I chose a Discovery 2 for its combination of everyday practicality and off-road capability, but after a time I started to have a lot of trouble with the automatic gearbox's XYZ switch, which controls the gear selection electronically. This means that when you go wading it disturbs the signal - it's a common fault for automatic D2s.
The switch is a very expensive part to buy genuine from Land Rover (around £450) so I spent a few weeks planning how I'd swap the gearbox for a manual instead. This would also give me better mpg and allow me to use the engine's power when I really need it most.
I got a manual R380 gearbox (with a three-week warranty) from CWS 4x4 and I installed a Britpart heavy-duty clutch kit with a solid flywheel.
I've carried out a few other modifications but I still have some more to do, including fitting BF Goodrich KM2 tyres, dual batteries and an engine re-map.
I've had a couple of disasters. The first happened after a pay-and-play day at Tixover. I'd been wading a lot and on the way home I realised the engine temperature was rising - the water had bent the viscous fan, which had cut a groove in the radiator, causing it to lose coolant.
The other disaster was on a long journey with a 16ft trailer to pick up a Triumph GT6 for a friend. We were on a slip road when one of the wheels started locking up, so we pulled over to have a look. To my horror it was the brake caliper griding on the inside of the wheel, because a bolt had dropped out of the caliper. But a Land Rover is always a work in progress, right?
Published in the October 2015 issue of Land Rover Owner. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.
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