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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II



  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Boy that's a tough question. I don't know for certain but I'd guess your rear brakes aren't up to snuff. I have the ABS deactivated on my Disco and I believe it has basically the same brake system as your D90, plus added ABS plumbing of course. On snow/ice I can easily lock all 4 wheels and feel the back end wanting to come around. With the windows down I can hear each wheel sliding separately and looking at my tracks I can see the 4 polished surfaces.

    Try driving on dry roads and applying the brakes. Then jump out and stick a wetted finger in thru the wheel and touch the disc surface. The fronts should be a little hotter than the rears but they should all be hot enough to burn you. If any one or two wheels are cool, I'd suspect the slave cylinder on that wheel is sticking ... or it needs to have the air bled out of that wheel's brake line. That's the first thing I'd do, is to bleed it thoroughly and see if that helps. Check the rotors, are they gouged? Maybe your pads are trashed? Just some things to look for.

    Good luck! -Bob
  • Greetings from the Great Wet North! Have been reading and enjoying this board over the past 3 years, especially the info from Nanuq and Tincup47. Am looking at a couple of 99 Disco II's here in Victoria, B.C. Dealer is asking the equiv. of USD19,000 for each, mileage is 52000K and 58000K km. Both are non-ACE with 18' wheels with new rubber. Without a detailed look, both appear sound with untouched undercarriage and no oil leaks. Any info on the reliability of early Disc II's would be appreciated. TINCUP, if you could, VIN's are:
    SALTY1241XA229246 and SALTY1247XA224116. Much appreciated. Driving a 2002 Tacoma now, very reliable but soulless! Ciao!
  • Electric or acoustic? Either way, it's a bug that never stops!
  • kbowenkbowen Posts: 58
    Post 2640 by Fencer notes that Michelin recommends the XPC for the Disco as the Cross Terrain is not suited for it. Fencer, if you're around, did they tell you why? From what I can see of the specs, the CT has 6/10 mud traction and 9/10 winter traction with a long life expectancy and quiet ride. However, for off road use, which is what I am looking for, Michelin tells me the best suited tire for the Disco is the Synchrome. The XPC is not really an option as Michelin tells me it does not come in the 18" size for my 2001 DII SE7. If you compare the two tires, though (the Cross Terrain V. Synchrome), they both have the same mud/dry traction rating, but the CT has a much better winter traction (Synchrome is a 5 and CT is a 9). Other than the fact Synchorme is more expensive, do you know of any reason why Michelin would say the CT is "not suitable" for the disco?
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Ahhhhh, acoustic only. I just picked up a '74 Guild F-50 Jumbo, and she's a beauty. Now looking at a Guild D-46 with the ash/mahogany sides and back. I've got a D-355 now, with "high miles" (to keep this on topic) and she plays like a dream.

    Hey there's another great use for a Disco, you can open the back door and sit inside the back and play your guitar even in the rain.

  • There is no substitute for the sound of a jumbo. Guild has always built really nice stuff.

    Phosphor/bronze strings bring out the warmth nicely.

    Nice acoustics through the disco when you open up the back door!
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Have you heard of DR strings? That company is owned by Mark Dronge, son of Alfred Dronge, founder of Guild. He makes some nice phos/bronze strings, and they really bring out the sweetness of the Guild body. I've been using Elixir strings too, and I'm torn... they sound GREAT but they're pretty spendy. Is it heresy to NOT use DR strings on a Guild? :)
  • Sorry for off topic.

    I have heard of them but never tried them.

    I like the Martin Acoustic SP strings. The Elixirs are nice, but tend to mute the overall tone sometimes.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Sorry for the delay, haven't had the time recently to follow this site that closely. Both of the vehicles you asked about were owned by companies, not individuals. Vehicle #1 was built on 6-25-99 and had an extensive warranty history. Vehicle #2 was built 5-21-99 and had an active history, but not as many major items as vehicle #1. Scheduled maintenance does not show up as being performed at Land Rover facilities on either vehicle.
  • I'm having trouble getting my navigation system to work. I put the street adress in and everthing else that needs to be done but it never gives me the route.Any advice would be great.
  • stopgostopgo Posts: 16

    I just had my navigation system replaced by Land Rover. Mine was replaced because it kept re-setting itself and powering down for no apparent reason, very annoying when driving and you cannot turn it back on. It didn't work right from day one when I picked it up. I'm assuming that yours is the Harmon Kardon system.

    If so, I suggest going to the Harmon Kardon website for the Traffic Pro and downloading and printing the User Manual for the system. You will see that the instructions from the HK website are far more complete and useful than the inadequate pamphlet that LR provides with this complicated system.

    It sounds like your system may not have the data installed from the US East or US West Navigation CDs. It could also need to be recalibrated. Try the HK website, that is what I had to do because the guys at the dealership were not much help with that system because it is so new.

    Good luck,

  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    system on the HSE better than the other system offered?
  • Tin ... can you check VIN SALTY1241XA202838 for me please. Bought it two weeks ago. The certified used vehicle warranty is already coming in handy, as I found a leak in the gas tank the first time I completely filled it up. Dealer is replacing the tank this week and installing the Pirelli 255/65 R16 Scorpion ST's and running boards. Thanks.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Is very nice,audio tuned by Harmon Kardon's engineers. I actually saw them working on it, very interesting to watch them put all their equipt into a vehicle and then tune it for optimum performance. It is not just available on the HSE though, it is also available as an option on the SE.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    your's was built on 10-20-98. Warranty history is typical for early 99 vehicles. Mostly leaks and CEL light issues. It does show having the fuel filler neck replaced at 31,000 miles for overflow concerns, could be related to your current issue.
  • Thanks a bundle for your efforts, Tincup47! I think I'll give both of thoses babies a miss and keep my eyes open for a better prospect. They were priced suspiciously low compared to others on the market in these parts. You've probably saved a heap of headaches for budding LR owners over the years. Ciao.
  • Bought a brand new 2003 Discovery this past weekend. When I got home I realized there was no navigation cd so I called the dealer and they said that I have to wait for it to be mailed to me. How long does this take? I am going crazy not being able to use it.
  • Tincup ... thanks for the help. Got the vehicle back on Saturday. Jez, what a difference the Pirelli's make! Quieter ride, better handling, and they look great to boot. The dealer in Baton Rouge has been great. They started selling LR's 4 weeks ago (branched off from the New Orleans dealer). Am waiting on quotes for 12 and 24 month extended warranties. Their description of extended warranties so far has been somewhat confusing. Thanks again for the help!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,666
    if one opts for the Harmon Kardon, is navigation mandatory, or can the stereo be bought w/o nav???
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The 320 watt Harmon Kardon system is only available with the Becker NAV unit.
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