1999 Land Rover Discovery Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1999 Land Rover Discovery GS7 4.0 litre V8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 litre V8 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance17450 miles
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

Summary:

Excellent in all areas apart from poor build quality

Faults:

Nothing. It has been totally reliable.

General Comments:

The Discovery is an excellent off-road car which also offers very good road performance.

The only fault is poor build quality, with notably poor sunroof fit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2003

1999 Land Rover Discovery TD5 XS-7 TD5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission TD5 diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance66500 miles
Previous carLand Rover Range Rover

Summary:

Practical, but poor quality and unreliable

Faults:

Paint resprayed 3 times on inner rear doors (dirt on the seals rubs the paint off)

Rear air suspension failure at 30,000 miles.

Cooling system total failure at 50,000 miles.

Brackets holding 3rd row of seats have broken 4 times (still broken - parts on long term back order)

Rear pull-out luggage cover replaced 4 times (broken connector)

Significant diesel fuel leak at 64000 miles (still not fixed...)

Numerous recalls.

Long term significant sunroof leakage from 40,000 miles (needed numerous attempts to fix).

Anti-roll bar bushes failed at 65000 miles.

Squeaking seats (0 - 10,000 miles)

General Comments:

The most unreliable and poor quality vehicle I have ever owned.

I still cannot quite believe how Land Rover could produce a car so poor. It might be able to climb any mountain, but something will likely go wrong as you drive there along the motorway...

The only good things I can say about it are that it is a practical family car (my kids love it) and useful when the weather is bad.

These good points could apply to any 4 x 4 and are significantly outweighed by the downside of Land Rover ownership. Luckily mine came with a 3 year warranty that has now expired.

Driving one of these cars without warranty cover is just like playing Russian Roulette...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

19th Aug 2004, 01:33

I agree completely with your comments. I bought one brand new and it had 3 things wrong with it straight from the dealer. I dumped it before the warranty could expire because I did not want to get stuck with that lemon. 3 factory recalls in the first 9 months I owned it.

1999 Land Rover Discovery S 2.5 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 kilometres
Most recent distance86950 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairlane

Summary:

A comfortable bus that can tow a tank

Faults:

In 5 months of ownership and a second hand car - nothing.

General Comments:

Having the car for only 5 months, touch wood, the car has been very reliable. We find it comfortable, good brakes, enough power. Certainly when it comes to 4x4 traveling it has proven itself to out perform many of the expensive Cruisers. It hasn't the performance of many of the rest, but it is adequate enough for my family.

The little gripes I have are simple, such as the position of the interior door handles (behind your knees) and the switches are all obscured by the steering wheel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2003

1999 Land Rover Discovery LS 3.9 V8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.9 V8 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9500 miles
Most recent distance19780 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

A very good car great to drive with a very smooth auto box

Faults:

Cigarette lighter failed.

General Comments:

The car handles very well for a four wheel drive. Not encountered any alarming driving moments even in appalling weather conditions.

Find it comfortable, quick, easy to drive and so far completely reliable.

Only problem is the steering wheel does obscure the instruments.

Is heavy on fuel, but only to be expected with an engine and car of this size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2001

1999 Land Rover Discovery V8 ES 4.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E230TE

Summary:

The worst car I have ever owned - depreciates faster than a speeding bullet

Faults:

3 manufacturer warranty recalls.

Failure of ACE system repaired under warranty.

Poor paint quality (which practically scratches if you stand to near it!)

Poor fit of interior trim and poor quality leather (wears out quickly).

General Comments:

The V8 Discovery series 2 has very poor build for a car in its price point (£37,000 in September 1999 for an ES 7 seat model). No comparison with say Mercedes or BMW build quality.

Uncomfortable for longer distances with inadequate driver leg room (seats can't move back enough). Steering wheel obscures the instruments.

In my opinion the V8 Discovery series II is not safely engineered for use at motorway speeds with over light steering (little or no progressive weighting) and very poor feedback at c.80 mph plus. Vehicle is an off-road design (obvious point), don't expect it to handle like a car no matter what the salesman tells you.

Traction control is disabled above c.60 mph (100 kph). It isn't there to help if you lose grip at speed and encounter the penalty of the over-light steering. Use it off road but not as family transport.

After a horrendous and inexplicable spin across 3 lanes of motorway with my wife behind the wheel and my three kids in the car, we sold it. Since heard similar tales from V8 Discovery II owners.

Depreciation cost £1.23 per mile in 12 months of ownership.

The dealership were inept on every occasion we dealt with them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2001

31st Jul 2001, 12:15

I have a 2001 Disco II and I have taken it on one substantial trip. I am in the US and I went from sea level to the 9000 foot elevation, as well as over 1500 miles in 10 days. The truck had 5000 miles on it when we got it and we have the ACE. I usually drive a sports car so I am usually found driving in the 80-90 mph range on the open road.

The truck did great on the road, the ride was superior to ANY truck I have ever owned, the interior noise was a little high above 70 mph but the vehicle handled competently. I drove many mountain roads with tight switchbacks and again, the ACE was terrific.

Will the truck be good over the long haul? I am not comfortable with that fact yet, but I am pleasantly surprised at this point.

Sounds like if someone has deep handling problems, it probably does not make any difference in the car they drive.

1999 Land Rover Discovery ES Auto V8i Petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission V8i Petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Rear speaker mount rattles.

General Comments:

Inbuilt design faults annoying such as no safe rev limit mark on rev counter and steering wheel obscures instruments.

Dealer Service excellent and car much better built than before, but still drinks too much fuel!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 1999

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