1994 saw the introduction of the facelifted 300 Tdi engined Discovery with larger headlights and modernised interior. The 3.9 V8 Efi petrol engine was also available, as was the lesser known 2.0 Mpi. Land Rovers were becoming more upmarket, and the 300 Series were, on the whole, better equipped than their 200 Series predecessors, presenting a more mature feel with toned down interior trim and paint colour options.
The underpinnings were still those of the 'Classic' Range Rover, with a strong ladder-frame chassis, coil-sprung chassis, disc brakes all round, and a choice of the 5 speed manual R380 gearbox and LT230 transfer box, or the 4 speed automatic ZF gearbox. ABS brakes, twin sunroofs, 7 seats, remote central locking, twin sunroofs and, in ES specification, leather and lots of electrically operated controls, put the Discovery in a more luxury vehicle market, whilst being an outstanding tow vehicle for caravans and trailers which most of its competitors would struggle to cope with safely, making it a huge success for the Land Rover company.
Problems with timing belt failure and water leakage put a question mark over initial reliability, and 'peeling' dashboards were common, but Land Rover responded with improved, modified parts and most 300 Tdis are now relatively trouble free to run; severe body corrosion has become a problem over the years however, and rust-free, unmolested examples are extremely rare. The Mk1 300 Discovery remained in production until 1998, and represents to many the last of a long line of Land Rovers which can be serviced and maintained by enthusiastic amateur mechanics without the need for expensive diagnostic equipment. Thus they will always be in demand, and spare parts availability is very good at reasonable prices; a full range of service items and accessories are here for sale on our online ordering website.