When launched in 1989, the Discovery was seen as an important third way for the iconic manufacturer of the world’s best off-roaders… However, it was a risk for the company, and as hard as it is to imagine today, there were times when the future of Project Jay was questionable…
Nearly 20 years on, it’s now hard to imagine life without the Discovery… And it seemed fitting that – finally – we featured one of these fine motors in the much coveted Car of The Month spot. Jason Kennedy’s example certainly sees plenty of action, and looks in fine fettle for it.
Words and pictures: Jason Kennedy
Home on the range
Land Rover Discovery 2.5 TDi 300-Series Aviemore Automatic in Rioja Red
Registered: December 1997. Bought 1 September 2006 with 132,000 on the clock
I’D fancied getting a Land Rover for a while, and was looking for a green manual 300TDi, but then saw this one for sale at a reasonable price and in good condition. Also, considering the garage would do a full service, change the cam-belt and give me six months’ tax and a full 12 months’ ticket I went for it…
As it’s a Land Rover it hasn’t been trouble free, but I’ve fixed a few niggles such as central locking actuators, cruise control (for a week!) towing electrics sorting out and a new water pump.
I joined the Discovery Owners Club and have taken the car off the tarmac a few times with them. I wanted to keep it standard which I did for a while, but I have plans for a few modifications now.
Discovery 300: The upgrade story
Fit A-bar & Spots
Fit CB (essential for off road)
Fit All Terrain Tyres
Remove Front Valance for better approach angle
Fit Steering guard
Fit 200TDi style rear lights
Fit front de-cat pipe
On the wish list:
Fit 2-inch lift for better off road ability
Fit Snorkel & wading kit for wading
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.