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a real 4x4 not a SUV
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By It's a real 4x4
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SD 4dr SUV AWD


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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.


Best Features

the bodystyle nothing else looks like a discovery. great 4x4 system doesn't need lots of lift and huge monster tires to rockcrawl. you get looks in it you feel powerful.


Worst Features

cheaper labor. more offroad compaines


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Great DISCO
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By David
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SD 4dr SUV AWD


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I purchased the disco back in 99 for my wife. It had 40k on it. This disco is an SD7 rare. Black non-leather. No major issues only the power door track for driver and passenger door keep braking. Land Rover's design for the track is plastic rollers that break. The rear windows donít work. I believe switch issue. Thatís it I have 193K on this bad boy. Starts every time. The disco leaked oil at 50k. If you can get past oil leaks you will love this SUV. If not don't buy. Still rides great.


Best Features

Great ride. 7 seats hide away in the back wall. Cool looking style, still.


Worst Features

Gas mileage is only around 11 to 15 per gal.


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High Maintenance Mistress
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By winston
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SD 4dr SUV AWD


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Awesome truck SUV and not a minivan phoney like the Mercedes M-class. It feels like a real metal gasoline engine vehicle unlike the electric car feel of the Japanese pseudo-minivans. Feels right at home on rugged mountain trails or the opera house lobby entrance. Whether its to drive to the mall or to run a SAS tactical mission, the Land Rover is more than capable.


Best Features

Rugged climbing prowess, off-road handling. Born for the desert, arctic,concrete, or the mountaintops without the bare-bones savagery of a Humvee or a Defender.


Worst Features

Reliability. If I were to go on a secret SAS mission, I would hesitate to take a Land Rover over a Toyota because the Rover is too unreliable. Imagine the truck not starting in the middle of nowhere.


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Land Rover Rocks!
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By jbentley
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SD 4dr SUV AWD


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I love this car. I have had several sport-utes in the past including Grand Cherokee, Blazer, Explorer, and Pathfinder. The fit and finish of the discovery is so much better. It is so much more refined and is unbelievable off-road. It also attracts much more attention. It is for the discerning buyer only!


Best Features

Refined feel. Off-road prowess.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage.


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The Lemon Rover Attacks
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By Lemon Rover Man
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SD 4dr SUV AWD


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The two year old vehicle seduced with it's rugged, masculine looks, it's promise of adventure in forbidding terrain, and elegant interior appointments that swaddels you in English country ambience. This perception faded quickly. I discovered she is a gold digging harlot, just out to drain my money reserves on repair, after repair. Through the years, a litany of complaints arose from her innermost mechanicals needing the corrective hands of the Land Rover mechanic to quiet her. $4K valve job, $1.5K oil seal, $600 brake cylinder, $600 fuel pump, among other woes. Will the pain never cease?????


Best Features

As stated before, the exclusivness, the interior style, and the rugged good looks.


Worst Features

Design the mechancicals for reliability!!!!!! (Supposedly the "Series II" Discovery addressed the reliability issues)


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