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We are veteran discovery sport owners. I have a very early build 2015 model. First one sold in my metro area.
At this point I can neither recommend or not recommend this vehicle. You really need to make up your mind on your own. But I will tell you my experiences and opinions on it
Ours is a HSE lux and is equipped very nicely.
The car has so much potential. It's the best looking small SUV there is in my opinion. Gets looks and comments very often. It's highly capable and very versatile. It's large amount of room on the inside completely defies it's small appearance. Very easy to live with day-to-day and very pleasant to travel long distances in for family trips and it gets very good gas mileage for what it is, an all wheel drive CUV. The infotainment has been adequate. Some people have had systems that are very finicky and buggy. Knock on wood, ours has been solid. It has been fairly reliable and the connection to our phones and media has been robust. I am also a fan of the navigation, while other people are not.
For the most part the discovery sport has been trouble free. But it has had more issues than any other car brand I've ever own except for a Jeep which was a complete lemon. Most of the issues are very small issues that were.fixed with a download or another simple fix at the dealership. I've had one check engine light come on which resulted in the replacement of a fuel rail. A few other trips to the dealership has been for little recalls. But I can't say that the vehicle has not left us stranded? Yet.
As far as the transmission goes, like I said mine was an early build. The transmission was very sluggish down low when we first bought it and it seem to "learn "overtime and the shifting improved but about three months ago it completely regressed and was worse than it was at the beginning. The dealer and Land Rover diagnosed the transmission and decided to replace it . It s in the shop for that right now. But I'm hoping to get it back this weekend . But I will say, that the later model discovery sport loaners that I have driven have not been nearly as sluggish down low and it seems to be an improvement I do understand that the transmission is A ZF transmission and not entirely Land Rover's fault, but they really should have vetted this transmission better. Of course other manufacturers use it too and have problems too, so shame on them as well.
Another fairly major issue I had with the vehicle in my eyes, was that we lost the HVAC system in the vehicle. It would not blow hot air or cold air out of the vents. We actually had two problems with the HVAC and they were back to back problems. These would not have been so bad except for the fact that it wouldn't blow any hot air out the vents and it happened right as we were leaving out of town for a ski trip. So it made the ski trip a hassle whenever we had to ride in the Disco . It was fixed fairly easily right when we got back by a simple reboot of the system. Yes the HVAC system including the blend doors and temperature is all controlled by the computer. So the fact that problem was so annoying to me was a matter of timing. But here's the thing, Land Rover has been very accommodating to us whenever problems arise. We always get a loaner and Land Rover USA even threw me a bone to make up for My inconvenience of not having heat in my car during my ski trip.

I would not count on a Land Rover as a long term vehicle. I would lease it or if I bought it, it would definitely be sold or traded in before the factory warranty was up. If a person does plan to keep it past the factory warranty then they had better get a very comprehensive extended warranty.

At times we've been frustrated with the car but we love it more than we've ever hated it. We can't help ourselves but to always look back at the car when we're walking away from it. We just can't shake it. We can't even dismiss the fact that we might get another one in a few years when the warranty is up on our current one. Even though we swore our land rover experiment was over. Do I get nervous anytime I leave the city limits in it? Well yes I do but the car just grabs you. And taking a trip in it is pretty gratifying in the end
Being that you are looking at a 2017 model I would hate to think that Land Rover has not corrected some initial bugs that theyve been finding in the vehicle.

Good luck!
 

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Let me add that a few owners have had a lot more problems with their's than we have. While others have had a lot less. So take that for what it is. And Land Rover does have excellent roadside assistance in the case that you should ever need it. At least that's what they advertise.
 

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Grrrr I just saw a typo in my first post. I want to be clear...the Disco has NOT left us stranded. Even with the bad, Ford made, fuel rail. (Knock wood lol) I just wanted to say that in case it wasn't conveyed correctly.
 

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Than winter came and DS was much better in deep snow than my previous XC60 and Q5. Than summer came and DS was behaving excellent on sandy beach. .
I have driven ours in snow and on solid sheet of ice. Incredible performance there. I've had numerous 4x4s and this thing is tops in those situations. I'll give it that!
 

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May I ask, were these experiences with winter tyres or all (no) seasons? We're in the PNW however traverse the Rockies & Cascades regularly. Our LR3 with winters was The Benchmark navigating closed roads etc. I am debating whether DS warrants fancy winters or not. Thanks.

Oh, back to the OP. I just noticed Stop Start stopped!
Stock Contis. Some Snow tires would be even better.
 

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Ahh OK thank you. I hear you on the snow tires. As skiers we tend to drive, erm, enthusiastically and tragically, good skiing conditions equate to adventurous driving conditions. Problem with all (no) seasons is braking. I was trying to discern if I needed anything more than Blizzaks, I'm guessing not.
LOL exactly, going out n this thing is pretty easy....it's the stopping part that's the trick ? Lol
 
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