by Plova on Mar 8, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery SE 4dr SUV AWD
I have three Discos, one in the US and a 95 Tdi & 2002 TD5 in Europe.
The 97 V8 just keeps going. Bought this one with 60K and now have 165k on it.
Only repairs that have been needed are the gear shift switch (under brake - $25), starter ($180) and the large ball joint behind the hub ($600). Vehicle has been maintained but not babied.
This is a real 4 x 4 and will go almost anywhere.
Towing is no problem.
The 4.0 litre engine is a bit underpowered in these years but it is a heavy vehicle and not a sports car.
Ride is more like a truck but has a very solid feeling.
Now that the 97's are getting on in years you can find some that are fairly inexpensive.
by Michael McCabe on Dec 16, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery SE 4dr SUV AWD
I bought my 97 DISCO to tow my 24' sailboat about a year ago. so far, the only thing I had to replace was the catalytic converter. The dealer wanted $700 for repairs!!! I went to a local mechanic who did just as good of a job for $150!! So dont go to the dealer. It looks great on the road, although it feels a bit top-heavy sometimes, and a ton of fun off road!! I use it sparingly, mostly for towing my 3500 lb sailboat around and it does the job very very well. Switches do go bad, but if youre looking for a fun beater, not a daily driver, this is the truck for you.
by It's a real 4x4 on Sep 13, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery SD 4dr SUV AWD
I have a 1997 land rover Discovery SD the entry level model. It doesn't have a sunroof which is okay with me. The truck has a rugged frame and strong body. The discovery is built to withstand alot of abuse despite it's shiny exterior. The truck has been reliable what many fail to understand is that the truck is a rugged piece of machinery that require maintenance. but unlike many other vehicles the Discovery is a straightforward truck to own with a few tool set and time. I have a five inch lift with 34" tires on mines and it puts hummers and jeeps to shame.
A diversity antenna is added, and all interiors are trimmed with polished burled walnut. The sunroof has darker tinting, the airbag system benefits from simplified operation and engine management is improved. Three new exterior colors debut: Oxford Blue, Rioja Red and Charleston Green.