1998 Land Rover Discovery LE 4.0 V8 from North America
Addicting and real fun!
Leak from the power steering.
Locks stick, but work.
This is a great 4x4 for the person that wants a 4x4 for a lifetime, but likes to maintain a vehicle. They are built heavy duty so they need TLC - grease, oil, and maintenance. Plus a lot of these were pre-owned by soccer moms, and they need to be checked completely over before buying or using.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2008
1998 Land Rover Discovery LE from North America
Fun, but very poorly made and expensive to maintain
I have had the car three weeks. In those 3 weeks, I have replaced:
Valve cover gaskets due to severe oil leaks.
Front differential (froze up and left me stranded roadside)
Total repairs in 3 weeks of ownership = $4,000.
I bought the car because I wanted a 4 wheel drive for various outdoor/ski trips, and I had read that land rover is a good one. I was debating whether to get a truck, but decided on the Disco since I could carry equipment in the rain without worry. I bought it used, but had it inspected by a mechanic and was told that everything was in pretty good shape except for an oil leak.
I immediately had the oil leak fixed for around $1000. One week later, another leak developed... another $1000. Then they said I needed a new timing chain, various hoses, and a thermostat for another $1000. Last weekend the front differential broke leaving me stranded on the road side. Tow + repairs = $2000. That's an expensive three weeks!
I commute to work by train, so during the week the car just sits there and is not drive. So probably it has only been driven 4 days since I have owned it. The future does not look good...
The car is comfortable, fun to drive, and nice, but very poorly made. And repairs are so expensive, which just adds insult to injury. If I could do things differently, I would buy another Japanese car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th August, 2006
25th Aug 2006, 12:22
Welcome to Land Rover - your wallet please!
I had one and was very disappointed with it. I had similar problems and believe me you have experienced just the tip of the iceberg.
Look foreword to:
- Large blobs of oil on your driveway and garage (they say if your Land Rover is not leaking it has run out of oil)
- Wheel sensors, speed sensors, O2 sensors, transfer case, weird electrical problems, power door locks and door switches failing, leaky sunroofs <- very common, brakes every 40000Km or less etc. I could go on...