2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, fuel system, engine and powertrain issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

In the world of luxury SUVs, there isn’t quite the following as there are with Land Rover vehicles. Enthusiasts have come to respect the level of care that often goes with the automaker’s lineup, and assume the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport will provide the same level of care. In fact, the Disco Sport, as is commonly referred to, was “designed for the family” according to Land Rover. Yet, most owners are scared to take their families for a ride in this SUV because of the defective engine, malfunctioning electrical system and failing powertrain.

Don’t be stuck with a lemon. You have legal rights to cash, return or buyback.

The law makes Land Rover pay legal fees.

We've fixed thousands of lemon problems. Message or call 877-795-3666 today.

Problems with the Engine

To justify the price tag on the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport, the automaker pushes how exceptional the engine is. Unfortunately, numbers mean nothing when the engine doesn’t work the way it was intended.

One customer wrote this on the NHTSA website, “Car seems to lose power. Shutters and almost stalls when giving gas. Happens at random. Was told to switch fuel brands, didn’t help. Vehicle does it mainly when doing a California Stop. Happens mainly on city streets. No matter how much gas is given, car still shutters. No power and slows until car resolves issue. Vehicle is a diesel.”

This owner isn’t making up the recommendation given to him from the dealer. Even Service Bulletin #Tech_RS_NOV19_78 advises technicians to tell customers that they need to switch their fuel if they notice hesitation or shudder. It couldn’t possibly be a problem with the engine from their standpoint. Instead, everyone is simply purchasing bad fuel, in every corner of the country at the same time.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Engine Problems

MY 2017 DISCOVERY SPORT WITH 22K MILES, RANDOMLY SHUTS OFF WHILE DRIVING. THE FIRST TIME WAS ON THE FREEWAY IN TRAFFIC, AND THE CAR SHUT OFF, I HAD TO PUT IT IN PARK AND RESTART THE CAR TO PUT IT BACK IN GEAR. IT WENT TO THE DEALER WHO SAID IT WAS A SOFTWARE PROBLEM, THEY UPDATED THE SOFTWARE AND RETURNED IT TO ME. FOUR DAYS LATER IT HAPPENED AGAIN, TOTAL SHUT OFF WHILE IN MOVEMENT, ENGINE HAD TO BE RESTARTED! NOT WORTH MY LIFE!!!

Problems with the Electrical System

While driving the expensive and luxury Land Rover Discovery Sport, owners expect that all of the electronics will also work the way each was intended, but that’s not the case either.

Instead, drivers are leaving complaints with the NHTSA, such as this one that states, “The contact owns a 2017 Land Rover Discovery. While driving, the navigation system went black, and the radio and Bluetooth failed to function before resetting independently. The failure recurred three times. While driving at night at various speeds, the brake lights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to [dealer] where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.”

These situations aren’t just a nuisance, but also pose safety concerns, but it’s not the only electrical problem that people should worry about. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V337000 discusses a recall affecting these SUVs. It states that the fuel gauge might indicate the incorrect level and illuminate a warning lamp unnecessarily. What’s worse is the engine management software will also shut off the engine after driving an additional 17 miles after this warning, even though there is fuel in the system. In the meantime, busy families are finding themselves stranded on the side of the road because the SUV says they ran out of fuel when they didn’t. Maybe that’s related to the fuel that was purchased as well. Surely, Land Rover tried to blame it on something other than poor manufacturing practices at first.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Electrical Problems

VEHICLE HAS SEVERE DEFECTS RELATING TO THE CLIMATE CONTROL FUNCTIONS. 1) IN HOT WEATHER, IT CANNOT COOL DOWN THE CAR, 2) DUE TO HAVING TO KEEP THE CLIMATE AT LO/MAX, I AM GETTING 9-10 MPG (16 CITY IS STATED), 3) INDEPENDENT CLIMATE CONTROL FUNCTIONS DO NOT WORK, 4) NO VENTILATION IN 2/3 OF CAR

Problems with the Fuel System

Speaking of the fuel system, this group of components must be functioning properly as well, in order to propel the SUV forward. It shouldn’t be much of a shocker at this point to learn there are numerous complaints about the fuel system.

One NHTSA reviewer stated, “I was driving on main road at the speed limit (45 mph). I had slowed down as I observe a car pulling out ahead of me onto the road. As I gave my vehicle gas in order to get back up to speed, I felt a pause in the engine and then the car completely lost power – the engine stopped, the red battery icon appeared on the dash, and message appeared on the screen with the heading ‘Special Program Suspended’ or something to that effect – I had no time to read that message as I had to steer my car as far to the right as I was able to. I tried to restart the vehicle, it would not start and the message disappeared – I had no chance to read it as I was on a busy and heavy traveled road and had to ensure I was safely pulled over.”

The automaker isn’t attempting to hide the problems with the fuel system, no matter what Land Rover techs tell customers. Even Service Bulletin #SFCC-14MAR19-Sli talks about a Check Engine Light and DTCs that reveal the diaphragm in the PCVvalve load breather might be leaking. This is yet another concern that luxury SUV owners shouldn’t have to deal with, especially while attempting to enjoy this “family-friendly” vehicle. Maybe the gas that was put into the tank is what caused this to leak. Has Land Rover thought to try that angle yet?

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Fuel System Problems

THE 2017 DISCOVERY HAS BEEN DESIGNED WITH ONLY 4 AIR VENTS IN THE FRONT DASH AND 2 VERY WEAK AIR VENTS IN THE 2ND ROW. THIS IS A 3 ROW PASSENGER VEHICLE WITH NO VENTS IN THE 3RD ROW. THE CAR IS MISSING AT LEAST 4 VENTS AND IS CREATING A SAFETY HAZARD IN HOT AND COLD ENVIRONMENTS. I CANNOT HAVE PASSENGERS OR ANIMALS IN THE REAR OF THE CAR DUE TO THE LACK OF VENTILATION IN THE VEHICLE. IN ADDITION, DUE TO ATTEMPTING TO COOL THE CAR DOWN, RUNNING THE CAR WITH MAX AC IS GIVING ME ONLY 9-10 MPG. CAR IS ADVERTISED AS 16 MPG CITY. THIS IS A BLATANT DESIGN AND SAFETY ISSUE FOR CLIMATE CONTROL AND FALSE MPG STANDARDS.

Problems with the Transmission

Finally, a closer look at the powertrain of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport reveals even further problems.

One Edmunds review says, “Although this car ranks as a luxury SUV and costs close to $50K with some options, this is not a luxury SUV in my opinion. I have owned this car for about 10 months now and the biggest issue that I have is the transmission – it is very jerky; it is so jerky that the passenger sitting next to me also felt it. I have taken it to the dealership many times, but to no avail. The other issue with the car is that the inside technology seems dated. The GPS looks and feels archaic and is full of bugs. I am not happy with the user interface of the systems either. Lastly, the gas mileage is not that good. I am getting about 11 – 14 mpg during city driving. I can get it up to about 25 on highway.”

If that’s not enough, Service Bulletin #SSM74483 addresses a squeaking, rattling and creaking noise coming from the transmission undertray. It appears that many parts are either coming in damaged or distorted. Thankfully, this problem can’t possibly be related to the fuel that is going into the system, or can it? If that’s an angle Land Rover can take, the company probably will. Anything to misplace the blame for this poorly made luxury SUV.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Transmission Problems

A NEW DISCOVERY HSE 2017 WAS LEAKING AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AFTER BEING USED FOR APPROX. 980 MILES. THE LEAK SEEMS TO COME FROM THE REAR TRANSMISSION / TRANSFER CASE AREA. BASED ON OBSERVATION, THE OIL WEEPS THROUGH THE ALUMINIUM CASING AND DROPS IN THE GARAGE FLOOR. THIS WAS IMMEDIATELY REPORTED TO THE JLR DEALERSHIP ON JUNE 14, 2018 AND ITS BEING THERE SINCE THEN FOR A TRANSMISSION REPLACEMENT BASED ON A SERVICE BULLETIN. THE SUV WAS ONLY USED FOR 2 WEEKS AND THE FIRST DROP OF OIL WAS FOUND ON THE DRIVEWAY FLOOR OVER THE COURSE OF THE 2ND WEEK, EVERYDAY AFTER DRIVING FROM WORK.

Your Lemon Law Legal Rights

Think you have a lemon? Sit back and let the experts work aid your lemon at no cost to you. The law makes Land Rover pay legal fees. You may be able to get your lemon out of your life. Every year, auto manufacturers buy back, replace or pay cash settlements to thousands of ‘lemon’ owners like you.

Who are we? We are Lemberg Law, a Consumer Law Firm

Lemberg Law is a consumer law firm helping victims of bad manufacturing and run-arounds from auto companies. We are ranked A+ by the BBB. Call our Helpline today!  There is no charge unless we win.

Share your story

Does this ring a bell? Have you had a bad experience too? Sound off and share your experience with other visitors in the comment box below.

BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT

Leave a Reply or Comment

Write a comment below to share online. Or, instead you can to our legal team.
Email is required to block spam, but will not be published.

Please select your star rating.

Briefly describe your experience Briefly describe your experience

What’s your name? What’s your name?

What’s your phone number? Please enter a valid phone number

Want to know if you could sue? Get free legal evaluation Lemberg Law?

Get Your No-Obligation
Case Evaluation

Send a secure message to our legal team.

What’s your name? What’s your name?
What’s your email address? What’s your email address?
What’s your phone number? What’s your phone number?
Briefly describe the problem Briefly describe the problem
Confidentiality Guarantee: We keep your information completely confidential and will not send you spam or sell your information.