I love my 99 Disco II! While I wouldn't pay US$40K + for a new one, $11,400 was a bargain and worth every penny. It was in remarkable shape and condition considering the 82K miles. Born and raised in Hong Kong, I still have an affinity for things British.
DRIVE-TRAIN: It's a tad sluggish compared to my buddies' GMC Envoy, Dodge Durango and Chevy Avalanche, but nevertheless the small block 4-liter V8 is very responsive with no noticeable lag. Plenty of low and mid-range torque. Once you get it up to speed, it just buzzes along quite happily.
The engine hums and whines like a 1000 h.p. gas turbine, and my buddies think it's the coolest thing. They also enjoyed the curiously high driving position, visibility, headroom, elbow-room, etc.
The 4-speed automatic tranny shifts very smoothly, and the gear transitions are barely perceptible and free from lurch.
I figured out the numerous plastic squeaks were from the silicone-based plastic dressing that the detailer enthusiastically sprayed everywhere. Drove me nuts. I fixed ALL the annoying squeaks by countering with a mineral-based light lubricant wherever squeaky noises were emitted. Avoid spraying silicone-based leather/plastic dressing - especially where plastic meets plastic.
LUXURIES: I'm truly enjoying the 11 speaker CD stereo now that I've remedied the squeaks. My friends are impressed with the sound dispersion and clarity.
The front seats with the lumbar supports are very comfortable. The rear seats feel a little stiff and slightly awkward, but are quite OK.
I took the day off and fixed all the inherited problems. The loose headlights were caused by dislocated ball-joint mounts. The rest of the annoyances were just as easy to remedy.
FUEL CONSUMPTION: After five fill-ups, I'm pleasantly surprised to note it's averaging 17 mpg with 80% highway driving at 70-80 mph. Pretty good for a 5000 lb. square rigger. It could be that I exploit the vehicle's mass and inertia by anticipating stops, etc.
HANDLING: For such a high-profile vehicle, the stability and cornering is impressive. I guess the Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) really works, keeping the vehicle relatively flat.
The steering is predictable, and the short wheelbase makes for a certain responsiveness.
Finally, I love the high sheen black exterior. I caught myself smiling at my Disco II, and I could see my teeth. A paint job like that here in California will set you back $5K at a premium body shop.