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Thinking Of A Discovery SE7

jhorton3

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So I've been toying with the idea of getting a Land Rover Discovery II SE7 to replace my 99 Jeep Wrangler. I'm looking for resources that tell what I need to be looking for when buying a used Rover, what kind of maintenance I can expect, and the prices. Any known resources that you know of?
 

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You will probably look at the 2004 DII, as they were the best in quality and have less issues. If you are adapt at OBDII diagnostics and /or laptop capabilities there are loads of downloads to diagnosis problems for the DIY person. I have had a D1 for 10 years, parts can be expensive, but there are quite a few guys that broker them and are reasonable in parts. Main issues are body electronics and suspension electronics and the ABS, hard to diagnosis without the laptop downloads. I had a P38 Range for 5 years, traded with a dropped sleeve ( 4.6 Gems engine ) 94 for might have the BMW or Jag V-8 don't remember as I have older ones.Dealer costs are quite high, so alternate independent shops are best it your are not DIY. For further info: lrrforums.com and discoweb.org, 2 of the better sites and RangeRovers.net a full worldwide site for repairs and parts, lots of info. If the pound to dollar would go down I would still have my P38 Range ( traded for a Ford 150 4X4 > not the same ). By the way, you have a fabulous Rover shop just North and East of Atlanta ( Bear Rovers , can't remember exactly, might google and see, good rep on sites.)
 
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Thanks for the information Larry. I've bookmarked those resources and will use them in my research. I had heard that parts and labor were really high priced. I read an article about steering links that scared me a bit, so I thought I'd better do some more research. I did find Bear Valley Rover and it's not that far away from my office. I stopped by and they had one on the lot that I just viewed from the outside. Sometime soon I need to schedule a test drive to see if this is a vehicle I want to pursue.
 

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Steering links are only a problem with high off-road use. If maintained for off-road, I cannot see a reason for worry. I have the original steering on my 96 D1 strong and in good shape. Most problems occur with neglect and misuse. These are strong trucks. There are a lot of aftermarket protection accessories for off-road, just need a big pocket book.
 
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Thanks for clearing up the steering issue. The other piece to that article was the need to replace head gaskets after 80K. Is that true?
 

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80-100K normal maintenance on all aluminum engines. Not a hard job, just dirty. DIY for under $150.
 
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