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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#1903 of 5002 Also considering 99 Disco II
Apr 08, 2002 (6:06 am)
Hi, I am also considering a certified 99 Discovery II SE through a Land Rover dealer that has 21000 miles. It looks great but I am a little concerned by the previous information listed on this site. Has anyone experienced a "knocking" when they put the gas on? I test drove a 99 at CarMax and a LR dealer and both had some sort of "knock". I did not hear the "knock" when I test drove a 2002.
Any information is appreciated.
#1904 of 5002 Calming Fears
Apr 08, 2002 (1:17 pm)
I hope that with Nanuqs' and my comments most of your fears will be calmed with respect to LR ownership. Maybe most of the fears are being generated at the local LR service centers (rotor replacements, knocks, special lubes etc.), but come on now!, it is just a SUV. My 2000 DII has been trouble free (except with losing my radio) for over 15K. Its' oil changes are not special, one extra quart, the oil filters are stock Ph 16s, the oil in the differentials do have to be changed at 7500 miles, but the next service is at 90K. Ford has even now been advertising the "special" synthetic oil for its' rear ends now. My brakes are checked at every tire rotation, which LR says don't do, and are still at 80%. I even have occasion to run regular unleaded from time to time with no "knocking" at all. The only noises that take getting used to is the ABS system firing up in the morning, but that ceases in about a minute. The only complaints that I get is from my kids. The rear seats are a little too stiff and they make them sit up straight with their belts on. (no unsafe lounging as with a Chevy or Dodge.
Apr 08, 2002 (1:18 pm)
i did not notice any knocking, but there was some noise where the windshield meets the dash i could not locate..
#1906 of 5002 Windshield Noise
Apr 08, 2002 (2:49 pm)
Is it possible the climate control was set on recirc? When I have mine that way ('96 D1) it makes The Enormous Sucking Sound from there atop the dash. Just an idea.
#1908 of 5002 Windshield Noise
Apr 08, 2002 (3:10 pm)
I also had windshield noise with my rig. After researching it and trying to get LR to fix it on warranty I was informed that the windshield had been replaced before I purchased it at 6K. The non-LR dealer used the old rubber, a after-market windshield (LR wanted $914.00), and reused the plastic trim rivets. Luckily I got a ding in it on the freeway before my trip to the dealer so I ended up calling insurance and getting it replaced with all LR equipment for $250.00. Now no noise and all LR.
#1909 of 5002 local mechanic needed
Apr 10, 2002 (8:01 am)
I live in the DC area, and the dealer just quoted me 6000 for a bunch of problems. I wanted to see if anyone in the area know of a reputable mechanic for Discovery's that might be able to give me a second opinion on all the issues. I have a 95 and I know the blue book value is only 5000 to 6000. They're telling me I have a leak in my oil pan, manifold, cover seal, coolant leak, transfer box leak, power steering hose leak, need new exhaust system... Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 10, 2002 (9:37 am)
That I lived in the DC area gyao, I could use the money. It sounds like all of your problems are minor. Gaskets, hoses and mufflers. Big deal!! Unless something major is wrong (coolant leak is a cracked head or block) I think you can beat this estimate by a ton. Everything I have seen on my rig is pretty standard and any good ASE mechanic should have no problem and at a reasonable repair cost. Parts are a little higher, but standard filters, hoses, brake pads, are priced very fair. If you are not mechaically inclined, facing and $6000 repair bill for a $6000 car, maybe it is time to donate your rig to a good cause in DC. I no longer resale my cars. I get my mileage out of them and take the deduction.
#1911 of 5002 No resale for sure.
Apr 10, 2002 (10:04 am)
Thanks expert1. I'm definitely going to see what another mechanic will charge for it all, and will get done the bare minimum. A little muffler noise doesn't bother me (that was $2500 according to the dealer). The thought of resale is too much of a pain to bother with.
#1912 of 5002 Leaks galore
Apr 10, 2002 (10:11 am)
Don't you know that's the factory installed Undercarriage Corrosion Prevention (UCP) system in action? Works great, eh? *grin*
Not to worry. Just go around with a socket wrench and an assortment of sizes and torque up the cover bolts. Most likely they're a little loose. You may have degrading cork gaskets but probably not. Use wrist torque only to tighten, like around 15-20 ft-lb. Any more might deform the cover being sealed.
As for the coolant leak... it may be a hose or freeze plug too. Have them point out where the leak originates. Does it make a puddle? You can chase it down yourself.
Remember this is not a rocket-science engine. Any good mechanic can work on it.
Good luck! -Bob