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Land Rover Discovery Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 182 hp @ 4750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Land Rover Discovery

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Off-road ability, unique design.

  • Cons

    Poor gas mileage, bad interior ergonomics, and spotty reliability.

  • What's New for 1998

    Changes to the Discovery include interior trim enhancements for the LE and LSE. The rearview mirror also features map lights for the first time.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (41 total reviews)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Hard to stop a disco

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery

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.




Towing machine

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery

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.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A real 4x4 not a

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery

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.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fantastic all round vehicle

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery

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.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

One amazing tank

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery

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.




Land rover lover

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Discovery

Fun to drive, very responsive on and off the road. Very well built, will go just about anywhere within reason. It's a blast. I am a hunter and it will outperform most stock 4 wheel drives vehicles off road. I have not had any problems with this vehicle on or off road. I would recomend it to anyone wanting a good all around on and off road vehicle. Love my Land Rover



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What's New for 1998

Changes to the Discovery include interior trim enhancements for the LE and LSE. The rearview mirror also features map lights for the first time.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 16
  • highway
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