Rear Cargo Door May Not Open on Land Rover Discovery

Internal failure of the rear cargo door latch can cause the door to not open when using the outside door handle.

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Average mileage: 110,674 (12,400–207,000)
11 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
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1999 Land Rover Discovery 120,000 mi,
The door will not open from inside or outside. Outside latch was stuck so I lubed and worked free. Yet the door still does not open.
Removed the Land Rover plastic logo from the rear door latch, and sprayed WD-40 in there.
Rear door would not open inside or out. I fixed the problem. The outside handle was frozen inward.I took a screwdriver and on the side of the handle (not under the center, but on the side using friction) GENTLY got it back to the position that would open the door. It opened. I then sprayed WD 40 in a small hole above the latch on the side of the door (located by the child lock lever) It apears to work fine now.
1995 Land Rover Discovery 110,000 mi,
Cargo door won't open from inside or out.
2004 Land Rover Discovery 98,000 mi,
Rear cargo door would not open from inside or outside. The outside handle sticks where it still moves about a quarter inch but doesn't open. Simply take a small flathead screwdriver or butter knife and pry the handle back towards the door. Squeeze and it should open. Once open lubricate with PB Blaster or WD 40 in the handle area and the door catch. Works well after that.
2004 Land Rover Discovery 15,000 mi,
Wd40! My handle would stick so I 40 it. Problem solved. Now for the oil leak...
2000 Land Rover Discovery 188,878 mi,
doors won't unlock, cargo or pssenger
2004 Land Rover Discovery 110,000 mi,
Cargo door "jammed" won't open
2004 Land Rover Discovery 166,678 mi,
Cargo door handle became stuck in up position. I was unable to release the locking mechanism from the inside or outside. I used a flat head screwdriver to gently pry the handle back down to normal position. Applied oil to locking device to keep from seizing again.
2000 Land Rover Discovery 110,000 mi,
rear door sticks
Right rear door and cargo door locked and won't unlock or open
1998 Land Rover Discovery 96,455 mi,
Rear door latch won't open from the outside, and still don't open.
1999 Land Rover Discovery 178,000 mi,
Door won't open. plastic lock fell into door. occasionally decides to open when it feels like it.
2003 Land Rover Discovery 60,000 mi,
Solution: Pop "Land Rover" plastic insert off of rear door handle shroud. Spray lubricant into mechanism beneath. Exercise door handle.
I've had this happen two or three times, each years apart. The latch gets stuck and the door cannot be opened from either the outside or inside. The fix is to remove the latch cover (with the logo) and lubricate it with WD-40 to free the mechanism. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the recommended maintenance includes "lubricate door locks" every 12 months or 15,000 miles.
2001 Land Rover Discovery 204,000 mi,
Same thing for me, going to try wd 40
2000 Land Rover Discovery 110,000 mi,
not fixed yet!
1994 Land Rover Discovery 65,000 mi,
Back door would not open.Screwdriver and WD-40 fixed the problem.
2003 Land Rover Discovery 105,300 mi,
Rear door won't open