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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II



  • buroskyburosky Posts: 90
    Thanks again for checking my DII's birthdate. That makes mine a Friday car (9/8/2000). To anyone, I can't remember exactly but some postings back I recall some people making comments about the day the cars are built. Was Friday supposed to be good or bad? Anything I have to keep an eye on?
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    This goes back years, but I believe it belongs with all of the other old wive's tales and Urban Legends. Supposedly Friday cars were bad because everyone was getting ready for the weekend, Monday cars because everyone was getting over hangovers. Other than anecdotal stories, there are no actual studies supporting this theory.
  • tincup, can you see when our truck's birthday is? VIN ends in 1A711607? Thanks!!

    I've seen a few mentions of cars seats out there. My wife and I are expected our first and will soon be in the market for an infant (rear-facing) car seat. Can anyone recommend a specific make/model that they've had a good experience with? Also, if anyone has had a really rough time with a specific make/model please let me know that as well.

    I know this is a little off-topic, but I know the Disco II rear seats are a bit different than most vehicles and I'm looking to get some solid user info. thanks.

  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Yours was built on 11/21/00
  • roo514roo514 Posts: 6
    Well, we bought a 2001 Disco over the weekend and we've been having a lot of fun with it so far! :)

    tincup, would you please look up the build date? VIN: 1A727077

  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    I don't know about anyone else, but mine was built on a Thursday and she always seems to run best on Fridays. 'Course the only thing the radio will pick up on Fridays are those Heineken commercials...

    I think it's because Lord Lucas is off blowing the froth off a couple pints and forgets to torment my electrics on Fridays. Seems plausible to me. And FWIW I never EVER drive her on Mondays ... just in case Lord Lucas is feeling cranky from a long weekend. It's the mtn bike for me!

    Regards, -Bob
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Congratulations on your new Discovery. It was built on 04/11/01
  • mrtoad3mrtoad3 Posts: 68
    I am looking to purchase the safari cage rack and ladder for my '01 DII SE7 for extra storage when loaded with 7 passengers. I am wondering if the cage would interfere with the sunroofs opening fully. The photos seem to show minimal clearance between the roof and rack. Any experience out there? Also, would the Kayak racks interfere as well? Thanks for any info.
  • Does anyone know how I can find out what kind of maintenance a particular Discovery has had?
    My wife and I are looking at a '97 Discovery VIN SALJY1245VA537184. I don't want something that's had a lot of problems or major accident repairs that wouldn't show up on Carfax. Does Land Rover provide any information on warranty work etc?
    Please help!
    Thanks :)
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    None of the Genuine Land Rover Discovery Series 2 accesories interfere with the sunroofs. The original Discovery cross bars can interfere with the rear sun roof with the side rail extensions fitted it the bars are installed in a certain position. The later cross bars will not interfere.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The vehicle you are looking at was built 7/16/96. No major problems in this vehicle's warranty history. Mostly leaks or minor electrical problems.
  • simrocksimrock Posts: 3
    I didnt have a problem with my first child and the car seat because it was in the middle of the back seat, but now that i am having a second child i am having a VERY hard time finding a rear facing carseat that will fit behind the passenger or drivers seat. There isnt alot of room! My only option is to move the passenger seat forward quite a bit(which is uncomfortable for most people) or try to squeeze the seats side by side, which isnt very good when one child is grabbing at the other. The peg perego infant carseat worked great for us. GOod luck
  • suvguy2suvguy2 Posts: 1
    My neighbor is selling his '94 Disco. It has 220,000 miles and is in good condition inside and out, and it doesn't leak any vital fluids. There is no blue cloud behind it when he drives down the street. He's done a number of repairs over the years which he will share with me (we just haven't had time to discuss). The price isn't final but will be in the $5,000 range. I'm thinking of buying it to drive to work and have some fun with, and to help me decide if I want to plunk down 35 large for a new one.

    I would appreciate any info on problem areas to be aware of and whether I am buying a money pit. I believe '94 was the first year for the Disco. What things should I expect to repair/replace at that mileage? The way I see it, it must be a fairly reliable vehicle to go that far in 7 years. He drives it to work daily - 160 miles round trip, all interstate. He's also big into hunting and has taken it off road.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    It should have had any of the problems show up by now. 1994 was the first year of the Discovery in North America. It had been available since 1987 in the rest of the world, so it was not a brand new model.
  • expert1expert1 Posts: 133
    I just picked up a "new to me" 2000 Disco II SD with 6k on the odometer for $300 over low book. It is immaculate and I am just wondering what it has been doing for the last one and a half years. Vin # SALTL1541YA282430. Thank you. Also is there anyone that could lead me to a CD changer for this rig? All that I have found aftermarket is a Alpine S620 with a interface cable. Anyone know who builds the changers for LR? $700 from the dealer is real steep for a 6 disk changer. Also, what seat coverings come on the Disco II? I have heard of cloth/Velor, "Duragrain," and leather. Mine looks like leather but have a glossy look of "pleather" to them. The seat backs are very soft though along with the pouches.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    You're vehicle was built on 05/08/00. This vehicle has had 1 minor problem under warranty. Sounds like you got a great deal. All SD models are duragrain interior and are base models. The SE models is the top line with leather. These were the only 2 models in 2000. For 2001 they added an LE model, cloth and leather, which was a mid line model. The CD changers are from Alpine.
  • expert1expert1 Posts: 133
    I checked under the passengers seat yesterday and it seems that the CD changer is already pre-wired and the mounts are there. Do you know if a aftermarket Alpine deck can be used? The stereo installers say that the Alpine S620 with a Blitzman interface cable is required. Do you know if this deck will adapt to the interface cable that is already under the seat?
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    I'm afraid I don't know the answer to that.
  • Tincup47,
    Thanks for the info on that '97!
    That one fell thru but we are now eyeing up a '98 with VIN SALJY1248WA750261. Can you tell us about any warranty work done. It is now at 50k and we are looking at it on Ebay. Carfax showed it had been passed around a couple times and listed a comment as 'Service Contract Claim' which we were wondering about.
    Is it OK to ask you more questions as we look for a Discovery for my wife? Do you have any general advice for finding a good deal on a well kept Discovery?
    Thank You so Much! :)
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    That vehicle was built 9/10/97. Last reported mileage we have is 45,691. Up until that time nothing major had gone wrong. Feel free to ask anything, I may not be able to answer.
  • agh15agh15 Posts: 90
    Does any one know if their will be any changes to the discovery for the 2002 model year.
  • According to Tincup(I thank you) My '96 Disco was built on a Friday, yet I have not had any major problems with her. She's beautiful...gotta polish her though, and running smoothly. I noticed some hissing when I was accelerating, but her pick up has increased so much since I added synthetic. Anyone use Magnecor ignition wires?? Mine were delivered today and I'm gonna buy Bosch Platinum +4 spark plugs and 'freshen' her up next week... let me know if anyone had tried this... I'll share any changes I notice! Hopefully there will be many!! Good luck to all and happy discoing!
  • expert1expert1 Posts: 133
    Although the V-8 in my DiscoII is more than I have every had I was wondering the same thing about the use of synthetics and the like for power increase. Will the use of a K&N air filter help? Synthetics are already used in the axles, but will their benefits offset the cost of the fluid? Quaker State on sale is $.89/qt X 6.1 quarts every 3000 miles as opposed to a synthetic at $3.00+/quart. I read about all the maintenance issues with Rovers, but cannot fanthom were these people come from. For a car to last along time it needs preventative maintenance. How can spending one hour lubing, changing oil, and checking things be so hard? I just checked at the local auto supply and the oil filters are the same ones I use in my Dodge Caravan, the air filter is $10.99 and the oil used is only one quart more than my 70 Nova. What are these whinners complaining about? Brake pads are a snap to change and my wife has never gotten more than 19,000 miles out of any brake job. No wear indicators? Ruined rotors? Give me a break!! All 4X4s are in need of periodic checks. So far mine is flawless, fit and finish. I can't say that for my 2000 Chevy truck, having coolant leaks and dash replacements from day one. I searched for 1 and 1/2 years before picking up my DiscoII. Compared to a Durango, Trooper, Montero etc., for the same money I take a DiscoII any day. Cost? Every price parts for a Trooper? By the way, from what I read all Discos are either built on Mondays or Fridays, mine was built on a Monday. Maybe they have Tuesday-Thursday off in England.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    I'm glad your truck is running so well! Tincup is right, it's probably anecdotal evidence that says these things are bad if built Mon/Fri. But it seems plausible in that these are truly hand made trucks and if the "wrench" is distracted... well, you can have mistakes. I'm sure it's lots better than it used to be, in any case.

    Besides all that, who's to say yours isn't the one that Good Ol' Charles made, as his very last Rover before he retired on that Friday years ago? He would have given it his all to make sure it's perfect... and that's entirely plausible too (and if so, I bet he put his initials inside the back of the driver's seat under the upholstery...)

    Each Rover has a distinct personality. Some are cranky, some love to sing. Even the cranky ones, once you get them "over the hump", working out all the bugs, they tend to stay fixed. That's the point I'm at now, and I couldn't be happier.

    The hissing... get under the truck with a 12mm socket and loooooong extension (left side) and short extension (right side) and check the three nuts holding your Y-pipe to the exhaust manifolds. Mine come loose every month or so. Make sure you don't break off one of those studs in the manifold! The ones over top of the front diff are a bugger to get at, so work your left arm up over the axle and twist them that way.

    Have a great weekend all, -Bob
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    Best solution for MORE POWER is to drive around in "3" instead of "D". Do this up to about 50mph or so, it makes a BIG difference. Within a month the ECU will "learn" that you like to do this and your mileage will be about the same as before, with lots better power.

    Good luck, -Bob
  • expert1expert1 Posts: 133
    I read one post that a persons warranty was void since the dealer determined that he used 87 octane in his Disco. Is this true? The owners manual states that 87 octane can be used, but performance and mileage will suffer. Mileage complaints? I used to jump up and down with delight when my Suburban got 13 on a long freeway trip, so 13-17 isn't that bad. I was told if you want to use a lower octane gas just dump a can of injector cleaner in every 6th tank or so. I guess that the octane boosters used (probably methnol) to get to 90-92 do a better job at keeping the injectors clean. Any Comments? I haven't experienced any pinging, though I haven't pushed it up the mountain yet.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    If the problem was related to detonation caused by using 87 octane fuel, then the warranty would not cover it. It would not void the warranty on the whole vehicle. The loss of performance is probably more of an issue than fuel economy. Especially if you want to tow or operate under high load conditions.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    I've got to agree, when I'm climbing hard with my Disco, it is NOT happy with 87 octane, it pings unless I keep the RPMs way up. Get the higher octane if you're going to work her hard offroad and you'll like it better.

    The mechanics here recommend Chevron premium, saying the Techron is the best blend of cleaners. I usually alternate between Texaco and Chevron, to get the best of both worlds. I never use injector cleaner and don't miss it... she runs like a scalded cat.

    (whoops, here come the PETA people!) -Bob
  • I agree with Bob, using '3' under 50mph makes a wonderful difference. After having her for over a year now, I can see the changes and it's obvious to me that she prefers driving in '3'on back roads and the like. Even at highways speeds she performs better now in 'D' than she did when I first purchased her. Also, the K&N air filter made a difference in 'pick-up' along with Castrol Syntec engine oil. I always use 92 octane or higher at Mobil/Exxon or Hess. I haven't seen a Chevron station in years! I don't mind spending money on preventative care if it helps her live with lots of joy and for a long long time!! This coming week is tune up time for me and Magnecor just delivered my ignition wires, I'll be combining them with Bosch Platinum +4 plugs... just gotta pick up some tools... I'm thinking of replacing the oxygen sensor as well.. with Bosch. Hey Bob, have you used the Bosch plugs and/or Magnecor wires?? Anyone else? I'm curious to know if anyone as tried them. They're running a special for rovers on their site, it's a great deal.. the average price of the ignition wire set is btwn $79-$95, BUT at they're only $55 and change..not bad!! Good luck to all and Happy Discoing! -Lesley
  • mrtoad3mrtoad3 Posts: 68
    To get better power from the engine I have been using the "sport" mode and 3rd gear around town and this makes a big difference with throttle response and pick-up is greatly improved. Try it and you'll like it! Mileage suffers only a bit.
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