my buddy got a range rover recently. loved it so much i had to pick up one of my own.
his: '97 HSE Vitesse edition, 1 of 100 worldwide. previous owner sold it thinking it had a bad transmission, all it needed was a $300 flex plate. he bought it for a $1000.
i replaced the typical nasty sagging headliner with suede:
my '97 4.0 SE. also purchased from a fool for $1500. claimed fuel pump was bad. had a clogged fuel filter and was out of gas.
My dad would say that was caused by dry steering..... meaning turning the wheel while parked and not moving. Hehe
I really wish everyone would update their location in their profile!
Someone buy my car already!!
Always looking for free firewood to feed my hungry wood stove!
Loud? But my ac is just having the windows down and the ATs have some noise at speed anyway.
Mine has been pretty reliable, put on almost 20k on it in the last 18mos. Only thing that has royally pissed me off is a bunch of broken keys. One in the door and one in the ignition tumbler. Key must have been a copy of a copy and they must have been drinking at the factory as my key code isn't tagged to my VIN in the LR computer. So I have feelers out for a new ign key set then I'm gold.
I changed fluids, new rear brakes and tires and other then that just enjoying it. Enjoying the lack of acceleration, enjoying the horrible gas mileage when it's cold out, enjoying its utter refusal to make it into the parking garage at the airport
If you're used to older VWs a similar vintage LR won't be too different in the fix it department.
RIP Cosmic TDI
Drives and handles well but eats gas at speeds over 70-75.
I would say sub 70 w regular tires would be fine in my disco.
I get 16 flat in the summer with the ATs, driving 45-65 to/from work. Drops sub 14 in the winter. I used to hit almost 18 w stock size m&s tires with the same drive.
I drive 700 miles a week in my '98 Disco. I will turn 190k in 2 weeks. It's been 100% more reliable than ANY of my VW commuters
Rovers are like Volvos. They drive very very well...until they don't. What happens is that they're neglected because folks don't realize anything is wrong...truck drives straight, seems to go and stop well. Then one day they overheat the truck or that tiny clunk from the driveline seems louder. They take it to a shop who may or may not know what they're doing (Dealer or Not) and pay out the arse.
Anything earlier than '99 is easy to work on and can be fixed in the field with a rock and some tape. Even D2's aren't bad, you just need to know what light means you're screwed and what means nothing.
I keep the Disco at 65 on my commute (almost entirely rt 95) and get 17mpg. Loaded up with gear on the rack and full of folks and dogs, with the AC on and averaging 70, I got 15mpg even last month.