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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#3554 of 5002 Oil leaks/Valve jobs
Dec 17, 2003 (5:39 pm)
I recently found out that the 1998 Discovery I'm interested in purchasing has had problems with oil leaks. It appears that the oil changes were not done at exactly 3k miles maybe 3.5-4k miles.
My husband suspects the vehicle will be needing a valve job/heads changed since some of the maintenance records indicate this. How much could we expect to have to spend for this repair and can this cause the vehicle to have other problems down the road.
He's quite mechanically inclined but is not familiar with Land Rover vehicles. Any detailed advice on this problem would be appreciated.
Dec 19, 2003 (12:38 pm)
The question to answer is whether it has any leaks NOW. It may have had some and they got repaired. Todays vehicles don't really require tha 3K oil change that the cars in the 60's and 70's needed or they were ruined for life. I have seen a vahicle go as far as 10K with synthetic oil and never have a problem. I usually start getting ready for an oil change around 3K and end up changing it somewhere between 3-4 K. Never had a vehicle of any sort (Even my Disco)need heads replaced or a valve job because of it. If your husband feels uncomfortable with the over 3K history, he can get a bottle of valve cleaner and also some Slick 50 and run them through a single oil change and then go back to his regualar schedule. He will also find that Land Rovers are some of the easiest vehicles in thew world to work on. I love it. Do everything myself. I can even send him a copy of my workshop manual on CD
#3557 of 5002 tincup47 can you check these VINs for me
Dec 21, 2003 (10:26 pm)
I'm thinking of getting a Disco as my Jeep is getting a little tired. tincup47 can you check these VINs out for me.
SALJY1249VA720507 - has had 3 owners since new, should one watch out for this?
Also has anyone bought a Disco from NJ STATE AUTO AUCTION, if so what price was paid, the advertised price or less.
Dec 22, 2003 (5:38 am)
How easy is it to do a brake job on 99 Disco II? Any tips/suggestions would be well appreciated. Also, what type of pads and rotors have people had the best of luck with. Thank you
#3559 of 5002 '96 Disco Opinion, please!!
Dec 28, 2003 (12:16 pm)
We're just tired of the lugging '94 GMC Suburban we've had since new, and have found a beautiful '96 Discovery (vin # SALJN1242TA199958) w/ 90k mi for just under $10k. Is this high mileage and price, or about right? What should we look out for? I pulled an AutoCheck on it, and it looks good there. How can I check Dealer records, etc.? What are the critical issues w/ this model/year? It looks great and drives wonderfully! But, I cannot afford a bad one. Any thoughts?? Thanks, all! Robert
#3560 of 5002 mnrover - Break Job
Dec 29, 2003 (6:05 am)
I am also thinking of trying out myself with my 2000 Disco coming Summer. Nanuq mentioned somewhere on this message board that it is not that hard. Check out the link below on tips from EE.
#3561 of 5002 Alatt - Break Job
Dec 29, 2003 (9:39 am)
Many thanks for the website. Great info
#3562 of 5002 rmweller1-96 disco
Dec 30, 2003 (5:52 am)
just go back and read NANUQ'S posts. he's got the same model and he seems to love it.
Dec 30, 2003 (2:30 pm)
I've got a '99 Series I discovery with 53K miles. Lately at the beginning of every journey (within the first mile) there will be a shudder in the brake pedal and sometimes a shuddering noise to accompany. It only lasts a few seconds and when you let up on the pedal and push it back in it goes away after a few pumps. Needless to say when it happens it doesn't brake very well. Then the ABS light usually comes on and stays on. My dealer says he'll have to do a diagnostic ($100) to find the culprit. Any ideas?