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2001 Land Rover Discovery #4757586
05/15/18 06:12 AM
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One of these is for sale near me. Looks interesting, but I know very little about them. Any insight?

Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4757595
05/15/18 06:27 AM
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New England, USA
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Not for a DD at this point. Be careful.....fun vehicles, very capable off road, lots of mods available, great looking, great for what they are but that generation was true to LR's reputation. Do some research on them in general and the vehicle specifically. Read the forums, talk to a Rover indy in your area. Could be a fun weekend toy, but this advice comes from an admitted LR/RR fan.

Look for frame and lower bulkhead rust, new galvy chassis are available, listen for ticks/knocks, etc., I want to say there was a weakness in the oil pumps of that era.

As a general rule for used LR's, buy as new as you can...they have gotten much, much better through the years.

Good luck.


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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4757604
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No real knowledge here but a little insight and prejudice.

1) Neighbor's kid had a Range Rover. Truly nothing but trouble. I thought the added burden of being posh to an overpowered legacy box was just too much.
2) The interiors of all those things was beyond piggy. Is there a wide board with toggle switches between the front seats?
Those switched were dated, vulnerable to dirt and stupid looking.
3) I mentioned to a super involved coworker that an '03 (good price) near me was attractive and he immediately said, "NO WAY".

We all know that any machine is only as good as the maintenance it receives. If this is a hobby vehicle and you're good, it'll probably be an OK vehicle.

I have no poop on Land Rover parts' "avail-a-prices" or whether they ever got their electrical gremlins sorted.
Owners I've spoken with mentioned the electrical problems. TWICE I've seen LR go down the highway at night without lights. That's GOTTA be due to a problem.

Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4757623
05/15/18 07:06 AM
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North Carolina
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I'm normally the advocate for buying something foreign, impractical, and borderline unreliable...

But unless you just want it as a toy and you get a VERY good price, walk away.


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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: rooflessVW] #4757648
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Thanks for the replies. We'll need the car to be somewhat of a DD for the summer. I'll take a look, but remain skeptical.

Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4757652
05/15/18 07:36 AM
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Beautiful vehicles but poorly engineered and built. If you donít like to be working on a car constantly this isnít the car for you. My friend has a D2. I think itís a 2001. Always broken. And last time it was running and we were driving in the rain, we got just as wet on the inside as we would have if we were outside. That thing was leaking all over. It has two sun roofs.


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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4757660
05/15/18 07:44 AM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Parts are more expensive that Mercedes parts! A customer had one and needed a fan clutch. My cost was $900.


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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: rooflessVW] #4757674
05/15/18 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
I'm normally the advocate for buying something foreign, impractical, and borderline unreliable...

But unless you just want it as a toy and you get a VERY good price, walk away.



Great summary.

...and I like the way you think, but "borderline" is a pretty high hurdle:-)


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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: wings&wheels] #4757709
05/15/18 08:17 AM
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Taiwan
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Originally Posted By: wings&wheels
I want to say there was a weakness in the oil pumps of that era.



IIRC they are chain driven, and the drive sprocket should be Loctited on. If it isn't, it can come off, with hilarious consequences.

Hilarious if you drive something else and lack mechanical (or human) sympathy, that is.

Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4757951
05/15/18 01:14 PM
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They are probably among the least reliable vehicles you can drive.

Which is sad because they are very nice looking vehicles.

I looked at them about 2005 and ended up with a Limited 4runner instead.

Two of my friends have owned Discos since (buying them against my advice) and both have been massive piles of [censored]. Break down frequently, parts are $$$$.

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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4757956
05/15/18 01:21 PM
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Run! I worked for a multi-line luxury dealership for several years, and NOBODY ever leased a 2nd LR or RR...they would get an Escalade or Lexus on the next go-around because the dumb Rovers were so unreliable.

There was a production issue on some early-2000s era Rovers where the manufacturer skimped on a piece of weatherstripping between the hood and one of the fenders, and high-pressure water in a car wash would get somewhere it didn't belong, and it would fry an expensive computer module...immobilizing the vehicle. Ironic that a vehicle that was advertised as such a tough off-roader couldn't get through a mechanized car wash in running condition.


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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4758133
05/15/18 05:26 PM
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I'm going to take a look tomorrow.

Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4758201
05/15/18 06:54 PM
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utah
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Had one in the family a long time ago and it was reliable during its 30-60k mile period of ownership. However the engine is super old tech. You must be in love with Land Rovers and able to fix stuff to consider one imo.


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Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4758306
05/15/18 09:33 PM
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Land Rover has been at the bottom of the vehicle dependability study for a long time and still is.

http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/jd-power-2018-us-vehicle-dependability-study

Re: 2001 Land Rover Discovery [Re: ET16] #4760623
05/18/18 06:12 AM
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Saw it. Drove it. Hated it.

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