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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II



  • tballertballer Posts: 19
    Any idea how much a 2000 Land Rover Discovery II with 53,000 miles should go for? I have a trade in quote for $5000 but think it is worth much more.

    It has a lot of features, TV, rear air, etc.

    Any help would be great.
  • drawlingsdrawlings Posts: 11
    Check out Kelley Blue Book. It shows $5,500 for your vehicle in "fair" condition as the trade in my zip area of Eastern LI, NY. I recently bought a 99 Disco II for $7,000 from a private party that I thought was in tip top shape. I've put in more than $3K motor and transmission work since and wish I had paid a dealer $8K or $9K for the benefits of having them stand behind it. My guess is that this is why they offer such a low number.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,936
    You can Appraise it here.

    I don't know all your options, color, etc. but in my zip code the range for an average Disco II of that vintage with "some" options runs $7,318 trade-in to $9,858 dealer retail.

    You can get yet another opinion in the Real-World Trade-In Values discussion. They'll also tell you in there that books don't buy cars. :shades:
  • Truck runs great, but there is a serious power drain. Drawing any power (lights, radio, wipers etc.) causes all the dash components and any other features using power to cut out or operate poorly, often. Example. braking while listening to the radio causes it to cut out, and turning on the heat/cooling system fan steals power from the headlights. Anyone ever deal with anything like this. Looking for some advice before my Mechanic cleans me out.

    Thanks in advance
  • 1st_rover1st_rover Posts: 10
    Has anyone replace a headlight gasket in a 2003/2004 Landrover Discovery II? I can get the headlight assembly out but it is not obvious how to open it and replace the gasket. Thanks in advance.
  • I engaged the alarm before going to a store lastnight, when my family got in the Discovery my wife said the light for the alarm was blinking, the one that is displayed on the Land Rover radio. I started the Discovery and there was some knocking then all of a sudden it just cut off. I tried starting it again probably about 10 times. The man I purchased it from told me to remove the cables from the battery so the alarm could reset itself. The alarm did finally reset itself, so I tried to start it again and it still didn't start. I engaged the alarm again and this time it didn't engage. Earlier on the same day my blinkers were not working so I had to use my emergency lights {four way flashers}. Could it be the computer? The Discovery has also been overheating after driving it for a while in the heat.
  • abutomaabutoma Posts: 21
    I very much feel with you. I had my Disco at the workshop for 4 months without any result (starting problems)
    Now: you have to give a bit more info:
    Is it a Disco I or II?
    "starting" did the engine cranck or not when you tried?
    Have you checked ALL fuses?
    What is happening when you lock the doors with the remote?
    And when you open?
    What lights are on on the dashboard when trying to start?
    Have you tried the emergency procedure for disengaging the alarm and the spider?
    It is better to give more info than less
    kind regards
  • awilcoxawilcox Posts: 1
    Hi! You seem to know a lot about the discovery, I just purchased an 04 with 32,000 miles on it and I"m debating on the extended warranty? I just purchased it and have had it back to the dealership(denver east) twice and I've only had the car 1week. Your right though t and d are awesome! My disco has the factory warranty until Aug of 08 and the extended would go until 2010. Any advice would be great, I don't like hearing all the problems that could happen but I do love the vehicle. Thanks
  • macc24macc24 Posts: 20
    Just greasing up some of the points under my disco II...anyone know how many pumps to give so not to blow a seal?


  • radek1radek1 Posts: 1
    I have 01 Discovery and have the exactly same problem with overheating , could you please tell me what was the problem you had ? did you got it fixed and how much they charged for it ? Somebody told me that could be crack in the head or sleve or even engine block . Thank you.
  • lad62lad62 Posts: 1
    help :( I have a Landrover disco2 series and I am in the process of removing the head so I can replace the gaskets problem is I can't get the head bolts offs, even with an impact rench that I rented. can someone tell me what I should use that can make removing these bolts simpler
  • kapookapoo Posts: 1
    I love the looks of the Discovery II
    I can say im in love with it.
    I'm thinking in buying a 2002 LR Disco II
    for 12,895 it says that price can be negotiated.
    It has 60,000 miles.
    So I've heard a lot of people who says that LR aren't
    so good at all. They say that it brokes eventually.
    Im very confused. BUT I LOVE IT! :(
    Can you help me? What do you suggest me?
    It is true what they say?
    If I take care of the LR would it break easily?
    It would be my first car... and its the only SUV i like in the moment.
  • if you find out the problem with the ABS TC and hill decent lights can you let me know the same lights have just come on on my td5 thanks dale
  • I'm having the same ABS lights problem with my 99 Disco. Here are some words written some time ago by another guy.:

    "When it's going, it's a great machine, but you really need to be a genius to chase failure symptoms to the actual fault (or have an Autologic or Testbook). I have made use of a very broad selection of swearwords and a broader amount of cash getting this littany of faults rectified.

    HDC/TC and ABS lights / The Three Amigos. I had two causes of this about 6 months apart. This fault was intermittant to start with. My garage kept resetting the computer and they would stay off for a few weeks as the faults were caused by the SLABS computer log filling up with faults relating to power. This was traced to the alternator putting out a slightly lower voltage than required. The alternator eventually failed completely so I replaced it (John Deere supply an alternator which is identical to the Landrover one but is half the price) This cured the ABS/HDC/TC faults for about 6 months.

    The lights returned and this time I needed to replace the ABS Valve Body. There is a part replacement if you can get someone keen to take it on, otherwise see if you can part exchange your existing one. The price from a dealer for a new one is painful. You can still drive the car with the three amigos lit but you have no ABS or TC. Bear that in mind."

    I have not yet solved the problem in my Disco II.
  • Not sure if anyone else saw this excellent message from JE Robison Service company but it really goes into depth about the darned triple brake warning light problem.
  • What I can tell you is only buy a 2003 or newer. A TON of problems were fixed with that year including a better engine. The 99-02 has a modified GM Buick V8 that has an issue with build-up on the heads. Seriously, you have to gun it to reach 5-6000 RPMS at least once a month to prevent that or $3000. The 2003 got a more powerful and reliable engine with more power and VERY slightly better gas mileage. The 99-02 also experienced a common problem with the shuttle valve on the ABS Modulator which, if failed will cost $1500. The Driveshaft commonly wears out (mine twice) at a cost of about $900 each. The main coolant pipe distribution assembly from the Water Pump was improved on the 03 models. It costs $125 for the dealer to hook up the truck to their computer and there are only 2 shops here that have that Testbook program, so I have no idea why my 2000 Disco II SRS (Airbags) light came on and stayed on. I checked all the fuses and reset the power but it still comes on. Let's hope I don't crash! The most issues I have had are related to the cooling system and guess what? Everytime I replace a failed part it has been improved! They realized it stunk and fixed it - thanks for letting us know! Hurricane Charley hit here in Orlando and knocked down trees and poles on every street in 2004. Good thing I had a rugged 4x4! Oops! Forgot - a tiny little coolant valve coupling failed on the top of the engine the next morning and the Disco was useless!. The thermostat failed last week because it is made of cheap plastic where the lip that holds the clamp tight disintegrates and the hoses fall off. Don't forget about the main coolant hose distribution assembly that failed on Interstate 4, and I thought I could make it to the next exit with the Temperature light on - WRONG - that overheated and ruined the top half of the engine at $3000. The Discovery requires premium gas and I have to fill it up at least once a week at $65 - gas mileage isn't so good....Then there are the dual sunroofs - really cool until the plastic gets brittle on the drainage tube coupling and the drainage tubes fall off and water/rain runs through the top of the headliner and you get soaked when it comes down the seatbelts, windshield and dome light assembly. Not done yet - with the Florida sun and heat, it creates hot, steamy moisture inside which dislodges all of the headliner glue and the fabric falls down all over. The foglight bulbs burned out, but they get so hot that that the bulb fuses to the plug, so you have to buy the ENTIRE assembly for $200 each side. I elected to go without. If you have the SLS (Self-Leveling Suspension), it is really cool - you can make the truck go up or down and it doubles as a low-rider, UNTIL the Inflatable Air Springs/Shocks wear out, crack and fail, then you have a truck that sags on one side when parked until the spring fails completely and then you are bouncing all over the place and avoiding any bumps. The dealer charges $500 each side to replace them, but if you are mechanically inclined you can replace them for $200 each side with the Original Manufacturer's shock available from You can buy the Contech air spring w/o the Land Rover logo for $200, or the same one with GENUINE Land Rover logo for $400. Of course I decided to go cheap the first time and ordered some other brand which failed after 14 months, fresh out of warranty. BTW - Because it is all-time 4 wheel drive, you must always replace 4 tires at once and there is also a common issue with the transfer case leaking. Oh, and 3 weeks ago mine went crazy and started blowing the horn and flashing lights at 3am - woke the whole neighborhood up - how nice that was!
    On the positive side, it is very SAFE - I was hit by a Saturn doing 70 MPH in my first '99 Disco II and all three of us walked out and the truck still drove....The saturn owner wasn't so lucky and has metal knees now....They totaled that one cause the frame was bent. I also noticed that for some reason police don't seem to want to pull you over, or they let you go with a warning in this truck - that never happened before! Who knows!
    The Disco is also very capable off road and there are Land Rover clubs and Land Rover Dealer events where you can try it out and compete. That was fun. Geez - did I answer your questions? Good Luck!
  • Hi There,

    Bad news - those lights are on because your ABS Modulator, the pump that pulses brake fluid to keep your brakes/tires from locking up has failed. This is a common issue that LR, in my opinion should have issued a recall. But since those features TC ABS and HD aren't mandated by the DOT, and because the part is so expensive, it ensures that they won't do the right thing. A small shuttle valve gets stuck inside and the entire thing is useless. No serviceable parts - NICE! It is about a $2000 job for the dealer to fix. I dealt with it for a year before I found a new one on eBay (probably fell off a truck) for $400. BEWARE - you CANNOT buy a used one because once removed, the brake fluid corrodes the inside. It cost me $400 to have the dealer install it and they WILL NOT do it unless it is in the foil sealed bag. I found that out after I bought one from a parts dealer for $150 - down the drain! Now my SRS (Airbags) light is on - oh boy! Let's hope I don't crash! By the way, for the complete, entertaining story, look up my other post - intensityderen - it is lovely!
  • Hi There - I know that when my 2000 Disco II overheated, and I waited till the next exit on I4 - it ruined the top half of the engine (Bad Idea). The dealer had to keep it an extra day because 2 of those bolts sheared off and he had to drill out and retap the holes. He was NOT happy about it. I guess the best thing you can do is get as much of that loosening spray (better than WD40 at the auto parts store) and let it soak for at least one night. Good Luck! You also might want to speak to a LR mechanic at 5:30 when they get off work and tip him out for the advice - I do that occasionally, give 'em $20 for his time and some times he hooks me up with something extra when my truck HAS to go to the dealer, like an ABS sensor for free, etc.
  • I have not had any luck with tires on my 02 Discovery. Previous tires seem to last less than 20k miles. I am ready to purchase new tires for the 3rd time. Any recommendations for 18" all season tires?
  • Hi There - I travel almost 50 miles to work each way, so I am right there with 'ya. The best tires I have found in 7 years for my Disco II are the Michelin Synchrone brand. They are standard equipment on the Range Rover. I bought them at Costco for about $800. They run a tire promo of $60 off a set of 4 every couple months, so call to check. They also include free lifetime balance and rotation and road hazard warranty and I believe that is the key. Keep those puppies rotated every 5000 miles religiously and they will DEFINITELY last longer.
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