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1997 Land Rover Discovery User Reviews

1997 Land Rover Discovery Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 13 reviews

  • 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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"ride" 3 reviews
"roadster" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ralph writes:
1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 Dr XD AWD SUV Review
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it will allways get further than a jeep sory i ment cheap

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not enough power

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Go Anywere — goes anywere i tell it to slowley but gets there pulls jeeps out with ease only ever stop for fuel get 5 adults and two dogs in with ease doesn't have to be spotless to look good not a soft roader

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

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2004 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Sharp Looking Ride By Tricia

Very well maintained by previous owners, got it for a good price... Haven't owned for little less than a month, but so far, Michigan winter has been awful and I have not been stuck anywhere I have tra... Read More

Great Looking And Great Off Road By CaptMilks

Great truck, can't beat it for the money. Who needs those Jeeps anyway? The heated windshield and heated seats are great. The AWD makes it handle great in the corners and you have a diff lock to lo... Read More

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2003 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

"mad Dog" By Nole1Fan

The original paint is fantastic; handles even better than expected; I Love the capabilities of this vehicle! The "gas mileage" isn't really all that bad, considering that it is in "constant 4-wheel-d... Read More

This Is The Best Car I Have Ever Driven By Jacob

Best car I have ever driven. No other car that one can drive will compare. Land Rovers' are special vehicles and are worth every penny. Just because it is big and tall doesn't mean that it can't t... Read More

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2002 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Fantastic All Rounder By Andrew

What cars can drive the best B roads in Wales at speeds to rival a sports car, and then drive home along byways with warning signs saying 'unsuitable for motor vehicles'? Well, that's exactly what we ... Read More

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2001 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Old Rover By Joe

Unbeatable comfort for an old school cabin-on-frame off-roader. Cool features, great visibility and transmission/4WD system. Awesome accesibility and very simply built under the hood. However, no... Read More

I Wanted A Discovery More Than Anything Else. This Is The 2nd I've Owned. Need I Say More? By Lee

Any Land Rover Discovery Series I or II is a heavy vehicle. The power from either the 4 litre Rover V8 or the 4.6 in the 2003 and 2004 models is adequate for what this vehicle was designed for in my... Read More

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1999 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

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

Average By Sebastian

the car is great for long trips, and very confortable, but has many flaws. its very rough, it breaks down all the time, fuel economy is horrible, its not a fun car to drive, and it alwasy needs some... Read More

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