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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#2333 of 5002 2003 Disco Owners....
Oct 16, 2002 (8:35 am)
Anyone out there recently purchase a 2003 Discovery with the Harman Kardon audio/navigation system installed? Reason I am asking is I just wanted to compare what, if any, Instruction Manuals, and accessories were provided by Land Rover for this system.
I have found the manual provided by Land Rover to be somewhat inadequate as compared to the actual manual that the Harman Kardon system comes with were you to buy it from a local retailer. Also, there is supposed to be a "storage box" for the detachable faceplate that Land Rover did not supply and states that they do not supply.
All in all, this is a complex system that has been trivially documented by Land Rover and the personell at the dealership are not very familiar with it as it is a new option in the vehicles this year.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Oct 16, 2002 (2:12 pm)
Did your Discovery's owners wallet contain the 75 page Audio and Navigation manual? There are 2 different Owner's wallets for these vehicles, one is for vehicles with the Becker Navigation unit/Harmon Kardon Audio system and one for the SE and S models. Part number for the correct wallet for your vehicle is LRN2003DSCWNAV.
#2335 of 5002 Disco II '03 SE or S? Or Used??
Oct 17, 2002 (5:58 am)
Okay, here's the deal...
I am infatuated with the Disco, and now need to decide which to buy. I'd like to be able to spend under $35K for an SE (can't get enough of the dual sunroofs), but don't know if thats possible. Should I consider getting and S and having a contractor install the sunroofs for less than the factory price tag of $1500? Or should I just look into a used 2000-02 with the sunroofs already installed (which would put my price tag under the $35K mark)?
I really love the new look for the 2003, and know that I would kick myself a year later for not sucking it up and spending the extra cash.
Oct 17, 2002 (8:22 am)
Well, I just finished going through the exact same process you are in; 2003 SE/HSE, or Used???
I decided to just go ahead and buy a new one for a couple of reasons. First, I have not personally owned a new vehicle in over 10 years. While there are savings to be had in buying used, I just felt (and always have) that buying new ensures that I know how the vehicle has been broken in, maintained, serviced, and I am aware of any accidents big or small. To me that has always been worth the extra $$.
Second, as far as debating a 2000-2002 model year Disco, the 03's have the new engine, brakes, noise dampening, and suspension. So for me, these are things I was interested in seeing improved for the new year and they were delivered.
Of course, these were my arguements in the debate and everyone is different, also finances are different too for everyone. Guess all you can do is spend what you are comfortable with.
I ended up with a 2003 Discovery HSE and I couldn't be happier!
Good luck with your decision.
Oct 17, 2002 (9:50 am)
You might be happier with the '03 in the long run. Better power, braking and improved handling and ride. Would you want to give up all that for a sunroof? If you have the sunroofs put in later, they will more than likely be more reliable anyway. They stock ones do tend to have problems (leaks and electrical). A sunroof contractor specializes in what he does. Will probably offer a better warranty on the sunroofs too.
#2339 of 5002 Does the SLS decrease rear wheel articulation??
Oct 17, 2002 (1:21 pm)
I have heard that the SLS decreases rear wheel articulation due to the thicker anti-roll bar. This is actually from my brother's LR salesman.
Oct 17, 2002 (5:50 pm)
I have a loved 2001 se7 disco with ACE that i had to give to my newlywed wife to drive because she's pregnant. (marriage priveledge) I am now so glad i did. Last week i was following her home one evening in the rain and darkness and suddenly not one but two deers ran in front of her 60mph. She didn't have time to brake or swerve (luckily so) so she hit them head on. One in the butt and the other in the front body. The front of the car has some damage on one side but not nearly anything that is considered major. I have seen what deers can do to cars and i was very impressed with how "tuff" this vehicle is. My poor grille guard took much of the damage and bent back and the front right fog light got ripped out. As soon as she hit the deer she pulled over and i ran out of my car petrified to see what i would see. I asked her if she's okay, she said it just felt like a "small thump". - amazing.
Oct 17, 2002 (5:53 pm)
Trust me get the FACTORY ROOFS! I bought my DII without the roofs and had them installed by a dealer & factory author. installer and they suck! They use a solid sun shade that rattles horribly. I thought that the solid shade was a bonus in the hot summer, but like I said they rattle. It has been to the shop several times and they fix it and then in less than a week there back to rattling. They finally addmitted that there is a design flaw that a clip comes loose with time and there is nothing they can do about it.
I had a loaner with the factory roofs and no rattles. ORDER THE TRUCK WITH THEM INSTALLED FROM THE FACTORY OR YOU WILL BE SORRY!
Otherwise I love my Disco and have had no real issues other than the one mentioned above.
#2342 of 5002 Service...
Oct 18, 2002 (8:30 am)
Just sharing....I own a 2000 DII with 21,000 trouble free miles. Just brought it in for oil change and to check squeeky brakes, My experience is that you risk the rotors if you don't get to the pads soon enough.
Sure enough, the pads and rotors were within the tolerance levels that allowed the service team to replace all at no cost. The tech showed me the numbers and said I had 50% of pad left and the rotors were not grooved - but they replaced them all as "a service to the customer".
Lesson to all - always, always assume pads on new cars are only good for 25-30K miles. If they squeek take it in. Next time it will cost me.
Also had been fighting my steering wheel being off-center at 2:00. They re-aligned what was necessary (under warranty) and what a difference.
BTW, my 1996 Volvo 850 sedan has had all the same issues. As did my 1997 Grand Cherokee. Jeep never did get my steering fixed. These are not Land Rover specific isues.
I love this rig and I wish that I could have an 03 for myself.