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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II

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  • It only functions in low range. Slow to less than 5 mph, put the tranny in neutral, switch to low range and move back to a gear position (any fwd gear). Press the HDC button and keep both your feet off the pedals - it should do all the work except for the steering, and keep your speed to about 5 mph.

    I don't believe there is a miminum grade for it to work.

    Try this before worrying that it is broken.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    johnedavies1 was on the mark on how to use HDC. We do not have Owner's Manuals available except in hard copy. These are available at your local Land Rover dealership. The part numbers for these are LRN2002DSCW for the SD and SE models and LRN2002DSCWNAV for the HSE models.
  • Hello, Disco People:

    I am a former Wrangler owner. I brought it brand new custom ordered in 1997. It was my first car. I started driving at 31. (Native New Yorker.)The car was great in the summer, but I had so many problems with it I almost gave up on car ownership. It had two catalytic converters go, the muffler, the transmission, the transmission lines, a mysterious check engine light that confounded two dealerships, a fender bender that cost $1200 in damage, it was towed twice and the custom system was stolen out of it. Now I want a Disco. 1999-2002. Base model is fine. I am concerned about reliability. I have no mechanical interest or aptitude, and the farthest off-road I plan to go is to the gravel lot when I park at basketball games. So why do I want it? Remember I drove a Wrangler. The Disco is the nicest truck I can get for the least money without feeling like a soccer mom. I'm single, and current only cart around teenage nieces and nephews, and assorted grown friends. I admit to also loving the steering wheel radio control, I have almost killed myself plenty of times changing CD's and adjusting volume. I was going to get a Maxima for that reason. I was way too cool with the Wrangler dealership repair shop. If I do get a Disco, out of the years indicated, which is the best of the base models? Should I get mileage as low as less than 10,000 or more than 40,000? I get the sense on this board that it takes time to "break in" the Rovers to see if you have a good one or not. I want to buy on the web, and most sellers will let me take the car to the local LR dealership to have it checked out. Is there anything specific I should look for and if I run the VIN, can I be sure that that's an accurate indicator of previous problems? Thank you so much for your time excuse the long post. My friends who own Rovers love them, but I can't live in the shop like I did with the Wrangler! Responses would be appreciated...you can even email me directly at auntietonya@hotmail.com
  • Clearly the Goodyear Wranglers on the Discovery II are defective. All mine were severly cupped within 20K. Then I put on 2 new ones after doing an alignment and now they are severly cupped too. My question is has anyone had any luck getting Land Rover or Goodyear to make good on these problem tires?

    Additionally, what is the best tire to use for replacement (I do 99% highway driving and want quiet tires).
  • nccareer:
    The HP's are just lousy tires.

    Try the Pirelli Scorpion S/T. They['re a direct fit for both the 16" & 18" rims.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Merry Christmas to All!!!

    I'll be sure to post quickly when I see Santa lifting off. I understand the weather will be clear tonight, so watch for him right at the spot of midnight.

    God Jul og Godt Nytt Ar!
  • I'm going to try this. I realize that the dealer has all the answers, but since i didn't buy the car from them they make me feel like i'm intruding. They said that the manual was ordered, but its been 2 months. Any way, When i put the Disco in low gear, I get a chime. When i go in reverse the chime still stays on, is that normal? The yellow gear is lit on the dash.

    Merry Christmas to All, and a Happy New Year!!!!
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The HDC works in reverse also.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    ...at -3F this morning and the sky is clear. It's spozed to get to -10F tonight. The Disco is running like a pig in an orchard and life is gooooooooooood.

    Was Santa good to everyone? He was pretty doggone generous with me, but he forgot to slip that '63 Hummingbird beneath the tree (rubbing hands together) so it looks like I'll have to jog his memory with the checkbook.
  • Just to let you all know I'm still alive and loving my DII as much as ever. I had the fortune, during our last 8" of snow, of banging my Toyota 4x4 truck into the right rear side of a DII. Well, it did $ 1800 damage to the Toy, but only broke a small sliver of glass from the taillight lense of the Landy - damn they are tough !! Be glad you drive one!! PS: At 33,000 miles on my '00 DII, not a sign of any problems - and no stinking complaints either - I love it as is!!!
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Similar story here, but I was the recipient. My aunt-in-law (grin) was backing out of my driveway, and ran into the aft corner of my Disco. She took out the entire back hatch and bumper on her Chrysler minivan, to the point it won't close or seal correctly. The Disco? Well, it popped one of those cheesy wood screws loose on the underside where the plastic bumper end cap is held in place. Otherwise not a mark.

    Last winter a poor unfortunate soul slid in beneath the aft end of my Disco in her spanking new Camry, and took out the entire front end of her car. Parts all over the intersection. It took one teeny little flake of black paint off the underside of my rear bumper beside the hitch.

    :) Tough trucks.
  • I am trying to decide which roof rack to buy for my 99 DII. I am considering the Hannibal Roof Rack or the Land Rover Adventure Rack. I would love to hear anybody who has an opinion.

    Thank you,
    Shawn
  • pinlinpinlin Posts: 1
    Hi.. New to site.. enjoyed reading..been looking @a 1994 discovery. with 103,000 miles.. anybody have any advice? ( btw in New Jersey) Thanks & Happy New Year to you all !!
  • While I love the Disco brand/heritage. How long should I expect the brake pads to last. I live in Atlanta, and the dealer wants to replace all four pads at only 14K miles? Sounds like scam to someone used to a Wrangler in which pads/shoes lasted 40-50K....what gives, HELP? Also, can I do this myself?
  • odiopusodiopus Posts: 47
    The dealer here in Texas wanted $98 for the headlight. I bought for about $50 from Rover Connection... Install was too easy. I'm not sure if www.roverconnection.com delivers to Alaska, but you might want to give them a call. They have OEM parts far below the dealer cost. I haven't been able to find a reseller with lower prices.

     By the way in response to "Rovers are Tough" post, I just wanted to add that my Disco has survived a lot of fender benders with zero to minimal damage. In one incident a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe backed up to my rear driver side. Not a single scratch on the Disco, but the Hyundai's bumper was completely smashed in and the tail light was crushed. In another incident a 2002 Honda Accord did the same thing but at a higher speed and the damage was unreal. The Honda's bumper literally almost come off. The Disco suffered a crack on the lens of the tail light. If you really want a reliable vehicle that will perform safely in all types of weather, I would go with the Disco. I saw a Nissan Xterra drive out of control on a rainy day. The guy drove over a puddle of water on the highway and the truck freaked out. I don't think I will ever be able to go back to a 2 wheel drive vehicle.

    Odiopus
  • waskowasko Posts: 103
    cokejim:

    I'd say you'd want to start inspecting them 'real hard' at around 22-30k on the pads, depending on how you drive. 14k sounds low to me unless you drive it like a drag racer :) They do squeak occasionally due to brake dust buildup.

    I'm at 23k right now and still have 35% left on my original pads. I'll get them changed at my next oil change, just to be safe.

    If yours are squeaking a bit, I suggest (on an empty stretch of road) getting her up to 20-25mph and slamming on the brakes. Do the same in reverse (a little slower of course!) and you should dislodge any built-up dust.

    I did this often on my DI and it worked like a charm.

    Happy new year to all! May 2003 be full of fond Rovering memories and few service visits for everyone!

    Thx, wasko
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    I need some additional explanation, as a friend made an offer that I do not know if it will save me
    money or cost me money...my friend is a Ford retiree, and he offered me use of the “Z” plan,
    which he says will allow me to purchase any vehicle under Ford’s banner at “3% over DEALER
    COST”...( if I am not mistaken, A-plan if for Ford employees/retirees, X-plan if for their
    immediate family members, Z-plan is for non-relations...correct me if I am wrong)...here’s the
    bottom line questions...1) if “dealer cost” is defined as Edmund’s invoice cost, and if Z-plan is
    3% over that, there are already dealers out there who will sell a car at Edmund’s invoice, and Z-
    plan would cost me money rather than save me money...if “dealer cost” is defined as including all
    other holdbacks, etc., then Z-plan would be a great deal...does anyone familiar with Ford plans
    know how “dealer cost” is defined?...2) Also, my friend said that since he was a salaried
    employee, as opposed to an hourly (unionized) employee, his plan will also allow the discount on
    Jaguar and Land Rover...so, while I could consider Mountaineer or Aviator under the Ford/LM
    brands, does anyone know the discount on Land Rover Discovery, since Edmunds has no listing
    other than MSRP?...3) do employee discount plans only cover new cars, or does it cover used,
    too, since I would, in the future, consider a 2 or 3 year old Jaguar XJ8L???...thanks for any
    helpful information...

    Bob
  • The pads on my 00 DII were replaced at 30,000 miles with @ 40% life left. The dealer also replaced all rotors due to a service bulletin - seems that people who complain about "noisy brakes" on DII's, get all new pads and rotors free of charge (a $1200 service according to dealership manager). They asked me at my 30K service if my brakes were noisy, I said NO, but they said "yes they are, you just don't know it".

    Also, since installing my OME heavy duty front, and medium/heavy duty rear springs and long-travel shocks, my Ramp Travel Index (RTI) has dropped from 730 to 590. Wheel articulation on the stock vehicle was much better, but the vehicle had 2.5 inches less ground clearance under the frame. Everything is a trade-off.

    Happy Rovers to all!!
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    A-plan is for active employees and their immediate families, X-plan is for friends and families, and Z-plan is for retirees only. X-plan on ford branded products is 4% over the A/Z-plan price which is printed on the invoice. On Ford branded products the A/Z-plan price is generally under invoice, on Land Rovers A/Z-plan is invoice plus destination and regional advertising charges, X-plan is 4% over that. I just checked and Edmunds does list invoice on all of the Discovery (for 2003 they are no longer called Discovery II) models (S,SE,HSE). There are no other fees allowed to be charged like doc fees. It is a good deal on most vehicles, more so on A/Z plan. It is a no haggle way to get a good deal on the vehicles. In most markets Land Rover products are going at or close to MSRP as most dealers in an area are owned by the same company. This is reflected in Edmunds TMV, which is MSRP for these vehicles.These plans (A/Z/X)are for new untitled cars only.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    Thank you.
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