1997 Land Rover Discovery LSE 4.0 V8 from North America
They always leak a little bit. You can't fix that
Significant oil leak - replaced front main seal.
Passenger side window came off track.
Occasional multiple misfire on Cyl 1 & 5.
(I believe this is an issue related to a bad Vehicle Speed Sensor. There is a LR service bulletin detailing this issue if your truck is exhibiting multiple misfires on odd numbered cylinders for this model year.)
Picky ignition switch. Need to jiggle the key sometimes to get it out.
My first Land Rover and I have absolutely fallen in love with them.
I received this truck after it had basically sat for two years and was deteriorating in the hot Alabama sun. It's one of the rare-ish '97 LSE models and was in need of some interior bits (seat controls/panels, sun visor clips, gear shift indicator film) as well as a little mechanical refreshing and a good wash.
With 73k on the ODO and after a complete tuneup at the local dealership it ran perfectly. Smooth idle, no strange sounds/vibrations and a nice exhaust sound. Unfortunately, once the engine fired up I could see that oil was dripping at a significant rate above the front pumpkin. This was attributed to a bad front main seal and was replaced at the dealer for around $800.
The vehicle has performed just as I had expected ever since and is a pleasure to drive. While the 4.0 V8 is a bit on the sluggish side in terms of horsepower delivery, it makes enough torque as to never feel underpowered in any situation I have come across.
I am 6'1, 180lbs and feel perfectly at home behind the wheel. While the bottom cushion is a bit short, it's nothing that becomes bothersome. The ergonomics are excellent and everything falls into hand for a person of my size. It does exhibit a decent amount of body roll and does require that you pay attention to what you're driving. However, it tracks straight and has a solid, planted feel to the steering. Driver comfort is excellent. It soaks up bumps and bad roads and always feels in control. On the highway, passing power is adequate and cruises like a smooth European sedan. I am actually surprised at how much speed it can carry; I've found myself cruising with traffic above 85Mph on 95 feeling like it was 65.
It's off-road performance is second to none and that is the reason I decided to own a Land Rover to begin with. The vehicle is completely stock and have shown itself to be nearly unstoppable. It has climbed any obstacle I have thrown it into as well as fording waters up to the hood line with absolutely no intrusion or ill affects. This thing really does make you feel like you could cross a jungle continent in it. The passenger window came off track on a hard hit off road.
Having said all that, I do need to mention a few things. This is not a luxury vehicle just because it cost a bit more than the other guys when new. If you bought one because of that, you fooled yourself and should have ponied up for the Range Rover. What you pay for here is quality - which itself if something that's questionable. While a Series I Disco could potentially last forever, unless you're planning on turning wrenches yourself don't bother with it - you could buy a small nation with the cost of repairs in the vehicles lifetime.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2006
HI, I'm thinking about buying a land rover for my first car, I can afford to buy one, but I'm wondering if you've run into any very expensive issues with the vehicle. Also how does it do on gas millage for you, I live in New Hampshire and have a lot of driving to and from school. I can pay for the gas I'm just hoping it won't be horribly expensive because I don't want to waste money. Also could you tell me how much you pay for insurance is it a lot or is it reasonable. Thanks Matt C.