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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#322 of 5002 1999 Discovery I
Mar 14, 2001 (3:57 pm)
I've been reading a lot about some very happy and some very unhappy Land Rover owners. I'm trading in a Jeep Wrangler and looking at a Certified Per Owned 1999 Discovery I from a dealer. It has 31,000 miles and the asking price is $25k. I'd assume there is some room for negotiation.
I've never owned anything other than an SUV and I'm familiar with the gas guzzler problems and handling inherent in the breed. It's not a car, doesn't ride like a car, and I think too many people think that SUV's are just big cars. I know that there are lemons with any make or model car, but it seems the Land Rovers have more than their fair share.
My question is: is this model Discovery more or less reliable than other model LR's (should I hold out for a 2000, 2001 or look older and cheaper)??
Is $23K-$25K an acceptable price (according to Edmunds it is)??
Bottom line: Is buying a Discovery too much of a pain in the ass???
#324 of 5002 my disco has been through several names...
Mar 14, 2001 (5:03 pm)
and several moods....but I've settled on 'Bodhi' it suits her and our experiences.
#325 of 5002 Encouraging News for Used DI
Mar 14, 2001 (7:35 pm)
rudy0835 - I don't believe I've seen any negative comments on the 99 Disco I's on this forum or in other places. I also keep an eye out at the dealer when I stop by and count the vehicles out back for service. Lots of older DI's, but not many 99's. Then again, that could be because they switched to DII's in 99 and I'm not sure how many 99 DI's were manufactured.
Like always, take a look at the VIN history - it will provide tell-tale information and the dealer will print it for you.
#326 of 5002 DII - Razteo
Mar 14, 2001 (7:38 pm)
"Life is short, take a chance!" If you're in love with the styling and are crazy (like most of us up here are) for the vehicle, go for it! Worst case scenario is that it doesn't meet your expectations and you trade it in for something else. But just ask rkoesler - not many other vehicles on the market have as much charm (I would argue HARD that a Mercedes GWagen has as much or more char, but too many $$) as a Disco.
Mar 15, 2001 (7:50 am)
I appreciate the help. the last 8 digits are VA725653.
Mar 15, 2001 (8:08 am)
Build date was 3/21/97
#329 of 5002 Yikes!
Mar 15, 2001 (8:29 am)
Built on a Friday?? I hope it's a morning car, and not afternoon: "Engine? Ah, who needs an engine, mate? Let's off to the pub!"
Mar 15, 2001 (8:41 am)
The vehicle seems to have been serviced regularly, and has had no major problems
#331 of 5002 1999 Disco rudy0835
Mar 15, 2001 (10:38 am)
Buy the Rover...Yes you may have more trouble than the McJapanese SUV's, but at least there is not one on every block (for the most part). Buy the extended warranty if it is offered. I just had my 1998 Disco in for the 30K service, and they pulled about another grand in warranty work.