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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II

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  • $280 later. ... we just replaced the light switch? So I hope that fixes that problem. But of course while there at the mechanic... the guy says that the squeaky wheels when they turn driving slow need that I should return for a new track rod set for $480. hmmmm I made an appointment since he made the problem sound scarey so I hope he isnt tricking me!!!
  • When parked for a few hours, 4 or 5 times, over 7 or 8 months, our 2001 Disco II has been "laying down" in the rear, as if the air in the rear suspension leaked out. After starting it, and the compressor kicks in, it rises up, with no noticable effect. Anyone have this problem or any thoughts?
  • odiopusodiopus Posts: 47
    I have a '01 Disco and my wife has recently mentioned a similar type of noise when driving over pot holes. I have not found any info. on this other than this post. It would be great if anyone that has had a similiar experiences could share some conmments. By the way I have about 55K miles on my Disco...
  • odiopusodiopus Posts: 47
    When I replaced my 18" tires on My Disco II, I decided to go with Michelin since I had bad experiences with the OEM 18" Goodyears (cupping and uneven wear - regardlesss of frequesnt rotation). I bought the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus tires and for on-road driving the difference was night and day. Smoothest and quietest truck tire I have ever owned... I could actaully hear that whinning noise from the engine and perfomance was also great. The only other vehicle I know that uses these (OEM) is the BMW X5.

    I'm about to replace my 16" tires with another brand other than GoodYear specifically for off-roading. Price doesn't really matter. I'm leaning toward some Michelin's MTX tires and considering buying a Spare Tire relocator from RoverConnection, but have not decided on a specific tire. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • odiopusodiopus Posts: 47
    This is the installation guide I used when I first replaced my brakes at around 30K miles in my Disco II. They were very detailed and I was able to change the brakes in less than an hour since it was my first time. I'm about to replace my brakes again at 55K (towing a maximum load up and down hills for 2,000 miles will wear out your brakes quickly).

    On another note, I noticed my rotors ware getting worn. How do I know when I need to replace them? I'm thinking of going with the cross/slotted rotors from the expeditionExchange site or RoverConnection site. I looked on the ExpeditionExchange site for an installation guide but did not come accross one. Any one have any suggestions on buying/replacing rotors for a '01 Disco II?
  • I have the same annoying problems. For no apparent reason, the ABS, TC, and I think a couple other lights go on and there is a ding-ding-ding sound--which scares me! Other than this, the car is ok. Although, the passenger side power seat is malfunctioning.
    I am hoping the extended warranty will cover this! Has anyone used their warranty for this?
    Thanks
  • discomandiscoman Posts: 110
    Hey all. I recently found a maintenance tip from a LR mechanic. He is a friend of mine who was a former Land Rover Technician at a dealership in Jacksonville, FL. He and another LR Mechanic decided to open their own LR repair and customizing shop after the dealership was bought out by a Jaguar/LR dealership and they wanted them to cross train in Jaguar. Anyway I was headed for a certain valve Job. I talked to him and asked him if there was anything I could try before comitting myself to a major surgery lie that. HE recommended the following: Change your oil and filter, but you will have to do it twice. Buy one cheap oil filter and one good one, and 7 quarts of good quality oil, 3 quarts of cheap oil and 4 quarts of Automatic Transmission Fluid. Then drain the old oil, put on the cheap filter, and add the 4 quarts of ATF and 3 quarts cheap oil. Run your engine for 20-30 minutes (DO NOT DRIVE IT, JUST IDLE IT!!!) until the engine runs at normal operating temperature for about 10 minutes. Then shut it down and immediately change the oil and filter again, this time using the good filter and premium oil. Drive it on the freeway at normal speed for at least an hour or two without stopping. At first I thought I had made it worse, but I swear this works! My 96 Disco with 125K miles has now lost the shakes, the valves quit sticking, the fault codes are gone, and the fuel economy improved etc. It's like it's a new engine again. The detergents in the ATF cleaned all the carbon out. He also recommended substituting 1 quart of oil, with 1 quart ATF every 2nd or 3rd oil change to help keep it clean. He also said most mechanics won't tell you about this (Especially LR Dealer mechanics because it would get them fired) because they want the extra money you will have to pay ($3000.00 at the dealer, $1400.00 at his shop) to have the valve job done. :D
  • Im about to buy a 2000 Lr DiscoII with 34,000 mi on it from a family member, the vin number is salty1245ya261585. They rarly used this and it still has the new care smell.
    After reading this site for a few days I dont know what to do. I read all the positives but the negatives out weight them in the mantiance area. This will not have a warranty although they say that they have never had an issue and only replaced the break pads and normal oil changes. I am looking into warranty options and have seen some online companies but not sure who to go with and what opnions I should definatly get to cover my [non-permissible content removed]. Any help would be cool
  • buroskyburosky Posts: 89
    Just my .02 cents. I've always thought of extended warranties or any warranty that you have to purchase as a rip off. You really have to be very careful to read and understand what exactly it covers so you know what you are buying. Since I am not one of those who are fond of reading the fine print, I've always taken the approach to just save the money I was going to pay for the warranty into a "car repair" account and dip into it when repairs are needed. I find that more financially suitable for me. Again, just my .02 cents. This may not work for some people.
  • called the dealer and ran the vin only one recall in 04
    witch was the only visit to a dealer(uncle is a mechanic)
    Who ownes the car now and since it was new and he states
    that all he ever did was replace the brake pads and change the oil, it has been garage kept also, but wont when I get it.

    thanks
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Dkibler, sounds like you have found a very nice Land Rover with very low miles. And, the owner is a mechanic and understands the vehicle and how it was maintained, etc.

    I would buy it if I were you. The miles are SO low!

    I agree with Burosky, I would not buy an extended warranty either as I think they are a waste and never seem to cover everything. I don't like to read "the fine print" and just pay as I go. And, if you DO have any problems, make your Uncle buy it back! ;)

    What color is it? Is it a seven passenger? How much is he asking?

    Mark :D
  • Its white, not my first choice but hey its used.
    the leather looks brand new, the car is in mint condition.
    they were selling it for $16,000 but gave it to us for $13,000.00 since we are family, the loan company said it was worth about $16,500. Its pretty loaded except for the
    the 3rd row seating and the heated seats, it has everything
    else including the duel sun roof's.

    thanks
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Sounds like you got a very good buy. You have very nice relatives!

    Mark :D
  • Ok yes, I am a woman but every service center I call says I have to replace rotors EVERY time I replace pads? I have someone willing to replace pads for me @ home, is this a job we want to do? Thanks for help!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,451
    If the dealer just replaces the pads, the new pads will likely squeal until they conform to the grooves in the rotor. So many people complained about this (with all makes) that dealers routinely either replace the rotors or turn them every time brake pads get replaced. Some rotors are thin and don't lend themselves to being turned, or can only be turned once.

    Or so I've read on the forums over the years.

    Changing disc brake pads and rotors is a relatively easy job for the do-it-yourselfer. Check out this post:

    miller428, "Land Rover Discovery/Discovery II" #4415, 23 Dec 2005 8:04 am

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  • THANK YOU STEVE! You may have just saved me $700 or at the very least $500. I hear so much about ABS issues and rotors and such that it makes me a little nervous. The pasted web page is very informative. (Digging out the turkey baster) :P
  • macc24macc24 Posts: 20
    If this is the case try just looking the doors with the key...it should bypass the alarm (or some parts of it) and maybe you'll be able to use your auto start. I sympathize w/you problems as I live in Fairbanks, Alaska. Coldest temp me and my disco have seen ... -55F brrr it's only
    -11F today.

    Keep it warm,

    MC
  • macc24macc24 Posts: 20
    Since this is a common problem let me make a suggestion on what first to do. Swap out of replace your ABS relay with a different one (it's under the hood). It will have three prongs once you pull it out...put in a new one and see if the lights go out. If they do - great! You solved the problem w/a $5 part.

    -MC
  • what happened? I was recommended to a new landrover mechanic because I had JUST a headlight problem. After a few hundred dollars for a new switch.. I left done???? But as I was leaving the mechanic told me that I had a serious life threatening problem... That the squeak when I turned my wheel sometimes could make my car sudenly run off the road or wose into someone if I didnt SOON replace my complete track rod and drag link for $425.

    Oh no,, my childrens lives are at risk,,, please take my $425 and fix it!!! BUt after he finished and I parked the car I noticed a leak on my garage floor? Is it oil? Is it antifreeze? I called them and they said that they had no idea. That week as I drove my car was shaking! Shaking with the accelaration!! Is this a conscience? I returned the next week and he said it was my drive shaft and he could fix it then for $190. Okay .. but what about the leak? He said it was antifreeze and hed needed 2 days to repair it? He just faxed me the estimate.. $3500! What?
    New hydrolic lifer/machine shop cylinder head/gasket manifold /gasket valve cover rocker/valley end clam??? the list goes on.. Is this possible. I would love ANY ADVICE!
    Thank you
  • mnrovermnrover Posts: 52
    Do you have Self Leveling Suspension ? I have the same noise happen to my 99 Disco II when it is cold out (Minnesota). Sounds like bushings creaking Right?? I don't worry too much about it. I just rack it up to being a heavy truck with LOTS of rubber bushings...
  • Anyone know anything about Amplifier Module on a 1993 Disco I distributor? I live in Brisbane Australia and have read that when the motor gets hot it heats the module and then causes running problems. One of the web sites says that you can relocate the Module to prevent this - anyone had the same experience? The symptom that I get is when I put my foot to the floor the motor dies, rather than kicking back, and hauling [non-permissible content removed] (the LR is an AUTO 3.9L V8). In other words a huge flat spot. I checked the timing, plugs, and replaced HT leads. Any other thoughts as to the likely problem? I contemplated a partially blocked fuel filter, can the steel cannister type filters be flushed/cleaned or do they just need to be replaced? I love the car, and any tips would be helpful.

    Cheers

    John
  • You need to find a new mechanic or see if you can claim him as a dependant for tax purposes! :)
  • Im thinking about buying a DII with almost 50,000 miles on it for 28,000. Does that seem reasonable? It was a lease return. In A+ condition & dealer says he's never had probs with his but after reading posts here I find that hard to believe!! I dont really plan on off roading but I've wanted 1 so long & I just love the way they look!! Theyre beautiful!! But Im a single mom & can not afford or have time to deal with serious maintenance issues. I dont want to be totally taken advantage of when taking it in for service. I need a realiable vehicle. Any suggestions, please!?
  • I have had modulator replaced. Recently ABS, TC and HDC lights come on permanently. Independent repairer said that a switch in modulator has shown up in diagnostic computer as cause of fault (apparently quite common failure).
    Have you heard of this?
  • kscctsksccts Posts: 140
    What year is the vehicle? $28,000 sounds like too much money for any DII!

    As a single mom, I would buy something more reliable than a Land Rover. I own a 2000 DII which I love and which has been very reliable but, unfortunately, I can't say the same for all Rovers. How about a Forerunner or a Pathfinder? :)
  • We have a 2001 DII SE7 that, with the exception of the horn buttons, has been trouble free. If you're buying outright, and the distance works, here's the eBay high end program car auto dealer, with NO negative feedback, we purchased our 2001 from for 3K to 4K under what the local dealers were asking. It was a painless transaction. He has them flying in from all over the country to pick up vehicles.
    http://stores.ebay.com/NORTHEAST-AUTO_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZkm
    Good luck!!!
  • We have a 2001 DII SE7 with almost 60K miles and has also been trouble free with the same exception of minor problems with the horn (mainly the buttons ont he steering wheel). I also had a problem with the ACE, but that was a programming ptoblem in the ECU. I've towed, gone off road, and waddled in high water numerous times and the Disco is still running like new (knock on wood). My only complaint is the gas mileage.
  • I am looking into a 03 Discovery with very low miles. Is the LR3 still a Discovery with a different name or is it discontinued. If it is discontinued, why is it so?? Also, any known problems with '03 Discovery's??? Please let me know ASAP.
  • My independent LR mechanic says there is a new way to fix this problem that will be coming out soon---so you will not need to replace anything and will only cost around $300. When he fixes the problem in my 2000 Disco, I will post how he did.
  • Please let us all know when that happens! :)
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