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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
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.
#4579 of 5002 Re: Need a cheap LR Mechanic [discoman]
Jun 16, 2006 (1:48 pm)
Hey lupe1, who's the person you know? I'm in miami and looking for a repair guy for RL's
Jun 17, 2006 (10:26 am)
Looking for advice on some minor "issues" on my 98 Disco II. One of the rear window won't go up at the door- only from the front console. Where might I look 1st in tracking it? Rear moonroof leaks in heavy rain. I had them lubed, as it stuck from time to time. Gasket looks good, although original. Leaks sometimes down to rear AC outlets on roof, and around driver's side (left) back corner of rear moonroof. Thanks and happy Rovering! Just rolled over 100,000 miles- 3rd owner & trying to keep it maintained. An awesome buy! Suprisingly best highway ride I've ever owned!
#4581 of 5002 Crappy reliability and non existing customer service
Jun 17, 2006 (3:12 pm)
My wife's 2000 Disco2 with 50k miles have been to the dealer in and out for the last 6 years with so many problems. The discovery was maintained by the dealer and have all the maintenance done until the maintenance schedule expired on Feb of this year. Two major problem that caused an engine replacement due to the heads being warp and no overheating occurred and the engine block was "sweating" in other words the coolant was leaking through the block. I was lucky enough to buy an extended warranty and highly recommend it to anybody who buys any Land Rover product... this is my last LR. Customer service definetly needs a lot of help. If you can afford to purchase a Land Rover with constant problems, more power to you.
#4582 of 5002 Re: Get the 2003. [british_rover]
Jun 18, 2006 (6:26 pm)
To determine if a car has ACE wouldn't it be easier to crouch down by the front left tire, look in the wheelwell and see if you see a shock absorber like tube bolted to the frame, canted back??
Speaking of the '04 improvements, did they add a tranny dipstick?
#4583 of 5002 Re: Get the 2003. [blckislandguy]
Jun 19, 2006 (5:38 am)
Most people don't even know what ACE is let alone what to look for. It is pretty easy to see if a particular VINed vehicle has certain options just by pumping the VIN into land rovers intranet.
#4584 of 5002 Installing spark plug wires and plugs
Jul 12, 2006 (8:31 am)
It's that time, 60K miles in my '01 Disco. I've never really looked at the wiring so I did a search on this forum on installing the wires and plugs, but did not come up any posts regarding installation instructions. Wires are $77 (Magnecor - 8mm) and plugs are about $80 (Bosch Plat. 4) so I wonder why the dealer quoted me over $500 just to swap out the wires? Are they hard to get to or does it require the removal of the manifold?? I will take a look when I get my Disco back form the dealer, but any posts regarding this topic would be greatly appreciated. (I got an LR3 as a loaner, and I sure miss my Disco - it took me forever to realize the gas cover is not electronically controlled and felt like an idiot when I manually pushed in the cover to get it opened).