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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II

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  • I have a 2002 Disco with 35,000 miles, it started lurching as I was going slow and when I floored the accelerator the problem stopped. I took it to the dealer and their diagnosis was carbon build up in the valves. Does this problem still exist. A mechanic buddy of mine relayed to me that the problem would not just immediately appear and that he thought LRs remedy was a bit over the top. (Taking the engine apart and cleaning the valves, they are also replacing a leaking head gasket). This car has an extended warranty, but I will still have to pay around a grant out of pocket. Is there any solution to correcting this problem and is this a real problem?
  • When I had the head gaskets done on my 02' Disco (68k miles) the independent shop also recommended doing a valve job at the same time, in fact they wouldn't do the job without taking care of the valves while they were in there. It made sense to me, so I went with it.

    PS: the dealer was quoting around $900 just for the valve job.
  • A question on vibration.

    We have a 2003 Discovery 2 SE. At >70 mph we experience what I called a vibration in my previous message, but it is more like a rumble. It is more significant going downhill than uphill which makes me think it is related to engine torque through the driveline.

    I have experienced tire vibration before, and it has been more of a vibration than a rumble. I realize that some vibrations can create structure borne noise in the cabin so tire / driveline vibration can be tricky.

    Does anyone have experience with driveline vibration at higher speeds? How do you characterize it? What was the cause of the vibration? Could improper lubrication of the drive shaft be an issue?

    Thanks for the assistance.
  • I had vibration on my 2000 Discovery, it was my rear tire when I changed it the noise and vibrarion went away.
  • ca770ca770 Posts: 16
    Hello Disco owners. We just bought our very first Discovery. A black 03 SE, great truck. :shades: Very happyyyyyy!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Welcome aboard! Now you just have to tell us all about it! :)

    tidester, host
  • I test drove a 2000 disco ii tonight with 79,000 miles on the clock. I am going to have my mechanic look give it a once over before I get anymore serious about buying the vechile. What things should I look for, feel or listen to as I drive it to and from the mechanic?

    Any suggestions would be very helpful.

    I don't think my Grand Wagoneer is to happy about me looking at other vechiles.

    Mr. President
  • Hello. We have a 2003 Discovery 2 SE.

    Recently ABS / Traction Control / Hill descent lights have started to come on intermittently. At 49k miles, we are fortunatly just within warranty. The LandRover dealer replaced the shuttle valve yesturday which is a first step in the warranty process. If the lights come back on, they will also replace the modulator. He indicated that about 50% of the time, the shuttle valve will fix the issue, otherwise they will replace the modulator.

    Has anyone had this service? Did the shuttle valve change without a modulator change fix the problem or just delay the change to the modulator?

    I understand the shuttle valve is about $500 and the modulator is about $2000. As we are almost out of warranty, I want to know how hard to push at the dealer.

    Thanks all for the information. I knew of the ABS modulator issue from reading the forum, but have yet to see the shutter valve.
  • A follow-up to the ABS Modulator / Shuttle Valve:

    Fortunately the dealer replaced them both due to the proper fault showing after the shuttle valve fault.

    Has anyone had problems with the ABS system after replacement of these pieces? I am hopeful that the replacement part is updated and there will not be a problem in the future. Has anyone had to replace more than 1 shuttle valve / modulator?

    Thanks in advance for the information.
  • I Just want to know is this a good car I don't want to buy a 99 or 01,02 and I start having some major problems or is this car only for the well off that can afford to put alot of money in to a car.

    thank you

    lynevoo
  • Well buddy' I have a 2000 Disco. and the only problems i've had so far, I replaced my mass air flow sensor all four oxygen sensors and a brake light switch. Oh almost forgot, my clock light stop working, I still haven't found out how to replace the bulb. I'll tell you this bud' if you do decide to get one try to get a more up to one more up dated like 04 or higher model. They are very good vehicles and I love driving minds exspecially on the highway.
  • thanks for the info. I'm think about buying an 02 it has 113000 miles one owner. it was a family car. how many miles does disco ll get up too.
  • I have had a problem back end sinking, when I bought my 99 Disco11 ES 7Seater, 2 years ago with 60,000 miles on the clock. It turned out to be a split/ leaking air spring which was replaced under the selling dealers independent warranty. I occaisionally experience back end sinking, which I think is down to parking on uneven ground/ ramps etc, which may cause a pressure relief valve to open and thus one side of the suspension will sink. Once I restart the engine, the air pump re-levels the suspension in a short while. The only other faults I have had is a dead starter motor and today the ABS,TC and Hill Descent lights have come on and stayed on, so I am getting my local friendly non LR franchised dealer to check this out on Testblock, John in Enfield.
  • I've noticed brake fluid leaking from just under the master cylinder reservoir on my 1998 Diso II. I've been told there are some O-rings there. Am looking for advice on replacing them myself. How does the reservoir come off? I know I'll have to rebleed the system. Have also had my rear moonroof leak- from what appears to it not closing straight. Any suggestions out there for either of these conditions? Thanks
  • I had water coming in from both front and rear rooflights in heavy rain while parked. My trusty independent self employed mechanic blew out the channels with the airline and removed and refitted the rubber seals as they had slipped out of place. they haven't leaked since. The drainage tubes may need clearing of leaves, moss, sand etc. but they are difficult to find and the airline seemed to clear them of any noticable muck at the top.
  • An update on the vibration at 70+ MPH on our 2003 Discovery SE. Initially the dealer focused on the tires / balance. After balance, then new tires, the vibration remained.

    Apparently this vibration is not uncommon in this truck. It is likely a drivetrain issue. The rubber coupling at the rear of the driveshaft can need replacement due to the rear universal joint wearing out (no grease fitting on rear u-joint, it begins to bind and wears out the rubber coupling and causes a vibration).

    We will get both replaced later this week and hopefully solve the mystery.
  • mhirmhir Posts: 1
    ABS,TC and Hill descent lights on had same fault on a 2001 model found to be a speed sensor on one of the wheels cost about £45 plus fitting hope this helps
  • ajs1ironajs1iron Posts: 2
    I just recently purchased a used Disco.
    About two weeks later, the car overheated and all the coolant flooded out.
    I was told by a mechanic that this is a "timing cover gasket" problem.
    Is this true?
    If so, what is the recommended course of action?
    (It has temporarily been fixed with some sealant but I am hesitant to drive it for fear it will overheat again.)
    Thanks to anyone who can advise.
  • Just had the same thing. Head gasket job here.
  • ajs1ironajs1iron Posts: 2
    Ok - thanks for the advice.
    Did you have to replace the head gasket?
    What was the approximate cost?

    Appreciate the help.
  • Well, I had several things done at that time and it ran around $1400. There were several leaks and they replaced a few gaskets and seals. This was done at the dealership and they did replace the head gasket. I am not sure what JUST this job would cost. Sorry!
  • Truck would not start. Left alone for 30 minutes, fired right up. Then stalled while driving, 5 blocks away. Finally started then stalled 2 blocks away. We towed the truck home and recharged the battery that drained while trying to start. Truck ran fine for 2 days and stalled again. Replaced battery and truck again stalled the next morning. Here we are.... any advice? Thanks!
  • 1st_rover1st_rover Posts: 10
    Hello to the board.

    An update on the vibration that occured at 70 mph on our 2003 Discovery II SE. The dealership replaced the u-joint and rubber dougnut on the rear driveshaft plus the front driveshaft. Now the vibration is completely gone and the truck runs great.

    Thankfully this was covered under warranty. Has anyone else had this vibration issue and parts replaced under warranty or after the warranty expires?

    Thanks for the info.
  • Try the crankshaft positioning sensor, when it faults, it tends to stall as you come to a stop or fail to start the engine altogether. Adrian
  • i have a 97 land rover discovery, even though it is a couple years being yours get it checked at the local land rover dealer, i had the same exact problem and i dealt with bumbling idiots at the local garage. send it to land rover, their computer will check everything, plus they know a lot about land rover, not that other people don't, but they deal with this problem a lot, so try that you'll get better results
  • i have a 97 disco with about139,000 miles. whenever i put it into reverse from another gear it will make a loud thud and the vehicle will rumble and shake. it will then be fine and still drives in reverse, what could it be??? as well that sometimes i have brake problems. sometimes when driving at a low rate of speed and when i go to come to a stop the vehicle will slide like as if i am sliding on ice. its wired! the brakes will catch after about 2 or 3 seconds. the brake light on the speedometer does not light up though which is even weirder. what cold it be, could it be related to my transmission problems??? HELP!!! any response an be sent to dngertrain@comcast.net thanks!!!
  • You are the stuff! Of all the suggestions and guesses, it WAS that sensor. Thanks!
  • I'm unable to get my Disco out of park. Stepping on the brake and the shifter seems locked. I have seen some change fall in there previously and have also read of similar happening to a Range Rover... How does one go about getting in there? I've pulled the outer cover and found my shifter lights- BOTH of which are burnt out, but not sure how to get UNDER the next faceplate.

    **Additionally just before killing the ignition I noticed I lost both my brake lights and directionals. Could there be a sensor not allowing me to get out of park since I have no brakelights? Emergency flashers and headlights boot work fine with car not running. Starts fine as well. Where does the flasher live?

    Suggestions please. I'm stuck in the grocery store parking lot! Thanks!
  • Got one piece at the to of the brake pedal off. Trying to identify the part mentioned in earlier posts... What does the brake snesor look like? I removed one part that has a hose coming off it and 2 wires... I'm getting beat down over sensor mania... I love this Rover, but at 113 K miles it's getting undependable.
  • Got if fixed! Was towing the jet ski and fell victim to a short in the trailer's lights popping a fuse. I've learned an awful lot about my Rover lot over the past 24 hours! The biggest of which is I'm carrying extra fuses when pulling the trailer. Still have to get under the dash and reverse the wires on the cruise control sensor along the break pedal.
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