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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II

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  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The second vehicle you requested a check on had quite a few more issues dealt with under warranty. The dealer's service advisor you spoke with was probably checking on their in-house computer system. If he checked the Land Rover system he would be able to check on vehicles not sold or serviced at his dealership. This is the system I check.
  • boslawboslaw Posts: 12
    I love the way the new Disco rides. I'm somewhat concerned about the multitude of repair-related issues that seem to be all over the internet. A friend of mine had a 99 Range Rover which had so many problems it was considered a Lemon and replaced. Three consecutive Rover's were replaced under the Lemon law before he finally gave up. I'm hoping that most of the past reliability issues have been fixed by now. Has anyone with a new (2001 or 2002) Disco experienced many problems or are the cars mostly reliable now?

    Also, the only other things I don't like about the car are rear seat entry and front seat door speaker. The rear door seems extremely small (especially at the bottom), and the speaker in the front door seems to jut out a bit too far into the leg space and my leg bumps against it. Have you all overlooked these issues, do you get used to them, or do you just not care?

    Thanks in advance. I really love the car but I'm having trouble buying because of these issues, which I believe to be very important.
  • Greetings to all, it's been a while. Congratulations and best of luck to Jake3895 and John1313 on the purchase of their Vienna Green Discovery's. Having ordered a 2002 Vienna Green Discovery, without having seen the color in person, we located a dealer who had one on the lot and went to see it today. We think Vienna Green is a great color for the Discovery and our order for a Vienna Green Discovery SE will stand. While we were at the dealership we witnessed what might be described as absolute Disco carnage. A leasing/rental company was there to pick up a Bonatti Grey Discovery and a White Gold Discovery. In the process of backing up the White Gold Discovery, the driver placed his foot on both the gas pedal and brake pedal at the same time. If interested in viewing the results, click on the links below. Hey, tincup! Do you think this accident will be reflected in the vehicle's history? Heck, these two beauties still had their stickers in the windows!

    If you are interested in the color Vienna Green, and have not yet seen it for yourself, we also provide a photo of one for your consideration.

    We are awaiting a mid January delivery of our 2002 Vienna Green Discovery SE.
    Regards to all.
    http://members.aol.com/Spfnever/crash.jpg
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    http://members.aol.com/Spfnever/VG.jpg
  • I am trying to figure out if I can safely blend different viscosity synthetic oils to achieve a better ratio, ie 5W50 . I am considering blending 5W30 Mobil 1 with 15W50 Mobil 1 to get 5W50. Will this work, or will this just cause the oil to breakdown faster? Can anyone comment on this strategy? Mobil 1 does not make a 5W50:(
    Thanks for your help in advance.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    You might just use Castrol Syntec, it's available in a 5/50w and I use it here in the nasty cold. It works great.

    On a parallel topic, for non-synthetic oil you want to stick with a range of 30 points or less. For example, 10-40w or 20-50w. Any wider range than that means the manufacturer extended the range with polymers... those do improve the oil's qualities but not its lubricating ability. Oil lubricates, polymers do magic. Stick with a simple narrow-range oil and change it often.

    Filters: I like the WIX long-body 51515, it's the replacement for the Fram PH8A and fits my DI just fine. It's got a nice quality anti-drainback valve and reduces startup noise with the lifters.

    Best regards, -Bob
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Disco carnage? Take a look at these...


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    Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! ps: he drove it home.

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,910
    Was he making fun of Lord Lucas just before the roll?

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  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    HA! No kidding... his Electronic Traction Maintenance and Balancing Offslope Servotronic Demagnetizers suddenly went "blip" when he was waaayyyyy up on that rock wall, and he tumbled, to the accompanying cackle of His Darkness.
  • I wouldn't mind if I was in sub zero temps right about now! this spring-like weather just isn't cutting it for me and it's making Bodhi temperamental!! I had a Q about a start up issue: Have you ever tried starting her up, then no crank, but only once or twice and then doesn't repeat for several months? Oh, lord Lucas I bow to thee, don't let it be my starter, have mercy!!!! LOL...anyway just wondering if you've ever experienced this....donuts eh??? I can't wait for winter!! Nevertheless, there is supposed to be an intense meteor shower on sunday around 5am EST and I'm hoping to hit some hills for a good view. take care...
  • As you all have read from my past posts, I was in the process of buying a Vienna Green DII. I got somewhat distracted and considered buying a Passat stationwagon and looked into it more. (What was I thinking...") Anyway, my senses are back on track and would like to pursue the DII of my dreams. My question to all of you is what's a good/fair price to pay for an SE with the
    7-seater option? How much over invoice is a "good" price. BTW - I live in the Bay Area (CA).

    Bay Area owners - Can you recommend a dealership? I have been dealing with Stevens Creek LR but if anyone knows of a better dealership who can give me a better price please advise me. Thanks.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Yeah the Leonids are coming, and it's supposed to be the best show since the 60s! Good thing we're here in the Frigid North where it will be good and dark. I hope it doesn't snow, I want another clear and cold night.

    About your no-start issue... it can be a couple of things. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry I jump in and crank the key before she's had a chance to compose herself. Remember, these are refined ladies we're driving and they must prepare themselves before appearing in public. :) Actually there are a bazillion solenoids over in the passenger footwell and they all have to do their business before cranking happens.

    Alternately, it may be that your fuse block is getting some corrosion. Not to worry! This is a pleasant job. It's under the hood, offside about midpoint with the engine right up on top. It's a black box (the horror!) about 10" long by 6" wide. Just open her up and unplug every cable that comes in the underside. Then remove each fusible link (one at a time so they don't get scrambled) and clean it and its connecting points in the fuse block with something mildly abrasive. I use a simple pencil eraser. Blow out the dust and reassemble. It takes about 15 minutes total.

    I was having all KINDS of electrical weirdness and this simple job solved them all! It seems all the big circuits come in right there, and if you have sporadic connections then they feed "noisy" power to the ECUs... and computers do NOT LIKE that. They want nice clean filtered smooth power. Like a nice espresso... a little zing but no grounds.

    I hope you get some snow soon! We've got lots here, but I want another 5 or 6 feet... that's about perfect.

    Q'amai, -Bob
  • Thank you...I remember you mentioning the joy you experienced when cleaning the fuses, so I will be sure to take care of that in the next few days. Oh, how I wait for the snow to accumulate!!! I wouldn't mind trading places with you for a day or two. ah..Alaska.... ...soon.....hopefully next year sometime I will be driving across country thru B. C. and then to Alaska...the auroras are calling me!!!...not to mention the glacier caves and lakes,will allow for some serious hiking in B. C.! National Geographic mag. has a nice article on the auroras in their Nov. 2001 issue....incredible pics. Talk to you soon and enjoy the night air!!..hopefully you have a clear sky for the show!
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Take a look here, these are some of the best sites for aurora pictures. Jan Curtis is famous for her work, and the Poker Flats site has lots of good stuff too.


    http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/Curtis/curtis.html


    http://www.geo.mtu.edu/weather/aurora/

  • AAHHHH....those were amazing!!!! Thank you so much!
  • Tincup47,

    Could you do me one more favor? This is the last one, I promise. What can you tell me about this VIN# SALJY1242TA186683? This one is serious, and the hope to make a deal by Tuesday if all looks good. Thanks so much!
  • on friday i took my disco II for a little fun, i went into a muddy field and at some point i was on a slight downard decline. my front 2 tires were stuck in very deep mud and my rear tires were out. after a couple manuevers, i was able to back my truck out of the mud. along the way i heard a bad sound from the front end. got out to inspect and saw the front left fender was crooked and out of place. the right side has nothing wrong with it. i looked underneath and saw a couple of screws that were ripped from their place. and crooked pieces of plastic. two questions?
    1) it didn't seem like that steep of a grade, why would it scrape. i've seen commercials of rovers plowing through mud that seemed 1.5 feet deep covering their entire wheel and fenders and their plastic fenders don't go flying off.
    2) how much is this going to cost to repair? i'm almost scared of taking it to the dealer and finding out the cost.
  • waskowasko Posts: 103
    Nanuq:

    I'm on a deer hunting vacation in MI, back at the in-laws for some much needed unwinding and decompression.

    The first shirt I grabbed out of the duffel at 5am EST on opening day was my Lord Lucas tshirt :)

    Must have been good luck - bagged a spike on the first time out. But now my Defender probably won't start when I get back to WA :)

    As I was rumbling across the field in the father-in-law's 85 Dodge pickup, I closed my eyes briefly and dreamt I was in the middle of nowhere in a SIII 109. Of course, this is farm country and I *am* in the middle of nowhere.

    Funny how Rovers creep into your thoughts all the time. And funnier yet that an 85 Dodge is still running (barely though).

    Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy rovering!

    Take care, wasko
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    photodisco,

    I don't think the grade has much to do with it. If your tires were buried in mud, that could be enough to allow "upper parts" to be exposed to the ground with unpredicatble consequences.

    As to the cost, if you're very very lucky, the fender can be bolted back on with some reinforcing sheet metal and washers where the bolts used to be. On the other hand, depending on the specific nature of the damage, you might have to replace the fender. I do hope that the former is the case!

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  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Vehicle was built 12/20/95, has an extensive warranty history, mostly minor items.
  • We just brought home our new baby! A '96 Discovery SE7 Avalon Blue. The ride is terrific, and I can't wait to get it up in the mountains over the holiday weekend!

    Tincup47, thanks for all your help!
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