1998 Land Rover Discovery 50th Anniversary Edition 4.0L V8 from North America
The ultimate 4x4 cruiser
Let's start off by saying that I bought this car as a flood car for $700. That being said, very little has gone wrong with the car.
The driver's side window did not go up or down, since it was off of the track when I bought it. And the passenger rear window works sometimes.
I have also replaced a water pump (a simple 30 minute, $50 repair) and a brake master cylinder ($40 and 20 minutes).
I have also popped a tire and broke a headlight, but those are off roading injuries, not really things that have gone wrong.
I had planned on using it as a winter beater, then scrapping it. But she just won't die! She had been through 2 hurricanes; the previous owner bought it as a flood car after hurricane Irene, and used it for the winter, and in the summer to tow boats to the beach. Then it was washed away in Hurricane Sandy, so he put it up for sale. I picked it up for $700 and could not be happier. I have had it now for 2 years and 22,000 miles, and can't believe things like the air conditioning and heated seats still work.
The truck is an off road monster; the wheel articulation and centre locking diff works magic. It goes over stuff that my buddy's jeep wouldn't dare try. And when he does, I use my fancy winch to pull him over ha ha.
The 4 sunroofs are great for letting light in, and the seating position is perfect. I was a little wary about buying a beat on Rover; I heard that they could have issues, but I think this truck made me a Rover man for life. Plus, it just looks SO cool.
The gas mileage is to be expected from a big box with a V8, and my roof rack with all the fixings doesn't really add to the hypermile experience. But the ride is very comfortable, as long as you don't take turns going too quickly.
Despite the abuse this little Rover that could has seen, I wouldn't hesitate taking her across country.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th November, 2014