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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
Feb 10, 2002 (2:45 pm)
While 200 miles on a 2002 Discovery SE, Kalahari hardly makes me an authority on the subject, I would like to add my .02 cents. While doing my pre-purchase research I was told and read many things. The two that stuck in my mind were the following. I remember a post where someone had put most of the miles on his truck going back and forth to his dealer with problems. This post frightened me when I read it. I now find myself in that same position. Half, maybe more, of my 200 miles so far, have been accumulated going back and forth to land rover for small, annoying problems on my truck. As a matter of fact, after work tomorrow, I will be heading out to Land Rover to resolve two more minor problems. Would I condemn Land Rover for this circumstance? Absolutely not! I have been well taken care of and to date, Land Rover has stood on their heads to see that I am completely satisfied!
I will now relate a personal encounter with a woman who owned a Discovery, a Range Rover, and a Toyota 4Runner. She told me that her husband could basically afford anything his heart desired and that he was partial to the Land Rover products. She said that all three trucks had served them well but she was partial to the 4Runner. Her reason for this was that although she liked the Rovers, she felt that in her personal experience, the 4Runner had proven itself to be more dependable. She also had issues with gas mileage. In my personal experience one SUV gets the same poor gas mileage that the other SUV gets give or take two or three miles per gallon. Yes, I have run up a few miles trying to get everything just right with my truck but those miles have enabled me to become familiar with the vehicle I have purchased. For my $40,000 it was a Land Rover. These are big heavy trucks that are built well and should deliver much satisfaction of ownership. I am not one to hold back my dissatisfaction with any product I purchase. So far, I am very pleased. You will have to decide for yourself and spend your dollar where you think you will get the most for your money. Good luck in your decision. Let us know what you decide.
#1692 of 5002 Disco, a fine, well-made vehicle
Feb 10, 2002 (6:48 pm)
02 Disco with 4000 trouble free miles. Drives and performs flawlessly. Fit and finish are top-notch, sound system is terrific, and the heated seats, what can I say, just great. How about the heated windshield, another plus. Just driving a Disco is like no other driving experience, once you have one, you understand.
#1693 of 5002 1998 Land Rover...
Feb 10, 2002 (7:18 pm)
Does anyone have a 1998 out there? What are some of the problems they are running into? What does an extended warranty cost...
#1694 of 5002 From Eric to all who made comments...thank you very much...>
Feb 11, 2002 (6:13 am)
i am still doing some soul searching and will keep everyone informed about my decision...and maybe a post of some deep burning question again if i need some more assurance and comments..but for now..thank you again....
#1695 of 5002 Brandmar - '3'
Feb 11, 2002 (7:30 am)
Driving in 3 instead of D keeps your engine a little higher in the powerband and therefore gives you a little more power and it's a little more responsive. I do this until my speeds start getting up around 50mph or so... then I go to D.
I've read elsewhere, and it's been my experience, that these engines thrive on regular exercize. If you drive it good and hard periodically, it seems to do well. Give her a long hard blast up an onramp once a week, or something like that. Driving around in '3', the ECU soon "learns" this is your driving preference and your mileage won't be much different than using 'D'. Your performance will be much better and your engine will (in my opinion) last longer.
#1696 of 5002 Bit the bullet
Feb 11, 2002 (7:43 am)
I got my 02 White Disco SD. Its great! Thanks for all the input here. My first upgrades will be a CD changer and the heated seats, and some fog lights.
Feb 11, 2002 (8:48 am)
Congratulations, welcome to the fold! Let us know how your truck settles in to life in your household?!
About the heated seats... you may already "have" them, it just may be there are no switches to activate them. Apparently many trucks came with them, and there's a kit at Rovers North (I believe) consisting of switches to connect the existing wiring. These seats were dropped as a standard install item at some point in the recent past, so unless you pop open the panel to see if there are wiring plugs hiding in there, you're taking a chance. Scroll back thru the posts here, I believe we talked about this a couple weeks ago.
#1698 of 5002 Found my post... re: heated seats
Feb 11, 2002 (8:53 am)
Part Number: RCD2HEAT Price $60 Land Rover Genuine
Did you know that your Discovery is prewired for heated seats? Even heating elements are already there. All you need is to connect the switches.
How do I install heated seats?
Actually, all leather Discovery Series II's, and most of the others, come with the heated seats by default. They're just not hooked up! So, "installing" them is as easy as installing two switches and a faceplate. Here's what you need.
A small Phillips screwdriver (preferably magnetic) and the following parts:
Component Land Rover Part # Approx. selling price
Left Heated Seat Switch YUG102430 USD 33.00
Right Heated Seat Switch YUG102440 USD 32.00
Heated Seat Switch Cover Plate BTR3655LNF USD 10.00
Using the above items, do the following eight steps.
With the vehicle turned off, pry off the rectangular plastic plate that surrounds the window switches by inserting a small flat tool, or your fingernail, and carefully pulling it up. Remove it evenly from each side as four 1/2" plastic spears keep it centered and attached. You must be careful not to break them off.
Using the screwdriver, remove the four small screws that hold the black switch plate into the console. A magnetic driver will aid you in not losing these small screws. Remember which four holes they were in!
Pry up the switch plate, which you'll notice has holes for the heated seat switches. Insert the appropriate switches in the two holes.
Find the two unattached plugs in the wiring under the plate that match the switches. In theory, Green goes to Left and White goes to Right, but this is, after all, Land Rover. Plug in both switches.
Start the vehicle and engage the Left switch. Ensure that the left seat warms accordingly. This may take up to four minutes. Repeat for the Right side. If the opposite seat heats up, reverse the plugs after turning the vehicle off.
Reinstall switch plate with four screws.
Install new switch cover plate that is orificed for the heated seat switches, window switches, and rear window lock switch. Ensure that the four retaining spears accurately and evenly engage their ports. Ensure that neither the rubber skid guard or emergency brake boot are pinched behind the plate.
Drive around with a warm posterior!
You can buy the kit at roverconnection.com for $60.00
#1699 of 5002 Roof rack bars??
Feb 11, 2002 (11:05 am)
A humble request...
I managed to tear the roof rack crossbars clear off the top of my Disco (don't ask how, it was ugly). I have one good crossbar left, and I'm wondering if anyone here has one bar they want to sell? These are the Thule bars, sorta square in cross-section... with the pairs of pins that stick out from each end.
I'd sure appreciate it. L-R doesn't sell these old ones anymore, and I don't want to buy a whole new set. You can write me if you have one, at:
#1700 of 5002 Thoughts on the DII
Feb 11, 2002 (2:13 pm)
When I first considered the Disco, I too was apprehensive about buying a British car. now I am approaching 7 months on my 2001 SE and I crossed 12,000 miles this weekend. I have been the dealer for the usual service and to fix 2 minor oil leaks (in the first month) and wheel rims scratched during a tire balancing. The service quality is beyond compare. With the wheels they were able to buff them out an did a complete exterior detail while at it. They have offered to refinish all 4 wheels if I want. Also the offending tool has been thrown out.
In my opinion the on road performance is great. These trucks are solid and keep you safe.
As for off road ability these trucks are mountain goats. I went out on a dealer event last Friday and put the Disco and Rangie to the test. What a blast. I spent a day climbing and descending steep rutted grades, stradling narrow valleys and getting sideways on cross slopes all while talking extensively with a large group of service and sales people.
Any new owner needs to this.