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My Disco currently has multiple slipped liners as improperly installed pins (by the previous owner) have come loose. I love my Disco so much I'm buying a used engine to rebuild and bulletproof. The love of a Land Rover runs deep...
- Land Rovers Leak. If it doesn't, it could be empty.
- Find a good local indy shop. Don't go to the stealer for a series I/II Disco.
- Sometimes a slipped liner won't show up until the engine is good and hot. Take a good test drive and go on the highway. Take the owner with you so they can't try and blame you if something goes wrong.
- The cooling systems on the 03 and 04 seem to be ok, but you will do well to replace the thermostat for the 180 degree one as others have mentioned.
- If you don't have a record of the water pump being replaced, go ahead and do it yourself. It's not too hard.
- Completely flushing the Dex and going with green coolant is probably advisable as Dex has been blamed for the head gasket problems. It could be a theory, but it's one I followed in my 04 to be safe.
- Land Rovers respond really well to maintenance. You must maintain your vehicle. Change the fluid in the diffs, change the tranny fluid, change the oil, etc., etc.
- The door locking mechanisms will fail. Avoid "superlock" if you're unsure of the status of your mechanisms because you never know when they'll give up.
- The aftermarket is pretty well served, and the love of Land Rover is pretty deep so you'll be in a good community.
- Land Rovers are really The Best 4x4xFar. I've passed many jeeps having absolute fits to get through a tricky spot on the trail. They stared at me with disgust and amazement as my Rover calmly climbed.
- You'll burn a lot of dinosaur bones and it really does need premium fuel to stay happy.
- Old viscous fans clutches can fail and explode and tear up EVERYTHING. Check my "garage" on here for a link to see how I converted mine to an electric fan setup. If that's more than you want to do, replacing the viscous fan is a good preventative maintenance item about now and should last you another 10+ years.
- You will probably replace your front driveshaft. Some companies make serviceable replacements, but if you're not going to grease it every 6k miles, don't bother with a serviceable one. A new non-serviceable one will last quite a while too.
- You will probably need to replace your flex disc. It's not hard, but make sure you know which way the arrows on it are supposed to point or it won't last long.
- Later Discos have stupid plastic wiper arms on front and back. They deform with time and will lead to scratched windows. The metal Disco 1 wipers fit perfectly and do a great job. Toss the plastic ones and go metal.
- You won't have skid plates so be careful when offroading. If you're going to do some rocky terrain, look into aftermarket solutions.
- The steering on these things is vague because of how the system is designed. My high-mileage Disco needed a new steering box to bring it back under control.
- If you ever have to go through the pain of replacing the plug wires or coils, get yourself a coil relocation kit and save your future self.
- Get an Ultragauge or something similar to keep tabs on how your Disco is running.
- You can get some nifty Disco 1 things for a Disco 2 like a center cup holder to go under your climate controls. It's for tiny cups, but still nice to have.
- You can swap your ashtray and coin holder from side to side. I replaced the ashtray with another coin holder in mine.
- Discos are pretty darn easy to work on. No reason it shouldn't turn you into a home mechanic. A decent set of tools will get you very far. It seems to me that Disco IIs were the last of the Land Rovers intended to be serviced in the bush.
- Rear air is a big deal if you live in a warm climate. My 03 did not have it and my passengers suffered, especially the kids in the rear jump seats. The front HVAC just isn't powerful enough for such a big vehicle.
- If you don't have fog lights up front and want them, don't worry! Land Rover had one wiring harness so everything is there. It's just a matter of plugging in stuff! The blank switch where your fog lights might be - give it a pull. It'll pop out and you'll find the plug for the actual switch there. The plugs for the lights are behind the bumper too. Add a switch, fog lights and bumper covers and away you go.
- 04s came with the CDL by default. I think the lock was in all the diffs, but just not the shifter. There are instructions online to convert a non-locker to a locker.
- Sunroof motors go bad. Replacing the front one is fairly straightforward, but the rear one requires dropping the headliner a little.
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