- Landrover Discovery 3 – lugging bikes
Bikes fit in my range rover ( current style ) with the top half of the seats folded down no problem. Just lob them in.
With the seats folded, the disco has a flatter larger floor ( at least by the looks of it when I look at them in the showroom ) . They should fit in no problem.
Its high on my list of cars to replace the RR.Posted 5 years agofishaMember
Reliable and Land Rover are mutually exclusive. 😉
To be fair, I think the post 2005 / 2006 Range rovers have increased greatly in reliability. ( the change to the Jag 4.2 petrol and 3.6 diesels ) The gearboxes of the older ones were a weak point ( especially the old 3.0 diesel ).Posted 5 years agochugg08Subscriber
Never tried with both wheels on. I usually take the front wheel off, lay one of the 3 rear seats flat (and dropped to the floor) and fit 2 bikes standing side by side. That way you still have the boot space for dogs or kit + 3 spare seats for passengers or more kit. Works for both Disco 3 & 4. Disco 2 had a higher bootspace so would probably have been okay with both wheels on…but not sure.
EDIT: Fisha – run nearly 40k in my Disco 4 and had no problems yet (fingers crossed). Disco 3 had a few problems with EGR valves, compressor and central locking. Nothing terminal, just a pain.Posted 5 years agosparkyspiceSubscriber
Seats up…Posted 5 years ago
The other option is to put one side of the split seats down (leaving the rear wheel on the bikes), and then use seat 6/7 for the fourth person.
They really are awesome cars! We tow 2.2T with ours and play off road a bit. It’s amazing how it goes from being a work horse/toy/family car.nickfMember
Regularly have 4 bikes in the back of mine – easiest with the front wheel off, but you don’t need to. I actually find the seatpost to be more of a problem with larger bikes, so whip that off and you’re laughing.
Take the wheels off and you can have up to 5 bikes and 5 seats. No chance of any bikes in the back if you’re using all 7 seats though!
My Disco 3’s on 145k miles and other than wear-related things (suspension bushings, brakes, the usual sort of thing) it’s been fine. Did have to have a new propshaft about 10k miles ago, and the torque convertor’s just been reconditioned, but at this sort of age you can’t really blame that on reliability.Posted 5 years agodrlexMember
Late to the party but can add two observations:Posted 5 years ago
1) only “complete” bikes I’ve had in the back that can stand up are my children’s ones (24″ wheels).
2) don’t bother with the expensive LR bike rack – it requires the multi height towball and, being the same model as the DII rack, it prevents opening of upper and lower tailgates. Lazy **** accessory department! If you need to pack the car with people & kit and hang bikes outside, get one of the tilting tray types that clamp on the towball.chugg08Subscriber
Running costs aren’t too bad for a big car.Posted 5 years ago
I get 28 to 32 mpg regardless of the road type or what I’m carrying.
Tyres last around 20k to 24k miles. £200 each, but overall it’s comparable to a new mini with 12k miles and £100 per tyre.
Service costs are expensive at a main dealer, but find a good LR specialist garage and it’s no more than a “normal” car.
Road Tax / Excise Duty is £400 per year compared to £200 for a Golf.mtMember
Had disco 3 now have a 4. Both cars good and relaiable. Great for carrying bikes and loads of other kit. Always removed the front wheel of the 2 or 3 bikes carried and stood the vertical handlebars facing the back of the car. You can still seat 3 or 4 people and carry a load of stuff. Disco 3 was good but the 4 is much better. Head room in the cargo area is much better than Range Rover. Both 3 and 4 are fantastic off road or snowy conditions, better even than my 110 defender (that I love).Posted 5 years ago
If you buy a high end model of disco get an extended warranty, I would not own one out of warranty as they are complicated vehicles with lots of electricary magic stuff.
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