If you are thinking about buying a Land Rover discovery 4 or you already have one, no doubt you are well informed of the issues surrounding the rate of which these vehicles go through brakes. If not, read on and we shall enlighten you.
Basically in city driving the Land Rover chews through a set of front brakes in around 20,000kms we have seen some variations on this however not much. This is made worse in vehicles that are used for towing, lots of off road work or those that frequently carry heavy loads. We have had some customers go through them as quickly as ten thousand kilometers.
A variety of brake pad and rotor options have been experimented with and our research has found they are all pretty much one and the same. As with all European vehicles the brake rotors are a soft metal which offers premium stopping performance but at a cost, the disc wears out quickly and has to be replaced every time the pads are replaced.
In short there is very little owners can do to stop this happening, the vehicle is heavy and goes through brakes quickly. The Land Rover service Schedule is every 25,000kms (we don’t advise this, we think that you should stick to 10,000kms) If you are sticking to the schedule you need to be ready for a set of front brakes every service and a set of both front and rear brakes every second service.
This is obviously a major expense with the genuine Land Rover parts setting you back a few thousand dollars every time.
As stated above this can’t be avoided, however you can reduce the cost of this.
The most obvious way to keep these costs down is to buy aftermarket brakes and avoid shelling out for the genuine Land Rover parts. They wear out at the same rate so there is no mechanical advantage to buying the genuine Land Rover parts.
Keep the costs as small as possible but aside from that this is just one of those costs associated with owning such a vehicle.
GDL Automotive Services has a qualified Land Rover and Range Rover technician in our team. Harith is based at our Warriewood store and you can read up about him and his qualifications by clicking here.
Contact our Warriewood branch if you have any Land Rover or Range Rover inquiries (02) 9979 5933.