1997 Land Rover Discovery User Reviews

1997 Land Rover Discovery Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"reliable car" 2 reviews
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"roadster" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
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"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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landy_man writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE7 AWD SUV Review
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outstanding vehicle

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hey its a V8 4.0 petrol engine FWD ......gulp..gulp

landy_man
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My Landy — it is a land rover , only a few who can understand the essence of a true explorer vehicle which is able to drive you pretty much anywhere you want to go , the amazing performance with little help from the winch, lock diff to low and you can climb up a tree or a dam . it is a quality that you cannot get from another vehicle . this is by far is the most fun to drive in and out of mud ,riverbed , four by four that has ever been constructed . its a land rover thing .... i love it.

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Brandon writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE AWD SUV Review
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can do anything

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expensive parts

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Nice Ride — extremely nice vehicle has all the features only draw back is expensive parts. gets good gas millage for a vehicle of its size approx 18-20 in highway great for cruising and of reading a bit bumpy for some due to hard suspension

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Paul writes:
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Reliable

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17.5 mpg

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Best 4 X 4 X Far — Very reliable. 155,000 miles with no significant problems. Bit of a gas hog though, averages 17.5 mpg (that's US gallons). Pulls a fully laden trailer and has never got stuck in the snow or mud etc. More comfortable to sleep in than a Mini.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Jeff48920 writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr XD AWD SUV Review
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Just what I needed

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if you have a low income and no oil well look elsewhere.

Jeff48920
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As Much Fun As My Bmw Z3 But In A Completely Different Way — I have owned this truck for about 2 months. It accelerates like the pyramids from a dead stop. It will climb straight up a telephone pole. Great for off road fun. Definitely will not pass a gas station. It absolutely rocks. The head turning appeal is amazing. It is big- Yellow and Brutish. The 2 in lift, limb risers and 9 running lights draw some comments. Even though it has a number a battle scars (this is a serious off-roader) it is extremely impressive. So far it is quieter than anything else in its class. This is one of 250 XDs made in the Special Vehicles shop. I will be keeping it for some time.....!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Cameron writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SD AWD SUV Review
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Tough, good on fuel (diesel), comfortable, excellent off-road capability

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Hard on fuel (Petrol), weak acceleration (especially diesel), some repairs expensive

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An Icon — Despite the entry of several excellent (mainly Asian) contenders to the 4WD market, the Land Rover name still stands at the pinnacle. Before Rover built the luxury icon, the Range Rover, it was building jeep replacements in the form of the Land Rover. A practical, cheap and indestructible work-horse, it soon became an icon. Top Gear rated the Land Rover as the best car of the century, mainly for the fact that more people in more countries have seen one than any other vehicle. The Range Rover came along and created a new class of 4WD - here was a car you could plough your paddocks with when the tractor broke down, then take to the theatre at night time. By the early 1990's, other car manufacturers had found a market for the cheaper, but comfortable 4WD buyer. People started buying them more for the commanding driving position than their off-road capabilities. The Land Rover Discovery was born. Taking the old standard-spring chassis of the Range Rover (now riding on air suspension) and even using the same windscreen, the Discovery became a favourite of people all over the world, and helped to keep Land Rover profitable. The 1997, 5 cylinder diesel automatic version I drove was a different experience to what I was used to. It rode high, but extremely comfortably, and took bumps and obstacles without blinking. Far from the rough 4WDs I had driven before, this was one of the smoothest cars I'd ever driven. The turbo-diesel engine is good on fuel and works well off road, but is far from the fastest machine. Crossing traffic and merging are exercises in caution. Fit and finish are much better than earlier cars, and the cult following is there for a reason - these are great cars.

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cdsmith_2002 writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE7 AWD SUV Review
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4

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Great for an off-roader.

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13-16mpg

cdsmith_2002
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Great If You Have Passion For Them — The D1s are great off road. Parts are easy to come by. Fuel economy is poor, but so are all true SUVs with gas engines. If you don't have a big daily commute and you do not demand Japanese reliabilty, the Rover fits the bill.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Logan writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE AWD SUV Review
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Awesome off road ability (its a mountain goat)
I love the styling int/ext!!! some dont soe dont
multiple sunroofs

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NOT reliable
Electrical nightmare

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Would Be So Awesome If Any Lr/rr Was Reliable — I love landrover and range rovers, they look great, have a premium feel, not your typical mall runner. but do tend to run to the maintenance shop way more than is acceptable for me!!! I think about buying another one ALL THE TIME but have to scare myself out of it

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Michael writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE AWD SUV Review
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If you commute in a jungle or swamp, this is a decent choice.

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This vehicle is a repair shops dream come true.

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Unless You Must Drive Through The Amazon Jungle, Don't Even Think About Buying It. — Never ever buy a Land Rover! This was the absolute worst vehicle purchase I have ever made. Lucas Electric, a British company, should never ever be allowed to make electronic components. Our Discovery was an oil leaking, exhaust leaking, electrical nightmare! It was an absolute money pit. i will say, it drove awesome off road and in the snow, sand, and mud, but that is all.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jordan writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SD AWD SUV Review
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love the facted that i feel safe in it,you feel like you are in a tank, i love it land rover did a great job and i plaint on getting another one soon

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nothing i wouldnt change a thing

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If You Like Knowing You Can Go Anywhere Anytime Thin Get A Land Rover — I love the handling off road and on .All i have had to do to this is brakes and a water pump and she has over 200K. The interior still looks good the exterior has some faded paint but i still love it.it dont get bad gas mileage at all really it gets 20mpg in town a lil better on highway dont cost that much to keep it maintenanced up,and it is one of the funest things i have ever drove if you want to go off road you can just do it dont even have to think about it and it will go anywhere

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nick writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr SE AWD SUV Review
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Go anywhere

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Go anywhere slowly

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Will Go Anywhere - But Slowly! — This was the top of the range 7 seater with a 3.9 V8 and an LPG conversion. When driving quickly, we used to get about 11 MPG! Filling up on LPG gave you a good feeling, as it was half the cost. It was awesome off road, but on the road, cornered like a sponge. However, the interior was fun... two electric sunroofs, 7 leather seats and heated at the front.

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Reviews From Other Years

1994 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Landrover Discovery Tdi 1994 By Russell

Good family car, but can sometimes be unreliable, good ammount of space and comfort, also good offroad despite not having much power, all round bang for buck its not too bad considering you would pay ... Read More

A Complete Waste Of Hard Earned Money,you Just Threw It Out The Window. By Restoration

Very hard to see out the front window glass.The headliner came down too far at the top,and blocked the top part of the W/S,to where it made it a little unsafe to drive.Constantly having to look in the... Read More

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1995 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Fun And Safe 4x4 By Darren

just a totally fun 4x4 to own and drive good on road and totally awesome off lol best all round car ive ownerd so far easy to work on and no faults found as of yet lol good uk built 4x4 Read More

It's Annoying Gearbox But Very Useful By Curtis

obviously 0-60 in about 13.6 secs the brakes are astonishing and the handling good. the gearbox keeps on and on breaking exterior is white where interior im not sure roughly £1,000 a year just with g... Read More

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1996 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

1996 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr Se Awd Suv By David

Performance: Slow. I expected the 3.9L V8 to be much quicker. Brakes great, handles like a 4x4 Bulid Quality: Very Good. Great condition which is So rare for a Discovery Appearance: Great Conditon, Gr... Read More

Fun Vehicle To Have If You Go Off Roading, And Don't Mind Little Repairs Here And There. By Mike

Love it, It seems like I'm always fixing something, but I love it. It has decent acceleration, not breathtaking, towing is slow, handling is OK. I think it looks cooler then the Newer LR3, I think i... Read More

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1998 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

An Almost Perfect Vehicle By gigglepig

This vehicle has everything an off road vehicle should. Three locking differentials means it never gets stuck. It is lacking in build quality and often needs expensive foreign parts but the tradeo... Read More

Great For Off Road, Fuel Economy Could Be Better By Matt

Not built for hwy acceleration rather for torque for off road where is shines. All time AWD with lockable dif hi/lo for off road. Very smooth comfortable ride because of the leather interior and heate... Read More

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1999 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

"the King's Off-road Toy" By Mr_Hunter

I like the fact that the Discovery has a very advanced AWD and off-road system. I has very comfortable suspension and outstanding build quality. The visibility is great thanks to the large windshield ... Read More

The Total Package . . . It's A Land Rover! By tjmlro

The Series 1 Discovery maintains its roots to the original vehicles with the manual differential lock 4WD and few electronics. The ride is amazing for a vehicle which can do so much off-road. The do... Read More

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