Land Rover's Discovery was a massive success for the company, swiftly becoming its best-seller and, in many countries, also a best-seller in its class. That means there are many thousands of examples now on the second-hand market, while the large number of different varieties built has led to a real need for the sort of purchasing help that this "Ultimate Buyers' Guide" aims to provide.When the second-generation Discovery was announced in 1998, Land Rover badged it as the Series II model.The Discovery was sold in markets all around the world and Land Rover used different permutations of equipment to create specifications, which suited each market. This guide primarily focuses on the vehicles delivered to the UK and North American markets.All Discoverys are hugely practical vehicles, and they make an ideal purchase either as family transport or for the dual-purpose role of everyday driver plus weekend off-roader. Build quality problems, particularly in the mid-1990s, also gave them a rather bad reputation. So one of the aims of this guide is to help the buyer avoid the real dogs and to buy a Discovery to use and enjoy for many years.With colour photography throughout, this all-new "Ultimate Buyers' Guide" aims to give the buyer the core information needed to select and buy a Discovery.
The Buying section advises what to look for and what can go wrong.
James Taylor is a prolific writer in the automotive world, well known for the breadth of his knowledge and his painstaking research. Some of his books have appeared in foreign languages, and his own linguistic ability has enabled him to translate other books from both French and German. He has written several books in Herridge & Sons' "Factory-Original" series, including Factory-Original Ford Capri Mk1, Factory-Original Mercedes SL, Factory-Original Aston Martin DB4/5/6 and Factory-Original Mini Mk1 & Mk2. James lives in rural Oxfordshire with his wife and the younger two of his four children, surrounded by books about cars, and usually with something old and interesting in his garage.