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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II

I purchased a brand new Disco in 98', does anyone
know how many miles the engine will realistically
last for ?
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  • mhanesmhanes Posts: 2
    LR have a good history for lasting a long time, as long as you change the oil often, try doing it every 3500 mile, even if the dealer says 7500 and make sure to rotate the tires every 5000 as well. This car will take you 300,000+ if you treat it nice!
  • mhanesmhanes Posts: 2
    I have a 1997 Discovery SD7 with only 28,000 miles and can't decide to keep it or sell it or turn it in to the dealer at the end of the lease?
    The Residual seems a little higher than it's really worth? It's never been of rode and it's even had the leather seats covered it whole 3 years and not a thing wrong with it, it even smells like a new car still after 3 years! I baby this car to death! Change the oil every 3,000 mile not the 7500 the dealer advise and rotate the tires every 5000 miles , the dealer says never do this, their wrong! So what should I do?
    Would I be making a mistake selling a good like new car to someone else or would I be unhappy wanting a different new car, as I'm happy with a car for just about 3 years any how? Hate to sell a good car for a problem later? Any advise please help!
  • bcorzinebcorzine Posts: 2
    I recently came across a good deal on a 95 Discovery. I can afford to buy it, but I am not really looking to dump a bunch of money in it. I love the looks, but I was wondering if I could get any input on owners coming up with problems (I have heard the electrical system). Any help would be appreciated!
  • HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO HAVE ALL THE SERVICE WORK DONE AT THE LOCAL DEALER AS OPPOSED TO A REPUTABLE MECHANIC WHO DEALS WITH LUXURY IMPORTS??
    IE: OIL CHANGES, TIRE ROTATION, ETC.

    HELP HELP HELP!!!
  • sineefsineef Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Disco. I love the car. I wanted to reply to a couple of the above messages.

    "Should I buy or sell It":
    I would definately buy it! If you find a car you like and you have truly had no problems, I would not let it go.

    "Considering a Disco: I think the disco is the best 4 wheel vehicle I have not only ever owned but had the pleasure to ride in. The electrical has not been an issue for myself. Another consideration is that they hold their value well. If you don't care for it then you can turn it with little or no loss.

    "1996 Land Rover Discovery": I use a shop locally in San Jose that services Land Rover, Jaguar and Mercedes. They have two ex-Land rover mechanics that are excellent and their prices are affordable. Additionally their service is much better than the crappy dealer service we have experienced in the past.

    Now, a question for you all. I have experienced a problem with the automatic rear view mirror. Apparently there is a photo sensitive film on the back of the glass that is now bubbling and peeling away. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a factory recall in place for this?

    Any input would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
  • Hey,
    My friend recently purchased a Discovery II in place of her Lexus LX470. They were experiencing problems with the brakes a few weeks ago and put it in the shop for repairs. This was about a month after getting it brand new from he dealer. When they got it back a few days ago, they were driving to the airport in New York City when the brakes failed totally. To make matters worse, the emergency brakes failed too. They hit the car in front of them at a light. Nobody was injured but they could have been badly hurt. My other friend also bought a RR 4.6HSE a few years ago. That car also had a similar problem and was in the shop every other week LITERALLY. For 70K, who would waste their money like that? I would have personally bought a Jag or a 740iL. I love range rovers and wanted to buy a used 4.6 HSE but now i'm scared to get in one again. Every person I know with a RR has problems with it and I wonder why because they are very well made cars and I see old ones every day. I just dont think that two lemons in two years is a conspiracy. What do you think?
    Confused,
    Matthew
    PS I really want a 4.6 HSE so a reply would be well appreciated.
  • HELP!!!! I have been searching for a used Discovery and think I might have found the perfect truck. A '97 "LSE" with 30,000 miles. I have no mechanical aptitude whatsoever... I have never owned a British vehicle, bit have heard a lot of horrifying stories. I am most concerned about reliability.
  • I am a 95 Disco owner and have much praise for the 4x4. I recently went to an auto-show with the intention of looking at other vehicles. It turned out that most of the show vehicle owners wanted to take a look at my Disco. My 10 year old son thought that was "cool".

    I had some untimely electrical work done because I wanted to install a GPS anti-theft system. The technician did not know about Disco's and did a awful job. I had to go to the dealer to have the electrical mess corrected.

    Lesson learned: Check with the dealer first for any add-on alarms. The LR Disco has a very sophisticated electrical system and should only be maintained by someone who is familiar with it.

    While at the dealership, I had to rent a 2000 Ford Explorer XLT. It turns out that my 95 Disco is more comfortable, handles rough roads better and gives me a better view of traffic. The Explorer only had 4900 miles while my Disco has 60,000! The aluminum body makes a big difference in maintaining appearances.

    These vehicles are meant to last. I have a 6 year body warranty, a 10-year engine warranty (thanx Quaker State Oil) and I know it will last that long. So far, only the altenator has been changed and one ball-joint.

    Consider this when looking at LR's and Disco's: If you want style and dependability, well engineered for mechanically minded, easily upgraded (1994-1999 most parts are interchangeable), then this is the vehicle for you. There are several 3rd party companies that specialize in outfitting your Disco or Rangie and they are all 1st quality.

    Downside: gas mileage is poor - it is a 3 ton 4x4. It is a prize 4x4 for theives - so insurance is high. Few mechanics know about LR's and Disco's - so you have to really look around for a good mechanic or use the dealer ($$$). If you like working on your 4x4 this is a very good toy to play with. If not, it could be very expensive having it maintained by the dealer.

    The brakes are not the best. The Range Rover has a better anti-lock brake system (no wonder at twice the price). Advice: Keep your distance from those in front of you. My dealer gave this advice to me - and my brakes were recently done!

    Best of luck to those of you who are considering a RR or Disco. And for those of you who have a RR or Disco, you know the pride of the best 4x4xFar.

    JohnMc.
  • deceiveddeceived Posts: 3
    I own a 99 Dicovery Series II with 15,000 miles. Recently the ABS brake system has malfunctioned by activating itself at slower nearly stopping distances. There were no road or braking conditions which justifed the ABS system from trigerring itself. Consequently, if you are coming to a slow stop behind another vehicle and the ABS system activates you undercalculate your stopping distance and stop much further than you should have stopped or slam into the car in front of you like happened to me. Some may believe to be this to be a BRAKE FAILURE and it is in fact a failure of the brake system to function properly due to a misinterpretaion of road and speed conditions. I read several others to whom this has happened. Please respond if you have had this BRAKE FAILURE occur to you or know of anyone to whom this has happened.
  • deceiveddeceived Posts: 3
    I own a 99 Dicovery Series II with 15,000 miles. Recently the ABS brake system has malfunctioned by activating itself at slower nearly stopping distances. There were no road or braking conditions which justifed the ABS system from trigerring itself. Consequently, if you are coming to a slow stop behind another vehicle and the ABS system activates you undercalculate your stopping distance and stop much further than you should have stopped or slam into the car in front of you like happened to me. Some may believe to be this to be a BRAKE FAILURE and it is in fact a failure of the brake system to function properly due to a misinterpretaion of road and speed conditions. I read several others to whom this has happened. Please respond if you have had this BRAKE FAILURE occur to you or know of anyone to whom this has happened.
  • deceiveddeceived Posts: 3
    I own a 99 Dicovery Series II with 15,000 miles. Recently the ABS brake system has malfunctioned by activating itself at slower nearly stopping distances. There were no road or braking conditions which justifed the ABS system from trigerring itself. Consequently, if you are coming to a slow stop behind another vehicle and the ABS system activates you undercalculate your stopping distance and stop much further than you should have stopped or slam into the car in front of you like happened to me. Some may believe to be this to be a BRAKE FAILURE and it is in fact a failure of the brake system to function properly due to a misinterpretaion of road and speed conditions. I read several others to whom this has happened. Please respond if you have had this BRAKE FAILURE occur to you or know of anyone to whom this has happened.
  • accord100accord100 Posts: 2
    I owned a 1995 Discovery. Do not buy the used one, you are asking for problems. My truck was new and I spent more time/money on it than I care to imagine. I now drive a Lexus and it is problem free. The truck has so many problems! ALL OF THEM HAVE PROBLEMS in one form or another. Multiple problems. That is why you don't see too many of them on the road anymore. STAY AWAY FROM DISCOVERY!
  • kgoldblumkgoldblum Posts: 1
    I had a 1995 Discovery with 5-speed transmission that I loved and replaced it (reluctantly after 100,000 miles)with a 2000 Discovery II which didn't have a 5-speed available. Perhaps it was an omen, but the transmission failed completely after about 300 miles. It was replaced and that has been OK since, but now I'm having problems with the brakes. I have to depress the pedal almost to the floor before it responds but if I "pump" the brake pedal, it responds more quickly and with more brake. Initially the dealer service told me it was the master cylinder which they replaced. This fixed the problem, but only for a short while. The problem returned, they consulted someone, bled the lines and again, it fixed the problem, but again only for a short while. My Discovery is again at the dealer and I've heard nothing. My major concern is that I've driven 2 other Disovery IIs as loaners during the many times my vehicle (with only 4000 miles on it to date) has been in the shop. Both those seem to have similar brake issues. Anyone else with this problem?
  • rkoeslerrkoesler Posts: 62
    Sorry to hear about your problems, I can truly feel for you. I had a 99 DII that was a problem just waiting to happen with about 18 dealer trips in 11 months for minor and major repairs. I finally could live with it no more so I traded for a 00 Toyota - it was perfect, but I still longed for the Rover. I now have a 00 DII and it has been perfect so far (at only 6 weeks and 700 miles).

    I have never had a brake problem though. Sounds like a minor air leak in the system. Hope you get it fixed so it does not ruin your Disco spirit.

    Happy Rovering to all.
  • calguy03calguy03 Posts: 2
    We are leasing a 97 Discovery. Pretty basic model. Problems so far? There was some oil leak that was fixed by the dealer and an air-conditioning problem. Thats about it. Some minor interior features breaking, but nothing major. We leased the car because it was unique. I suppose if you want a rugged 4 wheel drive off-roading vehicle this is it, but frankly, we never take it off road. And this car is a pain at high speeds. It is very very bumpy and succumbs to high winds easily and definitely is not a good family car for long trips. Gas consumption? Was that suppost to be miles per gallon or gallons per mile? The thing is a gas guzzler. It is tolerable when gas prices were 1.20 but not when they are reaching 1.90 in California, its getting ridiculously expensive to fill it up. As you can tell we have mixed feelings about this car. The uniqueness factor is definitely major, but for our purposes, it is just not practical. We will be turning it in 3 months before the lease expires, we ran down most of the allowed miles and don't exactly feel like paying for extra miles. This was our first and last SUV. The car just makes no sense as a family car, most family sedans have much more passenger room and have a considerably better ride, not to mention almost twice better gas mileage.
  • rickroverrickrover Posts: 602
    That's why I've been wondering when the SUV craze is going to fade. If you don't need to go off road or have to deal with major inclement weather conditions why would you want to put up with an ill handling, ill performing, gas hog SUV beast? Especially when there are so many nice euro sport wagons on the market.

    Don't get me wrong, I owned a Range Rover for over 8 years in Colorado and loved it. I was an off road fanatic and really became a dyed in the wool Rover owner. My old Rangie never stranded me and was a very dependable vehicle until I sold it with 160k miles on it.

    I was transferred to Florida a couple of years ago so have absolutely no need of an SUV here. We've taken up sailing and enjoy it every bit as much if not more than off roading as a passtime. So we have an Audi A6 Quattro Avant as our hauler here. The Audi's been a perfect match for our new locale.

    I can't imagine why someone would want to put up with 1950's era handling performance, gas mileage etc, if you don't off road or have any practical use for what SUV's (especially Land Rovers) are primarily designed to do.

    What made me a Land Rover fanatic is experiencing what one will do off road - basically defy the laws of physics. People that yak about that "feeling" a Land Rover gives them dispite never taking it off road make me laugh, what an increadable waste of an incredable off road vehicle.
  • rkoeslerrkoesler Posts: 62
    I agree with "rickrover" except I like the LR "feeling" as much as anything. I've had all types of vehicles, from lg. SUV's to sm. roadsters, and none satisfy my particular "need" like a quirky, "why-the-hell-did-they-do-that" LR Disco. I don't need a 4x4 but will not do without one. I spend maybe 3 weeks a year in NM or CO, and that's what I and my 4x4's live for.

    "calguy03", I understand what you are saying, but did you drive a D-II with ACE before choosing the '97 D-I? If you did, I can't believe you would want anything else, especially since it gives you that "uniqueness" plus a good, stabel, solid, and sway-free ride. Mine gives me 16 - 19 mpg (as good as my wheezy V6 Toy 4x4 truck).

    Rene
    00 DII, (previously 00 BMW "M" roadster, 98 MBZ CLK 320, 00 Toy 4Runner 4x4 Limited), 90 Toy xtracab 4x4, 82 MBZ 240D (plus 23 others over several years).
  • calguy03calguy03 Posts: 2
    We leased the Discovery brand new in '97, and no, we haven't driven the newer ones. I am sure they are much better vehicles. I am glad they made them more roomy as well (from what I've seen.) Oh yeah, and about a $3-4000 price hike. Really, to get a fully loaded Discovery will add up to something like 40 grand these days. And still, the Discover does not offer as much passenger room (leg room in particular in the rear) as many family sedans. The thing is still a gas hog. We have gotten ours to give us about 16-17 on the highway, about 12-13 city driving. On top of that, it lacks decent acceleration and still needs to be pushed hard to go 70 up a hill. Don't get me wrong, this is a great off-road vehicle. This is the best SUV in that aspect. Ride comfort? It probably still lags. Gas economy? They're all gas hogs, with the Pathfinder giving ya 15/19. All I am saying, is that 99% of SUV drivers out there (including our family) do not need an SUV, and in fact would be much better off with a sedan or one of the european wagons if we are in need of room. But of course SUVs are extremeley profitable for the auto makers, and as long as people keep on buying them, they'll keep on making them. But notice one trend, towards smaller SUVs and crossover vehicles, more car-like SUVs. They are all pretty much glorified wagons. I think the auto makers are realizing that there will be eventually a drop in the truck-like gas-hogs that we know as SUVs. Those are my 2 cents worth.
  • homer61388homer61388 Posts: 54
    My sister is considering a ford explorer Limited V6, Jeep grand cherokee Limited V8, and a Land Rover Discovery. She likes the all around performance of the ford and jeep, but is wondering about the land rover? She knows it's the heaviest of the three and has the littlest engine of the group, but heard about some changes made to the engine and is wondering if it helped? She can't test drive one because the nearest dealership is 150 miles away! Please give info. She's also wondering about the handling assistment/bigger wheels? Does it inprove the ride or make it worse and is it a bigger inprovement over the base model. Also how affective is the four wheel drive/traction control in the winter time? Thank You!
  • Had a 97 Disco - trouble from day 1. Numerous oil and PS fluid leaks, dead battery (1st month), engine management computer died three times, gas tank replaced for leak, differential seal leaks, various rattles and squeaks. Traded in w/18k miles.

    Have a 98 Disco - not 1 problem at all thru 15k miles.

    Have a 00 Disco - no problems thru 3k miles.

    Basically, no rhyme or reason as to mechanical reliability. There is virtually no difference between the 97 and 98, yet the two drove like two different vehicles entirely. The 00 is light years better that the 98 - quiet (relative term), marginal better power and acceleration, moderately more room, etc.

    Any vehicle can be a problem......
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