landrover.com/au/en/lr/discovery-4/explore/tdv6/
http://www.landrover.com/au/en/lr/defender/explore/station-wagon/

What are people's opinions? Is the Discovery 4 worth the extra money?
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Reply By: garrycol - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 17:34

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 17:34
They are completely different vehicles in completely different classes.

The Defender can carry more and is a basic vehicle - if that is your priority then go the Defender.

The Discovery has many more luxury features and is substantially more technologically advanced so if you want a nice everyday driver that is exceptionally capable offroad than a Disco is the vehicle.

Have a look at www.aulro.com - there is a current thread comparing these vehicles so have a look there http://www.aulro.com/afvb/d3-d4-rrs/176967-great-defender-vs-discovery-debate.html

Garry
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 17:36

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 17:36
Better to ask at Aulro, too much anti British sentiment here!
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 18:33

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 18:33
Completely different types of vehicles, you will probably answer your own question after an inspection and test drive as to which appeals to you better.
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Follow Up By: 08crd - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 19:55

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 19:55
Like Alby says, they are chalk and cheese.
Take them for a drive, it will become immediately obvious which suits your requirements.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 20:25

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 20:25
Amen to that. A Defender is pretty rough and tough with smallish seats, manual gearbox only, pretty noisy, exceptional off road as standard and in my opinion drives like a truck. :-) A Disco 4 is an awesome piece of machinery that I would own in an instant if I could afford one. Super smooth and comfortable, good fuel economy, great off road as standard but too expensive to want to dent any panels or scratch the paint.
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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 22:40

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 22:40
Pretty much what Mike said. I would add if you are doing plenty of serious offroading, the Defender might be best. If you are doing long distance day-long towing go with the Disco.
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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 22:50

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 22:50
Pretty much what Mike said. I would add if you are doing plenty of serious offroading, the Defender might be best. If you are doing long distance day-long towing go with the Disco.

You would not want to wreck your lovely Disco (very capable offroad) but I'd prefer to head up into the tropics in one, rather than a Defender, which will tow, but not willingly. Still, I'd rather have a Defender in the High country tracks.
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Reply By: Member - Magic (VIC) - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 21:39

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 21:39
We have one of each. Hubby loves his Defender. It will go anywhere. I love my Disco. A bit more comfortable but still a capable vehicle. Depends what you want it to do.
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Reply By: WayneD - Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 23:00

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 23:00
I have a D3 and friends have D4's we have taken these vehicles off roading to Vic High country out through Oodnadatta and up into some pretty tough country around Bathurst and they have performed outstandingly. But as everyone says they are very different vehicles and that is also reflected in price.
Both will do serious off road tracks but you might be a lot more careful with the paint work on your D4. White or silver dont show up the bush pinstripes as much as the darker colours
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:17

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:17
We're on our 3rd Defender and have had a Disco1 as well. Chalk and cheese but they're both great off road. Disco got very badly scratched and being dark blue all could be seen and I was for ever polishing it.
Only ever had one problem with a Defender but would still go and would have got us home slowly.
Good responses so far to your question.....wonder where all the fanatical anti LR lot are?
Cheers.
AlanH.
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 10:57

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 10:57
AlanH, there contribution is not relevant as the OP only enquirer about D4's and Defenders....so proves that they can read.
My D4 is sensational. There is no other 4WD on the market that only needs a lift kit when required (saving on fuel and better highway performance when lowered), great economy, riding on air over corrugations...it's awesome, sensational offroad ability, 3.5 tonne towing with ease, and true prestige presence....no other 4WD in the market has all of these features.

Brett....
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Reply By: toffytrailertrash - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:18

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 09:18
Definitely a Disco 4 for off road or towing up to 3500kgs, one very capable 4 x 4..

Cheers

Merv
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Reply By: allein m - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 18:01

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 18:01
Bush tucker man made a comment on his new disco 3 or 4 not sure what model but he said " I am a not as keen to get into the more serious tracks as I was with the army landrover Perentie 110 you can polish some of the scratches out but other damage could be a expensive to repair .

He seemed to enjoy the comfort but risk of major panel damage was always in the back of his mind

but I would say it would all biol down to costs service costs are some thing I would look at seriously
some costs I found on the net


Description Time Cost Range $
(Inc. GST)
20,000km/1yr Serv 3 h 381.00 - 516.00*
40,000km/2yr Serv 3 h 654.00 - 825.00*
60,000km/3yr Serv 3 h 424.00 - 572.00*
80,000km/4yr Serv 3 h 697.00 - 876.00*
100,000km/5yr Serv 3 h 381.00 - 516.00*
120,000km/6yr Serv 4 h 697.00 - 881.00*
140,000km/7yr Serv 3 h 381.00 - 516.00*
160,000km/8yr Serv 3 h 697.00 - 876.00*
180,000km/9yr Serv 3 h 381.00 - 516.00*
200,000km/10yr Serv 3 h 980.00 - 1177.00*



discovery 4 TDv6

26,000km/1yr Serv 2 h 377.00 - 497.00*
52,000km/2yr Serv 3 h 664.00 - 830.00*
78,000km/3yr Serv 2 h 408.00 - 533.00*
104,000km/4yr Serv 3 h 664.00 - 830.00*
130,000km/5yr Serv 3 h 581.00 - 722.00*
156,000km/6yr Serv 3 h 681.00 - 848.00*
182,000km/7yr Serv 3 h 506.00 - 664.00*
208,000km/8yr Serv 3 h 664.00 - 830.00
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Follow Up By: allein m - Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 18:03

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 18:03
sorry top one was defender td5
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 13:21

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 13:21
hi
I showed this costing to my mate who has been a pajero man had 3 new over 12 yr period and he said the service cost for LR are a close equal to his paj services done at the dealers
cheers
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 14:22

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 14:22
Well the TD5 figures are not relevant to the discussion as the thread is about a different Defender with a different engine.

I would also question some of the D4 figures as the cambelt and fuel injection pump has to be done around 160,000km and the cost is a lot lot more than than that indicated.

However most of the other services are mainly oils etc and may be a bit cheaper depending who does

Garry
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Reply By: Graeme - Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 21:54

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 21:54
The D4 is in a world of its own re comfort, handling and comfort and will go within reason where it is pointed.
The 3.0l engine is powerful, smooth and economical; over 43000km since Feb 2012 and the average is 11.2l/100 since new.
The D4 and Defender is chalk and cheese and I have driven both, but the aging frames are now demanding more comfort so not to aggravate the arthritis.
We have come from a Nissan Patrol and there has been no comparison as the D4 is a modern 4x4 (NOT SUV as we are Aussies. Cheers garrycol.)
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 00:02

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 00:02
Geez, that post might light Robin up. You just blasphemed. :-)
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Follow Up By: Graeme - Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 09:19

Monday, Jul 01, 2013 at 09:19
Robin is Nissans dream salesman......they were a very modern 4x4 in their time, but the world has moved on.
I still fondly remember the aircraft I worked on from long ago, and I still look after a relic from days of old, but the reliability of modern aircraft full of computers has no equal. I will admit that they are also devoid of character and completely soul-less. The modern car is such a beast... with the exception of Land Rovers of course :-)
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