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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV

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By terry remy
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV LSE 4dr SUV AWD


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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


Best Features

Very fun to drive off road, does good in mud, steep grades, will go almost anywhere. Built like a tank.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage


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1997 Discovery promised and delivered
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By Love the Rover idea
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD


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Bought new 12/1996. Never stranded or failed to start. Oil leaks repaired free at dealer as was intake manifold gasket and retorque. EEPROM for gas gauge fixed in Canada at dealer in Vancouver. At 50,000 miles rough running due to bad O2 sensor and speed sensor. Ripped off at $1,200 for parts/labor at local San Jose independent Rover repair facility. Replaced both window regulators. Replaced fuel pump to prevent it going bad at 80,000. Always changed oil at 3,000 miles and have changed transmission oil twice, diff fluid twice, transfer case once and brake fluid twice. Now at 117,000 miles. Never changed water pump or alternator as did not go bad yet. All in all, super value for the buck.


Best Features

Classic Design. Two sun roofs. Subwoofer. Very classy and the Beluga black paint w/ tan interior. The fact that all Land Rover parts, even though they cost a fortune, are the best parts and will each last 100,000 miles for sure. High up driving position and stunning off road ability. But, not used.


Worst Features

More power to the engine. A strong Diesel engine for US models to allow better response and MPG. Better window regulators. Digital temperature that allows dial in temperature and keeps the cabin perfect with feed back from measuring air in cabin. Like Mercedes and some BMW's. Transmission more resp


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Great DISCO
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By David
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV 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 don’t work. I believe switch issue. That’s 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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Interesting 2nd car (truck)
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By 2ndcar
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD


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bought my 1997 Discovery in February 2007 with 99k on it for $3800 from a charity auction on Ebay. The rear view mirror has a little burn out mark on it; the rear window controls from the front seat aren't working; and the spare tire cover was broken off. Oh well. I bought the Land Rover Discovery so I could get through snow and rain when my rear wheel drive Lexus would have problems. I also got it so I could bring my bike and all the beach stuff to the beach. My wife didn't want a pickup at the house and the Discovery is perfect! It feels like a truck, I can tow stuff if I need to, and it is strong enough to cart anything inside or outside the vehicle. The Discovery's will run a good 200k


Best Features

Strong engine and 4 wheeling capability; height of vehicle; good for a part time vehicle


Worst Features

Premium gas; parts fall apart too frequently; parts hard to find


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Understand a Land Rover
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By John
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1997 Land Rover Discovery SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD


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LR gets a bad rap because often people treat them like Hondas. I have owned the car since the showroom floor- going on 10 years, 125K now. The key is just changing the fluids every 3,000 miles no exception. I have had less problems on this car then my wife's ford over the same period of time. People often forget that LR have problems because the car will stick around for 15 years. Other cars aren't even around to have these problems- for example try to find an explorer or even a 4runner 15 years old!


Best Features

4x4 Diff- The thing has enough power to sit up on two wheels when in 4x4 low!


Worst Features

cup holders oddly placed- headliner starting to sag.


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