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    Discovery II - A Let Down

    Hi All,

    Here has been my Land Rover Discovery Series II experience so far...

    The good lady wife has horses - so she wanted something that can tow. Many people said "Buy a Prado or a Land Cruiser" - but she wanted something smaller, with a better towing capacity.

    After much hunting around (and test drives) we settled on a 2000 Land Rover Discovery Td5 Manual - with 120,000km on the clock.

    Some people said: "Don't buy Land Rovers - they are RUBBISH"
    Most people said: "120,000 for a diesel is NOTHING."

    I bought the car. It drives well, tows great (only tow about once every 6 months anyway). Since I've had it - it has always been serviced every 10,000km.

    Everything went well - until approximately 250,000km.

    - New Head
    - New Radiator
    - New Clutch
    - New Starter Motor (x2)
    - New Fuel Pump
    - New Battery
    - New Windscreen
    - New Radio

    $7,000 later - and I thought that all of my problems had gone.

    Last week - the fuel pump went again. I can't wait to get rid of it now - and start restoring my 61 Series II!

    And yes - the servicing repair work has been done at 2 different "land rover specialists"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    Hi All,

    Here has been my Land Rover Discovery Series II experience so far...

    The good lady wife has horses - so she wanted something that can tow. Many people said "Buy a Prado or a Land Cruiser" - but she wanted something smaller, with a better towing capacity.

    After much hunting around (and test drives) we settled on a 2000 Land Rover Discovery Td5 Manual - with 120,000km on the clock.

    Some people said: "Don't buy Land Rovers - they are RUBBISH"
    Most people said: "120,000 for a diesel is NOTHING."

    I bought the car. It drives well, tows great (only tow about once every 6 months anyway). Since I've had it - it has always been serviced every 10,000km.

    Everything went well - until approximately 250,000km.

    - New Head
    - New Radiator
    - New Clutch
    - New Starter Motor (x2)
    - New Fuel Pump
    - New Battery
    - New Windscreen
    - New Radio

    $7,000 later - and I thought that all of my problems had gone.

    Last week - the fuel pump went again. I can't wait to get rid of it now - and start restoring my 61 Series II!

    And yes - the servicing repair work has been done at 2 different "land rover specialists"...
    Let me get this right!!!
    You had this car for at least 130k km's, say 5 years and spend $7k on it or $1300 per annum.

    May I say that you have a bargain there.

    Do you think that a Prado has no issues? If you do a head there you be up for $7k alone. Andbelieve me, they do go just go on a Toyota forum and see.

    All cars have issues and after 250k km's having only spend that much, may I congratulate you.
    Batteries, clutch and radiators etc are consumables and they wear. New windscreen is covered usually by insurance(free).
    Radio, well after 10 years they do let go.

    Do you see where I am coming from and now you have taken care of most issues you want to sell?

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    Spot on Big Guy

    Most of those components are usual wear items.windscreen..battery and clutch. How can this be the cars fault

    New head..well thats a TD5 for ya. If you look at em sideways they blow

    Camo
    2004 Black Range Rover L322 Diesel

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    Yeah I agree with you - how dare a vehicle need a new windscreen, battery, clutch and radio after only 250,000 kilometres

    And you have only owned it for 130,000 kms so these should not have needed replacing until the vehicle has done at least 400,000 kms.

    Even worse, the vehicle has had the audacity to actually use fuel and wear out tyres so it has cost more than $7,000

    I'm with you mate, get rid of the thing.

    A Mahindra or Great Wall might be your go
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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    Hi All,

    Here has been my Land Rover Discovery Series II experience so far...

    The good lady wife has horses - so she wanted something that can tow. Many people said "Buy a Prado or a Land Cruiser" - but she wanted something smaller, with a better towing capacity.

    After much hunting around (and test drives) we settled on a 2000 Land Rover Discovery Td5 Manual - with 120,000km on the clock.

    Some people said: "Don't buy Land Rovers - they are RUBBISH"
    Most people said: "120,000 for a diesel is NOTHING."

    I bought the car. It drives well, tows great (only tow about once every 6 months anyway). Since I've had it - it has always been serviced every 10,000km.

    Everything went well - until approximately 250,000km.

    - New Head
    - New Radiator
    - New Clutch
    - New Starter Motor (x2)
    - New Fuel Pump
    - New Battery
    - New Windscreen
    - New Radio

    $7,000 later - and I thought that all of my problems had gone.

    Last week - the fuel pump went again. I can't wait to get rid of it now - and start restoring my 61 Series II!

    And yes - the servicing repair work has been done at 2 different "land rover specialists"...
    I agree with the others, you're lucky you didn't have 3 amigo problems, oil pump bolt failure & water pump, fuel regulator & few others things in 130k. I think you had a good buy.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post

    I bought the car. It drives well, tows great (only tow about once every 6 months anyway).

    Isn't that exactly why you bought the car???? Surely this is not a let down but a 'fantastic'.

    Everything went well - until approximately 250,000km.

    - New Head
    - New Radiator
    - New Clutch
    - New Starter Motor (x2)
    - New Fuel Pump meant to be replaced at about 150,000km from my understanding
    - New Battery AFAIK getting 5 years out of a battery is impressive.
    - New Windscreen surely that can happen to any car
    - New Radio

    $7,000 later - and I thought that all of my problems had gone.

    Last week - the fuel pump went again. I can't wait to get rid of it now - and start restoring my 61 Series II! and how much will that cost?

    And yes - the servicing repair work has been done at 2 different "land rover specialists"...

    Wish my D2A had only cost me $7,000 in service costs. I'm pushing a few thousand in the first month to get it tidied up.

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    Well - I've certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons and upset a few people here... Which wasn't my intention. Precious lot!

    * Yes it tows great. Yes that's the reason why I bought it.

    Towing a small load (firewood, rubbish to the tip) works out ok.

    BUT - the only other times that I have towed something heavy (Horse Float, Series II) is when I have had a major breakdown. Which in my opinion defeats the purpose of a tow vehicle. I can't trust it!

    * Yes windscreens are a consumerable - but I've gone through 2 in the last 2 years.
    Probably just bad luck or the roads that I drive on - but I've never gone through 2 windscreens in any other car before.
    I didn't mention the leak around the windscreen - apparently another common Disco problem!

    * I didn't mention tyres or petrol.

    * I forgot to mention that it was 2 batteries - I suspect due to the problems with the starter motors.

    * The Land Rover specialst never mentioned that the fuel pump had to be replaced - or I WOULD HAVE. I go to a specialist and say "Service it - and tell me if anything needs doing". Fuel pump never came up. Nor has oil pump or water pump.

    * I used the Series II to tow the Disco up the driveway - dear old thing towed it without a complaint.

    * The $7,000 was in repair bills alone. I didn't mention the other $2,000+ in REGULAR services.

    * I have owned other brands of cars (not 4wds) and NEVER had so many problems, EVER.

    How dare I criticise a car for breaking down? When I have serviced it regularly (by a specialist). The head went, then the radiator, then the fuel pump, then the starter motor, then the battery. The specialist kept saying "yep all clear now - you've replaced everything that needs doing!". Another specialist has now said to me: "The fuel pumps go every year - they are a crap design, and are probably coming from China"

    Can't believe how upset everybody is - no wonder some people tear up and log-off!

    Anybody would think that I've committed murder or something!

    Anyway - I am enjoying restoring the Series II and hope to get the history of it alive.


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    Those series II's are bloody hopeless too, ill get it out of your hair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    Hi All,

    Here has been my Land Rover Discovery Series II experience so far...

    The good lady wife has horses - so she wanted something that can tow. Many people said "Buy a Prado or a Land Cruiser" - but she wanted something smaller, with a better towing capacity.

    After much hunting around (and test drives) we settled on a 2000 Land Rover Discovery Td5 Manual - with 120,000km on the clock.

    Some people said: "Don't buy Land Rovers - they are RUBBISH"
    Most people said: "120,000 for a diesel is NOTHING."

    I bought the car. It drives well, tows great (only tow about once every 6 months anyway). Since I've had it - it has always been serviced every 10,000km.

    Everything went well - until approximately 250,000km.

    - New Head
    - New Radiator
    - New Clutch
    - New Starter Motor (x2)
    - New Fuel Pump
    - New Battery
    - New Windscreen
    - New Radio

    $7,000 later - and I thought that all of my problems had gone.

    Last week - the fuel pump went again. I can't wait to get rid of it now - and start restoring my 61 Series II!

    And yes - the servicing repair work has been done at 2 different "land rover specialists"...
    WE seriously need to swap user names

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    Landrover sponaneous windscreen destruction claims another victim.

    i've gotten rid of 5 of my provious landrovers on this exact problem...it got to the point of not being able to look through it for fear of it cracking and needing replacement....i say get rid of yours now!

    Also had to ged rid of one due to running out of fuel....everytime i started it up and drove off it would use fuel...the faster i went the more it used!...never again willi put myself through that, and i was told it had a perfect service history..

    Ray.

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