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2001 Land Rover Discovery II

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Vehicle Make

Land Rover
Vehicle Model
Discovery II


4.0 Liter V8, 190 HP
ZF 4HP24 4-Speed Automatic, 2.48 1st Gear
Transfer case
2-speed, Full-TIme, 3.27:1 Low Range, 1.21:1 High Range. Center Differential Lock Installed
Crawl Ratio 25.21
Front Axle
Traction Control, 3.54 Ring and Pinion, Disc Brakes
Rear Axle
Traction Control, 3.54 Ring and Pinion, Disc Brakes
Front Suspension
Solid Axle, radius arm suspension with Old Man Emu Coils (OME 779) and Shocks (OME N107)
Rear Suspension Solid Axle, Watts Linkage, radius arm suspension with Old Man Emu Coils (OME 781) and Shocks (OME N108)
BF Goodrich A/T KO 265/75 R16
GVWR (stock)
6229 Lbs. (2825 Kg)
Payload (stock)
1598 lbs. (725 Kg)
Curb Weight (actual) 5068 Lbs (2299 Kg)
Cargo Area 63.3 Sq Feet to front seats (1.79 m3)
100 (2540 mm)
Overall Length
191.5 in. actual (4864.1 mm)
Overall Width 74.4 in. (1890 mm)
Ground Clearance 9.4 in Actual (238.8 mm)
Additional Modifications

Factory Brush Guard
Hella 4000 Driving lamps
DAP hidden winch mount
Warn M8000 winch w/100 ft of cable
K&N Air Filter
Garmin Vista GPS
Cold Weather Package
Seat Covers (you can't order cloth Seats)
Load Liners
Engle 42 Refrigerator / Freezer
Center Differential Lock

The ride quality is good (even more so with the OME kit installed), and the vehicle performs well off highway only with a CDL installed and engaged. Driver quarters are cramped but seats provide good support. Stock front bumper hangs too low even with taller tires and a lift, but the rear bumper has good clearance.

With the Old Man Emu suspension, the vehicle handles well at speed off road, showing good balance and minimal understeer for a solid axle configuration. Rear axle travel is good with the sway bar removed, front axle travel is limited by the front shock length.

1. High Payload
2. Low center of gravity
3. Solid Axles
4. Long travel, coil suspension
5. Excellent ride and handling on most tracks
6. Good Driving position
7. Good aftermarket support to address weaknesses

1. Traction Control System
2. Lack of CDL (available in 2004 discovery's)
3. Reliability
4. Cramped drivers quarters
5. Poor resale
6. Poor mileage, requires premium fuel

A review of issues related to the 1999-2001 Discovery, and the lack of a CDL