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Looking at buying a 1998 Land Rover Discovery for $5,000 and wanted to get some opinions of how reliable they are overall. (the one in question has 123,000 miles)

Will this be a good daily driver?

How will it perform in the deserts of Arizona for off roading?
*Nothing crazy, only light to moderate 4x4

Or any other information you may have for me is greatly appreciated.

In my town I have a Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet dealership, which one is most equipped to inspect the vehicle before purchase?
 

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I've had a land rover discovery 1 (1995) and a Range rover classic (1990). Done tons of work on my buddy's 1999 land rover discovery 2.
They are great trucks if maintained properly. That being said, they are expensive to maintain. Or at least the parts can be. Plus if you have to take it to a rover dealer it's gonna cost you.
First thing to look into on that truck with that kind of mileage is head gaskets and cooling system. See if you can get service records to find out if the head gaskets have been done. Between 90k and about 120k they seemed to be an issue on those trucks.
Check the cooling system to see if it's be worked on. In particular the hoses. We just had to replace the hoses on the 99 (royal pita especially in the rain/snow). They will leak. The rovers use a lower hose that has four openings iirc and they are all welded rubber which will fatigue. Also the upper hose has three openings, again welded rubber.
I say this is a big issue since the block is aluminum and if coolant is leaking it needs to be addressed quickly.

I'd see if you can find a rover club in the area and see if anyone could take a look at it. A rover shop or specialist would be best bet for checking problem areas.

They are great trucks and will amaze you at what they can go through with very little effort. They take some getting used to and they definitely have a personality.

I think 98 was the year they put the dif lock cable back in the trucks which is a really nice feature to have.

Sorry i know that was all over the place. Any other particular questions, i can try and answer or point you in the right direction for where to look. I spent a good deal of time wrenching on mine as well as my buddy's. And unknown hours researching tons of things about them.


roversnorth.com is a great source for parts
landroversonly.com is a good forum with lots of rover specific knowledge but be prepared to sift through the bs.
 
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