The good thing about bying for a good LR dealer is the loaner they give you while your vehicle is being serviced. I have had a chance to drive 2 V8 LR3's and one V6 for about a week at a time. Mostly because I am in a kind of out of the way area from the dealer and it takes 2 1/2 hours to drive from the dealer to my house.
The V6 was dissapointing at best. I have an '03 Pathfinder that will spank it, actually the both feel pretty much alike except due to weight the Pathfinder feels a little more spirited. I could not wait to get back into my '04 Disco. The pathfinder is on time out until sold.
The LR3 is the quite possibly the most quietest vehicle I have ever driven in and no doubt one of the best sound systems, but without the Navigation screen I would feel a little cheated knowing what should be there. The seven seater does not rattle like the Disco when going over bumps and pot holes and it soaks them up and isolates one from the road quite nicely. The steering is so light you can turn it with you pinky finger, and I did...just to seee if I could of course. The ride is very smooth and refined making one feel a pampered (fill in own adjective).
The V8 is wicked fast. The first time I drove one I hit 90 and did not know it because in a Disco you can normally tell when you are about to hit eighty by the wind noise. There is relatively no wind noise in an LR3 all you hear is the stereo or more of what ever is going on in the cabin if you have passengers not that I have to yell to communicate in the Disco, but the LR3 is less noisy.
Those of us like like to hear the engine will want to keep the windows down because unless you open it up to about 4-5k RPM's you won't hear all the horses you bought.:bawling:
This vehicle really isolates one from what is going on around you in traffic all that is good but there are things you just can't beat about a Disco.
1.You can distinguish one from miles away. With the LR3 the realization of what it is sneaks up on you an then all of a sudden slaps you in the face...Holy Crap That's a Land Rover!
2. The driver instantly becomes one with the vehicle, yes partly because of the seating position, but also there seems to be more of a connection to the road. You can hear the engine and actually feel what the vehicle is doing and get good feed back/kick back from the wheel.
3. The command seating positon is really there. The LR3 sits you down in a cockpit and surrounds you like being wrapped in a blanket (which can be nice) but it actually disconnects you from the vehicle with the space around you but the Diso makes you feel like you are looking down on the whole world unless a Dump truck or Tractor Trailer is in front of you, but then you can easily pass them.:buttrock: The Diso is more like a suit that is tailored to you where the LR3 is that big over coat you would probably put on over one but would rather not circumstances permitting.
4. Start the engine in a Disco and you'll simle from ear to ear. It just sounds massive and invincieable. It almost dares you to drive it. The LR3 is more like I'm here take your time. I'll just purr till you need me...Is this thing even on???
5.In an LR3 you can actually watch the gas needle fall as you are looking at it (personal observation takes time to get use to the light touch need for the electronic throttle), not that the Diso is any better on gas but at leat it tries to give the illusion that it is and the gas peddle and engine seem directly connected. In the LR3 you give a little, no go, give a little more, no go then all of a sudden..."Hold on I' m Rick James.."
5. Where is the spare. Is it me or does this thing look naked?
6.Dual Sunroofs...nough said.
I could go on on on but the truth is they are both good vehicles. The both have their strengths and weaknesses.
If I could I would by and LR3 fully kitted, with Nav and everthing for my wife. She thinks it's a rolling sofa and it should be illegal for a vehicle to be so comfortable. So I would get one for her but I would not replace the Disco with it. Ok done rambling had one to many beers. :beer: