The Second Land Rover
- 1999 2.5 Diesel TD5 ES Auto 7 Seat Discovery 2.
- TD5 Diesel engine Five-cylinder in-line.
- Power 101 kW @ 4200 rpm (135 hp)
- Torque 315 Nm @ 1950 rpm (232 lb/ft)
- Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (MGVW) 2880 kg (2.8 Imperial tons)
- Length 4715 mm (15' 5.5")
- Width 2190 mm (7' 2")
- Maximum towing weight 3500 kg (3.43 Imperial tons)
Purchased in September 2008 as a return to the Land Rover Discovery following a total gearbox failure on the 2004 Renault Espace whilst towing our caravan in Scotland on holiday this vehicle has proven to be everything I had hoped. It is an extremely capable tow car (even extractind a Tesco delivery van from the allotments to the rear of our house that was well and truely 'set' in the mud). It'll happily cruise all day long on the motorway at 60 mph with our 1800 kg twin axle caravan and the roof rack fully loaded. It never fails to get the caravan off any field.
It hasn't been without some repair issues but it has always remained drivable. The biggest thing has to be the inconvienance caused by the heavy reliance on computer technology. A failed ABS sensor needed some 4 resets whilst proving out I had been supplied a duff one. Fortunately I have access to a friendly local independant garage where the owner will do the necessary for 'a couple of drinks' but if you don't have this sort of facility you'll be paying 1/2 an hour workshop time every reset you need. Other repairs that have been done include; fitting a used front wheel hub, a front axle oil seal, replacing a broken alternator bracket that also took out the serpentine belt plus fitting a pair of ball joints for the last MOT. All of this work I have been able to carry out myself although the ball joints do require some heavy kit, as does the hub and bearing assembly.
The one area that all the elctronic control gear probably lets this vehicle down is when it's pulling heavy weight in deep slimey mud. The relience on ABS used as traction control relies on a wheel starting to turn faster than the others to activate it but by the time this happens it's too late as traction is already lost! If I was to be looking to use it for any serious off roading I'd probably look to either fit the earlier transfer box lever and linkage (giving manual locking of the centre diff) or buy a good quality Discovery 1.
That said, I can honestly say that this is a great car to drive and was totally unstopable in the snow again this year. I intend keeping it as long as it can be kept in service without too much expence.