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Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Series II, Audio, Entertainment System, Navigation System, Performance Mods, SUV
#764 of 5001 The 2 outstanding recalls, which may have been done but
Jul 09, 2001 (6:09 am)
Would this imply that Land Rover recalled the SUV for some Major Reason and the Owner may or may have not taken the SUV in for service?
I feel good about the millage and really don't have a problem with the fact that the SUV is a 1998 versus 1999,2000 2001 etc. For the price, performance and quality for some reason I feel better about purchasing a used Range than a New Discovery Series II. Is it possible to match up, point-for-point, a Series II 2001 or 2002, fully loaded, with a used RR 4.0 1998 and expect the same performance and capabilities as the RR?
Thanks again for the research and INFO!
#765 of 5001 ljroveraround
Jul 09, 2001 (7:30 am)
The recalls were issued after the owner had the 7500 mile service. It could just be a record keeping issue. The retailer will be able to verify this, and should perform the recalls before sale if they haven't been done.
#766 of 5001 To RKOESLER/SLS info
Jul 09, 2001 (11:47 am)
Thanks for the advice with the skid plates and ACE. Since you travel in the same regions I vacation (Million Dollar Hwy/Silverton area), what do you think of adding SLS to increase the departure angle? I also offroad some in Canyon Lands, UT; Elephant hill was really mean and my Jeep Grand blew a front drive CV joint and I had to hobble out. The next year it blew again on the relatively simple 100 mile Canyon Rim Trail. that is why I'm kissing Jeep off and going with DII. Also, do you think the DII can handle Black Bear in Silverton, CO; most experts in the area say use a short wheelbase like a Wrangler.
#767 of 5001 Good Point By LjRoveraround
Jul 09, 2001 (4:44 pm)
LJroveraround has heightened my curiosity by posing the question would a used low milage Range Rover make a better deal than a New 01,02 Discovery. I am well aware that we would be comparing "apples to oranges" but what do you guys think?
Regards To All,
Jul 10, 2001 (5:40 am)
Hello "kbowen"! Not to worry, the DII can handle any trail you want, except maybe Holy Cross and the like. The only problem is the approach and departure angles - the ass will scrape on Black Bear, and the front will scrape just about everywhere. A lot of people are cutting away the "valance" below the front bumper to gain better approach angles. The SLS will help a little, and every little bit helps, but I just let the hitch serve as a rock slide - it can handle it.
You really need to come to Ouray on 8-2 thru 8-5 for the National Land Rover Rally - you will get to do many of the trails and have plenty of help available should something go bad. It's also fun to just watch the "hot doggers" do their thing.
I've never yet seen a Rover break anything, but I've seen Jeeps and Explorers just fall apart.
If you got the $$, get the ACE and SLS plus skid plates - much is to be said for peace of mind! The ACE will you give more axle articulation plus you can drive the Million $$ Hyw. like a BMW.
I've gone off-roading in the San Juan Mtns. for 12 years, mostly in Toyotas'(truck and 4-Runner), but they can't come close to the Disco in capability. Even Poughipsi Gulch (sp.?) can't beat the stock Rovers.
And on the slick-rock in Utah - good god what traction ! You can almost climb vertical walls. But again, you'll scrape front and rear, plus your mudflaps will take a beating. And probably your plastic "rock-sliders" under the doors - real steel rock sliders will be my next off-road option to add on.
Happy Rovering! See ya in Ouray!?
#769 of 5001 Ford A Plan
Jul 10, 2001 (10:18 am)
Can someone clarify how the A plan pricing works? I'm looking to buy a 2001 Discovery II. If I go to different dealers with this plan, should I be getting quotes for the same price or is the price set by the dealer? What is the final price's relationship to the invoice? Do I get charged dealer holdbacks?
Jul 10, 2001 (10:32 am)
Is for Ford Employees or their immediate Families only. Z-Plan is for Ford retirees. X-Plan is for friends, non-immediate family, and partner organizations. If you qualify for A-Plan pricing the price will be printed on the invoice, that is what you pay. It should not vary for identically equipped models from dealer to dealer. Dealers are not required to sell their vehicles at on any plan, it is strictly voluntary. But if they do, they have to sell it at that price with no additional fees. They can charge for extra equipt they have put on the vehicle, that includes paint treatments, stripes, etc.
#771 of 5001 National LR Rally
Jul 10, 2001 (1:27 pm)
Thanks again Rene Koesler. The info you gave me is invaluable, particulary since you offroad in the exact same areas the wife and I go. We have been over all of the "tourist" trails, and a few of the rougher ones like poskespee (sp?), in the Silverton/Ouray/Lake City, etc. area and have a ball everytime. (Still haven't done Black Bear, though.)Usually we come up (from New Orleans)for the Silverton Music Festival in late June, but are considering the Silverton Hard Rock Festival instead for next year as we can't make it this year. This festival follows the Rally in Ouray by a week this year and I suppose it is scheduled every year like that so it would be easy to catch both. As for the DII, I'm going with the ACE and SLS as you suggested, but because the dealership can't locate one with SLS without the rear seat package, I'll have to get that too(SE7). Skid plates are really expensive (over 2K for all four), so I may limit selection to front steering where you said your plates get the most scuff marks. A gas tank plate might not be a bad idea either given your experience with the rear end dragging. Do you know if a plate package can be had that is cheaper anywhere in the SE CO area. I sure hate to spend that kind of $$ on plain old steel.
#773 of 5001 Potential Disco II Owner With A Few Questions
Jul 10, 2001 (7:48 pm)
I plan on purchasing a DII within the next month or so. I have always loved the looks and uniqueness of all the Land Rovers. And when I recently test drove a new DII with ACE I became hooked.
I was planning on dishing out the $42K for a New SE7 with ACE. However the dealership has a '99 DII w/ ACE for just under $30K. It is a nice vehicle however it does have a mild scent of smoke that I hope could be eliminated, otherwise perfect condition. For the price I am leaning toward the '99.
*Anyone know if the '99 DII's have more problems than the new ones?
*I have read about the brake problems with some, is this a real common problem?
*What about the overall reliability of the DII's? (there is no consumer reports or anything else so you guys are it)
*Any suggestions as to what to buy or watch out for?
*Lastly, any suggestions for getting a better deal on a new DII than what the local dealer is asking, they want just less than MSRP and about $2500 more than the TMV?
Tincup please put in your two cents worth, you seem to be the local expert that everyone looks to.