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A brief history of the Rover V8........

My two cents and nothing more.

I am not a mechanic of Rovers. But I am a mechanic of people. I am an Emergency Medical Technician.

Entering the Wayback machine.....

The engine block in the Discoverys were originally designed in the United States. It is an aluminium block.

Buick spend a lot of time and research and made the choice to abandon it in favor of cheaper more conservative and more powerful engines.

The guys at Rover saw an opportunity and bought the tools, the tech, and the know-how to build the aluminium block in Solihull.It was redesigned at least twice by Land Rover since and it was at one point the most advanced piece of aluminium engine work done. It has been the motor of choices in several commercial automotive platforms and a few exotic ones like the Wildcat Bowler ( http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=Top+Gear+bowler&so=0 )

The two books about the Rover V8 by David Hardcastle are the definitive third-party bibles on the topic. Along with the workshop manual and the Haynes manual, you will a wee bit poorer but a lot more informed about the Disco's engine.

In short, I don't think you have to worry. If you want to, go right ahead and get your own set of uclers by worrying.
 
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