Discovery 98, I am a new fan, gas? Well it's 8 cyl
Since purchased, the 8th lifter was making a knocking noise. I had it diagnosed, and it was a quote of 1800 to replace all lifters, under the warning it would be more if anything else failed or needed replacement (which at an auto shop it always is). They also said it could keep running for a long time or just a few more miles. I risked it and keep on driving it. I figure if it lasts a year, it would be worth it.
After 5000 miles driven, the water pump gave out. I replaced it myself, so about 90 dollars invested, including belt replaced.
Then finally the head gasket gave out; I blame it on the additives that are supposed to help seal any leaks; before I added them, it was fine.
I found a street mechanic with Land Rover experience. Got the parts online, and he did the gaskets and the lifters for $600.00 plus parts ($400). So $1000.00 for all; not bad. I also did the trans service, since no shop will touch it with that many miles. Same mechanic, $130.00, filter included.
Recently passed emissions in WA, no problems.
I have the rebuild kit for the transmission, all ready for when it happens. I know it will be sooner than later, and being prepared makes it easier on the wallet. I also bought the alternator.
With time to shop online, you get great deals; rebuild deluxe kit (all you need included) $200.00, and an alternator refurbished for $75.00. Shop around and see the real prices; $700 plus for both.
I am happy with it. Always wanted one; it still looks good and I intend to make it look better; mud tires and rims are next. Regular maintenance at least. Better yet, do it slightly more often, and after mud use, clean it. They can't clean themselves. Read a lot about your car, and the more you know preventive stuff, the more it will serve you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd October, 2013