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#2695 of 5002 Advice on Discovery II or Range Rover Used....
Mar 07, 2003 (11:27 am)
I currently own a 2000 Yukon 2WD. Love it, but I'm piling on tons of miles, and since it's 2WD it's not the best thing to drive in snow - although it usually does just fine!
I'm thinking of buying a used Discovery II or Range Rover for running back & forth to work, winter-time use, etc. I was amazed at the low prices! You can get a used mid-late 90's Disco II for around $8-$11K. Even a 95-96 Range Rover is only running in the high teen's!
Not being a Land Rover groupee...any advice you can give would be appreciated. What to look for? What to stay away from? Advise a used Disco or a used Range Rover? Thanks!!
#2696 of 5002 03 Disco HSE Lease
Mar 07, 2003 (12:45 pm)
I'm looking to purchase a Discovery and was wondering what sort of residual value people are being quoted on their cars? Also how much below msrp should I expect to be able to get on a purchase?
#2697 of 5002 Electrical Problem with my '00 Disco
Mar 07, 2003 (1:33 pm)
My Disco's electrical problem seems to quit on me from time to time, especially on humid or cold days. Still driveable when electrical problem fail, but all electrical accessories comes to a halt (i.e., window lock, A/C inoperable, heating systems stops, etc.). When the electrical problem occurs all the dashboard lights comes on. Anyone experienced this problem? If so, what was done to correct this problem?
#2698 of 5002 Question on resale value
Mar 07, 2003 (4:44 pm)
I posted the question a couple above re: buying a used Discovery II or Range Rover. That also leads to a question about resale value. Plain ol' Chevy Tahoes and Suburbans seem to have better resale value! I mean, a new Range Rover back in the late 90's was $60K. Now they sell for the low $20's. Wow! The Discovery II seems to not have such a drastic % loss in resale value, but the used ones also seem like they're really good deals.
Should all of this be raising red flags for me? How come they have such high sticker prices and low resale value? If I buy a used one, will I forever be sorry?
#2699 of 5002 Tincup and other experts
Mar 10, 2003 (5:52 am)
Hi, we are looking to buy a used 99 Disco (SALTY124XXA900820) with 42K, Tincup do you see any problems? The price seems good but we are very worried that the ratings for reliability, performance and quality are so very low according to many including J.D.Powers. We don't have the aptitude or inclination to fix cars. Is it true that almost all Disco's are lemons in waiting? How much are we looking to spend in repairs at the dealer? Should we look at something else for a reliable family car? Thanks
#2700 of 5002 disco5
Mar 10, 2003 (6:32 am)
We are having the same misgivings about purchasing a used Discovery II or Range Rover. I really like the fact that they have a high "prestige" factor, you don't see them on every street corner, and there is probably no better off-road/snow vehicle made anywhere.
What worries us (this would be my wife's primary vehicle) are all of the problem reports. Electrical, brakes, transmission, leaking fluids...and so on. We're used to owning American vehicles that have been 100% trouble-free and reliable...and I wonder if we'll be sorry if we buy a used Discovery?
#2701 of 5002 Twan - electrical
Mar 10, 2003 (8:51 am)
Look beneath your hood... see if there's a fuse block. On my '96 the fuse block is toward the front of the engine, on the passenger side. It's right up at the top, easily accessible. It's a black plastic box, about 10-12" long, 3" wide, and perhaps 4" deep. There are many big wires coming in beneath it. Got one of those? Since my electrics are Lucas and yours are Bosch I'm not sure.
In any case, I have the same problem about once a year. The "problem" is, this fuse block is sort of exposed to the elements beneath the wet, dirty hood. This is where the big power leads come in, get distributed, and exit. Any poor connections inside there will give "dirty" power to the downstream CPUs... and make them act up.
To fix it: open the plastic box and sequentially remove the screws holding the fusible links in place... clean the contact points with a pencil eraser, blow out the crud and reinstall the link. It will take you about 15 minutes.
I hope this helps... it took me 2 years to figure this one out and it was an amazingly easy fix.
Mar 10, 2003 (9:04 am)
I understand your concerns for reliability, it being your wife's primary driver. Let me assure you, when you get a good one (or sort one that has a few minor issues) you won't have any more concerns than with any other vehicle. I've had 13 Hondas and a half dozen Fords over the decades and this Disco has proven more reliable than any of them... that's saying a lot.
Electrical: usually something minor. Once fixed, it stays fixed.
Transmission: you won't find a more durable transmission on any vehicle, period. Service it once at 35k miles and then simple fluid changes forever. My mechanic here has seen ONE transmission failure on one Disco in all his years... and that's because it came with no fluid.
Brakes: frequent pad replacement, and soft rotors. Look at 80k-100k miles for rotors, and 17k-25k miles for pads. Replacing the pads takes me 1 hour tops and it's truly fun to do.
Leaking fluids: "If it ain't leaking, then it's empty." That used to be true, and something of a joke (said with a pained expression) but now you really won't have leaks. Perhaps a minor drop here or there, but I really doubt it.
At 80k miles my DiscoI is as tight as the day I bought her, looks and drives like a new truck, has tons of power, works perfectly, uses no oil, and scares the bejeezus out of me with what she'll do. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another. But I've "earned" this with regular attention to details, regular maintenance, and frequent fluid changes. I get out of her what I put into her.
Unfortunately, the Fords and Chryslers I've owned haven't proved likewise and I've had failures even with regular maintenance. The Hondas are fine cars but seem to have "X" amount of life... and once it's used up, they just collapse.
I hope this helps, -Bob