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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
May 09, 2001 (8:47 am)
I need some advice from the Land Rover owners out there. My wife and I just bought a 2001 Disco II SE7 on 4/28.
Yesterday, while my wife was driving, the car while in motion, bucked as a manual transmission would when you start it w/o the clutch down. At the same time the Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brakes and Hill Descent Control lights all came on. She was able to pull over and shut off the car. However, after shutting off the car, she said the car sounded as if it were still running. Eventually the car shut off completely. The car was flatbedded to our dealer and the dealer (not a service technician)told us that it was probably a faulty computer code which caused the Disco's brain-fart. He said that what they will do is run a diagnostic to find and correct/eliminate those codes.
Has anyone else experienced this issue and what was the outcome?
#479 of 5001 Discoking
May 09, 2001 (1:08 pm)
I have an SI Disco so I can't specifically help you. But... electrics are a common fault and I doubt there's a stored code from an intermittent connection that may have caused this.
In my SI it used to do similar things... big hesitation, lots of dash lights, POP thru the stereo... lots of WEIRD electrical things.
I traced it to the electrical box under my hood, offside at the engine midpoint. Yours may be located somewhere else. It's the main fuse box with the BIG links... 100 amps etc. I removed each one, and completely disassembled the box, cleaning all contacts thoroughly. I reassembled and all gremlins are exorcized.
My thinking is, all computerized circuits depend on clean uninterrupted power... any poor connection here will feed all subsequent circuits with poor power and you'll have weirdness.
Good luck! Don't accept a simple "we didn't find any codes."
May 10, 2001 (6:57 am)
My 2000 II did similar things as well at about 4000 miles, it was the transmission control module, which was bad. Had it flatbedded 100 miles to dealer in Maine who replaced unit. Other then a few quirky brake warning lights caused by sensor in brake fluid tank bening messed up been OK since. Now at 12000 miles getting some cupping on front tires (Goodyears).. anyone else having this problem?
#481 of 5001 Cupping
May 10, 2001 (8:04 am)
Common problem... and I haven't seen a good explanation for it. I just rotate front to back every 5k or so and it helps. Make sure you adjust the tire pressure to specs when you're done, and take a look at the brake pads while she's got her shoes off... they wear VERY quickly.
#482 of 5001 to nanuq and all you other Disco Lovers!
May 10, 2001 (12:08 pm)
To lease or not to lease...
Like you lucky owners have experienced at one point or another, I've too have recently caught the fever. However, reading the reports from consumer-reports, Road and Track and this very helpful message board, my dreams of driving this beast seems more like a burden.
so... are there any convincing arguments either way on the 2001 discover SE or SD series could you please share them with me. I am concerned about safety. Has anyone heard anything about the 2001 and these "break" problems. The year seems better than most but I expect time will tell.
A little love folks?Thank you in advance,
#483 of 5001 Andrea
May 10, 2001 (12:29 pm)
Is there a specific problem with SII brakes you've heard about? It hasn't come up on my radar yet... but I'm far from an expert.
The thing about Rovers is... they're hand built trucks and if you get a bad one then sometimes it's spectacularly bad. Some seem to be flawless, others have teething problems that CAN be fixed under warranty if you're persistent. I mean REALLY persistent to the point of giving your service manager a nervous tic. I did that. I wanted to KILL my truck the first couple years but the last problem was solved just as the warranty expired and she's been absolutely flawless for almost 3 years. Not one hiccup.
And now I'm knocking on wood... Lord Lucas lurks where we least expect him...
Seriously, it's a love/hate thing and it always will be, until Ford engineers the character out of them. That will be a sad day. Ask yourself if you want a relationship with a vehicle that has a few surprises, or do you want to drive an appliance? My toaster never surprises me, but I'll gladly throw it away for another. My truck always surprises me (pleasant surprises now!) and I'll keep her till I'm too old to run the transfer case lever. Relationships take attention but they give rewards too. It's a love/hate thing.
As for safety... take a look:
#484 of 5001 Rover Owie
May 10, 2001 (1:41 pm)
This guy crawled out without a scratch, but his truck suffered some. Still he drove it home.
May 10, 2001 (3:08 pm)
I like the way they put the logo underneath the front skid plate so everyone can tell what kind of rig it is when it flips (I used to have a kayak like that....).
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#486 of 5001 To BOB and others about brakes.
May 10, 2001 (5:35 pm)
In my quest for a fun/ sexy / safe vehicle I can not remember where I saw the complaint. Possibly here. But at any rate, the driver said they lost both the ABS as well as the emergency brake while on the highway. Yikes! But as you said, every dog has its day and this Disco was having a bad one.
If I could trouble you again for your experienced advice, I'm trying to save some money on this 2001 lease but also find the ACE system and formitable feature I seem to think I need(only available in the LE series). I will be traveling on mountain Highways and feel the stablization feature might be important. Any thoughts?
#487 of 5001 Andrea
May 10, 2001 (7:14 pm)
I have to admit, I've got zero experience with ACE. Some folks swear by it, others are put off by its complexity. Some say it's the best thing since sliced cheese for cornering enhancement but others just get used to the perceived body roll in corners (I did). This is NOT a sports car, and cornering hard enough to need ACE might eventually lead to getting in over your head in a blind turn. I admit I drive my Disco pretty sedately on the road; when I want to go fast I drive something else (grin). Others also mention problems with the ACE pump and hoses... but also say it's wonderful offroad, giving more wheel travel than the otherwise antiroll bars provide. So you see, it's a complex system with dubious (to some) benefits.
As for the brakes failing? I could see the ABS failure but not the emergency brake too... that's a cable brake actuating a HUGE drum on the driveline, working on all 4 wheels at once. Unless the cable broke....????? I just don't see it.
I'm sorry I'm not much help with this!!!! -Bob
ps: if you would like more detailed questions (and not to take up more bandwidth for these other poor readers - grin) you can write at nanuq'at'bigfoot'dot'com <---that's so the spambots don't get my address. Best regards!