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Fantastic all round vehicle
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By Macca
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE7 4dr SUV AWD


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I bought mine with 100,000 kilometers on it and intended to use it as a tow vehicle for my Caravan. After the first trip, I was disappointed with the lack of power from the 3.9 V8. I took the vehicle to a performance workshop and had a "Unichip" fitted. The transformation was amazing. This Disco now flys and returns a very respectable fuel mileage.


Best Features

Fantastic seats, great all round vision and very easy to get in and out of. The fact that most of it is mechanical and not electrical as the Series II Disco, is a big plus. Less to go wrong.


Worst Features

Go back to making the same solid axle Discoveries as this one. The newer Discos are too electrically complicated.


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Love it but hate it
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By 97 SE7
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE7 4dr SUV AWD


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I bought my black '97 Discovery SE7 back in March with 72,000 miles on it and i LOVE it. No other vehicle looks or drives like it, and the two sunroofs are amazing. Reliability so far has been surprisingly good despite the poor reliability reviews, with no major repairs. My car now has over 84k on it and all i have had to replace was a window motor, not surprising since it IS a Land Rover, and a gasket. I guess a Land Rover is like a good wine, it improves with age? Or maybe just because everything has been repaired in it.


Best Features

Sunroofs, Look, Grill Guards, Rims, Center Counsel Shifter, and flip down seats in the rear.


Worst Features

Better electrical work and less expensive to maintain and repair


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A let down!!
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By Eng
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE7 4dr SUV AWD


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This has to be the worst vehicle on the road. Yes... it's pretty however it is only skin deep. It is the most unreliable...poorly made...under powered...over priced vehicle I have ever owned. The interior falls apart... it rattles. wind noise is poor. Both sun roofs leak. switches go bad. poor fuel economy... poor tow ability. The interior door pockets fall off. If you see one on the lot....run away from it! You can't afford to fix it. The dealer monopolizes the paets... you can't buy parts elsewhere! Look at a domestic SUV!


Best Features

looks


Worst Features

Stop importing them... recall them for quality issues. They depreciate faster than a Yugo!


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Don't Do It
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By Keith McGuigan
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE7 4dr SUV AWD


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Awful. If you plan to ply rock-strewn river beds, then buy one. Seeing as how most SUV's are driven on freeways and secondary roads you couldn't buy a worse vehicle for daily driving. Horrible interior design, poor night backlighting, a dangerous lack of power, cheap plastic switches, poor workmanship, expensive to fill and maintain. Gets only 240 miles to a tankful. Deafening road and wind noise.


Best Features

It's tough, I'll give it that. If you have to drive through a blizzard then this is your truck.


Worst Features

Start over


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Learned my Lesson
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By Stinky
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE7 4dr SUV AWD


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I've owned from 35K-82K miles and had nothing but trouble. Repeatedly replacing window regulators at $250 a pop (replaced a few twice now). Head gasket leak was repaired while under warranty (40k mi.), just got $1500 quote to repair it again! Paid $600 to replace failing PS pump (aftermarket-- dlr quoted $900). Chk engine light came on at 50K miles and it failed emissions. After 4 trips to dlr and $300 it was fixed. Now chk eng light is on again, after $430 and 2 days the light is back on. Oil has leaked since 50K miles. In May dlr quoted $5500 in necesary repairs. Want to sell it but can't afford all the repairs to get in selling condition.


Best Features

Looks, style. Fun to drive.


Worst Features

Stop building them.


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