hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,335 miles

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1996 Land Rover Discovery electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Land Rover Discovery Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 052010


  • 150,000 miles


Gas tank recall done in san francisco but they failed to check the fuel filler neck problem. I have had multiple mystery issues ever since, ruling out the fuel tank and pump as they were both new. I have since tracked the problem to the fuel filler neck that the dealer failed to fix. I believe my vehicle to have been manufactured incorrectly and repaired in the same manner. My vehicle does not come up in a recall search for the filler neck and I believe the recall should be amended to include mine. I have read all 80 of the complaints relative to this problem and mine is less than 40 units away from the complaint vehicles. I also have been battling the ABS problems of not stopping and the ABS activation for no reason. I almost wrecked a few times because of the ABS kicking on for no reason- low speed, dry pavement, easy soft brake pressure. I clipped the front wheel ABS sensors and I have had no problems with ABS since. Faulty software in the ABS ECU is probably to blame but it would do no good to blame the computer with bodiers lying in the street.

- Arcata, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 242014


  • 10 miles
Service brakes, hydraulic. Under normal braking ABS is activated when applying brakes and causes brakes vibrate/pulse and make it extremely difficult to stop requiring pumping of brake pedal. Happens most frequently at low speeds when turning a corner, ie: Out of a driveway when very likely to his pedestrians or oncoming traffic when unable to break. At higher speeds up to 25-30 mph the same situation arises but you generally have more time and distance to recover. Otherwise breaks work most of the time, which makes this glitch so frustrating and seemingly unrelated to break pad or wear and tear issues, as substantiated by similar NHTSA complaint #S: 882300, 8011620, 10028658, 10024539, 10110112.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 272012


  • miles
As a result of chaffing of a cruise control wire, the steering wheel rotary coupler can overheat and inadvertently deploy the driver's air bag....this has not happened yet to me, but despite my vehicle being a 1996 Land Rover Discovery with only one previous owner, dealer claims my VIN# is not included in recall for substantiated by previous complaints submitted for this issue with my year/make/model, so please re-open investigation of NHTSA campaign # 98V040000 to include all 1996 Land Rover Discovery VIN#S so it can be addressed before it deploys improperly. Deployment of the air bag restraint system without warning can cause a driver to lose vehicle control.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012005

Discovery 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 140,000 miles


At higher speeds, above 55 mph, engine would intermittently misfire and return to normal in unpredictable sequences. Loss of power and inability to accelerate, especially on hills, the worst consequence. Charlotte dealer said it could be a sticky exhaust valve, offered $2900 to perform an exhaust valve job. I declined and decided to take the cylinder heads off myself and take them to a machine shop were they could clean out and re-grind the valves for about $500. Machine shop said there was no signs of sticking valves but I didn't mind since I got to play around and take the engine apart. The engine ran great afterwards but this didn't fix the problem. Finally took car to an english car specialist in raleigh, nc. They determined it was a speed sensing transmitter. This device tells the car's computer how fast the car is moving. While driving 60 mph, it was getting a signal of 130 mph. Thinking it was moving too fast, the car will automatically misfire in an effort to slow it down. They replaced the speed sensor (for $120) and the problem was fixed. This is a common problem for older lrs and the dealers should know this. They use it as an opportunity to charge for a much more expensive valve job.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 102004

(reported on)


  • miles
The consumer has cost him $22,620 in repairs for head gasket, transmission box, electrical system and stalling problems. The clock and brake light had gone out, the vehicle backfired, and misses.

- San Marino, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 011996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system failure causing the seats and sunroof to fail.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

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