Land Rover Discovery Owners & Service Manuals

Land Rover Discovery: Manual gear selection

The gear shift paddles can be configured to be active in both Drive (D) and Sport (S) or active in S only, via the vehicle settings/set-up.

When the gear selector is in the D position (unless set to be active in S only mode), manual gear selection mode may be directly accessed by the single action of operating the steering wheel gear shift paddles (Commandshift).

If continued use of the manual gear selection mode (Commandshift) is required, the gear selector should be moved to the S position.

If the gear selector remains in the D position, temporary use of the manual gear selection mode will be held while the driver is accelerating, decelerating, cornering or continuing to request gear shift changes, via the steering wheel paddles.


When the engine is started, the rotary gear selector elevates from its lowered, stowed position. If an obstruction occurs, switch the engine off, remove the obstruction and start the engine again.

If the rotary gear selector fails to elevate and there is no obstruction, a fault in the system is indicated. The gear selector can still be used in the lowered position. Make sure that Park (P) is selected before the engine is switched off. The fault should be rectified by a Retailer/Authorised Repairer at the earliest opportunity.

P should be selected before switching the engine off. However, it is possible to switch the engine off with Reverse (R), Drive (D) or Sport (S) selected. The rotary gear selector will automatically select P, while retracting into the centre console.

Note: If the engine is switched off with Neutral (N) selected, the system will wait for 10 minutes before selecting P. This procedure only allows the vehicle to be conveyed through a car wash and should not be used for vehicle recovery purposes.


If the vehicle detects a transmission system fault, a warning message will be displayed in the Message centre and only limited gears may become available. If possible, the vehicle should be carefully driven to the nearest place of safety. In this event, seek qualified assistance.

Note: The driver should be aware that the vehicle's performance will also be reduced and must take this into account when driving. The use of the steering wheel gear shift paddles will also be disabled.

Some transmission faults may cause the gear selector to be locked in position, until the ignition is switched off. A flashing gear status in the Message centre, indicates that the driver's gear request cannot be engaged. In this event, select Neutral (N) and then select the required gear change again.

If the gearbox is still unable to engage the requested gear, contact a Retailer/ Authorised Repairer.



Lift the collar (1) when selecting Reverse (R) gear.

Selection of reverse gear is prevented, when the vehicle is travelling in excess of 24 km/h (15 mph). Never attempt to engage Reverse (R) gear while the vehicle is in forward motion. This may result in serious transmission damage and costly repairs.

A gear shift indicator warning lamp will illuminate briefly at the recommended (upshift) gear change point.


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