1996 Land Rover Discovery Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1996 Land Rover Discovery ES 2.5 turbo diesel from Brazil

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Marea

Summary:

Dealers should be more committed in keeping users satisfied

Faults:

Air Conditioner belt broken during vacations trip 1 month after purchased (73000 km)

Driver door glass machine broke down and had to be replaced (cost 200 US$)

Immobilizer set the vehicle off after driving 3 hours and remained so for 30 min before allow starting again. No reason found and never repeated.

On the last serviced made at dealer shop, was replaced the 02 pairs of brake pads for an outrageous cost (250 US$). Also has been unnecessarily replaced the outlet hose of turbo. The new hose presented defect few kilometers late causing the engine to choke during a trip.

General Comments:

The car handles quite good and it is very nice riding it because of the height. Engine is reliable in power delivery in a crowd road.

Seats and internal comfort is superb.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2004

1996 Land Rover Discovery ES 2.5 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Pajero

Faults:

Every thing has gone wrong with this hunk of junk.

Blown head twice and engine once. All electrics stopped working cost about $4500 to fix. After that rear door would not close.

General Comments:

I suggest you to not by one, I would have my Pajero back any day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

1996 Land Rover Discovery SE7 4.0 V8 gas from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 gas Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 280C

Summary:

Trade it for a Japanese car quick!!!

Faults:

Auto Dim mirror leak/broke (oil from it dripped onto wood trim and burned a hole in it).

Engine blew at 55,000 Miles.

Rear door lock is inoperable.

Right front passenger window won't go down.

Rear sunroof won't open

Intake gasket had to be replaced.

Right rear passenger door lock actuator inoperable.

Head gasket now leaking.

Some rust is beginning to appear in places.

General Comments:

I would like to think I have bad luck purchasing autos, however this thing has been horrible in terms of reliability, sevice, comfort, fuel economy, and performance. Who, in their right mind, after reviewing the specs of these vehicles, would purchase one of these cars. They drink gas--not a really bad thing to live with, but they handle like a cruise ship and are so underpowered it isn't funny. This product is a very poor value for the dollars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2002

9th Jan 2003, 01:10

Sounds almost as bad as my Nissan was!! The Mazda was much better, but still had that Japanese cheapness... you know what I mean, yes...

Now my two '96 SE7 Discoveries that I have now have served me well, the low(er) mileage one that the wife uses having only a speed sensor fault at 65,000 miles and my "hack" having no faults yet at 140,000...all have regular oil changes by ME and nothing much else except the occasional brake pad or tire change. My truck gets treated really hard towing and offroading when the aftermarket winch on the front has to be used occasionally... but sure, go ahead, buy a Jap "can"...good luck! (How much do you want for your SE7 by the way???)

1996 Land Rover Discovery SE 4.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Avoid owning these vehicles

Faults:

Brakes, front and rear have already been replaced. Tires replaced before 45,000 miles. I realize this is a heavy AWD car, but come on!

Countless trips to the dealership to get the "check engine" light turned out. Seems to "misfire" quite a bit. Was told that ALL Land Rovers with this engine type need valve jobs, perhaps that's why it misfires...UH...perhaps then Land Rover needs to recall these ridiculous things!

Not enough room to type all the "trivial" squeaks, rattles, burned out bulbs, oil leaks incredibly poor fuel economy etc.

Here's the kicker... last week a cylinder sleeve dropped, cracking the block resulting in complete engine failure. Repairs will cost in excess of $8,500 for a new engine!

General Comments:

These vehicles, in summary are indeed JUNK!

Horrible resale, horrible reliability, I'm not trying to flame the product, but if it waddles like a duck, and it quacks like a duck... well you know the old saying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

26th May 2004, 11:16

I agree, this thing is horrible! We purchased this car used with a warranty from the dealer. In the first 12 months the thing was in the shop 3!!

The catalytic converter was replaced, multiple gaskets, intake and exhaust manifolds, gas tank, charcoal canister, automatic lock mechanism, and ignition cylinder. That's just the big stuff!

Even with all of that, there is a persistent smell of gas that no one has been able to fix. In addition many of the repairs need to be done again as the gaskets leak.

The most frustrating part is that Land Rover USA won't step up and help fix this thing.

I suppose we could sell it. No, we can't, no one is interested. We've run an ad three times and have received no calls, even at WAY under blue book!!

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 23 reviews