What year Land Rover/Range Rover should i get if i'm going to get one?
My Fiancee and i are looking for a land rover discovery or Range Rover for our new SUV and we've hear there are problems with some models. Any information on which year and model is the best? any suggestions for other affordable and reliable SUV's other than Land Rover?
C7S, find something else to do.
If I were going to get a Discovery Series I, I'd get either a 1994 or a 1999.
Discovery Series II, I'd go with a 2004.
If I wanted a Range Rover, I'd go with a 1988 or a 1995 SWB.
They don't have a lot of problems, they simply require actual maintenance. People don't do it because they are ignorant and lazy, end of story. There are only two real issues that Rovers have.
One is the occasional fault in the ABS system, which doesn't really affect anything at all other than the idiot light on the dashboard. People generally just ignore it, as the braking performance is unaffected aside from the occasional lack of ABS. This occurs on the Discovery II from 1999-2004. Generally, by the time it happens, you would have been through two normal cars, though, so people need to get over it.
The other issue is the air suspension on the P38 model Range Rovers. It will leak eventually. Just replace the air springs with coil springs, and you are done. The coil springs come in a kit that any idiot with a Sears nearby can install in a couple of hours or so. Again, by the time this happens, any other vehicle would be a basket case, so it is absolutely nothing to worry about.
People buy a 12 year old Range Rover with 170,000 miles on it and complain when they need to replace the factory installed shocks and springs. If you bought a Chevrolet like that...
My Discovery II has been on almost every major trail in America, with possibly weeks of cumulative idle time. It has been bashed on rocks, drowned, actually raced a couple of times, and really put through the ringer. A stunt driving scene for a movie was filmed with a car in tow on a trailer behind it. I've pulled tractors out of muddy ravines with it, and I've provided support and relief DURING hurricanes with it, pulling many cars and their drivers out of deep water. During my time overseas, it has spent months sitting in wait for my return.
The thing is still my daily driver. It still does all this stuff. It still does it just like I bought it yesterday. If the thing wants to flash an ABS idiot light at me on occasion, it has earned it.
You cannot use any other vehicle like this. Here is the best part. I know countless others that use their Rovers in the same manner. One day, they are filming a documentary a weeks drive into the bush. Another day, they are just grabbing milk from the grocery store.
If you want a Land Rover, just go get one. Like anything, make sure it has been maintained properly.