Land Rover Discovery 2 2.5Td5 Diesel
Better interior and more modern styling than Disco 1. V8 thirsty, but wonderfull to drive and getting quite cheap. High-spec Td5s still dear.
Dimensions H1980mm; W2190mm; L4705mm
Max Load Capacity 1.7 cubic metres Insurance Group 12-15
The Series II Discovery debuted in 1998. The interior and exterior was re-worked to be less utilitarian, but it was still very similar to the Series I. However, every body panel was new (and incompatible) except the rear door outer skin. The rear body was extended to improve load space but at the expense of added rear overhang, which adversely impacted off-road ability. However, overall off-road ability remains impressive and in practical terms, choice of tyres is far more relevant. Changes to the diesel engined models saw the 2495cc Td5 (in-line direct-injected 5 cylinder) engine introduced, in line with the updated Defender models. This electronically managed engine was smoother, producing more usable torque at lower revs than its 300 Tdi predecessor. The Td5 engine is commonly attributed to BMW but the engine was derived from the Rover L-series passenger car engine and developed by Land Rover. The V8 petrol version was increased to 4.0 litres at the same time. ACE (Active Cornering Enhancement, an electronically controlled hydraulic anti-roll bar system) was fitted to some versions, which reduced cornering roll to insignificant proportions. Self-levelling air springs were fitted to some models and European type-approval for 7-seat vehicles was only given for air-sprung cars.
Facelifted Land Rover Discovery Series IIThe locking centre differential was still fitted, although the linkage to operate it was not attached, as Land Rover believed that the traction control and newly-developed Hill Descent Control would render it redundant. In 2002, US models saw the mechanism itself finally removed. At this time the mechanism was removed on European 02 Model Year vehicles and remained fully deleted until the face-lifted model was introduced later in that year. Customer demand saw the mechanism and controls fully reinstated as a cost option only (standard on top of range HSE/ES vehicles) on UK/Irish models. The "face-lift" models are easily identified by new "pocketed" headlamps which matched the Range Rover and face-lifted Freelander models. As with earlier models, however, this can be deceptive since kits are available to modify 1998 - 2002 vehicles with the newer lights.
A small number of Discovery II Commercial models were produced by Land Rover Special Vehicles, this time based on the five-door bodyshell but with the windows rendered opaque to give van-like appearance and security. Normal vehicles were exported to Republic of Ireland, where the rear side windows were smashed and rear seats were destroyed in the presence of a Revenue official, to offer a model that avoided the usurious Vehicle Registration Tax (saving approximately 40%).
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|98 mph||25 mpg||136 bhp 4200|
Practical Overland Preparation
|Publication||Land Rover World July 2010|
|Practical Overland Preparation - Most people go no further on their dream trip than reading a guide book because they think they don't have the finances. Fear not, here's the Symonds no-nonsense guide to expedition preparation on a sensible budget.|
|Publication||Land Rover Enthusiast May 2010|
|Infectious Defender - Are you thinking of buying your first land Rover? If you are, which model would you go for? Theresa Coghill took the plunge and bought a Td5 Defender a couple of weeks ago, and already she's a changed woman, as Simon Hodder found out.|
Six wheel inspiration
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly March 2010|
|Six wheel inspiration - More of everything - if you though the Discovery already had enviable load carrying ability, then look on in wonder at Adrian's amazing conversion.|
Right on target
|Publication||Land Rover World November 2009|
|Right on target - David Sutherland recalls the sense of occasion when Land Rover launched the Discovery - its first new model for 18 years.|
Look at me everyone
|Publication||Land Rover Monthly February 2009|
|Look at me everyone- It's a busy world out there and if you want people to notice your business then you'd better go for some in-your-face promotion - will this do..?|
Hey what's the weather like up there...?
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International May 2008|
|Hey what's the weather like up there...?- Wee Mark Saville tracks down the tallest Discovery 2 in the world.|
|Publication||Land Rover Owner International April 2007|
|Big ideas- Ever more Land Rover owners are thinking on a larger scale. Mark Saville meets a hugely modified Disco 2.|