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We are looking to buy a 1996 land rover discovery it seems..might cost

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Hi we are looking to buy a 1996 land rover discovery it seems like it is in good shape. We are just wondering what it might cost to replace the engine if it becomes necessary?
Should we worry that it might need a new engine at 127,000?
Also, what might the cost be for us to have the airbags checked because the light is on?
Do you know what someone might charge to replace tan leather on both driver & passenger seats?
Could you suggest a Land Rover repair shop in Eugene, OR? What might they charge to look at and fix the cruise control it doesnt work correctly?
Thanks for your time!
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Rover Pro replied 5 years ago.

Rover Pro :

Hi there,

Rover Pro :

With this year Discovery it really just depends on how well the previous owner(s) took care of it. Discovery's can last 200k miles if well maintained BUT there are a lot of specialty systems on it so if not maintained repair needs can snowball quickly. The engines are pretty durable although if they are ever overheated they can sometimes incur internal engine damage that would require replacement or rebuild. At a dealership you can look to spend about $5k-7k for a replacement engine. Other high cost repairs to consider on the Discovery is the air suspension air struts if equipped. The air bag light can be on for two reasons, either there is actually a fault with the safety restraint system or it is on as a timed reminder to have the airbags inspected. The dealership can tell you if there is actually a problem with it by scanning it. For the seats, sorry I don't know of anybody in your area (I am in San Diego) but any upholstery shop should be able to redo the leather for a lot cheaper than just having the seat leather replaced at the dealership. The only dealer I believe that is in OR is Land Rover Portland ( dealers are a little few and far between unfortunately. Shops vary as far as their diagnostics, we are $135 in San Diego but everything is expensive here, haha! The good news is that when the cruise isn't working, it's usually just a bad vacuum line so the repair should be inexpensive.

Rover Pro :

I hope this helps!

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