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      26.03.2008 22:03
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      great machine

      Reliability Good
      Spaciousness Excellent
      Road Handling Good
      Looks Excellent
      Fuel consumption Satisfactory

      Advantages: Powerful and fun .
      Disadvantages: Minor niggles and fuel economy .

      Recommend to potential buyers: yes

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      I owned a 1990 3 door V8i up untill recently when i bought a 1998 freelander. This is the 3.5 litre buick based engine fitted to many Rovers and Land Rovers over the years. A well tried and trusted engine that can be tweaked to gain more power. I paid £3000 for it used back in about 2001 I think.
      Mine was the one of the early ones with 3 doors (H plate), it had the go any where ability which you expect of a land rover product. The V8 was helpful in this respect.

      Unfortuantly I had to sell it as it required alot of expense for the MOT, but if there had been no problems with it I would have kept it. It was mechanical problems due to the fact it had done well over 100,000 miles but the engine was still strong. I had upgraded the air filter to a K&N filter which i found gave slightly more power as the engine could breathe better and the maintainance was easier.
      The minor niggles i had with it were the rear door could only be opened from the inside due to a tiny spring breaking in the door mechanism. I tried to fix it but didnt have the dexterity to do it but if you have small hands it may be easier.
      The front sunroof leaked especially if it was parked on a slight angle so that caused staining onto the front seats.
      Starting was also tempormental due to a poor connection on the solenoid but once you knew the technique it would start fine. Most of the time you wouldnt need to pop the bonnet to fiddle with it though.

      I would buy one again but would make sure it had an LPG conversion in order to make it cheaper to run, but would also go for a 5 door as it is much more practical.
      Recommended for families and also those who like a powerful toy. It would out perform most cars at traffic light grand prixs.

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        30.07.2002 17:01
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        I’ve always wanted to own a Land Rover. Owning a V8 was a boyhood dream. Of course, it had to be a manual. The trouble started when I walked into a Land Rover dealership. The dream turned into a nightmare. I ordered my Discovery in 1999. A brand new, Epsom Green, 7 seat, V8, manual, ES (top of the range) with lightstone leather and the premium option pack (dark piping on the seats and extra wood bits). The list price at the time was around £37,000. I had to go without a lot to get it. I couldn’t move house, couldn’t start a family and holidays were out of the question. It was going to be worth it though, after all, this was my dream car. I had a huge V8 engine and weighed more than your average small tank. So it would have plenty of power and it would be as safe as houses. The theory was that I’d buy a V8 and convert it to run on LPG after the 3-year warranty was up. That way I had all the advantages of a V8 and I could run it for the same cost as a Diesel. After all, I was going to keep if for a good number of years. So, I collected it. It looked wonderful. It was only the 2nd NEW car I’d ever bought, and as I drove the 1st one home, it was my wife’s turn this time. It was fantastic, for the 1st 9 miles anyway. After 10 miles we were approaching a queue of traffic stopped at traffic lights. My wife dipped the clutch and the pedal stayed on the floor. That was bad enough but the Discovery was still in gear, all that V8 power going to the wheels, still heading for the3 queue of stationary traffic. To cut a long story short, they repaired it, but it did the same thing at 100 miles. They replaced the engine and gearbox. We never too the Disco off road, but it managed to shear a rear shock absorber within 12 months. Its windows leaked water, the radiator failed, it took the dealer 6 weeks to find out why it didn’t start, the list just went on and on. Event
        ually they replaced the Discovery, they charged me £4000 for the privilege of course, and within 3000 miles the clutch failed! That’s not the only thing that went wrong with it, but I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice to say that there were problems present at the time of delivery that to date, 23,500 miles later, haven’t been fixed. Not that the dealer hasn’t tried… Just do yourself a favour, don’t buy one. The dream is fantastic, the reality is a nightmare.

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          14.10.2000 07:03

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          I think the V8 powerplant in the Disco makes it a beast of a wagon. It is certainly a 4*4 I would consider when if i have a family, as the Def. would just be too uncivilised for that kind of thing. If I had one i'd probably end up raking the **** out of it and running out of petrol money, or go over a hedge or something. The sound coming off that baby makes me smile. But whats wrong with the Range Rover V8 4.6? too expensive? too snobby? too cramped? I think so. I have never been that keen on the Disco because of its design, but I could be persuaded to drive it if you just started the beast, there are rivals such as the Landcruise Amazon, but its just too expensive, i'd still buy it over the Range Rover though.

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          22.07.2000 17:59
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          Mainstay of the Land Rover marque with lots around. . Powered by a 4 litre V8 that has been around for over 30 years. It sounds great but in a vehicle that weighs as much as the Discovery, and with a lazy character – performance is moderate. Floor the throttle and it will make goodish progress but it’s not a comfortable way to travel. Fuel economy is bad at the best of times, but trying to go quickly makes it atrocious. Trips to the petrol station will be very common. Handling is ‘wallowy’ but not unsafe, pushing through a corner results in a lot of body roll but learn to trust it and you’ll be fine. My Discovery did a lot of towing and was exemplary, the big V8 pulled heavy loads and the car felt secure with all sizes of trailer. Early Discoveries had poor reliability records but were sorted out in later years, be fore-warned however that even the latest ones weren’t put together very well. Components didn’t fit together (e.g. glovebox, some body panels) very well and bits could fall off. The second hand market has thousands of Discovery’s which means they’re cheap. Again – Beware! Servicing costs can be very pricey and with the likelihood of something going wrong you can expect above average running costs. Accommodation is good with plenty of internal space, cubbyholes and a seriously large boot area; in addition – the driving position is very good. The New Discovery has moved things on substantially for Land Rover, but the old one still offers plenty of car for your money.

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          28.06.2000 19:08
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          This baby burns petrol at an alarming rate. The new BMW engine mangaement syestem does help with the fuel economy, but you do not need a rev counter as you may aswell watch the fuel gauge go down as your accelerating. The average m.p.g on this mean machine is 20 miles. But the comfort in the sx models with full climatic control, crusie contol, cd autochanger and all the four wheel drive gismsos is well worth buring up the road. And you can be pleased in the knowledge that other cars will part the road like the red sea when hutterling toward them with all 8 cylinders firing.

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