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#2153 of 5002 2003 Discovery SE Pricing
Aug 07, 2002 (10:24 am)
Local dealer gave me the story about their pricing being fixed, and they're suppose to sell at the MSRP, which is $39,495 for '03 SE. Said he'd give me a deal at $37,637. This is my first experience dealing with Land Rover, so I'm wondering if this is a fair price? I'm also wondering if I wait a month, maybe I'll get a better price? I've always gotten a bigger discount through other mfgs, so this doesn't seem like such a good deal to me. Any help is much appreciated!
Aug 07, 2002 (12:40 pm)
I understand your question about pricing. I don't know if you're interested, but my advice would be to wait and buy one that's nearly new (6 months?) for many thousands off the "new" price.
That's what I did, and I got the truck I wanted for a GREAT price. I still had plenty of warranty left and the dealer here still treats me like a valued customer (and I didn't even buy it used from him!)
Just my $.02 -Bob
Aug 07, 2002 (1:39 pm)
The manufacturer cannot dictate what vehicles are sold for, although all manufacturers set MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price) at what they feel is a fair price for their product. One thing to remember about most Land Rover dealers is they do not have the high volume of sales to allow deep discounts. You can make less profit percentage off your vehicles if you can sell a lot of them. Land Rover dealers don't have this luxury, they have to retain a higher percentage of profit per vehicle to stay in business. Land Rover sold less vehicles in the US (Discovereys and Range Rovers) last year for the year than Ford sold Explorers in one month.
#2156 of 5002 whats the word on used Discoveries
Aug 07, 2002 (2:21 pm)
I'm considering a 96 or newer Discovery for my kid's first car. We have been looking at Toyota 4 Runners but pricing on older Disc seems competitive. What should I look out for? elec problems? expensive to repair? bad brakes? any info I would appreciate.
Aug 07, 2002 (3:25 pm)
I think they are just using the "MSRP" line because they are new.
"Each Land Rover Retailer sets vehicle prices individually." This is directly off of their website. So the price should be a little flexible.
The price you were quoted doesn't sound bad at all. That is the lowest Iv'e heard.
Do they have the Center Diff Lock in it yet?
Aug 07, 2002 (7:34 pm)
Watch for rust... Around the Upper "Safari" windows, bottoms of doors, hood..etc.
If it's rusty, pass on it.
Watch for leather wear, lack of maintinence (Is it sitting on el-cheapo-el-crappo tires?), faded paint on the hood and roof, little electrical problems and AC..
Overall, after scaring you (LOL) these are GREAT vehicles. They dont like being mis-maintained though.
If any of you are in Orlando BTW, I have a GREAT Land Rover tech!
Hope this helps!
Aug 08, 2002 (6:06 am)
Center diff lock is not available yet.
#2160 of 5002 '03 Pricing - Thanks!
Aug 08, 2002 (7:35 am)
Thanks to everybody for the info. Mrwhipple, I think what you said about the price being higher because they are new is probably true. Maybe I should be a little more patient and wait a month or so to give them an idea of how well their inventory will move. I am also surprised to hear that is the lowest price you've heard. And for "tincup47", what you said also makes sense. I will take all this into consideration before finalizing anything. But if I can get them to go lower, better for me! I will update my final price. Thanks again!
Aug 08, 2002 (7:37 am)
I don't want to be the one to throw water on the fire, but I wouldn't buy a Rover for a kid's first car.
My thinking is this: I know how I drove in my teens (ahem). I know how peer pressure prods one into doing things not normally done. I know that these are trucks and not cars, with corresponding high CGs and roll rates. I know these are tough vehicles, but also expensive to fix.
If it was me, I'd buy something a little more disposable, cheaper to fix, and able to withstand the unthinkable: an intersection side impact.
It ain't cool, but a BIG sedan comes to mind. Look at what the police and cabbies drive... they spend their lives in harm's way in traffic. Their choice for vehicles makes sense.
In a few more years, think about something with a high CG and long travel suspension. This is your child, one of the most precious things in the Universe. If your selection makes you uncool, s/he will thank you for it some day.
Just my $.02 -Bob
Aug 08, 2002 (7:40 am)
I'm with Bob on this one. A great first car would be a used, ex-cop (P71)Crown Vic.
Just my 2¢. - Dave