1999 Land Rover Discovery Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1999 Land Rover Discovery Dicovery series 2 V8 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance95800 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

The Land Rover Discovery series 2, is an expensive lemon. More like lemonade

Faults:

The land rover has had a numerous amount of problems. The main problems have to deal with the engine, and getting a $1300 tune up every 35 days of so. Its been a nightmare that will soon be coming to an end.

The front and back sun roof leaks, which I've had repaired 4times now at the dealership and it still leaks when it rains.

The 5 disk CD player had to be replaced once since I've owned it.

The rear left brake light always seems to go out.

The front low fog lights seem to get filled with water and go out.

The sun visors lights never come on when expected. Had to replace numerous bulbs, and still don't work.

General Comments:

This vehicle can sure haul, and it pulls my horse trailer great. Which I've only pulled once, due to the rental cars which we get. Which seems like 3days a month.

The car has terrible brakes which get worn down, and usually needs replacing after 3months or so.

This car is used back and forth to work only. Never has touched mud, no sand.

It's a high quality vehicle with too many unexpected problems.

For instance the 70,000 mile tune up is $1400, and the 95,000 mile tune up is $1200.

Its still a gas hog, and I average about 16mpg on the freeway, and 12-14 in the city.

This had been my biggest money spender for the past 5years.

My next car will be the BMW X5, or maybe helicopter, due to all the problems and high traffic in SEATTLE, WA.

If you own this car already I wish you the best of luck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th December, 2004

4th Jan 2005, 14:21

We also own a 1999 Discovery II and have had an awful ordeal with the roof leaking every time it rains. We have owned the car for only two years and have been dealing with this problem for two years. We have taken it in at least 6 times for this and at least a dozen for all the other problems i.e..oil leaks, steering column noise. The dealer keeps putting a band-aid on the problem, but as of today it is raining and we are once again in a rental car and am sorry to have not listened to others when we bought this lemon.

1999 Land Rover Discovery GS 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Faults:

Clutch replaced at 27k miles. It did n't fail, but was making a high-pitched sound. Dealer said plates were not aligned and replaced it under warranty.

Water leak around windscreen. Two trips to garage to repair this.

Fuel pump failed at 57k miles. Dealer reluctantly replaced this under warranty. Tried to charge me €600, but backed down after I threatened legal action.

General Comments:

Very happy with it, despite the problems.

The vehicle is a commercial, and because of the low taxation on commercial vehicles in Ireland, it is great value.

Not happy at all with the dealer who tried to charge me €600 to replace the fuel pump even though it was covered by the warranty. They argued that the warranty didn't apply in Ireland!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2003

30th Mar 2005, 19:22

You're right about dealers trying to worm out of their warranty obligations. The problem is the luxury items to make it a "Kensington 4x4" are always going wrong. Land Rover should stick to the Defender. Bottom line: Rover, an old dog that should have been put down decades ago. Did you notice how surface water hit the screen worse than with a passenger car.

1st Nov 2008, 09:33

I have a Disco 2 td5 1999.Its covered 90k now and I've been very pleased with it. Its used for both work and family and does both jobs well. The wife moans about the space when opening the rear passenger doors to get the baby it as the space is quite small, other than that its great. I would definately buy again.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 13 reviews