1998 Land Rover Discovery Reviews from North America - Page 3 of 5

1998 Land Rover Discovery LSE 4.0L

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance111000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

This is how an SUV should be!

Faults:

Bought the Discovery with a bad head gasket at 103,000 miles. Replaced all of the engine gaskets and have no issues with the vehicle since.

General Comments:

This vehicle handles very well, and is extremely comfortable to drive on the highway. Handles corners and bumps very comfortably, and for an SUV it is the best ride I have ever been in.

Off-Highway (dirt, gravel, grass, mud) the vehicle handles surprisingly well! As with on-highway driving, it is very comfortable and you can hardly tell the difference between driving on highway vs driving on gravel.

Lots of interior space! With the jump seats we can fit 6 adults comfortably and 7 with some sacrifice. Fits a family of 6 (2 adults 4 children ages 3-12) very well! Great for trips to the beach or pool!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2009

1998 Land Rover Discovery LSE 4.0L

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 kilometres
Most recent distance116000 kilometres
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Great SUV - Lots of power and fun to drive

Faults:

Various leaks 88k - Common for Land Rover!

Front sunroof rattles when open 88k

Battery died at 100k

Exhaust Manifold 114k

1 headlight won't go bright anymore even with a bulb change 116k.

General Comments:

I love driving the Land Rover! Not as bad on gas as I was expecting.. It is big and I like all the windows and the 2 sunroofs. I'm a bigger guy, so the room in side is perfect for me. Really in the 2 years I have owned it, not much in the way of problems. When I bought it, I put new shocks, muffler and tires on it and have only had to replace the right exhaust manifold for about $300.. I get all my work done on it at a local garage.. There is no Land rover dealer in my home town.. Has always started in the cold i.e. -40oc.. Put a new battery in it.. It does have leaks.. But I still only have to change the oil every 3 months with no problems.. Sunroof rattles a lot, but I have read that is a common problem because of the rails.. Interior is great! Nice leather seats. One thing is the bottoms of the front seats, It is common for them to be broken.. Mine were broken, I don't really notice it.. I have not had to put tires on it since new.. Put regular unleaded with no problems at all. Great SUV.. Would recommend if you don't mind paying the gas, because it is not cheap on gas.. Lots of room.. Have had it out 4X4 a few times.. Great for that of course!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2008

1998 Land Rover Discovery V8

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Faults:

Head gaskets; many minor things that keep me up at night.

Get an honest and good mechanic. The thing is, this truck will never let you down when needed. Like I said, this truck will run through anything. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

My computer keys are not working properly.

It's a truck first. Remember that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2008

1998 Land Rover Discovery LE 4.0 V8

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Addicting and real fun!

Faults:

Leak from the power steering.

Locks stick, but work.

General Comments:

This is a great 4x4 for the person that wants a 4x4 for a lifetime, but likes to maintain a vehicle. They are built heavy duty so they need TLC - grease, oil, and maintenance. Plus a lot of these were pre-owned by soccer moms, and they need to be checked completely over before buying or using.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2008

1998 Land Rover Discovery LE

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance82100 miles
Previous carNissan Pickup

Summary:

Fun, but very poorly made and expensive to maintain

Faults:

I have had the car three weeks. In those 3 weeks, I have replaced:

Valve cover gaskets due to severe oil leaks.

Timing chain.

Front differential (froze up and left me stranded roadside)

Various hoses.

Thermostat.

Total repairs in 3 weeks of ownership = $4,000.

General Comments:

I bought the car because I wanted a 4 wheel drive for various outdoor/ski trips, and I had read that land rover is a good one. I was debating whether to get a truck, but decided on the Disco since I could carry equipment in the rain without worry. I bought it used, but had it inspected by a mechanic and was told that everything was in pretty good shape except for an oil leak.

I immediately had the oil leak fixed for around $1000. One week later, another leak developed... another $1000. Then they said I needed a new timing chain, various hoses, and a thermostat for another $1000. Last weekend the front differential broke leaving me stranded on the road side. Tow + repairs = $2000. That's an expensive three weeks!

I commute to work by train, so during the week the car just sits there and is not drive. So probably it has only been driven 4 days since I have owned it. The future does not look good...

The car is comfortable, fun to drive, and nice, but very poorly made. And repairs are so expensive, which just adds insult to injury. If I could do things differently, I would buy another Japanese car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th August, 2006

25th Aug 2006, 12:22

Welcome to Land Rover - your wallet please!

I had one and was very disappointed with it. I had similar problems and believe me you have experienced just the tip of the iceberg.

Look foreword to:

- Large blobs of oil on your driveway and garage (they say if your Land Rover is not leaking it has run out of oil)

- Wheel sensors, speed sensors, O2 sensors, transfer case, weird electrical problems, power door locks and door switches failing, leaky sunroofs <- very common, brakes every 40000Km or less etc. I could go on...

You should dump it now! while you can!

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 16 reviews