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2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II Review
Off-roading prowess on steroids.
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The 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II was completely redesigned for its 1999 release. The designers gave it a longer, wider body, a new dashboard, and improved its V-8 engine. It also was tagged as the Series II for that release to signify the new changes. A lot of people buy a Land Rover as a status symbol, but the vehicle has an unmatched off-road capability as well.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Land Rover Discovery Series II
The 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II only has minor revisions to its interior since the complete redesign was done for the previous model year.
The 2000 Discovery Series II comes with the usual utilitarian styling of the brand. The alpine windows are one of the vehicle’s most distinguishable factors. About 85 percent of the looks were revamped for the previous model year, but the overall look of the Discovery does not go far from its predecessors. The SUV’s wider stance gives it a more potent look. The body was stretched to about 185 inches, while its width was made 74.4 inches. It also is more imposing at 76.4 inches. The spare tire is mounted on its tailgate, which can be swung open to the right.
The interior of the 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II also received a refresh. The signs of British luxury are always there of course, but the switches for the windows were rearranged to have a more conventional layout. The vehicle has automatic climate control that provides separate controls for the passenger and the driver. The designers added a compass for the 2000 model plus a handy reminder on the gas gauge just to tell drivers where the gas tank is located. A read out of the temperature outside also was added. There is good visibility from the driver’s seat plus it has generous headroom. The top portion of its windshield also was adjusted so the driver can see any overhead signs. There is an optional leather seat package. This also comes with wood trim, door casings made from Alcantara material, 12-speaker stereo system, and 16-inches alloy rims.
Getting into the 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II's backseat can be a bit of a challenge for older passengers, but it is pretty comfortable once settled there. The passengers on the rear seat are positioned higher and can have a very good view through the wide side windows, optional sunroof, and alpine windows. There is an option to install a foldaway seat, which can accommodate two more individuals. The Discover Series II can carry up to seven passengers. This SUV also offers a lot of pockets and bins for interior storage. There also is a 12-volt socket that can be used in its cargo area.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II drives a lot better compared to the first generation vehicles. The models before 1999 were known to lean during cornering and also felt tentative during transient maneuvering. The Series II is very stable and confident on the road. Coming out from Land Rover, the vehicle shows off its off-road prowess. Its suspension system is built to climb rocky, uneven terrains. The four-wheel-drive system also is permanent, which means that it is ready to deal with the roughest road conditions any time. The Discovery's V-8 engine is linked with a ZF automatic gearbox. There also is a transfer case so it can access the power of the engine even in low revolution situations.
The 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II Consumers will see real character during the toughest conditions. Expect it to handle the most primitive of paths in any weather condition. It can go to places where other four-wheel-drive vehicles will not dare. The traction control system takes charge when it detects slippage of the wheels. A Hill Descent Control System, which makes sure drivers do not roll down a steep off-road. This system can be engaged with a push of a button while running under 34 mph. The driver can keep his or her feet off the brakes and the system will automatically control the braking making use of the brakes and engine brake.
The 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II also is equipped with Electronic Brake Distribution, but it goes well beyond the usual anti-lock brake system. It ensures safer slowing down and stopping as it transfers the braking force to the rear so the vehicle will be more stable.
The 2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II comes standard with Supplemental Restraint System airbags, seatbelts, side impact beams, among others.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Unique design
- Off-road capabilities
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel mileage
- Limited cargo space
Off-roading prowess on steroids.
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