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#11 of 29 Re: Land Rover 2003 Discovery Oil Pump Failure [horsecorgi]
Apr 08, 2007 (6:49 am)
Hello, i am in the same situation. I purchased a used 2003 Discovery and i was driving on the highway when the oil pump failed which caused immediate engine failure. The Disco had 53,000 miles on it and has been into a Land Rover dealer 4 times within the past 10 months for oil changes, brake pads and general scheduled checks. I was never informed of any potential problems and had no warning of this from car. The Land Rover dealer could give me no information as to why this happened and offered no help. They said they would fix it for $9900.00. Have you had any luck and what is NHTSB. Any help would be great.
#12 of 29 Re: Land Rover 2003 Discovery Oil Pump Failure [mike191]
Apr 13, 2007 (5:24 pm)
I love Land Rover, but am currently in a nightmare. I have a 96 Disco, which has been super dependable. Only regular maintenance care & recently replaced the water pump. My husband bought me a 2003 Disco II for Christmas in 2006, which approx 46,000 miles. In January 2007, while driving the car it made a muffled pop noise & died. There were chunks of metal & oil underneath. We had the car towed home as the dealership is hours away. There was approx 52,000 miles on it, so no luck with a warranty.My husband figured it was the front engine cover/oil pump. I did some research & found that there was a technical alert issued by LR to it's dealerships titled "2003 Discovery Series II Oil Pump Failures" (T03 1201) on March 14, 2003. It advises that the dowel pins on the block do not align correctly with the oil pump. This in turn causes oil starvation & ultimately engine failure. It clearly states the defect is a result of the manufacturing error. From what I have read, LR dealers are being difficult in addressing these issues & in some instances won't even tear down the engine to show the cause, but won't cover it unless they are shown the cause. My husband pulled it apart & found the front engine cover/oil pump cracked. Upon removing it, the damage is extensive. We are not sure if the valves are shot yet. I called LR Customer Relations & advised of the issue & the alert. I was advised there are no recalls & to tow it to the local dealership (which is hours away) & have them look at it. I have called the local dealership in Encino , Ca & am pending a call back from the service manager. I did place a complaint with NHTSA. I believe that if LR was aware enough to issue an alert on the manufacturing defect which causes engine failure, they should do a recall.
#13 of 29 Re: Land Rover 2003 Discovery Oil Pump Failure [aharper2]
Apr 22, 2007 (8:23 am)
Hello, i am trying to get some things done with my 2003 oil failure. What is NHTSA and can you send me the number so i can file a complaint. Thank you for your help.
#14 of 29 Re: Land Rover 2003 Discovery Oil Pump Failure
Apr 27, 2007 (7:14 pm)
NHTSA is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. I filled my complaint on line www.nhtsa.dot.gov. Their # is 1-888-327-4236. The LR dealership ended up putting a new motor in mine, even though it was out of warranty. They adv it would cost $12,000.00. They made us jump through some hoops & pay $2500.00. Which ended up being cheaper than the $3500.00 for a used engine.
Sep 22, 2007 (5:40 pm)
I have a steady ticking sound coming from the engine. oil level is fine. Any ideas where to begin?
#17 of 29 Re: Land Rover 2003 Discovery Oil Pump Failure [aariz1]
Mar 11, 2008 (2:48 pm)
Please send me the alert, My pump just failed and I need to replace my engine 4,000 miles out of warranty.
#18 of 29 Re: Oil pump failure [paris1099]
Mar 11, 2008 (3:01 pm)
Wow, this problem appears to be predictable some engines are not lasting the expected life span. I too purchased a ’03 disco with 38,000 miles, kept in tip top condition.. Currently at 54,000 or 4,000 over my warranty. The pump went at 70MPH, I viewed it today at the dealership, the gear is broke in 3 places, sheared the output shaft key that holds the gear. This also holds the timing drive gear causing it to spin 180 degrees resulting in bent valves. Land Rover was quick to state “I need a new engine and that I am on my own”. My second Disco also, other than a power window I have never needed service.
Thanks for posting your experiences; this is good ammunition as I deal with Land Rover to get things resolved.
#19 of 29 Re: Land Rover 2003 Discovery Oil Pump Failure [discooilpump]
Mar 11, 2008 (5:45 pm)
Because this is such a well-known issue I found the service bulletin "TA03 1201" online as a PDF document.