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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#4344 of 5002 Re: 2004 II SE7 vs 2002 Range Rover [bmk007]
Sep 18, 2005 (8:12 pm)
These vehicles both represent the bygone Sullihul era. They both have the 4.6 engine and are the end of each line before the Ford/BMW influences (for better or worse). I think better since this seems to mean Land Rover will survive (evidenced by the new LR3 and Range Rover Sport) where other marquees have since fallen (MG Rover). After 20 years of Japanese "reliability" I purchased a new 2004 HSE7 and am thrilled to report no trouble whatsoever. However, I cannot say my individual experience is the norm. Yet, since you seem bitten by the Land Rover bug, redirecting you to a sane purchase is nonaplicable. Enjoy whichever of these unique vehicles speaks best to you. Just remember how much more angry you would have been when the check engine light came on in the "Timex reliable" (accord/camry) vehicle you could have purchased it instead.
#4345 of 5002 no spark have no power to coil
Sep 18, 2005 (8:53 pm)
i have a 94 land rover discovery and i have no power at the ignition coil at first it was a intermitent problem and now a perminent problem i dont work on land rovers to much so i was wondering if any one can point me in the right direction where to start Thanks
#4346 of 5002 Re: 2004 II SE7 vs 2002 Range Rover [bmk007]
Sep 19, 2005 (3:04 pm)
I don't care what anyone says. I have a 96 disco with 119,000 miles, that runs like the day it came from the factory and I will keep it forever. I have used and abused it, and it keeps on running strong. I have submitted it to all kinds of punishment. From Seattle and the Cascades, to Death Valley in the Summer. I towed a fuly loaded U-Haul 6X12 cross country, and over the rockies. I have used it to climb mountains and pull my 27 foot boat. It will never die. Yes, it isn't perfect. Maintenance must be done religiously, but can be accomplished by the average guy with a manual and some tools. Most of the time, you can even get the mechanics to troubleshoot it for you, and then do the repairs yourself. At least the guys at both LR Bellevue in Seattle and Matheney in Jacksonville, FL. I took some advice from Nanuq and "Drive it like I stole it". I would recommend the Disco, only because the 2004 Disco saw the return of the center locking differential that I have and went away with the Disco II up until '04. Here is a list of the problems I have had:
Intake manifold gasket
Battery (Recommend replacement with Optima Spiralcell Red Top)
Trailer light module
Various lamps and bulbs
Exhaust.( I replaced the old one with a Stainless Steel Borla, and got better power and fuel economy, plus it sounds really cool)
That's about it. I do recommend using K& N Air and oil filters and the standard spark plugs. I replaced the serpentine belt, and kept the old one for a spare.
#4347 of 5002 Discoman
Sep 21, 2005 (11:50 am)
I hear ya. In the last six years, over countless winter camping trips at -30 to -40 and waist deep snow, and ridiculous hard offroad use, what has gone wrong with my Disco? Let's see...
* The viscous coupler died and took out the water pump.
* A lightbulb in the rear bumper burned out.
* I got a rock chip in my windshield.
* The battery finally died (must have been all the offroading that beat it to death)
There's got to be more. I mean... c'mon. It's a ROVER, right? (tongue in cheek) Seriously, that is all.
In the last 5 years what has gone wrong with my wife's Windstar minivan (driven slowly and carefully in town)?
* Timing cover gasket failure, mixing oil and water. Pull the engine.
* Torque converter seal failure, lost all trans fluid. Pull the engine.
* Differential failed. Pull the engine and replace the transmission.
* Axle failed. Finally didn't have to pull the engine.
* Front hub failed.
* Side and rear door sensors don't work, interior lights stay on forever.
* ABS failed.
* Cat converter failed.
They both get the same maintenance, and one of them lives a HARD life. The other is treated like a creampuff.
Sep 21, 2005 (12:18 pm)
Should have bought a Quest. Guess she doesn't drive it like she stole it.
(And yeah, I saw the PFD number.)
#4349 of 5002 Re: Discoman [nanuq]
Sep 24, 2005 (12:02 pm)
I'm with you guys - I have only owned my 94 for 6 months (103,000 miles) and so far it has been a dream. Never have I had such smooth sailing with a vehicle, and my last truck was a supposedly very reliable Toyota. My friends Ford Explorer and Suburban are always in the shop having things fixed, often at a nasty cost. I must say i do wonder why some people have such success stories with Rovers, where as others have such sad tales to tell. I am guessing it is probably that some rovers are better than others, and no doubt, some owners are better than others as well.....
Sep 25, 2005 (8:08 am)
I have a 2000 Discovery II with 71,469 original miles. No off-road driving and great service record. On the same day at the same time, with 71, 247 miles showing, both the ABS Modulator AND the transmission failed!! Parts and labor have put a major dent in my retirement "extra cash". Is there a history of such failures for this vehicle? Bought it used from a reputable pre-owned car dealer. Had 68, 766 miles on it on date of purchase (April 27, 2005). Clean history. I'm more than a bit outraged that this vehicle would collapse like that - would have hated to have been on a safari as opposed to a local highway in Massachusetts.
Sep 26, 2005 (9:09 am)
I am noticing some sagging in my headliner. It is only in the front directly over both front doors. Has anyone attempted repairing this on their own? Can I simply "fix" the sagging areas? I am looking for input/ advice. I have been quoted $500 to replace. Is this fair?
#4352 of 5002 96 Disco Tach
Sep 27, 2005 (10:05 pm)
I have a 96 Discovery with a weird tach. Every now and then, especially when cold, The Tach will just sit at 500 rpm and not move. After a few minutes, it will work normally. When I come to a stop, it will repeat this behavior. Also, if I turn on the blower, especially to high, that will often induce the same behavior.
I am thinking a voltage problem, but I really don't have a clue as to where to start.
Any ideas or similar experiences?
Sep 29, 2005 (8:19 am)
Search back thru these archives for my post about cleaning the fuse block beneath the hood. You use a pencil eraser to do it... simple job, 15 minutes.
It fixed all kinds of electrical weirdness for me. Good luck!