I'll try my best to awnser and this is based on my experience with my 1996 Disco and Stevenmd can also give some good advice as he had a Discovery I
Originally Posted by slomatt
Your best bet with any Land Rover is about 12-15 mpg and with a Lift and 235/85's it may be a little less. Keep in mind these trucks have small V8's and require Premium Gas.(I know it stinks) If you have a easy foot and don't floor it and the engine is kept in good Shape then you may be able to get about 16mpg on a good day. good thing is they have a lot of torque wtich is useful for offroad. If you can do a Diesel swap that will be awesome but it's pricey witch I'm sure you aware of.
As with any auto brand none are perfect. Land Rovers do have their moments. Personally I think If the Land Rover is kept up in good condition it will give many years of problem free service. The good thing is that the major components are very tough and only require oil changes at the right service times. Most of the unreliable stories comes from soccer-moms that think the vehicle is to only be driven and not serviced. The electronics (LUCAS) will annoy you from time to time. mostly is sensors coming on when nothing is wrong with the truck or windows not working. Stuff like that. My Disco has 113K miles and she is still going good at her age of 12 years old only time was stranded is when the Fuel pump died but it was old. The Key to long with the Discovery or any Rover is routine maintnence. The Discovery is a very Rugged Vehicle with tough parts and does require more attention than most other autos but she is a straightforward truck and most parts that act up are easily accessable and easily repaired also usually when something is fixed on a Discovery it's fixed for good.
I would look at a 95 before going to a 96-98. they are simpler due to the Design of the engine. I have a 96 and while it is a great truck the engine managment could be a little better. The 96-99 have a 4.0 V8 engine with a OBDII code reader thus easier to find the problem furthermore if you can find a 99 in goodshape you'll have the best of both worlds because most bugs are gone by then. 95 have a OBDI reader and a 3.9 V8 engine. Actually the disco can crawl pretty good for a Stock vehicle. The mods you listed earlier will provide you with a nearly unstoppable truck. the CDL is a warrior within the Discovery and can make the truck do things that you wouldn't think was possible.
I hope this help also many more advance will chime as well.
Again this is based on my experience.
Last edited by Green96D1; 02-18-2008 at 06:21 AM.
97 LR Disco 1
6" custom lift, 33's "crawler rims" , Bumpers and HD steering.
Built for "crawling" not "expedition"