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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#4496 of 5002 Re: are they as bad as they say [cham1989]
Mar 26, 2006 (10:23 pm)
If I am not mistaken, the 2003 was the first year of the "BMW inspired" Disco. As such, it seems to be a more trouble free truck than some earlier model years. One benefit is that it has the 4.6 liter V-8, formerly used in the Range Rover. It's no tiger, but it has more HP and torque than prior Disco engines.
We have 35,000 miles on our 2003, and have had virtually trouble-free driving all the way. On a just completed trip through NM, AZ, UT and CO we averaged 16.37 mpg. Lots of highway driving, but also lots of city driving in traffic clogged Mesa/Phoenix.
We ran into snow, lots of neat off-road trails, and high mountain passes. The Disco managed to handle them all. Also, quite comfortable for us for all day driving, which I would not have expected when we bought the truck new in 2003.
Land Rovers are not for everyone, but if you appreciate the capabilities that a Disco offers, you should get many enjoyable go-anywhere miles out of one.
#4497 of 5002 Re: Service Light and Clicking Sound...please help if possible [jkmewright]
Mar 27, 2006 (6:31 pm)
Interesting. My 2004 made clicking noises the day I got it brand new. I now have 10,000 miles on the odometer and I have just gotten it back from the Landrover repair. It has just received its 4th new engine! Can you imagine. 10K miles and four engines.
#4498 of 5002 Re: Service Light and Clicking Sound...please help if possible [pr0fessor]
Mar 27, 2006 (7:01 pm)
Was your clicking sound from the rear? very faint single popping sound when putting into reverse or forward from a stand-still?? 4th engine...i'd look into state lemon laws...you may get a brand-new truck!
#4499 of 5002 Re: M & S light on dashboard [lrtx]
Mar 30, 2006 (6:23 am)
I had the same issue with the lights blinking and the amount it took to get the truck moving after that. Like the problem I had, sounds like your tranny could be defaulting into the "limp home" safety mode as the computer senses a problem. In my 99 Disco II, after four alternators, and numerous trips to the LR dealer, LR diagnosed my a problem as electrical surges causing the computer to trip and default into the safety mode. I can certainly tell you what else happened - But it would be a long post to go through all the electrical issues I had. After four alternators, they finally traced the blinking lights and lack of acceleration back to an electrical surge/signal from the climate control unit. They also pulled my tranny and were about to install a brand new one, but ended up not after finally finding the problem. They fixed the problem by suppressing the electrical signal from the climate control unit. As of 3 years ago, no issues. I love my Rover, wouldn't trade it for anything. Good Luck!
Mar 31, 2006 (2:17 pm)
I'm looking for advice about buying a used discoII. I found 2: a '99 w/59k and an '02 SD w/66K for about $12K/each. The '99 appears to have been a grocery getter and came here from Canada. The '02 was in a collision in 2003 that knocked the left front wheel clear off. The local dealer wasn't too forthcoming with anything more than what I found on carfax even though they know both vehicles well. Any advice would be appreciated as I've always wanted a Rover but just can't afford $25k for a certified used one. Thanks in advance.
#4501 of 5002 Re: used discos [flopnut]
Mar 31, 2006 (3:04 pm)
just be sure they received routine service...with all landrovers...service and upkeep is the key. they are highly expensive to fix...$120/hr...and that's just the labor. Watch out for any corrosion from the salt in canada. look underneath. also, be prepared for the fuel mileage...they are mightly thirsty!!! all-in-all..great vehicles and fun to drive, but get the one that's in the best shape and had great service done to it. If the '02 was fixed properly...i'd probably go with it...but if you can't get a detailed report of what was damanged...RUN!!!
#4502 of 5002 Re: used discos [petedisc01]
Mar 31, 2006 (4:20 pm)
The '02's service record seems a bit sloppy which is probably why it ended up where it is though the collision work was done at the Rover's conglomerate shop (they're a multi-marque dealership.)
I'm waiting to see the '99. It's at the rover dealer having work done and I haven't looked at it yet. We'll see.
By the way, most of urban Canada doesn't use road salt but we do here in Buffalo.
#4503 of 5002 Re: ABS/TRC etc ..you all know the lights .. can anyone help ?? [slantnose1]
Apr 01, 2006 (10:46 pm)
I had the "all the lights problem" and that was finally fixed by having the ABS Modulator replaced under warranty. Now I have the problem with seatpower on the passenger side. I have replaced the fuse twice and the fuse lasts for a few minutes and then goes. Any other advice on seat electrics out there?? and are people finding it is linked to the "all the lights "problem"
#4504 of 5002 Aux lighting on cargo rack
Apr 02, 2006 (3:49 pm)
I am having some trouble getting the three hellas lite on my cargo rack. I am running all three off a relay to come on with my highbeams. All my wiring seems correctly in place. I even switched out the relay to check if that was problem. Any suggestions?
02 discovery II
#4505 of 5002 Re: New Owner [brettp]
Apr 03, 2006 (4:45 pm)
04'Disco $21,900 wow! I haven't seen them cheaper than $28,000 here on the west coast. I would have one at that price.