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#3350 of 5002 Future 98 Discovery owner
Oct 17, 2003 (6:04 pm)
I recently test drove a 1998 Discovery. Very clean, seemingly well maintained. I really, really want this vehicle. The current owner is a very good friend and is putting forth every effort to make sure any and everything that could possibly be wrong, is repaired. It has 125,500 miles (highway) and has been dealer maintained for the life of the vehicle. She says she has never had any major problems or breakdowns.
She recently replaced the compressor and alternator. I am wondering with this mileage are there any other major repairs I can expect to have to make. I once knew of a Land rover Discovery owner who said that a new transmission would cost $12,000.00. Is this the going price for replacing a Discovery transmission and at what point would a transmission need to be replaced? Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
#3351 of 5002 BlockIslandGuy Disco Rear Seats
Oct 19, 2003 (8:30 pm)
We have a 2003 Disco SE, so the following should apply to what you might purchase.
I use a T-50 torx wrench on a 3/8 socket to remove my left side back seat when on long fishing trips. If memory serves me correctly, there is one torx behind the seat, when folded forward, and two in the front, sort of under the floor mat. The two front ones are on a spring loaded hinge. I did not have much trouble removing the seat, or reinstalling it. The floor is flat when the seat is removed, up to the little well where your feet would go. Does very nicely for laying 9 foot flyrods or hamstick radio antennas or canoe paddles flat.
Re long highway trips - we have taken two one from Denver to Florida and back, and the second (the fishing trip) from Denver up thru Montana to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and back. The Disco was quite comfortable on both trips.
Upon returning from Florida last winter we ran into the beginning of the 36 inch Colorado snow storm. I can vouch for the Disco's ability to handle at least 12" of snow with the Original Equipment Goodyear 18" tires.
A great vehicle that seems purpose built for Colorado mountain country. The comfortable long range cross country drive was an unexpected plus!
#3352 of 5002 Vouching for Discos in deep snow
Oct 20, 2003 (9:12 am)
A couple winters ago we had this snowstorm, dumping about 36" snow in 24 hours. I was one of the only people out there, besides the municipal plow trucks. I finally just left the tow strap tied to the rear and coiled up inside the back... I lost count of how many people I pulled out.
That's an adult Golden Lab in the foreground. The Disco did just fine in the snow.
#3353 of 5002 "Thats an adult Golden Lab in the Foreground.."
Oct 20, 2003 (4:57 pm)
Nanuk makes his dog sleep outside in the snow? Come on.
Seriously, do you run a block heater?
#3354 of 5002 disco 98 purchase
Oct 20, 2003 (6:54 pm)
I've been looking at a discoI myself now for a couple of months(MY wife has fallen in love with my discoII)--
The best lesson I've finally learned about my discoII is to just drive it and enjoy it until something actually stops working---I used to worry sick about potential problems that still haven't come at 60k--
Don't be scared by the mileage--the maintenance record is a lot more important.
As far as future repairs...well you have the compressor and the alternator out of the way---I've heard NANUQ SAY THAT ABS PUMP,STEERING PUMP USUALLY GO AROUND THAT MILEAGE--
I have been told by many discolovers again like NANUQ that the powertrain on discos are made to last a long time--even if you needed a tranny down the road I think it would be about $4000.
#3355 of 5002 Golden Lab = Couch Potato
Oct 20, 2003 (7:09 pm)
No no no, Buster was in the garage looking out at the snow. Doubtless thinking "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR (PANTPANTPANTPANTPANT) LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
Block heater? I have one, but I've never needed it. Even on campouts with my BSA troop at -40F waaaayyyy out 1/2 a mile from the middle of nowhere, she has *always* started right up the next morning. I prepare for that by running 5/50w Castrol Syntec in the winter, and I don't actually drive her anywhere until she's making enough heat to defrost the windows on her own.
But she is quite the crotchety old coot until she gets a few miles under her in the morning... when it's cold like that all the lubes are cold and stiff and she grumps along stiff and slow for a ways. Granted, she's running like a top... it's just that she's stirring the rest of the drivetrain too, and those lubes are about the consistency of cold molasses with no good way to warm up.
Here's another picture of Buster the Mudhound, ample evidence of why God created pickup trucks... so the dog can ride in back!
#3356 of 5002 Service engine light
Oct 21, 2003 (6:29 am)
Does anyone know how to reset the service engine light on my '96 disco? I recently changed the Spark Plugs and Spark Plug wires, oil and filter and air filter. The service guy at LR says since I already did all the work they would have done, all I need to do is bring it in and they will reset the light for me. I would prefer to do it myself instead of having to take it in for this.
#3357 of 5002 Service Engine light
Oct 21, 2003 (7:02 am)
Let's see if I remember this correctly. On pre-96 Discos there's a little box beneath the passenger seat, some funny color of reddish brown, having an oval Land-Rover sticker on it. On 96 Discos there's a solenoid in the panel at the passenger footwell, against the sidewall by the door. You open up the panel and you'll see a solenoid of the same color, with the same sticker on it. In both cases the sticker is covering a tiny hole in the plastic. Just poke a straightened paperclip (conductive metal) thru the sticker, into the hole. It shorts a couple of leads and resets the SE light. Next time you're in a wrecking yard, take a look at that piece and you'll see a nice little hole right in the middle of the sticker.
Hope this helps. -Bob
ps: as long as your hands are grubby anyway, why not change the transfer box and autobox lubes too? Maybe the swivels and diffs? It's a really easy job and makes the beasts run nearly forever.
#3358 of 5002 Service Engine Light
Oct 21, 2003 (8:59 am)
Thanks Bob. I will check when I get home tonight. I was planning on changing the fluids anyhow this weekend. I am only allowed so many hours at a time before the wife gets jealous.
#3359 of 5002 Thanks disco99
Oct 21, 2003 (5:22 pm)
I really appreciate the response to my concerns about becoming a Disco owner. I have long since admired the Land Rover Discovery and am very happy to be soon owning one.
I visit this board often and really appreciate the Land Rover "brotherhood" that exists here. Despite some of the negative comments I've heard about Land Rover products, it is because of reading the comments on this board that I've been convinced to purchase and feel confident about my decision.
I'm looking forward to enjoying many miles in this vehicle and it's nice to know that if I do have problems I have a great resource and wealth of Land Rover knowledge to draw from.