1996 Land Rover Discovery SE7 4.0L V8 from North America


Big, heavy, guzzles gas, love it


Drivers door lock actuator was dirty on the inside causing the remote lock/unlock to stop working, a quick spray of carburetor cleaner on the inside fixed that right up!

The plastic panels that hold the power seat controls would no longer clip into the center console, bought a new pair for $45.

When you step out of the car it's really easy to kick the door storage bins, so mine have now almost fallen off. Why they used super tiny screws to hold them in is beyond me.

Spark plug wires only last ~50,000 miles, so I bought a set of 8mm Magnecor race wires to fix that problem. Gave me 15hp extra as well when I paired them with some Bosch Platinum +4s.

Both lights under the gear selector went out, $5 for two new LED bulbs.

General Comments:

Handles very well for a car that is 6'5 an weighs 5,500lbs.

No finicky computers controlling the 4WD system, just big hunks of metal spinning together to get the job done.

I would NEVER have this as my only car. While yes it is very comfortable and has tons of storage space, the gas mileage is horrible. At times I am getting 7mpg, but I typically get ~15mpg. But then again it does have a 4.0L V8 and weighs as much as a large church.

If you want a comfortable offroader with a few luxury items and don't want to deal with maintenance of a full on LR Range Rover, a LR Discovery is perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2009

1996 Land Rover Discovery SE7 4.0L Gasoline from North America


BEST VALUE for its INTENDED use (i.e. Caveat Emptor, suburbanites!)


Leaks like a sieve - No worries.

ALL electronics work intermittently.

The original stereo is bland and uninspired.

General Comments:

I bought this SUV for work in the Oilsands.

The Oilsands destroy GM, Toyota, and Nissan trucks. It was either a $70000 Ford Superduty or a $5000 Discovery II.

...the fuel economy is indeed tragic, unless you work in the Oil Industry ;)

Naturally, all the electronics have a typically British charm - sometimes they work. Sometimes mystery screws or plastic fascia appear on the floor. Occasionally the engine sounds like it might die. It does not.

Most comfortable ride driving in a mine or lease. Only the GMC Yukon comes close, and it's about 3x the price and has 2/3 of the life expectancy of a 'broken in' Discovery.

...If you have to pay for fuel, think long and hard.

...If you bought it new, you have my sympathies.

I also own an extremely reliable, well appointed, comfortable, (reasonably) powered Japanese sedan.

Guess which one is for sale.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2008

1996 Land Rover Discovery SE from North America


Wit the brush bar and lights, it's a classic


Just the normal maintenance issues.

I did install a new harmonic balancer at 90,000.

General Comments:

I've always maintained the car, oil changes, premium gas, added Bilstein shocks.

Find anybody, but a Landrover dealer to help you keep the car in top shape. Somethings you can google and do yourself for a fraction of the price.

This car is going to be retired to be our beach car. Even in 2008 people comment to me they love the look of it..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2008

1996 Land Rover Discovery 3.9 V8 from Australia and New Zealand


I love it and hate it at the same time


Tail shaft rubber ripped the day before a big trip; was cheap and easy to repair.

Blew a coolant hose; easy to repair.

Had an erratic idle, and stalled on idle; it was a dirty throttle body.

Hazard lights illuminate on hitting hard bumps, and won't go off till the immobiliser is reset.

Squeaks n rattles all round.

Steering had a lot of play; turned out worn sway bar bushes.

Oil leaks everywhere.

General Comments:

I hate this car so much, but I love it and can't bring myself to sell it.

It has been OK reliability wise; it gets me from A TO CLOSE TO B; normally within walking distance of B.

It's the most comfortable car to drive I have owned.

This is my second disco; my first one has gone to Land Rover heaven after an accident.

I have had this one airborne, on the beach, on the dirt, and on rocks. It performs really well on all terrain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2007