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#4569 of 5002 Locking Center Diff
Jun 03, 2006 (12:41 pm)
I recently aquired a 2000 Discovery II. My first question is about the center locking diff. I understand that the Discovery II's still have the ability to lock the center diff, but it is a manual function only. How do I go about locking my center diff if it becomes neccessary? I may never need to do so, but I would like to know just in case.
Second, did BMW continue to use the old Buick V8 in the Disco II's? I understand that this engine had problems with the cylinder sleeves cracking and causing engine failure. I have read in one place that this is indeed that old engine, but the cylinder sleeve problems were corrected in 2000. I am very curious because I see this being a painful problem in the future.
I love this truck. I think quite highly of Land Rover, as I have seen with earlier postings on this forum, most other owners feel the same.
Thank you in advance for your help.
#4570 of 5002 Need a cheap LR Mechanic
Jun 04, 2006 (9:31 pm)
Hello Everyone! I'm new to this site and a fairly new LR owner. My 2001 Disco II SD has 80,000 miles on it. I bought it used back in 2004. A few months ago the ABS, TC, and the Downhill Decent Failure warning lights came on and they never went away. We had it checked out at the dealer (paid $180 for the computer diagnostic alone)and they said they could repair it for $3500. They suggested we get it repaired right away because it could be dangerous to drive it over 45m/h in it's current condition. Well like I said that was months ago. My husband and I have been driving it on a regular basis and even went on short weekend trips with no problems. What we did do back then was take it to a local mechanic (not a LR expert) and he replaced the breaks, installed new roters, and checked the sensors. He did not see anything majorly wrong with the truck. He did suggest we go back to the dealership to reset the sensors so the warning lights would turn off. Did this make sense? Can the lights be reset? Or is there something very wrong with the truck? Other mechanics have checked out the truck for oil changes and we've never been told to have something replaced or repaired!
Now the Check Engine warning light has come on and off a few times. When I started the engine a few days ago the Check Engine light came on with chimes. I'm scared to go to the dealership and pay an enormous amount for a check up! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#4571 of 5002 Re: Off Topic: Knowledgeable about Defenders? [gringo1]
Jun 07, 2006 (1:16 pm)
I've looked into importing a 2005 Defender TD5 from Italy (left side driver), but the cost to convert is way too expensive. Roughly $12,000... This is a ball park figure I got from several companies that specialize in converting non-US cars to US specifications. After serious thought I decidsed not to import the vehicle. Transportation would have been free for me because my brother-in-law would have shipped it via military cargo, but it was still expensive to convert. If you find any additional info or a source that is cheaper as far as conversion, please post the info. I would love to get my hands on a D90 TD5.
#4572 of 5002 Re: Questions For 01-04 Disco Owners [merediths]
Jun 07, 2006 (1:20 pm)
I purchased extended warranty for my '01 Disco before my vehicle reached 50K miles. I now have close to 60K miles and have yet to use my warranty. I purchased the 100K warranty for just a little under 3K. My deductible is also $100. I just wanted ease of mind because my wife will be driving this vehicle as I plan to import an '05 or '06 D90 TD5 or purchase the RR Sport soon.
Jun 08, 2006 (3:08 pm)
I'm itching to pull the trigger on an '03 Discovery. Is the 4.6 liter moter worth the extra investment over an '02 with the 4.0? I'd assume the gas mileage would be worse with the bigger motor.
Also, the '03 I'm looking at is an SE7, and the '02 is an HSE. So, I'd be trading some HP for the air suspension, etc.
#4574 of 5002 Re: '02-'03 Disco [cacarfiend]
Jun 09, 2006 (5:29 am)
I thought so...when I purchase my '03 Disco II SE7 new in 2003, I test drove a new 2002 (which the dealership still had not sold), just to see if I liked it over the pricer 2003.
Aside from the bland front head light group of the 2002 (I love the 2003 head lights over the 2002), I felt the power of the 4.6 was very noticeable over the 4.0 2002.
Also, just a feeling (I have not got stats on this), I believe that the 2003 is substantially improved over the 2002 in so far as reliability is concerned...just my 0.02USD worth.
Jun 09, 2006 (6:01 pm)
Everything from the 2002 was improved upon in 2003 and 2004 models.
They don't even call 2003 and 2004 Discos Disco IIs they are considered new Discoveries since there were so many improvments.
The MPG for the 4.6 is about identical to the 4.0 in fact you will probably get better gas mileage out of the 4.6 cause you will not have to wind the motor up.
Also the 2002 might have the ACE (Active Cornery Enhancment) system. Being a HSE and a 2002 it has a much greater chance of having ACE. The ACE system is very cool and at the time was very advanced. When it was released in 1999 it made the Disco the only SUV with active suspension. The problem was that Land Rover was maybe a little over ambitious with it. They just did not have the technical know how at the time to make a reliable active suspension system.
The ACE system was prone to failures, was expensive to fix and was the most expensive single option on a Disco. Because of those reasons it was discontinued for the 2004 model. It was offered on 2003 model Discos but I have never seen it on any 2003. I doubt more then a few hundred 2003 Discos have ACE.
ACE was much more popular on the earlier Discos and HSEs in particular. I personaly would love a 2003 Disco with ACE and then do the center diff lock conversion on it. I think it would make a great truck but I understand the extra problems an ACE equiped vehicle would have. Working for a Land Rover retailer though makes it a little easier for me to get things fixed though.
If you are not sure if the 2002 has ACE or if the dealership does not know, if they are not a Land Rover dealer they are probably completly cluess to what ACE is, just send me the VIN and I can tell you what options that vehicle had.
#4576 of 5002 Re: Need a cheap LR Mechanic [lupe1]
Jun 11, 2006 (7:21 pm)
Depends on what state you live in. But either way avoid the dealers whenever you can. If you are in FL I know a good place that specializes in Land Rovers. (used to be dealer mechs)
#4577 of 5002 Re: '02-'03 Disco [cacarfiend]
Jun 12, 2006 (6:13 am)
A few years back I had a ’96 DI (4.0L V8) and when it was in for scheduled service I was given a ’03 (4.6L V8) as a loaner and there was a significant increase in the available engine power for acceleration and highway activity (merging, passing, etc). I bought one.
My city mileage in the ‘96 was 14 and is 12 in the ‘03 but the additional power is what I like.
The redesigned headlamps and the upgraded engine from the former Range are worth it. Go for the ’03.