• (4.0) 11 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,254–$7,662
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15
  • Engine: 188-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5-7
2001 Land Rover Discovery

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2001 Land Rover Discovery Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Land Rover is under new ownership. Ford recently acquired the British automaker from BMW as the latest addition to its Premier Automotive Group of luxury brands, where it joins Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lincoln and Volvo.

Discovery is a less-expensive companion to the Range Rover, the flagship model for this purveyor of luxury offroad vehicles. The Series II designation denotes extensive styling, as well as interior and mechanical changes made for the 1999 model year.

This year, a lower-priced base model called SD arrives with standard power front seats and Duragrain upholstery, which Land Rover says has the “durability of vinyl but the appearance of perforated leather.” Cloth was standard last year.

Discovery’s overall length of 185 inches is about the same as the Chevrolet Blazer’s, but its 74-inch width is 6 inches wider. Discovery’s most imposing dimension is height, which at 76 inches, is taller than a Chevrolet Suburban. A full-size spare tire is mounted on the tailgate, which opens to the right.

Seats for five are standard, and a pair of rear jump seats is optional to increase capacity to seven. Unlike older models, the jump seats face forward, instead of inward, on current models.

Options include leather upholstery — which you have to buy if you want the dual sunroofs — rear air conditioning (which requires the optional rear seats) and a six-CD changer. Both the middle and rear seats fold to create 70 cubic feet of cargo space.

Under the Hood
An aluminum 4.0-liter V-8 engine produces 188 horsepower and comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. A permanently engaged 4WD system that splits power as needed for maximum grip is standard and has a two-speed transfer case with a low range for extreme offroad conditions.

Four-wheel traction control is standard. Hill Descent Control that kicks in on steep declines, Active Cornering Enhancement that stiffens to reduce body lean in turns and an air-spring self-leveling rear suspension are optional.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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by DSII from Phila,Pa on February 28, 2016

2/27/16 I just towed a 4500lbs trailer from Daytona Fl to Philadelphia, the DII perfect, not one issue.This truck has 165.000, and still king butt! I have had this truck about 2 years. RJD

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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