Land Rover Discovery II SE
We've learned the expensive way that the Land Rover Discovery is made cheaply (?) but the repairs and parts are expensive and is very difficult to work on and to find someone who knows how aside from the outrageous dealer.
I support my disabled brother and can't afford for a dealer to be involved--or for any unnecessary work. He loves this model and can't let it go, and we can't afford another vehicle.
Last Aug, this Discovery began overheating several times, with the gauge slowly showing hotter and hotter. My brother drove it too long and it quit running. We took it to a highly recommended mechanic who did do work on Land Rovers and were told the aluminum sleeves were melted and the engine would need replaced. It was replaced with a 70,000 mile engine along with the power steering pump. The radiator was said to be okay, but a hose was replaced as well.
My brother was driving on the interstate a week ago when the temperature gauge *suddenly* went all the way over as far as it could. He drove it about a mile and it was barely able to go when he found a spot to park.
We had it towed to a good mechanic the family uses, but he doesn't work on Land Rovers. He said he'd try to check it out. (The previous engine mechanic is an hour away and kept it for 2 months.) We hoped this regular mechanic could diagnose the problem first.
This mechanic says when driven, it does become *immediately* hot--gauge going all the way over in just a few minutes. HOWEVER, he let it idle almost an hour and a half with NO overheating at all. (I assume that means there's no blown gasket--except in my head--and no melted sleeves??)
He said he'd seen this one other time when a radiator had a blockage in it. We asked if he could take out the radiator and examine it (without automatically replacing it) but he says he doesn't think it's the radiator on this vehicle. ??
I've used this answer service before successfully and appreciate the expertise here. I count on you, please, to release this question if you don't have the expertise with *this model* because advising as if it were any other model/maker may not be helpful. THANK YOU