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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II



  • lrtxlrtx Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 LR Disco II. The transmission was rebuilt about 2 months ago.. the problem is that it won't go into gear. Whenever I put it on DRIVE the car will not move unless I go about 3000 RPM.. it will jerk and I have to press the brake! It does the same thing on REVERSE. It will not back up until I get it up to about 3000 RPM. I have spoken to my mechanic, left there.. and he checked everything out. At first he said that it was low on transmission fluid. I got the vehicle back but a couple of days later it started doing it again. I took it once again, supposely they took the whole transmission out and redid everything. It was ok for the first day and now its doing it again. The car feels find, its just that problem of it not going into gear. Can anyone HELP me out?!
  • lr2002lr2002 Posts: 5
    I purchased an 02 not too long ago and love it. Although I did have a to replace all rotors and pads to the tune of $1300.00 at land rover. Ouch, but worth it. They are very choice and a much better design than the new LR3. I feel the LR3 style has moved to far from land rovers roots.

  • lr2002lr2002 Posts: 5
    This sounds as if something is slipping big time, that is all I can say, but post whatever you finally figure out what it is.
  • lrtxlrtx Posts: 2
    I forgot to mention that the D, M, S light will flash whenever this happens. Could this an electrical problem??
  • lr2002lr2002 Posts: 5
    Does anyone know of a shop in San Antonio, Texas that will install a DAP A Bar for me, cheap? (aside from Land Rover) Help!!!
  • If I am not mistaken, the 2003 was the first year of the "BMW inspired" Disco. As such, it seems to be a more trouble free truck than some earlier model years. One benefit is that it has the 4.6 liter V-8, formerly used in the Range Rover. It's no tiger, but it has more HP and torque than prior Disco engines.

    We have 35,000 miles on our 2003, and have had virtually trouble-free driving all the way. On a just completed trip through NM, AZ, UT and CO we averaged 16.37 mpg. Lots of highway driving, but also lots of city driving in traffic clogged Mesa/Phoenix.

    We ran into snow, lots of neat off-road trails, and high mountain passes. The Disco managed to handle them all. Also, quite comfortable for us for all day driving, which I would not have expected when we bought the truck new in 2003.

    Land Rovers are not for everyone, but if you appreciate the capabilities that a Disco offers, you should get many enjoyable go-anywhere miles out of one.

  • Interesting. My 2004 made clicking noises the day I got it brand new. I now have 10,000 miles on the odometer and I have just gotten it back from the Landrover repair. It has just received its 4th new engine! Can you imagine. 10K miles and four engines.
  • Was your clicking sound from the rear? very faint single popping sound when putting into reverse or forward from a stand-still?? 4th engine...i'd look into state lemon may get a brand-new truck!
  • mnrovermnrover Posts: 52
    I had the same issue with the lights blinking and the amount it took to get the truck moving after that. Like the problem I had, sounds like your tranny could be defaulting into the "limp home" safety mode as the computer senses a problem. In my 99 Disco II, after four alternators, and numerous trips to the LR dealer, LR diagnosed my a problem as electrical surges causing the computer to trip and default into the safety mode. I can certainly tell you what else happened - But it would be a long post to go through all the electrical issues I had. After four alternators, they finally traced the blinking lights and lack of acceleration back to an electrical surge/signal from the climate control unit. They also pulled my tranny and were about to install a brand new one, but ended up not after finally finding the problem. They fixed the problem by suppressing the electrical signal from the climate control unit. As of 3 years ago, no issues. I love my Rover, wouldn't trade it for anything. Good Luck!
  • flopnutflopnut Posts: 2
    I'm looking for advice about buying a used discoII. I found 2: a '99 w/59k and an '02 SD w/66K for about $12K/each. The '99 appears to have been a grocery getter and came here from Canada. The '02 was in a collision in 2003 that knocked the left front wheel clear off. The local dealer wasn't too forthcoming with anything more than what I found on carfax even though they know both vehicles well. Any advice would be appreciated as I've always wanted a Rover but just can't afford $25k for a certified used one. Thanks in advance.
  • just be sure they received routine service...with all landrovers...service and upkeep is the key. they are highly expensive to fix...$120/hr...and that's just the labor. Watch out for any corrosion from the salt in canada. look underneath. also, be prepared for the fuel mileage...they are mightly thirsty!!! all-in-all..great vehicles and fun to drive, but get the one that's in the best shape and had great service done to it. If the '02 was fixed properly...i'd probably go with it...but if you can't get a detailed report of what was damanged...RUN!!!
  • flopnutflopnut Posts: 2
    Thanks Pete!
    The '02's service record seems a bit sloppy which is probably why it ended up where it is though the collision work was done at the Rover's conglomerate shop (they're a multi-marque dealership.)
    I'm waiting to see the '99. It's at the rover dealer having work done and I haven't looked at it yet. We'll see.
    By the way, most of urban Canada doesn't use road salt but we do here in Buffalo.
  • vanfan3vanfan3 Posts: 4
    I had the "all the lights problem" and that was finally fixed by having the ABS Modulator replaced under warranty. Now I have the problem with seatpower on the passenger side. I have replaced the fuse twice and the fuse lasts for a few minutes and then goes. Any other advice on seat electrics out there?? and are people finding it is linked to the "all the lights "problem"
  • lr2002lr2002 Posts: 5
    :confuse: I am having some trouble getting the three hellas lite on my cargo rack. I am running all three off a relay to come on with my highbeams. All my wiring seems correctly in place. I even switched out the relay to check if that was problem. Any suggestions?

    02 discovery II
  • 04'Disco @ $21,900 wow! I haven't seen them cheaper than $28,000 here on the west coast. I would have one at that price.

  • cham1989cham1989 Posts: 5
    Wow that is cheap for a '04. I live on the East Coast (Philadelphia, Pa)and I would truly have one at the price.
  • pbroverpbrover Posts: 43
    Yes you are mistaken. 1999 DII was the first year of the BMW inspired Disco II. The larger engine is the same engine that was in previuos year Range Rovers. Also, it's the same engine in previous year Disco's, but bored out for me displacment :P
  • pbroverpbrover Posts: 43
    I own a DII and an LR3. In regards to design, are you refereing to capability or physical design. In regards to desgin yes the Disco II is more masculine looking. In regards to functionaility and off-road ability the LR3 wins hands down. :blush:
  • ckkabckkab Posts: 1
    Hello new to the forum, im looking at purchasing a 2002 disco II se (westminster edition).....

    Love the vehicle looks and ride, and have come to terms with the gas situation.....

    Would love information from anyone who has knowledege of the discovery's regarding service/mech problems.

    The one im looking at buying is from a local dealer, it has 90,000 kilometers.....very clean----$25,000 (canadian)

    They offer a warranty......2 years or 60,000kl for 3,500...

    I not sure how much the "westminster package" is worth, but apparently they are not readily available....?

    Anyway, im on the fence with this purchase...i presently own a honda accord (great mech problems)....but having a 40th b-day this year, and just kinda want the land rover.....

    Any advice either pro/con would be greatly appreciated....

  • Hi everyone this is my first time on this site. I have a 00 disco 2 start overheating after a couple of miles. Dealer put new head gaskets, thermostat etc. can't figure out still the same problem. Temp goes high in red when you drive not while you are parked and engine is running. Dealer says he checked everything, but he wanted me to trade. Did not trust him as I caught them lying about my piston sleeve had dropped they said originally. Car runs very smooth, but over heats and coolant boils over.
    Any suggestions. Thanks.
  • mnrovermnrover Posts: 52
    How many miles? I have a 99 Disco II w/71000 on the clock - just replaced the water pump, thermostat, all coolant hoses and new serpentine belt. My radiator was also leaking as well. I was able to get the radiator fixed for $105 (saved me from having to lay down $700 for a new radiator!!). Sounds like your auxiliary cooling fan on the front of your radiator is able to move air through the radiator when parked. With the air flow going through the radiator at cruising speeds, kind of odd that it is overheating then and not when parked. Have you had them check your viscous coupler? It is triggered by heat. I've heard that they wear out and can cause problems. Just my $.02. Good Luck
  • sandy45sandy45 Posts: 1
    My 2000 Disc II continues to have problems with the back end sinking - yes, I do believe I have the self leveling stuff and air suspension. I have taken this back to the dealer (bad mistake) several times - perhaps 4 times over the last couple of years.

    Is there a final fix for this? The dealer seems to do the same thing and I continue to have issues.
  • mnrovermnrover Posts: 52
    A couple aftermarket companies have conversion kits that swaps out your rear air suspension and allows you to install springs. - Costs can be between $200 - $300. I will be purchasing one of these kits this Spring. Good Luck!
  • macc24macc24 Posts: 20
    Just replaced my the Disco wants to overheat at about 15 min into any drive. I replaced it according to the shop manual since I was working on a few other things at the same time too. ( Yes, I know, always take a picture...)

    My question...does the Y connector that is on an angle marked "pump" with an up arrow actually go to the pump or is the shop manual correct. Can someone look under their functioning Disco's hood and tell me (or take a picture and post it).

  • mnrovermnrover Posts: 52
    Anyone had experience using thermal wrap on their headers? Does it really reduce temperature under the hood?
  • Anyone have problems with their Bank1 & Bank2 showing Lean on diagnosis? Which Oxygen Sensors did you change? Any info would be a great help!
  • I have the same kind of problem in my 00 discovery. replaced thermostat, head gaskets at the dealer. Cost me a lot. Dealer tried telling me engine is bad. Make a trade or replace the engine. I choose to take the vehicle somewhere else. Still the same problem. It overheats when you drive about 2 miles. Does not overheat when parked and running.
    Can't believe that the engine could be bad, because it runs smooth until it overheats.
    Any suggestions
  • Can you get away with putting mid grade fuel if all your driving will be in town?
  • mnrovermnrover Posts: 52
    Generally, the front two O2 sensors are the first to go. I replaced both of mine. Took about 30 minutes. Talked to a LR Mechanic, rarely do they replace the back two sensors.
  • rover_usarover_usa Posts: 24

    From what I understand the higher octane is necessary to ensure the engine does not become fouled.

    It is also a good idea to use fuel supplements to ensure your engine is kept clean.

    That is if you really care about your LR and want to keep it long term...if you are leasing or just don't plan to keep it, you can probably get away with it.

    But I would certainly recommend against it.
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