Overland Classifieds :: 2001 Land Rover Discovery II

The popularity of vehicle travel has increased exponentially over the past 10 years, and further accelerated during the pandemic, which is awesome. However, many of the vehicles and accessories showcased at events/online are expensive, giving the illusion that overlanding is reserved for the wealthy. In fact, overlanding is one of the most cost-effective ways to see the world, and there’s a large selection of 4WD vehicles perfectly suited to remote exploration for under $10,000. Land Rovers are arguably the pioneers of round-the-world overland adventures, and this meticulously maintained Discovery II is yours for just $6,500. Check out Scott Brady’s Land Rover Discovery Shoot-out to learn more about this model.

From the Seller:

“This is my 2001 Discovery II, ready for overlanding adventures. [It’s a] California vehicle from the dry Central Valley, so rust is a complete non-issue for it, [and it has] the desirable locking center differential (many Disco II’s don’t have the locking diff).”

2001 Land Rover Discovery II

Landrover.co.ukstates that the Discovery II was designed “not only as a utilitarian vehicle for all purposes, but as an everyday use vehicle, ready for daily family life.” This particular Discovery is fitted with the 4.0-liter V8 engine, which produces 188 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, and is matched with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Discovery II is longer and wider than its predecessor and showcases a 1,599-pound max payload and 5,500-pound towing capacity. Handling was improved thanks to Self-Levelling suspension and Active Corner Enhancement. The all-terrain capability was uprated via electronic systems such as traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, and hill descent control.

Distinguishing Features

This Discovery has not been extensively modified, making it the perfect blank canvas to build your dream rig. Nevertheless, there are some subtle modifications and improvements, which include:

  • Aftermarket front and rear bumper
  • Fresh O2 sensors
  • Mild lift
  • Air suspension replaced with struts
  • Transmission replaced with a 111,000-mile unit with a new transmission pan gasket and filter
  • New oil pan gasket
  • Resealed transfer case
  • Fresh oil, transmission fluid, transfer case oil, and coolant

This 2001 Land Rover Discovery II is listed for $6,400 and is currently located in Bakersfield, California. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.