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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#4070 of 5002 Tenatively Considering A 99 Discovery
Mar 18, 2005 (4:17 pm)
I am looking into purchasing a 1999 Discovery with 95,000 miles. Carfax comes back clean on it and it is honestly a one owner vehicle, very clean, immaculate actually. The dealer that has it is not a Land Rover dealer and I am concerned about the possibility of huge repair bills. I contacted the local LR dealer and had them check the vin# for service history but only came up with a visit at 74,000 miles for new brakes and a steering box. The purchase price is very reasonable but again I am not looking for a money pit. Just a safe reliable SUV for on and off road use. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.
#4071 of 5002 Your'e gonna love this one
Mar 19, 2005 (7:15 am)
Bob, Tincup, and yes, now Greyghoster. Al my problems are solved!!!!!!!!! I went and got a new battery. Yes, A new battery. and now it works just peachey. Sarts right up, doesn't do wierd things like all the locks going up or down whenever I turn the key (A good one I hadn't goten to yet). Turns out the battery I had inherited from the previous owner was getting kinda long in the teeth, and some of the cells were bad. I never woulda thunk it.
#4072 of 5002 Discoman
Mar 19, 2005 (5:24 pm)
Unbelievable! When I bought mine it had ALL KINDS of weird problems. Bizarre unrelated stuff. In frustration the shop finally tried replacing the battery... bingo. WHY DIDN'T I REMEMBER THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for letting us know of the good outcome!
#4073 of 5002 Climatic
Mar 19, 2005 (5:28 pm)
What you have there, is the perfect vehicle. Its history is known and documented and it has had no weirdness. There is no reason to believe it will start misbehaving now. My '96 has 96k miles and it is absolutely stone reliable and rock solid. There is no end in sight for this truck, nor should there be one for yours. I strongly recommend you go for it!
Good luck! -Bob
#4074 of 5002 Brake job today
Mar 19, 2005 (5:36 pm)
My front brake pads wore out yesterday so I picked up new pads today and replaced them. Let's see, is that the 5th or 6th set on the front? I always buy the softest pads possible. They don't last long but the rotors sure do!
I jacked it up, removed the wheel, pulled two cotter pins, pulled the two pad retainer pins, pulled the pads, inserted the new pads, slid in the retainer pins and put in new cotter pins. It took about as long as it takes to type that sentence. Then I put the wheel back on, lowered it and tightened the lugs, and repeated on the other side. Total time? Less than 30 minutes.
C'mon folks, you can DO this stuff! These trucks are so easy to work on!
Mar 19, 2005 (8:36 pm)
Thanks for the input. I took the leap and now am the proud owner of a 1999 Land Rover Discovery SD. After driving the beastie all day I have realized that this machine was built for me. I have never felt so completely comfortable in a vehicle. Being 6'4" I have often found myself slouching behind the wheel of our Explorer just to get a good look out the windshield. The ride of the F-150 we own also pales in comparison to the sure-footed nature of the Discovery. I'm a bear hunting guide in northern Minnesota and cannot wait to unleash this machine and take it through the swamps and logging trails on our land up here. The wife did make me promise though that no bears would ever be riding shotgun. (You never can get the smell out after they hitch a ride.)
#4076 of 5002 Climatic
Mar 21, 2005 (9:58 am)
Congratulations! It sounds like you're going to really use your truck, and you're gonna love it. If you spend much time in the muck be sure you check the fluids in your diffs and swivel balls regularly. A hot swivel (from a long drive) when doused in cold water will suck water in thru the swivel seal and contaminate the gear lube inside. If that gets contaminated and if your axle seals aren't good then the milky lube can migrate in to your differential. It's easy to check, and it doesn't cost much to keep those fresh. When refilling the swivel (make sure not to overfill) turn the wheel hard toward that side of the truck and the gear lube will pour in a lot easier.
Enjoy your beastie! -Bob
Mar 23, 2005 (6:11 am)
had 4 alternators in 120,000 mls in 96 300 TDI
Someone inthe trade says the Lucas Marelli units have weak bearings so are ther conversion brackets for Nippon Denso or other reliable Jap/German 100 amp units?
#4079 of 5002 2002 Disco II exhaust valves
Mar 23, 2005 (7:58 pm)
Is there an answer for exauhst valves "sticking"? I have an 02 Disco II and a few people have said the heads would need to be rebuilt soon due to the exhaust valves sticking. Is it carbon build up that is causing the valves to stick and would a closed loop injector cleaning system/machine would take care of it? Or is there any issue with the valves at all on an 02? Trying to figure out who's blowing smoke My Disco is running fine, no misfires or codes, etc- just don't want a 3K repair bill any time soon. Input would be great! Thanks all.