Originally Posted by BogMonster
All Discovery 2's should have Hill Descent Control but it is a complete waste of space. It limits downhill descent speed to about 4 mph, which in any conditions where you might want a fixed descent speed is about 4 times too fast. Put into context my 300Tdi 90's engine braking in first gear brings it down to about 1.5mph on the GPS. I only ever used HDC once in anger and that was on my old Freelander, descending a very icy hill. It cut in suddenly and almost caused me to have a F&%^ing great big accident so I switched it off in a hurry, got to the bottom in one piece and have never really bothered with it again except just messing around, messing around that proved that I know a lot more about when I want the brakes on and when I don't than any computer! It might be a good idea if it restricted the vehicle to a sensible speed but as it is set up, it is way too fast to be useful.
Centre difflock is useful but I would say not essential for what you want, don't make it the main reason for buying the vehicle or anything. The traction control system works OK, but not as well as they would have you believe, but it should be OK for what you want.
HDC is only as good as the tyres holding the vehical to the road. A Disco 2 has a target speed of approx 2mph. However if the tyres aren't good this will vary due to loss of grip. When HDC comes in if it detects a locked wheel it will release that wheel. It is a common thing for worn tyres to cause a lock up sooner, so by the time your at the bottom of the hill the vehical has fought against it self and picked up speed. Hope this is clear
Jeff, excellent choice
I see it has the optional extra, of side mouldings. They tended to be standard only on ES premium models of that year. Keep an eye on the water level cos some 03 TD5's came out the factory with somwhat 'soft' cylinder heads. Ask the dealer to search L/R database to see if any work like that has been done under warrenty. Also ask him if the fuel pipe recall has been done. They tended to go on the 'u' bend out of the tank and spray the rear of the vehical with a fine mist of diesel. This should have all been done under warranty, which I would imagine yours is about to expire if not allready???.
If you experience wheel slip, remember that the TC target speed is in the region of 1500 rpm. So you have to accelerate to get the TC to work.