Have owned my 1999 Dicovery from new and loved every minute. Practical, spacious (6 Adults went camping in this together with several tents all packed inside the disco) and reliable. Fits loads of kids in and great down the roads in the South West (Devon and Cornwall).
Only problem has been a leaky steering box seal; the steering box was replaced twice (actually only replaced once as a dealer said they'd replaced the box but when it started to leak again I found that they had charged me for a complete new box but replaced just the seal, they are no longer on my Christmas card list....)
Love the driving position but now looking to downsize after 9 years. Done 150,000 miles now and just come to the end of my 3rd set of Dunlop Wrangler tyres.
Wholly recommend ....
I just wish I had read the What Car? reviews before buying this model .
I bought a 1999 one three years ago and have had trouble with it from the start.
The most recent problem I have had is the wheel bearing ,which you have to purchase the whole hub. Not cheap!
I have also had the internal wiring loom problem on the injectors .
I have also replaced the air bags on the rear suspension .
It also has a problem with the sunroofs leaking at the first sign of rain .
But apart from all the above I still like driving it .
All I can say is good luck if you buy one .
As a 'Countryman' and a senior citizen I have owned many Land Rovers from the first series to the present "Discovery". One of the common faults with this model is the 'Tyres'. They do not retain the pressure. There is NOTHING worse that going outside in the early morning to find at least one tyre down. I am forced to keep my 'Old' Volvo to get an early start on such occasions. Despite approaches to the Tyre Suppliers (NTS and Kwik Fit) I am informed that Tubes cannot be fitted to prevent this. Why is this? Having driven cars for over forty years with inner tubes in the tyres Why is it now "Not legal?". I believe this to be a Business ploy. The Discovery has many aggravating little faults that need 'Ironing out' such as when changing the battery you have to re- program the radio. Bad design in that when entering the ignition key the view is blocked by the windscreen wiper control. The height of the access for a small person, or elderly. Rear bumper collects water and rots the Rear door edge. My next vehicle will not be a Land Rover I will look Japanese.
I have to say, 'Unlucky for some'. I bought my 53 plate early this summer had it 3 days and it started playing up,
You have to do your reserch as i did cuzz there's lots of so called Land Rover specialists that cannot wait to rip you off,
Anyway I found out that it was only firing on 4 cyclinders and once i had researched on the internet i found out it was the oil contamination to the injector wire harness inside the rocker cover, which also shorted out one of the five injectors,
Injectors can be purchased for £139.00 Plus vat each, so don't pay silly quotes of £289.00 Plus Vat DO YOUR RESEARCH...
Anyway, one guy based in Langtoft in Lincolnshire tried to quote me £700.00 to fix.
So I purchased a New Injector Harness off ebay for £42.00 including delivery. It took me 25 minutes to fit and it never solved the problem.
So i purchased an injector and paid a local Land Rover specialist to fit it and of course reprogramme it. That what has to be done.
It cost me £299.00 in total.
Anyway, 5 months later it's been fantastic. No problems, apart from it leaks from the front windowscreen when it rains. I have heard its a common fault although Land Rover Dealers deny it.
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