Weekend Edition – Tampere Sightings: Land Rover Discovery Td5

In addition to the two swoopy Japanese grocery-getters, this ultra-blocky British invader could be spotted on the same parking lot. Perhaps parking right next to the construction zone was deliberate, as the Land Rover Discovery could most likely make easy progress through the rocks, sand and gravel. It even has a snorkel just in case the puddles there would be too deep.
The bumpers have also been replaced by really tough jobs, as this car is obviously meant for actual adventuring. It’s great.

This post-1998 update Disco has the Rover-derived 2.5-litre Td5 straight-five turbodiesel, instead of the petrol V8 engine alternatives. It fits the fuel price climate here better.
The exhaust reroute also caught my eye.
The dents and grittiness of the Discovery tell a casual observer just how much of a tool the vehicle is, and that was the way it was built, not to be all fine and dandy. This one has just been made a little more robust.
[Images: Copyright 2015 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

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  1. Manic_King Avatar

    Probably not anymore, but there was time when Finnish laws very specifically described allowed rear lights? All the SUVs had those amber/red lights in bumper and factory light clusters went semi-unused.
    Not sure was it because turning signals weren’t amber or was it height what was wrong.

    1. julkinen Avatar

      I think it’s EU-wide, and it’s because of the spare tire obscuring the taillight in that photo as well. Apparently you’re supposed to be able to see both taillights, or so.

  2. neight428 Avatar

    These always struck me as competent vehicles, perhaps with the usual ____ Rover reliability issues.
    But more importantly what does “SUURMYYMÄLÄN LOPPUUNMYYNTI” mean? I guessed a bit on what was behind the sign, but that looks wicked.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      I’m not an Finn, but I’ll give it a try. “Big store’s everything must go sales”.
      Wait, how do you know that there’s O & P behind that traffic sign?

      1. neight428 Avatar

        The googletron helped me fill in the blanks. My English reading eyes just get dumbfounded by double U’s, Y’s and A’s prevalent in Northern Europe.