1997 Land Rover Discovery Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1997 Land Rover Discovery 2.5 turbo diesel

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 kilometres
Most recent distance288000 kilometres

Summary:

Unreliable and expensive to repair

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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.

1997 Land Rover Discovery

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Distance when acquired277000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Best value for money

Faults:

After fitting the 3.9 engine with new engine mounts, and then fitting a Range Rover exhaust manifold, the left side manifold touches the chassis, and when the vehicle goes over a bump, a knocking noise travels through the vehicle. Obvious problem is using the Range Rover manifold, just assumed it would not be a problem.

General Comments:

Solid, roomy, still a tad underpowered, but overall very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2009

1997 Land Rover Discovery S 2.5 Intercooled turbo diesel

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 Intercooled turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance102000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Range Rover

Summary:

Brilliant design, a fabulous machine

Faults:

Minor rust on roof around sky windows (fish oil stopped it). This problem has been remedied in later models.

Alternator failed at 70,000km. Probably as a result of driving the Disco through deep creeks.

General Comments:

Amazing fuel consumption. On a 13,500km trip through the Australian bush, mostly on appalling roads and some heavy sand, the Disco averaged 8.3litres per 100km (34mpg).

The most comfortable car I have driven.

Off-road ability is superb.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2005

1997 Land Rover Discovery se7 3.9v8 petrol

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.9v8 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired97500 kilometres
Most recent distance99800 kilometres
Previous carHolden Calais

Summary:

A very good purchase as a second hand 4wd

Faults:

So far I haven't had anything go wrong with the car. In fact it has proved to be very comfortable and reliable.

General Comments:

The Land Rover Discovery is the sort of vehicle that tends to grow on you, the longer you own it the more you begin to appreciate how capable it is. As a 4wd it has almost no peers, with solid axles and four coil springs combined with a center diff lock offering dual range ratios it can crawl over anything thrown at it. The short wheel base and excellent approach and departure angles have gotten into places even Patrols or Cruisers could not.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2003

1997 Land Rover Discovery SE7 3.9L V8

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.9L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Acclaim

Summary:

A secondhand 4WD bargain if you can service the vehicle yourself or by a local garage

Faults:

The Discovery has so far proved to be a very reliable vehicle, contrary too many reports I have read from other owners.

The only fault I have experienced with the vehicle has been a loose accelerator kick-down cable, which I fixed in 2 minutes. The loose cable prevented the transmission from kicking down to the next gear when the pedal was fully depressed.

General Comments:

The Discovery is a very comfortable vehicle which is highly capable in the bush. Unlike the Series II which has traction control, mine has the simple diff lock which proves to be far more effective off-road. I take the car into the bush for a workout every two weeks, and it still drives me to work every weekday without a problem.

The rear seats are comfortable, but the two extra seats in the rear are for young children only.

The driver's footrest is difficult to access due to the plastic cover which hides the wiring being far too close to the pedals, so your foot can get caught, but I am now used to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2002

1997 Land Rover Discovery S 2.5 Tdi

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 Tdi Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Series 2

Summary:

Cheap to run, extremely capable 4wd vehicle

Faults:

Injectors clogged and had to be decarbonised.

After market Sony stereo caused problems on delivery. This was fixed quickly, as the wires were around the wrong way!

General Comments:

My Land Rover has been an exceptional car.

It's great around town, and I get great fuel economy around town, on the highway and off road. It's no drag car, however, but it keeps up with the traffic flow.

Discoveries are very comfortable cars inside, and are fabulous long distance cruising cars.

Vision out of the car is superb, and the permanent 4WD is great on wet roads - the car is very stable, even during fast cornering.

Off road performance is exceptional, but be careful of the door seals letting water in during deep water crossings!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2001

1997 Land Rover Discovery SE 2.5 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Noisy A/C belt, replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

At 27,000 km the car has been great.

Wet weather and unsealed roads are no problem. On long trips or 9 hours+ it is very comfortable and induces minimal driver fatigue. City driving requires more effort than usual due to the heavy clutch, but you develop a strong left leg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews