1998 Land Rover Discovery Reviews - Page 8 of 8

1998 Land Rover Discovery LSE 4.0 Gasoline from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0 Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1200 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

The best vehicle I've ever owned

Faults:

The brakes have been noisy ever since I have owned this vehicle. This noise has continued even after replacement of all brake pads. The noise, though slightly annoying at times, has no effect whatsoever on braking performance.

More attention should be given to the exterior lights due to fact that several housings filled with water and needed replacement.

General Comments:

This truck has proven itself to perform as a true four wheel drive should.

Off road this vehicle can tackle anything that nature can throw in its way. On road, on the other hand, don't expect the handling and comfort you would expect of a European sports sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2001

28th Jun 2008, 23:10

I have the 98' Disco LSE. I agree about the brake noise. Sounds like a pad bouncing about at times. As for the handling ON road. I find mine to be actually quite comfortable. I can travel long distances and find a very good position with the six way adjustable seating. The steering feels solid and grip of the pavement true. The Michellin tires on these are bullet proof. One thing to be aware of on these models. The roof line rides low in front blocking traffic lights from being seen at times.

Cheers.

1998 Land Rover Discovery SE Auto 3.9 V8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 3.9 V8 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10

Faults:

Oil leaks in transfer case ie. input/output shaft.

Inspection cover plate.

Two broken exaust manifold studs.

Stereo replaced.

Rear diff complete rebuild @ 10 000 km and still having trouble @ 13 000 km.

General Comments:

Very good car but spends more time in the workshop than on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

24th Dec 2002, 16:06

I am in the process of looking through the internet to see if I can get help.

I purchased a land rover discovery model 1993 about 6 months ago. It had about 150,000 kms on the clock from a second hand yard in Brisbane. Since then I have had no end of trouble. The warranty has now run out and it looks like I will be left with a bill that I will never be able to manage. It has an over heating problem that no one can fix. It has been in the work shop so many times that I have lost count of them. It is there at present. The RACQ have a record of the number of call out that I have made and on checking last week they have come out to me at least ten times.

The thermostat has been replaced 4 times, the radiator has been repaired twice, the timing belt, tensioner idler all have been replaced, the head gasket twice has been replaced, the head has been done up.

This is what usually happens although at times it runs well.

I will drive up to 100 kms and stop, soon as I then drive another 2 or 3 kms and it will start to over heat with the temp gauge rising. Soon as it cools down I will check the bung on top of the thermostat housing and there will be no water in it there.

The RACQ service station in Ipswich now suggests after talking with Land Rover in Brisbane that it may have a loose liner in one of the cylinders. They have been aware of this problem now for the last week and after Xmas I will be going into them to see if I can get some satisfaction.

It is a 4 cylinder diesel.

Do you have any suggestions as why it continues to over heat?

I need help quick as I have no transport and would like to hear from any owners that may of had a similar problem and a solution to it.

21st Jan 2003, 16:14

I had the same on a TD5 - turned out to be failed head gasket and a warped head.

10th Aug 2003, 14:50

I had one with the same problem no one could sort it out after a long time it turn out to be the water pump.

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