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Land Rover Discovery and Discovery II



  • Tincup: thank you for looking up my vin #.

    Has anyone had problems with the rearview mirror losing its anti-glare film?? About a week after the warranty ran out...(of course)...the blue anti-glare film started to disappear and is now almost completely gone. Does anyone know what would cause this and how I should fix it???(I never used any cleaners on the mirror). Also, I checked Atlantic British, but the only one in the catalogs is for a Rover. Thanks- Ocean
  • mrtoad3mrtoad3 Posts: 68
    Dear tincup:
    Please be so kind as to look up the build-date for my Disco as well. The Vin# is 1A706761. The information you have provided in past postings has been greatly appreciated and invaluable to those who come here. Thanks.
  • kbowenkbowen Posts: 58
    I anticipate soon buying a new Disco. I do a lot of summer rock crawling in Colorada and New Mexico, although I'm from the flatlands. the sales rep for the dealership told me I do not need the skid plate package for offroading, that the Disco is fine as it is. I question that. I currently own a Jeep Grand with the plate package, which cost $230. The Disco plate package costs well over $2,000 exclusive of labor. It sure put me off and the rep seeing that might be a little less than truthful in telling me it's not needed. Any advise, anyone? Also, Motor Trend is reporting a redesign for the 2002 disco; does anyone know what that might be about?
  • danslrdiidanslrdii Posts: 2
    the last 8 digits of my vin are YA258597
  • kbowenkbowen Posts: 58
    What's with the 18" tires with the ACE system. Their profile is lower than the 16" (55 v. 65) and I would think they would "pinch" more in the rocks and thus be more prone to failure offroad. Since they are high speed tires (why would you need that in a DII?), I see them more suited for the highway. Can you get Ace without the 18 inchers? Any comments, please? Also is the SLS worth the money? TINCUP ARE YOU THERE; IF SO, SEE POST 692 TOO. AND THANKS.
  • roo514roo514 Posts: 6
    Happened across this message board and it seems like a great place to ask questions! So here's mine: we're thinking of buying a 2001 Discovery II SE and are not too familiar with its reputation in terms of maintenance and reliablity. We're not ones to buy a vehicle, get tired of it and resell - our current cars all have over 100K miles on them. So how long can we expect to have the Discovery? Can it make it to 200K miles? And what is everybody's experiences been like with maintenance? Any major problems? I read an earlier message about things (seats, doors, etc.) rattling, is that common? We don't plan to be doing any offroading or anything like that.

    One more thing. I see that the TMV (for my area - N. California) of the base price of the SE is $34,677 and the MSRP is $36,750. However, when we went to the dealer, he stated that the price can't be negotiated (that we can only negotiate maintenence fees) and that Land Rovers never go on sale. So why is the TMV $2000 lower? Should we be able to buy it for less than MSRP?

  • bakcabakca Posts: 33
    "never go on sale" is not really true. Less than market lease and finance rates are a sale. The 5.9% loan rate is essentially a $2000 discount due to lost interest income.

    In so cal the dealers seem willing to negotiate. I will know better in a couple weeks when I actually try to purchase an '01 DII.
  • I just purchased a 98' D1. When I went to fill up with gas for the first time I had a problem. The first 2 or 3 gallons went in fine then it kept overflowing even though it only had a few gallons in it. I had to keep slowly squeezing the handle for about 10 minutes to fill it. This happened again at the next fill-up at a different station. Does anybody know why? Thanks, Matt
  • kbowenkbowen Posts: 58
    See posts 692 and 694. Are skid plates and ACE worth it in your opinion. and, would you wait for 2002 or buy 2001 now. Dealer has 2001 on lot I like, but no ACE.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    For most people who offroad on Discoverys the skid plates aren't needed. If you go into extremely rocky areas I would recommend them. They are available individually so you can look underneath and see where you feel you might need them. ACE is not available except with 18" tires and wheels. I imagine you could get 16" rims and tires. ACE has one good feature for off-roading although it is primarily an on-road system. In low range it disengages, which disables the sway bars. This allows greater axle articulation as the sway bars aren't trying to keep everything level. SLS allows more rear ground clearance and increases the angle of departure. It also extends itself automatically if you get the vehicle high centered.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    I am presently on vacation until July 5. I'll answer all the build date requests when I get back to work and access to my office computer.
  • waskowasko Posts: 103

    Join the club! Maybe they're automatically setup to 'drain' when the warranty runs out :)

    I had the same problem with my DI - the oily stuff spilled all over my dash and console. Now there is a dry ring left around the mirror.

    For the small (automatic) loss in functionality, I have decided not to replace it. I just tilt the mirror up when driving at night :)

    Thanks - wasko
  • onyxfilmonyxfilm Posts: 1
    HI! I am looking to purchase a 2000 Disco II. It's a great deal with the leather package and is prewired for the CD changer. Here's my question: The dealer says I can only get the Land Rover make CD changer if I want it to work with the controls on the steering wheel--except that is $700 CD player! Can I use a third party player that will work with the land rover controls or is the dealer right? Can I get a third-party player and use it if it has a remote control? Thanks for your help!
  • WASKO: Good to know I'm not the only one! I haven't noticed any leaks, but it has disappeared in a matter of weeks. I can live with out it, I find the height of the vehicle and the tilt of the mirror makes night driving no problem... but it was nice while it lasted. -Ocean

    Has anyone been using Castrol Syntec in their rovers? I just replaced the oil and went synthetic and I love the differences: smooth running and better pick up etc.. I heard Chevron makes a good synthetic, one of my mechanics was raving about it.
  • rkoeslerrkoesler Posts: 62
    I have off-roaded both my skid-plate equipped, non-ACE '00 DII as well as my non skid-plated '99 DII with ACE, in NM and CO, and have had no problems or complaints with either vehicle. The ACE is really nice when driving roads like the million $ highway in CO, but it's not a real necessity - the non-ACE vehicle just leans a little more, but not enough to justify $ 2900. I would for sure get the front skid-plate to cover the steering stuff, as based on my scuffmarks on the plated vehicle, there is a good potental for damage there. I've also had no problems with the low profile tires on "the rocks".

    Maintenance on the DII is no big deal, costs are no more than my Toyota or Benz, or any other vehicle for that matter - plus you can do a lot yourself. My biggest problem has been scheduling the services - usually takes 3 weeks advance notice - I hope I never need emergency repairs.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    mr toad, your vehicle was built 10/17/00
    danslrdii your vehicle was built on 12/14/99
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The Discovery has won the Strategic Vision Total Quality Award.
  • jackickjackick Posts: 12
    Hey Tincup- our vin is #YA242528. What's our birthday?

    Love the truck thus far- we have camped in it (we are shorter in stature, so folding the seats down and sleeping in the back is not too bad), brought the bikes out (with a hitch mounted Yakima rack- although the back is inaccessible with the rack on) and attended a LR picnic event where we could offroad to the best of our abilities. (She has some minor battle scars too, which adds to my affection for this vehicle!) I have even taken the truck through some fields just for fun. As a passenger noted, "This was fun in our Blazer but it's even more fun to do in your Land Rover!!!!!!"

    Only concern is the gas mileage on our 2000 Discovery II- I was expecting an average between the low of 13 and the high of 17 based on the fuel economy blurb on the window sticker. Even with a tank full on highway, we are averaging 14.5. We use 92 octane and run the "econ" for the climate control. Any suggestions on improving the 14.5? I know this isn't a Geo Metro but I would like to try to get better mileage if possible.

    Thanks for all of the guidance on this informative board!

    PS: I renamed her the Weiner Mobile- for numerous reasons, but it seems to fit her personality!!!!!
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Your Discovery was built 9/16/99
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    I use Syntec 5/50 in winter for the flow capability when it's cold out, and I use 20/50w GTX in summer, with 2 quarts of Syntec replacing 2 quarts of dino-oil. I use Wix 51515 filters (I think that number's right) and love 'em. That Wix is the long-body Fram PH8A replacement.

    Some folks report noisy "tappy" lifters... a few months of Syntec seems to wash the crud out and quiet things up. Plus it has a higher flash point so you get fewer deposits on the exhaust valve stems. That's pretty important for '96 GEMS 4.0 trucks.

    If you use 20/50w in summer, keep the RPMs down (like below 2k) until the temp gauge comes up off the peg. Otherwise you can pop open the popoff valve in the filter and run all that crud thru your engine again.

    Happy Rovering! -Bob
  • jcelderjcelder Posts: 1
    I am looking to buy a late model (96 or newer) Land Rover Discovery with preferably under 70,000 miles. I can only spend about $18,000-19,000 (or less) and would like to know what the service histories of Land Rover owners are? As a rule, is there a certain point where Land Rovers become frequently broken down? Can one buy a Discovery and rely on it to have relatively minor cost repair problems for 70,000-120,000 miles. I have heard some stories that Land Rovers have spotty repair problems especially toward high miles. As I can imagine they are expensive to fix,is the extended warranty worth it? What kind of mechanical problems should I anticipate? How would anyone compare their Rover with cost of ownership to a similar or cheaper SUV? Please let me have any *unbiased* opinions of your experiences.
  • Does anyone know if the Tomb Raider Defender will be offered in the USA for 2002?
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The Defender will not be available in the U.S. before 2004-2005. The vehicle needs a complete dash redesign to comply with U.S. safety standards.
  • Check out a CD changer on or go on E-bay and pick up a used LR CD then just plug and play.
  • Thanks for the Defender information. It will be a good while until 04/05 so, lets forget about the new Defenders for now. What is a Strategic Vision Total Quality Award? I trust this award has more to do with than the view from the drivers seat.
    Thanks Tin,
    Regards To All,
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    This link is to their site, gives the story better than I can.

  • Could someone let me know if there is anywhere on the web/internet where I could view the land rover discovery series II Kalahari edition. I am only aware of the one photo taken at the auto show, the one where it is posed on the man made mountain. This picture only affords a side view. I have spent some time trying to locate additional photo's, but have been unsuccessful. Thanks.
    Regards to all.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Here is a site I've found that has info and a different pic.
  • kkonekkone Posts: 61
    Has anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area paid less then "Sticker" for a 2001 Land Rover Discovery SE? If so, how much did you get it for and how was it equiped?
  • Hi,

    I'm looking to purchase a Range Rover 4.0. The Range was recently returned to Land Rover (3 year lease terminated) with only 12,000 miles. It's a 1998 with a sale price of $38K. I've searched for used Range Rovers and typically they all have between 33K-40K of miles driven for 1998-2000 rovers and up to 60K miles of warranty with the ability to extend the warranty up to 100 miles.

    I'm looking to potentially close on the purchase Tuesday July 10, 2001. However, I'm not in a rush or neither am I pressed to make a purchase. I feel as though I've come across a great deal, given the details listed above. Basically, if this is a good deal I don't want it to get away from me.

    What I'm looking for is perhaps some feedback, suggestions and recommendations that will either make or break my decision to purchase it.

    Thanks in advance!

    ljroveraround (Lionell)
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