1997 Land Rover Discovery 2.5 turbo diesel
Unreliable and expensive to repair
It did three heads in 4 years, with no warning on the temperature/cooling system.
The first head went 2 weeks after purchase at 172500 k's. The second was 12 months after that when just out of warranty. The third head went at 287500; again with no warning. By the time the temperature gauge indicated there was a problem, the damage was done.
The manufacturer wasn't helpful at all. Expensive to replace, and many mechanics did not want to do the job, as they are apparently 'notorious' for doing this.
Map holders in the front doors fell off at 200000.
The speedo only works intermittently, and mechanics and auto electricians cannot find why; this started prior to my purchase.
Coolant leaks into the cylinders at 285000.
Back door hinges dropped and let dust into the vehicle at 250000.
A comfortable vehicle that is economical to drive. It tows like nothing else I have driven, but the lack of reliability outweighs its performance when towing.
Good vision, and compact for every day driving for a 4x4.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st November, 2010
4th Aug 2011, 09:20
Drove a Land Rover Discovery 1997 300 TDI for fourteen years on and off road for 260,000km. Frequently towed a Larson bowrider boat - 2 tonnes.
Only "major" repairs required - replaced worn out fuel pump and vacuum pump. Simple jobs I did myself, occurred at ~200,000km mark. Changed oil and filter at 10,000 km intervals. Changed engine coolant and had the auto transmission serviced every 40,000km.
RAC auto check report at sale of car found the car to be in very good condition. Never broke down.