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#376 of 5002 For Those About to SUV
Mar 27, 2001 (7:08 pm)
For those of you out there who are considering an SUV for bad weather driving, serious off-roading, or "just beacuse", I think you guys are doing the right thing by looking through these sites.
I have just been there myself, going through these sites, my heart sinking as I calculated how much $$$ it would have costed ME everytime I read the horror stories of Rover-ownership.
If you, like myself, are a mechanical moron, and are fortunate enough to afford a new Rover, here are, for whatever it is worth, some of my observations thus far with my '01 Disco.
(1) Concerns regarding lack-of-power and braking have not been problematic at all. For everyday driving and highway driving, there is plenty of power, and the braking has actually been excellent. My wife and I actually like the feel of the bank-vault-like "solidness" as the V-8 pulls the heft of our awesome Rover (hey, that was almost poetic).
(2) It is hard to call anything a bargain at this price range, but Discos actually are very reasonably priced. Other SUV's we have test-drove either costed alot more (e.g. Big Lexus SUV / Land Cruiser, BMW, Mercedes), or offered alot less ( e.g. Montero, MDX, 4 Runner, et al.).
(3) I have had my share of cars that I've enjoyed driving, but BY FAR, my ROVER takes the prize in "Joy of Ownership" category. The view, the feel, the drive, the capability, and all the gawkings....
(4) So far, only 1 and a half mo. into the ownership and 2000 mi, we have not had any problems; A colleague of mine who has a '00 Disco with about 16,000 mi., had so far only one visit to the dealership for the leaking sunroof. My impression has been that the reliability issues with the newer (post-BMW) Rovers have been fairly decent.
Well, all this writing is making me want to go out rovering.
Thanks to you all Nanuq, Wasco, lgray, rkoesler et al. for your advices. (by the way, where are you guys lgray and rkoesler??)
Rovero ergo sum
#377 of 5002 Glad to hear some positive feedback Neo5
Mar 28, 2001 (5:31 am)
Thanks for your input Neo5. I was beginning to feel like I was about to make a big mistake in buying a Discovery. My feet have been very cold lately! I've test driven a couple of competing SUVs recently. Very depressing! I don't really like the looks of any other SUV. I like boxy sport utilities!
All of the comments and reviews about the Disco's lack of power, trips to the dealership for repairs, etc. really have made me nervous. It's good to read your positive post!
Anyone else care to chime in with positive comments? There are a lot of us out here who want that little extra assurance that the Disco II doesn't have to be a love/hate thing. Does it have to be that complicated?! More positive feedback, please!
#378 of 5002 Camp Rover USA - Monteagle
Mar 28, 2001 (12:39 pm)
Has anyone ever been to or is anyone planning on going to this event? I am trying to decide if I should leave my wife and 3 week old son at home and travel to Tennessee to do some off-roading. Any feedback or impressions are appreciated.
#379 of 5002 Hopeful new owner
Mar 28, 2001 (4:14 pm)
I am in the Phoenix AZ area and am seriously considering leasing a 2001 SD Disco. Any advice on options, should I spend a little more for the ACE option??? Should I wait for the 2002 models? Does anyone have any overly good or bed experiences with the local "centre" in Scottsdale? Thanks in advance.
Mar 29, 2001 (9:05 am)
I just bought a 2001 Discovery SE.
I love it. However, I have an annoying squeak in the rear of the vehicle. I can not figure out what it is.
Has anyone had this trouble and what was the problem?
#381 of 5002 Disco II - still love it
Mar 30, 2001 (5:48 am)
Hey everybody, I'm still alive and kicking! Just had my 15K service done on my 00 DII and everything is still perfect. I really appreciate my free maintenance & service for 4 years and 45K miles - what a deal - a Rover and all I do is pay for gas!
"maxout", I too have had some squeeks, and still do, but I'm getting used to them. I just turn the music up. My rear sunroof sometimes makes noise, as does my drivers door. My rear cargo door did make noise but the dealer adjusted that, so now it's ok. Once in a while, I hear noises from the rear, but I have no clue where they are (seats, stuff in side bins, tonnau cover, ???).
It's good to read some nice and positive posts like those above, as any car can be crappy, and some people just like to cut others' down.
I've only had one really bad LR experience (99 DII), but had some other crappy and problematic cars as well (Mercedes- 94 & 98 C280 & CLK320, 00 BMW "M" roadster, and 90 Toyota truck - first 30K miles only - it's been perfect since (has 187K miles now)).
Happy Rovers to all!
#382 of 5002 Squeaks and Rattles in Rovers
Mar 30, 2001 (2:26 pm)
As I've been looking at old Rovers, I've got some sound advice for all
If you worry about every squeak and rattle that your Rover makes, you'll worry yourself to death. Worry about taking care of your Rover and it will take care of you.
As I was admiring the '73 SIII, I asked the owner if there were any water leaks. "It leaks up here by the tops of the doorjams sometimes. Also, a little by the rear tailgate area - here." As he pointed, I started laughing. He was puzzled. I told him my '96 Disco is almost 30 years older and leaks in both of those areas. We both had a good chuckle about that one!
A Rover will never be perfect. It will be a great value for the money, will last longer than many of the cheap American vehicles with their abundance of plastic components, and it will remain one of the most unique vehicles on the market.
Rover on all!
Thanks and good weekend to all - wasko
Mar 30, 2001 (3:05 pm)
Once again, I consider myself pretty much of a mechanical moron - but, I was fortunate enough to track down the source of the squeaks in my SD7. And it was one of the jump seats that was not properly latched on, and the problem easily solved!
MAXOUT, you may try folding up and re-latching the second row seats and the jump seats (if present) - worth a try!!!!
LGRAY, you haven't got yourself a Rover yet!!!WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????? Remember, everyday without a Rover is, er, a day without a Rover!!
#385 of 5002 All smiles
Mar 31, 2001 (9:54 am)
I've read about some of the squeaks people have mentioned and agree with wasko. Let your rover have it's quirks and enjoy it. Mine has the same squeak from the inside rear of the truck, and I can't see it's anything to stress over- she's solid.
I had to share my dealer experience. Living in SE Michigan, I have 2 rover dealers to choose from. The one with the better rep is closer to me, so that's where I took her. I know some of you live in the area too, and I would love to hear your experiences. Farmington Hills LR is THE place to go. They were falling over themselves to take care of me. They were careful with the car and the techs are great. A new service/parts manager( Dan) to top it off- he was very pleasant to deal with. The service advisor(Dave) was so helpful and sincerely nice. They fixed my Lizzie in a timely fashion and treated her as well as they did me. I have no desire to buy a vehicle from anywhere else. Now if I could only take my Pathfinder and my Turbo Coupe there for service as well, I'd be all set. But seriously, for those of you who are nervous about buying a Disco; I would find a dealer you are comfortable with, that you know you can trust. Peace of mind is everything.
My truck handles great, has more than enough pep, and I wouldn't trade her for anything. Take the plunge. You will be giddy with delight when you do.