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 grinding 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?
This owner review appeared in the October 2015 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.