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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II



  • grover4grover4 Posts: 12
    Should I be concerned that it was built about 1 year ago. Also the car has front guards which we do not want (the dealer will take it off). Should we take this one or try to find a different one without the guards on?
  • odiopusodiopus Posts: 47
    Anyone hear anything on the Disco '02?

    Could not find any info. confirming any changes for the Disco '02, but I did find a nice Pic of the 2002 Range Rover...


  • mdimeomdimeo Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    In case you are wondering what is happening to Land rover here is the latest news I got from my dealer.

    Production on all models is being delayed...

    The defender is having an update because it did not meet the latest safety standards any more, production stopped at the moment, will also get a 7% price increase.

    The Freelander, delivery is 8 Months, 3.5% price increase.

    Discovery: Delivery time is now 7 to 8 Months (was 4 Months) so something seems to be changed on the model 2002 line. Price increase of 4% more info not known.

    Range Rover: no news heard.

    this was from an official Land Rover letter to all Belgian dealers.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    This has no bearing on NAS vehicles
  • sr96sr96 Posts: 3

    Someone just told me that my '98 was actually built in '97. Could you please check?

    Thanks a lot!
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Your's was built 11/04/97. Remember automobile model years do not follow calender years. Look at all the 2002 models you can buy now.
  • janssen99janssen99 Posts: 2
    Tincup, could you please chech the vin number for a DII I am close to purchasing. Looking for the birdate and to see if there are any historical concerns on it's record? Thanks

  • phefferpheffer Posts: 4
    I am new to Land Rovers and am in the market to purchase one used. Is there a place that I can go to look at the various years and get information on problems and the various descriptions of the different models from year to year?
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    It was built on 02/23/99, no major repairs done.
  • grover4grover4 Posts: 12
    What is the average time from build date to sale?

    Also wondering whether removal of the front guards will cause any damage to the car?

    Thanks in advance for the info.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    I couldn't begin to guess at an average on your first question. Which guards are you talking about? The Brush Bar? If so there is a slot cut into the Bumper on the RH side and the Cover for the tow loop on the LH side has a bit trimmed off of it. The tow loop was also removed from the vehicle. Other than exposing these slots, there would be no adverse effect.
  • grover4grover4 Posts: 12
    I guess on the first question - Is 1 year from build to sale fairly normal?

    Yes I was referring to the steel brush bar - it has been installed on the car but I did not want it. So are you saying that there is no tow loop? If so, how would you attach a tow rope to the front of the vehicle?

  • mmtinymmtiny Posts: 1
    I am looking at a 96 Discovery SE-7 with 55,000 miles,& automatic for $14950. Can I get some info on reliability and value for this year? I would really appreciate any info I could get.
  • buroskyburosky Posts: 90
    Thanks for the info on Atlantic British. I gave them a call placed the order. They only had deflectors though. According to the sales person, he is not aware of any company making bras for the DII yet. The deflectors should be enough anyway. By the way, would you be so kind to check the build date and/or service history for mine? The last 8 of the VIN is 1A700091.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Build date was 09/08/00
  • waskowasko Posts: 103

    This one has run in the past, but I'd like to bring it back :)

    I'm within 60-90 days of buying a DII to replace my '96 DI. The DI is running great, but it's bonus time and I'm going to take the step up!

    So for those that opted for ACE, what has your experience been so far? Any warranty/repair work required? I'm aware of the extra noise it produces, but has anyone had any serious problems with it?

    Tincup, not sure if this is out of scope, but does LR have any reliability data that is public on this subsystem? Just wondering how it holds up over time. I've heard lots of noise about the air adjustable suspension on Rovers, but given the fact that it was introduced in the mid '90s, it seems to be holding up fairly well on the R-Rovers. That subsystem was suspect in it's day as one that would be faulty over time and be very costly to repair. While not cheap to repair, it's seemingly enjoyed a relatively reliable track record.

    All in all, I may lease this next one. Given the fact that I own the Defender and may want to refresh the DII to a Range Rover within the next 2-4 years, I think leasing may make better sense, esp. given the hit you take when trying to sell a vehicle after only a couple of years. With X-plan pin in hand, I should get a fairly good quote :)

    If anyone else has done a 3yr/45000 mile lease on an SE or SE7, I'd be very interested in how your payments looked (with the options you chose).

    Thanks! wasko
  • waskowasko Posts: 103
    Just a quick note that the Defender is running like a charm - has handled quite a few 2-4 hour trips into the mountains. A bit anemic with the AC in the hills, but pure Rover and a joy to drive.

    Taking it in this coming week or next to get some minor things addressed:
    * leaky sunroof
    * missing speaker-cover on passenger door
    * 3 radio memory buttons don't work

    Just ordered the spring-loaded side-steps for it from AB (as well as the cargo mat) - they should be in this week. That will make it easier for the wife to get in and out of the vehicle, allowing me to drive it even more :)


  • grover4grover4 Posts: 12
    We are also looking at trading in our DI (95) for a DII. We are fairly happy with the price on the DII (less than 4% over invoice) but not too happy with the trade in. What range are you expecting to trade or sell your DI?
  • bakcabakca Posts: 33
    Starting to negotiate on an '01 DII SE. Looking for advice on roof racks. Should I go with the LR cross bars. How versatile and adjustable are the factory racks and who makes accessories that fit.

    Is it better to go with a Yakima or Thule add on that clamps to the roof rails.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    I've got an SI Disco and I kept the factory roof rack and xmembers. I use the smallest "square" Yakima clamps and they go right around my stock xmembers. Then the Yakima ski racks attach to the Yakima clamps. Nice setup but I had to modify my garage door to get the truck inside with the tall tires.

    For bikes I use the Rhode Gear receiver rack, it folds away and holds 4 bikes. If I'm only taking 2 bikes then they go inside the back.

    Regards, -Bob
  • bakcabakca Posts: 33
    Thanks Nanuq

    Also will the cross bars interfere with the sunroof.

    Here in CA it seems likely I will remove accessories and maybe the crossbars when I don't need them.
  • I have to make a choice - lease a AR II or Jeep Grand Cherokee. Roughly same $$$, but Jeep might be a bit more afford able. Quality and reliability issues on both sides. If you had to pick, what would you do?
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Yikes... no idea! I don't have sunroofs. But regardless, the stock crossbars are held in by a spring-loaded double pin on either side, just push in the pins from underneath and pop out the xmembers. This can be extraordinarily hard to do if they're corroded, and it's a long way up there so remember to give 'em a shot of WD-40 when you take them off. Sometimes you can use a ski pole tip to press in the pins when all else fails... it just fits between the body and rail.

    This is a simple and quick way to on/off a set of roof racks for the Disco. Hopefully non-owners won't figure out how easily they pop off, so the racks and xmembers don't walk away.

    Hmmmmmmm, on second thought... it is really REALLY really hard to get these racks off! Honest!

    With tongue firmly in cheek, -Bob
  • Hi,

    I recently bought a D2 with the extended roof rails, and I installed the Thule Rapid Railing Carrier cross bars thereon. If you position them properly, there is no problem with the sun roofs. I suspect there should be no problem regardless of where you place the cross bars, but I didn't try every location.

    FWIW - I removed the cross bars after a week. They were noisy (with sunroof(s) open, and made the truck to high to fit in my parking garage at work.

    My neighbors recomended the THULE bars over the LR grabber bars because of increased load capacity, and compatibility with other accessories.

    I guess if height isn't a concern, and noise doesn't bother you, then the THULE is a good setup.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The only time I've heard of a clearance problem is if you have the extensions for the side rails that go to the back of the vehicle. With the incorrect cross bars on the extensions you could have clearance problems with the rear sunroof.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    I would choose the vehicle that best met your needs. Although I work for Land Rover, I realize that our vehicles are not meant for everyone. The Grand Cherokee is a fine vehicle also. See if you can go for an extended test drive with both vehicles, compare how each retailer treats you, then make the decision that is best for you.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    I don't know of any statistics on the ACE system, but we get fewer calls on the tech line about that system than some of the others. It does seem to be a reliable system. It also is very effective. Take it for a test drive back to back with a non-ACE vehicle, the difference is quite noticable.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    A year from production to sale is not a usual occurance but it is not unheard of. Vehicle allocations aren't my area of expertise though.
  • bakcabakca Posts: 33
    Well, my wife and I went and did it today. We bought the '01 DII SE in white gold with the lightstone interior. Hadn't planned on the lightstone but that was all the dealer could find without the works $$ (ACE, 7 seats, Rear Air). The lightstone looks good but what is different that makes it more expensive?

    can you look up the "birth" date for me. The last 8 are 1A731316.

    The dealer will get it tomorrow prep it and then it's ours. Any special tips on breaking it in right. We will be taking a trip in about a week and I don't know if I want to run it long distance up the highway so soon.

    Thanks to all for the info on the racks (and all the other discussions that helped in making this decision). Couldn't quite swing racks with the purchase so I'll be adding them later.

    One final request, does anyone know what a typical price is for the LR 5/100 extended warranty.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Congratulations on your new Discovery! May it give you many troublefree miles. It was built on 05/17/01.
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