2002 Land Rover Discovery II SE 4.0 V8 from North America
It's a blast as long as you know stuff will break
Spare tire mount.
Door lock actuator.
Alternator & battery.
Sunroof mechanism failed.
Assorted electrical & mechanical issues.
I had a Mustang GT previously, so I obviously wasn't getting anywhere in the weather, nor could I haul anything.
I got the Land Rover wanting the best in off road capability, but somehow forgot to look at maintenance.
Had a lot of problems early, and took it to the dealer where they proceeded to handcuff me to the waiting room table and violate me from the hindquarters in a most disrespectful manner, while extracting large sums of cash. How rude. I nearly got rid of it because I couldn't handle any more $1500 bills.
Then I found a local mechanic who had a good reputation with foreign cars. Automatically my bills were cut in half. I've been religious with all routine maintenance since I bought the vehicle.
What I've learned:
1. Don't ever, EVER, take this vehicle to the dealer. Find a reputable local mechanic. I drive 20 miles to the mechanic to get service because the dealer is twice as much.
2. Don't ever forget rule #1.
3. Stuff will break. This is no Honda. Expect strange things breaking and expect to pay for it. I expect to pay $1200-$1500/yr now in maintenance and repair bills. It's in my budget now.
4. It IS kick-ass off road. Took it to a buddy's hunting cabin about 5 miles off road and over a stream, and it was a blast! Also had about 50 inches of snow this winter and I was the only one on the block climbing over 30" snow banks and up the steep hills in my neighborhood. Booyah! Didn't even think twice about taking it to the mountains during a shutdown snowstorm for serious snowboarding, when everyone else was sipping hot chocolate at home.
Overall, I'm happy once I figured out how to hack it as a LR owner. I work from home and only put about 8500 miles/year on it. I was going to get rid of it in a few years, but figure I might as well just keep it until the engine blows up and then part it out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th June, 2010
Great honest review! Thanks for posting, I'm considering this exact vehicle, and appreciate the review!
I also have a 2000 SE. A lot of the sensors provide erroneous reports and then after a while the lights go off, thus you don't have a problem.
It is very important to follow the maintenance schedule to the letter. My Jeep Cherokee in the past year cost more to fix then the LR. You may pay slightly more at the dealer but the work is guaranteed (only bring to dealer for complicated items). If the problem comes back up to 3 months later the repair is on them, they also provide a brand new vehicle loaner when your vehicle is being repaired so I'm a happy customer.
I've had the vehicle for 4 years and my repair and maintenance was around 2K over this period. Also, don't be afraid to get a Rave manual and do some the work yourself. The engine is based on 1963 GM technology. You can also get a lot of parts off eBay real cheap.