1998 Land Rover Discovery Reviews - Page 4 of 8

1998 Land Rover Discovery LSE 4.0L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 kilometres
Most recent distance116000 kilometres
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Great SUV - Lots of power and fun to drive

Faults:

Various leaks 88k - Common for Land Rover!

Front sunroof rattles when open 88k

Battery died at 100k

Exhaust Manifold 114k

1 headlight won't go bright anymore even with a bulb change 116k.

General Comments:

I love driving the Land Rover! Not as bad on gas as I was expecting.. It is big and I like all the windows and the 2 sunroofs. I'm a bigger guy, so the room in side is perfect for me. Really in the 2 years I have owned it, not much in the way of problems. When I bought it, I put new shocks, muffler and tires on it and have only had to replace the right exhaust manifold for about $300.. I get all my work done on it at a local garage.. There is no Land rover dealer in my home town.. Has always started in the cold i.e. -40oc.. Put a new battery in it.. It does have leaks.. But I still only have to change the oil every 3 months with no problems.. Sunroof rattles a lot, but I have read that is a common problem because of the rails.. Interior is great! Nice leather seats. One thing is the bottoms of the front seats, It is common for them to be broken.. Mine were broken, I don't really notice it.. I have not had to put tires on it since new.. Put regular unleaded with no problems at all. Great SUV.. Would recommend if you don't mind paying the gas, because it is not cheap on gas.. Lots of room.. Have had it out 4X4 a few times.. Great for that of course!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2008

1998 Land Rover Discovery TD5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.7 / 10

Summary:

Big and bad... mostly bad

Faults:

How long have you got?

Head light dropped out, windscreen leaked, immobilizer had a life of its own. Rust bubbles and dodgy door seals.

General Comments:

Where to start.

With this Disco' I enjoy a love hate relationship.

Off road, only a tank is better, or maybe a Range Rover.

The front seats are comfortable and the visibility is very good. In the back however, it's a different story. The rear passenger access doors look big, but the gap between the door pillar and the seats is very small, and you have to be a bit agile to wriggle your way in. Once in the back, the leg room is somewhat limited and the seats are not the best.

The loading bay is very spacious, but the back door is enormous! If the wind catches it while you're opening it, be careful! It's like a huge metal and glass sail with a wheel bolted on. The Range Rover's split tailgate is better. The Disco would benefit from a similar design, either one up, one down, like the Range Rover or outwards like most vans. It should be fitted with stays too, to prevent it blowing shut on you. That hurts, A LOT!! Opening the tailgate on hills is a dodgy exercise as well. Just make sure that the car's leaning to the right or you'll never get in the boot.

The TD5 isn't too bad on fuel, but the performance is woeful; large warships will out accelerate the Disco' diesel. This makes overtaking a stunt form and not a pleasure. That said, once up to speed, the Disco' happily barrels along with everyone else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th June, 2008

1998 Land Rover Discovery V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville

Faults:

Head gaskets; many minor things that keep me up at night.

Get an honest and good mechanic. The thing is, this truck will never let you down when needed. Like I said, this truck will run through anything. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

My computer keys are not working properly.

It's a truck first. Remember that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2008

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 22 reviews