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 Micheal Smith on Sep 16, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery SE 4dr SUV AWD
I am the happy second owner of a '97 Disco. All I can say about this vehicle is that it is a tank. Goes where you point it without complaint. It chews up trails, scales steep hillsides/mountainsides with ease, and carves a path in deep snow. Gas mileage is average for an SUV of this size, so if gas is a concern,look elsewhere. And on-road manners are something to be desired. In addition this is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. Got it with 75K and it now has over 240K on it and it's still chugging along. Granted there were repairs now and again, but in true Rover style, whatever broke or failed this truck always got me to my destination.
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